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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.

"Dunk him! Dunk him!" "Dunk Mr. Davis!" The chant could be heard echoing across the playground at Shellsburg Elementary, where the students celebrated Spirit Day, their year-end party. They had spent the last few hours playing a variety of games, from the group parachute activities to kickball to bubbles to a sponge-passing game that left most participants soaked.

More than 400 attend VPRD's first Touch-A-Truck event

By Matt Boggess, VPRD · 11:06am May 26th, 2016
It was chilly, windswept day for the First Annual VPRD Touch A Truck, held on Satruday, May 14th at Vinton Shellsburg High School, but the weather didn’t keep all of our excited vehicle explorers away. The expected attendance from VPRD staff was somewhere from 100-150 people but we amazed that over 400 people attended the event which consisted of vehicles ranging from Emergency Services to the National Guard, Large Agriculture Equipment, Construction vehicles, a Tow Truck and awesome race car.

Storm causes damage to many trees; no structures impacted

By Dean Close · 11:06am May 26th, 2016
Winds of up to 65 miles per hour blew through Benton County early this morning, causing damage to trees, but apparently no structural damage, says Benton County Emergency Management Director Scott Hansen. While some Vinton crews were putting up the small flags along the downtown streets, others were removing damaged limbs from streets.

The new VGH clinic construction commences with one small sign

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 7:02pm May 25th, 2016
Virginia Gay Hospital’s project to construct a new building for the Vinton Family Medical Clinic commenced Tuesday with one small sign. Groundbreaking is set for Friday, June 3rd, and will occur after months of fine-tuning the costs with architects and contractors. “It took longer than I would have liked,” says Mike Reifenstahl, Director of Facilities at Virginia Gay, “but we’re pleased with the costs, the schedule and the team we have.

Every May, Alex Vasquez teaches young people how to march. The 8th grade history teacher at Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School has been a Civil War re-enactor, and is the descendant of a man who survived being shot in the face during The War Between the States. This week, the annual tradition continued.

Extension Committee to Nominate Council Candidates

By Benton County Extension · 9:56am May 25th, 2016
Four Benton County residents have been appointed to the Extension Council Nominating Committee, Shannon Feuerbach announced. The committee is charged with nominating candidates for the four vacancies on the council before August 10, 2016. Committee members selected to nominate extension council candidates for the 2016 election are Susie Henkle, 1975 60th St.

Friends of 4H: Group accepting donations for annual pie auction

By Benton County Extension · 9:55am May 25th, 2016
Friends of 4-H is a committee that was created by the Benton County Extension Council in June of 2015. Its purpose is to fundraise and provide scholarships for the youth enrolled in Benton County 4-H. It is the Council's hope that the additional monies provided will encourage Benton County 4-H youth to attend summer camps, conferences and programs at the local, state and national levels, Friends of 4-H started off by having pie auctions at the Benton County Fair during the livestock shows.

To help busy parents, and those who may be struggling with food security, the Vinton-Shellsburg School District is offering a new, free summer breakfast and lunch program. Anyone age 18 or younger is invited; no registration or ID is required. The program begins June 6 and ends July 29. Serving will take place Mondays through Fridays at Tilford Elementary in Vinton and Mondays through Thursdays at Shellsburg Elementary.

The silliness had a serious source; the hours of play was a celebration of years of hard work. The Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School students filled the lawn south of the school, participating in wheelbarrow races, some inflatable games, and other activities. The yard party – a revival of a school tradition that many of the students' parents can remember – was a reward for the students' personal achievements, as well as the school as a whole.

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