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Published 10:35pm May 30th

Megan and Jackson Walthart sit near the brick honoring their great-grandpa, Jack Siegel.

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  • Megan and Jackson Walthart sit near the brick honoring their great-grandpa, Jack Siegel.
    Published 10:35pm May 30th

    Megan and Jackson Walthart sit near the brick honoring their great-grandpa, Jack Siegel.

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  • Memorial Day: Veterans and others braved the rain to honor those who died serving the U.S.
    Published 10:35pm May 30th

    Memorial Day: Veterans and others braved the rain to honor those who died serving the U.S.

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  • Rocket building and firing was a part of IPA's meeting at the Yedlik farm this weekend.
    Published 10:39pm May 30th

    Rocket building and firing was a part of IPA's meeting at the Yedlik farm this weekend.

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  • 2016 graduate Brendan Turner leaves VSHS in a limousine after graduation on Sunday.
    Published 8:41am May 31st

    2016 graduate Brendan Turner leaves VSHS in a limousine after graduation on Sunday.

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Class of 2016 says farewell to VSHS

By Dean Close · 8:41am May 31st, 2016 · 1 hour ago
The Class of 2016 is a family, said graduate Celia Turner. Turner, who gave the student address during commencement on Sunday afternoon, recalled her days as a reluctant newcomer to Vinton-Shellsburg as a middle school student, but also recalled how every group of students treated others well. It was during their senior year, said Turner, that the Class of 2016 became even more like a family, as they shared experiences like homecoming painting traditions.

IPA members learn rocket building, prepare for Boomtown and contests at Bar-Y

By Dean Close · 10:39pm May 30th, 2016 · 11 hours ago
When 6-year-old Brooklyn Meling participates in Show-And-Tell this week at her elementary school in Ankeny, her classmates will hear an incredible claim about the weekend she spent in Vinton: “I made a rocket, and fired it into the sky.” Brooklyn has the photos to prove that she did exactly that over the weekend, as she and her parents, Beau and Stephanie, spent their first weekend at Chuck Yedlik’s Bar-Y Ranch with scores of other IPA members.

'They all did their duty:' Memorial Day services includes Iwo Jima tribute

By Dean Close · 10:35pm May 30th, 2016 · 12 hours ago
During the first Memorial Day ceremony since the installation of the Iwo Jima silhouette at Veterans Park, the audience heard a history lesson about the famous battle of 1945, and the flag raising that inspired one of the iconic photos of World War II. Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School History Teacher Alex Vasquez shared some of the history of the war, telling the audience how the Japanese converted an island full of sulfur mines into a network of tunnels and fortified caves, hoping to cause such severe casualties that the U.

Jumping Rope for Heart: Tilford students raise nearly $5K for AHA

By Dean Close · 10:32am May 27th, 2016
Tilford Elementary students in Ms. Mindy McClintock's PE classes continued their annual Jump Rope for Heart tradition, raising $4,926.65 for the American Heart Association. Three students, Dylan Long, Miekela Ternus and Klee Kirchner, raised more than $200. Several students raised more than $100.

The Smart Alek’s Somewhat Serious Guide to Graduation Clichés

By Dean Close · 10:09am May 27th, 2016
Life does not consist of the number of breaths we take, but of the number of moments that take our breath away. Like when the water in the shower suddenly turns ice cold. Throughout the next few weeks, high school (and college) seniors – witnessed by millions of their friends and family members -- will sit in hard chairs and stuffy robes in hot gymnasiums, listening to graduation speeches.

Pool to open Saturday!

By Vinton Parks & Recreation · 11:23am May 26th, 2016
The Vinton Community Swimming Pool will open to the public for the summer season on Saturday, May 28th. We will be on a regular hour schedule for the weekend and all of next week. Also, just a reminder that Thursday, May 26th is the last day to save a little cash by getting your preseason discounted Family and Single pool passes for $10 less than regular rates.