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World Record Candy Dash brings kids to the track

(The first 3 Photos by Jim Wittke) First, we got to brag about Vinton's Nathan's Smile glow trail was the longest glow trail in the United States (maybe the world). Now Vinton can add to that popularity sweetening it up with a world record for the largest Candy Dash. With 2,160 pounds of candy, The Benton County Speedway crushed the former record set by Hawkeye Downs at a mere   The Benton County Speedway has been working on this since last fall collecting candy for all of the kids 14 and under to enjoy under the guidance of Christine Rublack.

Wildlife visits area home

A baby deer, separated from its mother on Sunday morning, waited for its mother to return Sunday morning the Pohlmann family who live a block north of Tilford Elementary were surprised to find a fawn resting in the shade of their garage.  After calling a neighbor called the DNR and with instructions not to touch the deer, the Pohlmann's kept an eye out for the mother to appear. It appeared that the baby deer was bleeding from its nose, but with the assurance that the mother would come back for it, the family watched and waited, and waited.
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Benton County Community Foundation Distributes $100,270 to Local Organizations

The Benton County Community Foundation announced $100,270.61 in grant funding to 19 projects of organizations serving Benton County as part of its 2021 grant cycle. The Community Foundation will not hold its annual award celebration this year. Grant checks will be mailed directly to nonprofit organizations. “The Benton County Community Foundation is proud to partner with our local nonprofit organizations and supports their work to make Benton County a better place for everyone,” said Tim Peters, chair of the Benton County Community Foundation governing committee.

Faith in Action provides needed help around the community

This is what Faith in Action looks like on paper Blessed Hope Church has made it a practice to lend a hand around the community for the last several summers. This week found the congregation at several locations throughout the county.Thursday and Friday, the group helped to spruce up the mini-golf course at the skate center. The group will also be taking on the Vinton-Shellsburg football and baseball fields today and tomorrow.

Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition Continues Responding to Derecho Damage

Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition continues to meet each week to address recovery challenges from the August 10, 2020 derecho, one of the worst storms in United States history. The Coalition, made up of service agency representatives and volunteers, is Benton County’s long-term disaster recovery organization. The organization members work to help families and farmers get back to more normal situations and connect with agencies to coordinate volunteer efforts for cleanup.

Solar Project Meeting June 10 6:00 p.m. Palo Community Center

There will be a public meeting June 10 at 6 p.m. at the Palo Community Center for us all to submit questions for NextEra to answer publicly. You can either attend in person or tune in via the zoom link in the Facebook event below.Please feel free to follow these links for more information and to submit questions. Event on Facebook --> Palo NextEra Q&A EventSubmit Questions here --> Open Ended Questions for NextEraAny question is fair game.

Things that HAVE to be said, apparently

Vinton is getting ready to start some of the Annual events around town. We have Party in the Park coming up next week, which will be a blast, as usual. During that there will be the Pink up the Pace 5 K walk, run to raise funds to help our friends and neighbors with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Vinton has added a new 2-mile walking trail and people are enjoying that so much as well.

Van Horne Community Cleanup Day

In coordination with the Benton County Disaster Coalition, Volunteer Iowa's Disaster Program Officer Michael Rojas and the Habitat for Humanity of Iowa Mobile Response Team participated in a Van Horne community cleanup day on Saturday, May 21. To organize the activities, Michael collaborated with Van Horne City Clerk Linda Klopping, who was crucial in locating homes, contacting survivors, and accumulating information about the work that needed to be done.

Four injured and one arrested following UTV accident on Friday Night

On 6-4-2021, at about 8:45 PM, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a UTV accident with multiple injuries at Patten’s Campground, 5454 22nd Ave, Vinton IA. The UTV lost control and overturned. The driver of the Polaris UTV was Ladonna Fairbanks, age 60, of Vinton IA.  Fairbanks was arrested and charged with OWI and was taken to the Benton County Jail.

Swim Camp hosted 4th-8th Grade Students from area School

4th-8th Grade Students from Vinton-Shellsburg, Center Point-Urbana and Union attended Swim Camp in Vinton The Vinton Aquatic Club combined with the Vinton-Shellsburg high school boys and girls teams to host a swim camp for the 4th-8th graders at the Braille School Pool last week. The participants arrived at the camp from not only Vinton-Shellsburg but also from Union, and Center Point-Urbana school districts. "The participants developed their technique in various strokes and skills in various aspects of competitive swimming," said Swim Coach, Ashley Hesson.
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