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Pink Still Heals in the Benton County Area

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 15th, 2019
Pictured: Left, Jeremy Wheeler Sr. who drove the Pink Heals firetruck out for his first time on Saturday. Joining him was his son pictured on the right, Jeremy Wheeler Jr. Center is Jay Elvers."There's a lot of pride in driving this, it's not just about driving a firetruck" said Jeremy Wheeler Sr. "I'm glad I was able to help out today, the chance to drive this is worth a million bucks!"Pink Heals is one of those groups that work quietly behind the scenes in the area.

Justice served in the death of Police Officer Daniel Webster

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 15th, 2019
In 2015, a heartbreaking event happened in Albuquerque. Police Officer Daniel Scott Webster was shot after stopping a man riding a stolen motorcycle. Officer Webster had one handcuff on the man when the man reached for a concealed handgun and shot Webster at close range in the face, chest and arm.

Area Fire Departments finish their Firefighter I Class

By Vinton Fire Department · April 15th, 2019
 · Benton County is in good hands for the foreseeable future. Today members of Atkins Fire & First Responders, Blairstown, Iowa - Fire Department, Norway Fire Department, Canton-Benton-Shellsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Cedar-Mt Auburn, Newhall Fire Department, Van Horne Fire Department, and Vinton that are just finishing their Firefighter I class had a chance to go to Kirkwood's Fire Training Facility and practice skills learned since starting class in November.

April 27, Drug take back day...along with every other day

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 15th, 2019
The Drug Enforcement Agency would like to remind you that April 27th is the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.The day addresses a public safety and public health issue. According to past surveys on drug use, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs have been obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The Easter Bunny Visits the Lutheran Home

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 14th, 2019
On Saturday, the Easter bunny stopped in to visit the residents and grandchildren of the residents of the Vinton Lutheran Home.After a short re-telling of the true meaning of Easter, the children began to search for Easter eggs, throughout the home as well as outdoors. Dividing into 3 age groups, the children were rewarded with candy in each egg, except for 1 special egg in each age group.

Not a good place to drop a trailer following a large snow melt

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 13th, 2019
I've always been fascinated with big trucks or large cranes that can lift heavy equipment. Mostly I'm fascinated with semis because my dad drove one. The smell of diesel reminds me of him. The other day I saw this happening. A semi driver "dropped" his trailer (dropped means that he unhitched from his cab to park the trailer) in the lot where the city had been storing the winter supply of snow that had been removed from the streets.

McDonald’s begins Major Remodel adding New Technology, Menu Items etc.

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 13th, 2019
Proposed new look for McDonald's.New technology, menu items and level of service enable a more fun and modern guest experienceBeginning in April 2019, Vinton McDonald’s began construction on a major remodel project. The goal of this project is to deliver a new and unexpected experience for our guests, with a new level of choice, engagement and service.

Saying Thank you to the Benton County Road Crew

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 12th, 2019
The local Farm Bureau had an idea that they knew they needed help with. They contacted the Benton County Corn Producers knowing that they could depend on them to lend a hand with the project.And they did.On Thursday, a group of the Benton County Corn Producers met at the Benton County Secondary Roads shop where our road crews work and store their equipment.

V-S 2018-19 Fall & Winter Activities Recognized for Academic Achievements

By Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools · April 11th, 2019
Vinton-Shellsburg High School is pleased to announce that several 2018-19 Fall and Winter activities have been recognized for their academic achievements. The Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Music Association recognize the following:The Distinguished Academic Achievement Award is awarded to the teams who achieved a combined grade point average of 3.

Benton County Farmers join to lend a hand to farmers in Southwest Iowa

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 11th, 2019
Benton County farmers are reaching out to the community to seek donations for the farmers in southwest Iowa.Area farmer, Lance Lillibridge, District 6, Iowa Corn Growers Association Representative of Vinton, has helped to put a video together as a fundraiser to help those in need. To watch a video about the need click here.

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