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Sheriff's Office travel advisory for all of Benton County

By Benton County Sheriff's Office · February 12th, 2019
Travel in Benton County is not advised, Highway 218 from Vinton to Highway 30 is closed, Highway 218 from La Porte City to Vinton, also numerous large snow drifts on most hard surface roads, travel is strongly discouraged throughout the entire county.

100th Day of School Celebration at Tilford Elementary

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 11th, 2019
Every year Tilford celebrates the 100th day of school with the children and teachers dressing up as 100 year olds.This year they students might be a bit off for their hundredth day thanks to the winter weather, but it doesn't lessen the fun.The first graders celebrated their hundredth day on Monday while the 3rd graders celebrated last Friday.

V-S Announces No School on Tuesday February 12

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 11th, 2019
Vinton Shellsburg has announced that due to inclement weather, there will be no school on Tuesday, February 11, 2019.

Father Daughter Dance Making Memories

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 10th, 2019
The Annual Father Daughter Dance at the Vinton Skate Center was held on Saturday evening. Little girls dressed up in their ruffles and bows with dads in their dress shirts and ties were a sight to warm the heart. Dad's accompanied by the little ladies in their lives were good sports as they did the Chicken Dance as well as the Hokey Pokey.

Vinton's Downtown still recovering a Year after 2018 Fire

By Valerie Close · February 8th, 2019
February 8th, 2018 was a day that I remember holding my breath as we followed what was happening in our downtown.At about 7:30 that night a fire could be seen at the Michael and Dowd building, which looked like it might be small enough to contain. We watched as the fire department arrived and began battling the blaze.

Catman Caught: Cat Torture Case suspect Arrested

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 7th, 2019
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has received a report of Animal Torture, regarding allegations of torture to a cat. An investigation has been opened and is ongoing into these allegations. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office had identified a person of interest, Chad Toney, in this case. Sheriff Ronald Tippett reports the involved cat has been recovered by the owner, and that Chad Toney has surrendered to the Benton County Sheriff and has been charged with Driving While Barred (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Burglary in the 3rd Degree (Cl...

VMEU holds last meeting before the final vote concerning Broadband

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 6th, 2019
Vinton's Municipal Electric Utilities Board called a meeting for Tuesday evening. The board requested a written recommendation from the subcommittee, led by Kim Meyer. The committee suggested strongly that the Board give a yes vote and to move on with the project. There was no discussion among the board following this advice.

Vinton Veterinary Clinic Catches Fire Early Tuesday Morning

By Valerie Close · February 5th, 2019
The Vinton Veterinary Clinic, located at 305 B Ave. caught fire at about 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. A statement released by the clinic said, "We were called by the Vinton Police at 4:00 this morning, notifying us of a fire in the building behind the clinic. A neighbor noticed the fire and contacted officials.

The Benton County Sheriff's Department released the following press release this afternoon:The Benton County Sheriff's Office has received a report of Animal Torture, involving allegations of torture to a cat.An investigation has been opened and is ongoing into these allegations. The Benton County Sheriff's Office has identified a person of interest, in this case, and is actively attempting to locate this person.

Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 15, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program, with more than 20 locations across Iowa. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 68 million taxpayers.

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