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Area Residents honored for Volunteer Service during Governor's Volunteer Program

The Governor's Volunteer Awards program is now in its 37th year. The volunteer recognition program provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award.WHAT: Governor's Volunteer Awards CeremonyWHEN: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 10:30 amWHERE: Virtual at www.

Jeanette Henry named as new VFW Department of Iowa Auxiliary President

Members of VFW Auxiliary  Local, District and Department of Iowa gathered to congratulate Henry Jeanette Henry has served proudly as part of the VFW for many years. She is the President of the Smith-Geater VFW Post #8884 Auxiliary but as of June 6, 2021 she added the Department of Iowa VFW Auxiliary President position to her resume'. This is the first time that Vinton has had this honor.Jeanette Henry was honored on Saturday at the new VFW Post 8884 and was joined by several members of VFW Auxiliary Local, District and Department of Iowa from all across the state.
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Vinton Lions New Members-Installation Officers FY22

Vinton Lions Club wrapped up their 100 Anniversary Celebration with a lunch and visiting Lions dignitaries at the Vinton Country Club on July 7th. Keynote Speaker, Past International Director Mark Hintzmann from Watertown, WI entertained Lions members with his experiences as a Lion through the years that have impacted him and elevated his commitment to membership.

Vinton Lions Highlights of the Past 100 Years

Highest Lions honor given by organization in State of Iowa presented to: Alan Woodhouse, treasurer Lions Club of Vinton, Iowa, organized July 5, 1921-only four years after first Lions club ever was formed. As such Vinton Lions Club is one of oldest in Iowa-and worldwide!Vinton Lions Charter Night held Monday, October 17, 1921, with 30 charter members. Among them was F. E. (Francis) Palmer, 11th superintendent of Iowa School for the Blind. Four years later, Helen Keller gave Lions their primary mission, urging them to be "Knights of the Blind.

State Catalyst Grants to Benton County Cities Now Total $300,000

Benton Development Group worked with the cities of Atkins and Belle Plaine to submit applications for the most recent round of Catalyst Grants and each community received $100,000 in the most recent awards. The two $100,000 grants in the most recent round, and a previous grant award to Shellsburg, raises the Catalyst Grant total received by Benton County communities to $300,000.

Painting the town Red, White and Blue for the Second Year

Annette Merchant of Opal and Hazel’s Wood Fired Pizza and Terri Sellers team up to pass out flags It's the little things that put a smile on your face. Around the 4th of July, it's when the following businesses pitch in and place flags around town lining streets with the flags. This year there were 750 flags distributed.If you find a small American flag in your yard over this 4th of July weekend, it has been planted by the following businesses:

Four Safety Tips To Enjoy Fireworks, Protect Sensitive People

As much as we love fireworks displays, drifting smoke can cause breathing problems for some and drought conditions may pose additional risks this year.Dry conditions and the threat of fires may cause some towns to take extra precautions with fireworks displays. Whether attending a display or celebrating in your backyard, keep these four safety tips in mind.

Former BP Officer sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Accessing Child Porn

A man who accessed child pornography was sentenced on June 29, 2021, to ten years in federal prison.Jared Daily, age 35, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, received the sentence after a January 11, 2021 guilty plea to one count of accessing child pornography. At the plea hearing, Daily admitted that, between January and June 2020, he used a cell phone to access child pornography, including depictions of prepubescent children.

Rylee Sash Named as Benton County Fair Queen for 2021

The 2021 Benton County Fair Queen Rylee Sash and her court A very soggy Benton County Fair week, held the waterworks until after the annual crowing of the Benton County Fair Queen and her court.Pictured are in the back row: Emma Wiley, Miss Congeniality, Julia Schultis, Annabelle Newton 2021 Benton County Fair Princess, Rylee Sash Benton County 2021 Fair Queen, Harlyn HeithusenIn front: Olivia Sash 2019 Benton County Fair Princess, Emily Ingalls, Kailey Bahmann Runner-up Emma Arnold, Shelby McDonald, 2019 Benton County Fair Queen.

Vinton's Guild of Fine Arts unveils the first of Several Projects

Members of Vinton's Guild of Fine Arts complete the first Mural in the Library The Vinton Public Library had a little bit of a facelift in their children's area on the lower level of the library. Artists from the local Vinton Guild of Fine Arts were invited by Janette McMahon of the Vinton Public Library to paint a couple of murals downstairs as well as one of the pillars. The first of the two has been completed. With the help of the Guild, area artists left to right.
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