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Area businesses are sponsoring movies at the Palace Theater to support the Benton County Historical Society. On Sunday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. Farmers Savings Bank and Trust is bringing the movie, "The Blind Side."In April, Wilson-Hite Insurance is bringing the 1939 movie, "The WIzard of Oz." This movie will be shown, Saturday, April 6, at 2:00 p.

Minor flooding in Vinton, so far

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 17th, 2019
On most Sunday afternoons, you expect everyone to be enjoying the weekend relaxing. Most people are. Unless you're Scott Hansen whose job it is to worry about things like flood levels. Sunday found him walking along the bridge and 2nd Street after checking the flood gauge on the bridge. Most of us know already that it's starting to flood.

Benton County Couple Killed in Florida Accident

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 16th, 2019
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that on Friday, a Norway couple, Bruce and Virginia (Parr) Petrzelkas, was killed following a crash on a Florida Interstate.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 59-year-old Bruce Petrzelka was riding a motorcycle with his wife, 56-year-old Virginia Petrzelka.The Norway couple was heading north on Interstate 75 in Sarasota County when the driver lost control of the motorcycle, law enforcement said.

T-J Gas Announces New Location

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 16th, 2019
T-J Gas has announced that they have relocated their offices to 1209 West D. St. in Vinton.This is the location where their bulk tanks and the shop is also located. Office hours will remain the same from 8-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Use the walk in door between the two overhead doors.)Be sure to contact them at their new location.

Harrelson signs to Bowl with the Hawkeye Community College Red Tails

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 16th, 2019
On Thursday evening, NathanĀ Harrelson signed a letter of intent to attend Hawkey Community to join the Red Tails. Appropriately, Nathan signed to attend the college from his seat at Berry's Lanes in Vinton.Nathan's parents, Tom and Mary, were at his side as he signed the necessary paperwork.Coach Randy Dodge, from Hawkeye Community College, explained to the three the various requirements that Nathan would need to meet to retain his place on the team.

Vinton Shellsburg Band Raising Funds to Replace Aging uniforms

By Nick Waymire, VSHS Band Director · March 15th, 2019
The band department is in the process of purchasing new marching band uniforms for the start of the 2020 marching band season.The current uniforms were purchased in 2005 with an understanding that they would last 10 to 15 years.The new uniform design was created specifically for Vinton-Shellsburg using the following parameters: A 'V' and an 'S' should be incorporated in the design; the old gold/yellow of our school colors should appear in the design, and the design should be a healthy blend of traditional and contemporary.

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