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Updated: Second Accident in Benton Community takes Second Student

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 18th, 2020
The Iowa State Patrol has released the name of the crash victim in Wednesday's crash as 16 year old Mackenzie Kvam of Belle Plaine. The name of the bus driver was Allison Hicks, 51 of Garrison. Benton Community School District has had an awful week. A second accident this week, happened on Wednesday morning around 7:30 a.

Vinton-Shellsburg reporting 2 new cases of COVID at local schools

By Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools · September 18th, 2020
This afternoon Vinton-Shellsburg School District was notified by the public health department that a person at the High School and a person at Tilford Elementary have tested positive for COVID-19. We are in contact with the Benton County Department of Health and will take the steps necessary to protect the health of our students and staff.

13 Year Old Girl killed in ATV Accident

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 16th, 2020
Mahailah Cruzen, age 13, of Keystone was killed in an ATV accident on Sunday evening. According to the State Patrol's report. The accident occurred at the intersection of 70th St. and 13th Ave. The ATV had left the gravel road to enter the highway. The 14 year old driver of the ATV, was traveling southbound on 13th Ave.

COVID-19 numbers for Benton County as the County remains Partially locked down

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 15th, 2020
The Benton County Supervisors decided to continue a partial lockdown of the courthouse until October 6, when they will again discuss the issue. The Recorder and Auditor are open for walk ins, other offices require appointments.According to the Iowa Coronavirus website, there is good news for Benton County.

Iowa State Patrol Releases Accident report involving a Benton County Fatality

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 15th, 2020
Sunday evening, at approximately 5:45 p.m. at the intersection of 70th St. and 13th Ave. a 2005 Polaris ATV was traveling southbound on 13th Ave. when a 2003 Chevy Silverado approached the intersection eastbound on 70th St. The driver of the Polaris failed to stop at the intersection striking the Silverado.

IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society hopes to continue sharing history

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 14th, 2020
Nancy Beckman a representative of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Mary Ingalls Society, spoke at the ceremony transferring ownership of the Braille School from the Board of Regents to the City of Vinton. Vinton in turn has turned the property over to Hobart Historic Restoration of Cedar Rapids to repurpose.

For the last several years the Shellsburg American Legion marks the first day of school by raising a new flag the elementary school in Shellsburg. Dave Travis, Bud Yoe, Ed Shaeffer, Garth Gardemann, Ace Husted and honorary bugler, Don "Snip" Wilson all participated. Normally the Legion will lower last year's flag and raise a new one.

S.C.R.A.M.

By Vinton Police Department · September 8th, 2020
Do you own a surveillance camera that records video footage and want to help the police solve crime? Register your home or business surveillance camera with the Vinton Police Department. The information will help police contact you quickly to identify criminals in your neighborhood. Registration is entirely voluntary and all personal information gathered is for official use only and will not be released to any member of the general public.

Century & Heritage Farm Families honored in Vinton and not the Iowa State Fair

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 8th, 2020
Photo Captions: The Spurgeon Family post with Gordon who was recognized as a Century Farms member. Pictured next to him are his daughters Cathy and Carol, and Stephan is on the right in the white shirt, carrying on the family tradition. Other members of the family were present for the special recognition.

First week of school, First case of COVID-19

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 3rd, 2020
The first day of school for many of the children took place on Tuesday, for Kindergarten and on Wednesday for preschoolers. For the first time in 5 months, children gathered at the local schools and made their way to their classrooms. Teachers were eager to get back to work, in a normal way and the children lined up outside, were obviously ready to be back as well.

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