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After a year closed off to the public, the Vinton Palace Theatre will welcome the Schmidt Brothers to the live stage on May 7 and 8 in front of a limited audience.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8884 Auxiliary nominated and presented the Vinton-Shellsburg Student Senate with the Youth Activities Award and letter of thanks from the national VFW on Wednesday. for their donation of personal items to local veterans in November.

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Frank and Kathy Van Steenhuyse of Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home have announced a sale of the Vinton funeral home to Teahen Funeral Home of Cedar Rapids within the next few weeks, promising the transition will be smooth and Frank isn’t going anywhere soon.

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Early discussion of turning 61st Street south of Vinton into a gravel road took place between nearby property owners, representatives from Benton County and Vinton-Shellsburg CSD on Thursday inside the school’s conference room at the central office.

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The Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) on Wednesday announced nominations for All-State Individual Speech to recognize the top performances from across the state, which included five performers between Benton, Center Point-Urbana and Union.

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Residents living near Hannen Park came before the Benton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to issue concerns over trucks carrying wood chips from derecho damage to the park and their impact on the roads in the area.

Urbana will welcome three new businesses in its Urbana Town Centre development this summer, including Fiber Heart yarn shop making the hop from Dysart to its new home.

After months of being apart, CMS and the CDC have updated the visitation guidelines for Long Term Care. Here is our plan to transition back toward normal while being cognizant that increasing visits increases the risk of passing COVID 19 infections to staff and residents:

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed several pieces of legislation, including Senate File 413, a bill which narrows early voting from 29 days to 20 days before election and promoted to create uniformity for election officials beginning in the next major election.

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The Individual Speech season saw a beginning similar to the Large Group season as schools elected to submit their events virtually on Saturday or hosting judges on Wednesday. Benton and Vinton-Shellsburg chose for the latter and hosted their District contest at Benton Jr/Sr High School on We…

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Matt Boggess knew when he took over Vinton Parks and Recreation Department (VPRD), he wanted to expand recreational opportunities for residents while also improving on existing parks in Vinton for current and future generations to enjoy. Putting in a rock climbing wall at the rec center at R…

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So many factors were working against the Voyagers Dance Team going into their 2020-21 season. The COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t going away anytime soon, a derecho wind storm had devastated the southern part of the county, and the team was without a coach for a bit. Melanie Davis couldn’t sit by t…

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As Vinton Police Chief Ted Paxton and Captain Eric Dickinson walked through the police station and identified each of the rooms in their corner of the city hall building, one thing was made clear: storage and adequate space were lacking. The city had moved out the Vinton Unlimited offices in…

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.

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.

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Belle Plaine Police arrested Lewis Charles Burns, 36, of Belle Plaine on charges of Assault on Peace Officer (aggravated misdemeanor), Interference With Official Acts (serious misdemeanor), an…

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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 …

No matter what’s going on or where it might be going on, time is often of the essence when it comes to just about anything. The clock can be one of the biggest barriers to finding consistent routines, especially when it comes to exercising on a regular basis. But it doesn’t have to be. Check out how to squeeze in a quick yet still-effective workout that can generate real results, even if only 30 minutes are up for grabs.

Winter’s cold is still here, the windows have been closed for months, the heat is running and the humidifier appears to have found a permanent home in the bedroom. It can be tough to keep the air inside homes of high quality during the winter.