The events of recent weeks have been disturbing to say the least. Black lives matter. All lives matter. Violence. Protests. Riots.


As positive cases of COVID-19 trend up in states across the U.S., school districts in Iowa including Vinton-Shellsburg plan the return of students this fall and what that may look like given different scenarios.

VINTON — Following the success of a recent block grant partnership with the East Central Iowa Council of Government (ECICOG) Vinton city officials held a special council meeting Tuesday evening for a public hearing. The public hearing was one requirement for the City to partner again with EC…


Carli Lang and Lillie Lamont are not sure how many people drove by the latter’s house during their final day in Vinton before their big trip. Friends, coworkers and community members wished the then Vinton-Shellsburg seniors their best as the two friends were set to travel to New Jersey’s We…


What started as a “couple of guys shooting off a few fireworks” transformed into an annual show in Newhall, one that COVID-19 was not going to stop unlike in other communities across Iowa.

A blast of 80s rock will take over the Benton County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 26 as Arch Allies takes the stage after their original show for the county fair was canceled due to COVID-19.


Colleen Karrick has brought her passion for antiques and repurposed decor to Vinton for over 20 years in various homes. Beginning July 2, The Niche will begin a new chapter in a new home on 4th Street in the new 3-D Kitchens location.

Farmers Market is set to start July 2nd! Market will be held every Thursday from July 2nd to September 24th from 5-7p.m. at Celebration Park. Vendors will be providing a wide array of quality products and produce! Merchants Grilling and Smoke Shack will be serving up some of the best food ar…

VINTON — Vinton city officials received good news Thursday evening regarding the sale of General Obligation (GO) bonds which will be used for equipment purchases, street projects and a walking trail.

Vinton, Iowa: Sunday night racing action was held at the “Bullring” on the Benton County Fairgrounds in Vinton, Iowa on another hot and windy night. Over 90 cars packed the pit area for another action packed night of racing. Kromminga Implement hosted the night of racing which also included …

All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions.


Sally Donald loved everything about Van Horne, according to those who knew and loved her. The churches, the library, the park in town. She was a first responder for 20 years and as husband Ron Donald put, a caring heart.

Cedar-Mt. Auburn Fire, Garrison Fire, Vinton Fire, Urbana Fire, North Benton EMS, the Benton County Sheriff's Dept and Vinton police responded to a fire at the New Century FS building off US 218/K Ave on Saturday around 1:00 p.m.


Niles Bierschenk of Newhall was admittedly surprised when he learned of his nomination for Legionnaire of the Year by the American Legion members in Benton County. When Doug Anderson, Commander of Newhall’s Post 167, selected him, Bierschenk was honored and humbled by the nod.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced an extension of the state of public health emergency on Thursday that was initially issued March 17 by one additional week, and she ordered more non-essential retail categories to close.


Center Point-Urbana junior Ryley Goebel has been a part of the basketball recruiting process for enough time to understand its complexities. As schools began to approach her, Goebel knew she wanted certain boxes checked. Family atmosphere, a place to grow, somewhere close to her family.


Union blazed off 10 runs in the top of the 1st, yet Vinton-Shellsburg held their ground and chipped away at the lead to tie in the bottom of the 7th. Rhett Peters batted in three during extras…

Benton baseball fell on the road at Clear Creek-Amana 3-0 and 10-3 to move to 3-4 on the season. The Bobcats swept Marion last week 9-7 and 4-1 as they continue to search for consistent offense.


V-S softball secured their first win of the season with a close 6-5 triumph over Belle Plaine. Abby Davis had a rightfield catch in the top of 7th to seal the deal for the Vikettes. Photos by …


Work began in earnest this past week at the Old School Produce gardens located on the grounds of the Benton County Service Center. By following social distancing guidelines—keeping family members together, spacing groups more than six feet apart—more than 14,000 onions were planted by local …

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.

Sorting through all the latest health fads, trends and research-based health information can be as stressful and overwhelming as shopping for a new car. You want to avoid getting swindled into something that isn’t right for you, and you want to ensure that what you’re investing in actually works and provides the biggest bang for your buck.