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Published 9:43pm Nov 24th

Viking football coach Jim Womochil discusses a sample of field turf with architect Josh Pope.

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  • Viking football coach Jim Womochil discusses a sample of field turf with architect Josh Pope.
    Published 9:43pm Nov 24th

    Viking football coach Jim Womochil discusses a sample of field turf with architect Josh Pope.

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  • Look for those familiar red kettles and Salvation Army bell-ringers in Vinton beginning Wednesday.
    Published 5:42pm Nov 25th

    Look for those familiar red kettles and Salvation Army bell-ringers in Vinton beginning Wednesday.

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  • The VGH Tree Walk also caters to Rednecks, motorcyle lovers and other outdoorsy types.
    Published 2:44pm Nov 24th

    The VGH Tree Walk also caters to Rednecks, motorcyle lovers and other outdoorsy types.

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  • Letters to Santa can be placed in this mailbox in downtown Vinton.
    Published 9:31am Nov 24th

    Letters to Santa can be placed in this mailbox in downtown Vinton.

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Salvation Army bell-ringing begins Wednesday

By Dean Close · 5:42pm November 25th, 2014 · 12 hours ago
Salvation Army bell-ringing will begin in Vinton on Wednesday, and coordinator Sarah Parker hopes many more people will sign up to ring the bells. “We need more volunteers,” said Parker, who is organizing bell-ringing at Fareway. There will also be smaller donation kettles at Casey’s, John’s Qwik Stop and Koop’s Automotive.

How media mediocrity (or malfeasance?) helped fan the flames of Ferguson

By Dean Close · 12:18am November 25th, 2014
I was sitting with about a dozen local residents a while ago, when someone asked us to tell what local news station we prefer. Most mentioned the local ABC or NBC affiliates, and a couple confessed to preferring CBS’ local station. Not me. I briefly thought about going along and saying ‘7’ or ‘9,’ but I didn’t.

VS School Board unanimously approves track and turf project

By Dean Close · 9:43pm November 24th, 2014
As a soccer mom and ticket-taker, Kris Howes-Vonstein said saw two reasons to become a strong supporter of the Vinton-Shellsburg field turf project. As a mom, she was concerned about the safety of her two soccer-loving daughters on a field that is rough and often muddy. As the ticket-taker for home games, she heard comments from players, fans and even officials.

Currency alert: Mount Auburn man charged in case involving fake $50 & $20 bills

By Vinton Police Department · 5:42pm November 24th, 2014
The Vinton Police Department is warning Vinton and surrounding retailers to double-check their paper currency for “counterfeit bills” especially during the coming holiday seasons. On November 14, 2014, Dollar General reported a male subject passed seven $50 bills and four $20 bills which were all counterfeit.

Tuesday is VGH Tree Walk bidding deadline

By Dean Close · 2:44pm November 24th, 2014
Tomorrow is the deadline for bidding for the Virginia Gay Hospital Tree Walk. A few more new trees and wreaths have joined the display. Those interested in bidding are welcome to stop by today or tomorrow before 5 p.m.

VPRD Announces Coloring Contest Winners

By Brad Barker · 12:41pm November 24th, 2014
The Vinton Parks & Recreation Department recently held their annual Turkey Coloring Contest for children in 3rd grade and younger. The top three winners in each division were awarded prizes, presented with their laminated contest entry and also got to ride the fire truck with Santa in the downtown parade for the Tree Lighting Ceremony.