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Just days after a missing Walker man's body was found, another family is still searching for answers to find their missing loved one. "Another day starts with no answers. That feeling in my heart is still there and will never go away. The same words race through my head every day all day... WHERE ARE YOU??? We all miss you so much.

Area Kiwanis Club raises funds during the annual Pancake Breakfast

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 3rd, 2019
Saturday the Vinton Kiwanis Club held their annual pancake breakfast. Breakfast included pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. People of all ages enjoyed the pancakes and the chance to catch up with friends and neighbors.The Kiwanis group raises funds for college scholarships and youth based projects in our community.

Vinton Shellsburg Jazz Band Attends NEIBA Jazz Festival

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 3rd, 2019
If you're a music lover, you would not have been disappointed if you attended the NEIBA Jazz Festival. The Vinton-Shellsburg Jazz band performed today at the Independence High School along with many other schools.Jazz is one of the types of music that will leave you smiling, and today was no exception.

2019 MONEY SMART WEEK POSTER CONTEST ASKS STUDENTS WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT MONEY

By Farmers Savings Bank & Trust · March 2nd, 2019
Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, in conjunction with Community Bankers of Iowa (CBI) is once again sponsoring the Money Smart Week Poster Contest to motivate elementary school students to learn about money. For showing Iowa bankers what they know about money, students in 2nd through 6th grades have the chance to win either a $600 Certificate of Deposit (1st Prize), or a $300 Certificate of Deposit (2nd & 3rd Prizes).

Venega and Assem arrest following Stolen Vehicle recovered

By Benton County Sheriff's Office · March 1st, 2019
On 3-1-19, at about 4:45 PM, Benton County Deputies made a felony car stop on Pearl St in Shellsburg IA with a reported stolen vehicle.A silver 2005 Chevrolet Impala, reported stolen in Cedar Rapids IA on 3-1-19, had been spotted by its owner and followed to Shellsburg where Deputies located it.Hailey Marie Venega, age 22, was arrested and was charged with Possession of Stolen Property.

Plans for Hannen Lake Park

By Benton County Conservation · February 28th, 2019
By Collin Strickland, Park RangerThroughout my first full year as Park Ranger at Hannen, I have put a lot of thought into planning future projects for the park. Some projects are ones that can get completed sooner than others. I’ve put together a list of project ideas that I would like to complete.

Community Asked to be Part of Annual Graduation Celebrations

By Erin Monaghan · February 28th, 2019
Plans are underway for the annual initiative to recognize area students who have beaten the odds to succeed by graduating from high school while living in foster care, living on their own, who are homeless, or who may not otherwise be able to celebrate their accomplishments. It is anticipated that Benton-Iowa Decat and Community Partnership for Protecting Children will help as many as fifteen graduates this year in Benton and Iowa Counties with referrals coming from school counselors and staff at the Department of Human Services and Juvenile Co...

Benton County Conservation seeks volunteers and donations

By Benton County Conservation · February 28th, 2019
Interested in volunteering or sponsoring? Volunteer opportunities include gardening, trail work, special events, helping with environmental education programming, staffing the nature center, and assisting with various projects. Feel free to contact us at info@bentoncountyparks.com or 319-472-4942 if you are interested in volunteering! We are also looking for donors to help sponsor the care of our environmental education animals and to help keep the bird feeders filled.

A Special Thanks to Campground Hosts

By Benton County Conservation · February 28th, 2019
By Scott Bahmann, Rodgers Park Ranger As a park ranger in a county park, besides law enforcement, I am held accountable for many things during the camping season. This includes mowing, weed trimming, cleaning park facilities, and answering questions from park patrons, not to mention registering campers, supervising seasonal employees, working on large projects, and hosting events.

Kris Howes-Vonstein named 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year Runner Up

By Vinton Shellsburg School District · February 28th, 2019
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 VSCSD Superintendent Mary Jo Hainstock, Middle School Principal Shelly Peterson and seventh-grade science teacher, Kris Howes-Vonstein, traveled to Des Moines for the annual Outstanding Iowa Teachers Recognition Luncheon.The luncheon was hosted by Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise, Gov.

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