Writer and Pastor Eugene Peterson wrote a book some years ago titled, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. This title describes not just the journey of persistent faith, but perhaps of life itself. As we continue to make our way forward one week, one day at a time through the pandemic and…

The Iowa Department of Transportation is providing information online and requesting public input for proposed construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Iowa 150 with 31st Avenue and 55th Street in Benton County. The proposed roundabout includes the removal of the curve at Iowa 150…

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Senior Night at Benton saw the Bobcats sweep CPU. Alyse Harvey hit a walkoff grand slam to win game one 9-5 and the nightcap saw the Bobcats triump 18-8 in five innings.


Benton left Vinton with a 7-1,12-5 sweep of the Vikes, highlighted by a grand slam from junior Landen Schmuecker in the nightcap.

Vinton, Iowa: 147 drivers packed the pit area at the Benton County Speedway “The Bullring” on Sunday night for the Urbana 5 Memorial. The very special race night was run in memory of the five youngsters who perished in a tragic traffic accident in April of 2015, the kids were all avid race fans.

Thinking about taking some personal time off this summer? It might look and feel a bit different this year in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean that plans to unwind, de-stress and detach from work-related responsibilities have to be canceled altogether. Learn ways to decompress and avoid stress while taking PTO.

Summer is back, and while the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the cancellation of festivals, concerts and other large gatherings, people who enjoy being among nature are enjoying the outdoors. Given social distancing and other public health safety measures that are still in place across much of the country —particularly large, urban areas — hiking, camping and fishing can be great ways to pass the time and still be safe.

The question of how much liquid to consume daily basis has no simple answer. Several studies have shown differing recommendations. However, specific fluid needs depend on several factors, which include overall health, location and even level of activeness. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, but knowing more about the body’s need for liquids can help in estimating how much ought to be sipped up.

Independence Day is around the corner. Families are likely prepping to watch or set off fireworks and sparklers. However, the Fourth of July celebration might turn a fun-filled day into a painful memory if caution isn’t properly exercised. Even the most innocent-looking fire displays can lead to injuries or an actual fire. Consider these safety tips to enjoy the holiday without going to the emergency room.

Michigan voters in November 2018 passed a ballot measure that legalized cannabis for recreational use, making the Great Lakes State the first in the Midwest to do so. The state’s retail cannabis market opened in late 2019 and within the first two weeks yielded $3.1 million in sales. By Jan. 2, 2020, that had reached $6.5 million.