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Published 10:29pm Nov 20th

Santa arrived Thursday at the end of the lighted patriotic Christmas parade.

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  • Santa arrived Thursday at the end of the lighted patriotic Christmas parade.
    Published 10:29pm Nov 20th

    Santa arrived Thursday at the end of the lighted patriotic Christmas parade.

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  • Group hug: Santa gets embraced by two children at once Thursday after his courthouse arrival.
    Published 10:29pm Nov 20th

    Group hug: Santa gets embraced by two children at once Thursday after his courthouse arrival.

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  • James Locke works with younger wrestlers at a club clinic in 2013; his is the new VHSH coach.
    Published 9:32am Nov 20th

    James Locke works with younger wrestlers at a club clinic in 2013; his is the new VHSH coach.

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  • Josh Mulder and Traveler, honored by the Hawkeyes, will travel with the team to NYC.
    Published 10:02pm Nov 18th

    Josh Mulder and Traveler, honored by the Hawkeyes, will travel with the team to NYC.

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On Wednesday, we passed on the news of the closing of the Alco store in Vinton. On Thursday, the company issued the following press release about the liquidation sale that begins today: After 113 years, Alco Stores (OTC-PINK: ALCSQ), a discount retailer focused on serving consumers in smaller communities with limited access to other regional or national retail chains, is closing its doors forever.

T-shirts honoring Coach Johnson now available for order

By Dean Close · 5:25am November 21st, 2014
The Alburnett Mat Pack came to the recent Vinton-Shellsburg Wrestling Club tournament wearing special shirts in honor of the late VS coach Steve Johnson. Those shirts are now available for order in Vinton. The ordering deadline is Dec. 5. Contac Laurie Ortner or Tharp's Design for more information.

Christmas season arrives in Vinton; Santa, veterans ride in parade

By Dean Close · 10:29pm November 20th, 2014
The holiday season began in Vinton on Thursday, as the traditional lighted patriotic Christmas parade, Lions chili supper fund-raiser for the Honor Flight organization, and the gathering of children around Santa at the courthouse all took place. A new tradition is also under way -- the Art Store was open Thursday night downtown.

"We had a good day," says VS Activities Director Jim Struve on Thursday, describing the nearly $40,000 in donations from local individuals and businesses toward the track resurfacing and field turf projects on that day alone. That brings this week's total to $72,000, and the overall fund-raising campaign to $272,000.

Wrestlers to welcome new Viking wrestling coach Locke at Tuesday potluck

By Vinton Today · 9:32am November 20th, 2014
The Vinton-Shellsburg Wrestling Club is hosting a potluck on Tuesday, November 25 at 6:00 in the Tilford Lunchroom to get to know our new head High School Wrestling Coach, James Locke. Former Viking wrestlers Hank Bratten and Phillip Miller will share the assistant head coach position. All wrestling families are welcome to attend.

A month after the Alco discount store chain announced it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy re-organization, employees in Vinton have learned that the local store is among Alco centers the company plans to close in early 2015. Employees received the news on Tuesday. Manager Verdonn Lefevere said little other information is available now.