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Published 12:13pm Oct 30th

Shirley Wiley helps finish one of the 150 wreaths the Ikes will make this holiday season.

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  • Shirley Wiley helps finish one of the 150 wreaths the Ikes will make this holiday season.
    Published 12:13pm Oct 30th

    Shirley Wiley helps finish one of the 150 wreaths the Ikes will make this holiday season.

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  • Annika Schmidt leaves her mark on the Ehlinger/McDonald's windows.
    Published 10:30am Oct 29th

    Annika Schmidt leaves her mark on the Ehlinger/McDonald's windows.

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  • Jenna and Nora Grovert -- or is it Nora and Jenna? - joined the downtown Halloween fun Saturday.
    Published 8:59am Oct 29th

    Jenna and Nora Grovert -- or is it Nora and Jenna? - joined the downtown Halloween fun Saturday.

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  • Lily Horst puts her name on a window at Ehlinger's/McDonald's during the VS XC celebration.
    Published 10:30am Oct 29th

    Lily Horst puts her name on a window at Ehlinger's/McDonald's during the VS XC celebration.

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Ikes continue wreath-making; near 10,000 in 20 years

By Dean Close · 12:13pm October 30th, 2014 · 18 hours ago
A half-dozen volunteers from the Red Cedar Chapter of the Izaak Walton League are busy again this pre-Christmas season, making 150 wreaths for sale around the area. The conservation group has been making the wreaths from Scotch pine trees for at least 20 years; members estimate they are nearing a total of 10,000 wreaths.

5th Annual VGH Tree Walk begins Monday

By Dean Close · 11:56am October 30th, 2014 · 19 hours ago
The 5th Annual Virginia Gay Hospital Tree Walk begins next week. On Monday, Nov. 3, hospital employees and others will begin setting up the trees and displays, which will be offered for sale via silent bid. Bid sheets are on display near each entry. Bidding ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. There will be at least 53 items, mostly trees and a few wreaths, to see and bid on.

Jack-O-Lantern Jump this Sunday

By Brad Barker · 11:58am October 29th, 2014
The Vinton Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Jack-O-Lantern Jump on Sunday, November 2nd at the Vinton Recreation Center/Community Swimming Pool. The event will begin at 2 PM and serves as a great way to get rid of those mushy, decaying pumpkins by dropping them to a target below from the top of the waterslide tower.

Local business honors VS cross country runners

By Dean Close · 10:30am October 29th, 2014
To celebrate the success of the Vinton-Shellsburg cross country teams, Mel Davis and her parents, Terry and Bonnie Ehlinger (the mom and grandparents of freshman runner Elisabeth Davis) welcomed the entire team to Ehlinger's 66 and McDonald's on Tuesday evening. The runners painted windows of the convenience store and restaurant (and a few cars, as well) and also enjoyed free hot chocolate.

Halloween celebrations begin; trick-or-treating hours set

By Dean Close · 8:59am October 29th, 2014
Downtown Vinton was filled on Saturday morning with hundreds of children in a variety of costumes for the annual VPRD Halloween celebration. After meeting at 10 a.m. for games and treats on the courthouse lawn, the children paraded through the downtown area, receiving treats at many area businesses. The celebration the late October traditions continue on Friday, as official Vinton trick-or-treat hours are from 5-7 p.

Unanimous council approves Paxton as police chief

By Dean Close · 8:31am October 29th, 2014
Five days after a divided 3-2 vote by the Vinton City Council fell short of the majority needed to confirm Ted Paxton as the new police chief, the council met again Tuesday night to continue dealing with the issue. The Tuesday meeting, however, was very short. Mayor Watson again asked the council to approve his choice of Paxton to replace Jeff Tilson.