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VS alum builds house for less than $500

By Vinton Today · 10:46am January 26th, 2015 · 5 hours ago
Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten had no money. How could they build a house? The Central College students, both environmental studies majors, wanted to build a small, sustainable home for their senior project. They proposed a $3,350 budget — but when no grant money was available, they became scavengers to complete the project as cheaply as possible.

Clickstop Cares program to receive first donations Feb. 21

By Vinton Today · 10:25am January 26th, 2015 · 5 hours ago
The creation of Clickstop’s new charity organization, Clickstop Cares, in is in full swing, with the company announcing its first official donation date. Donations will be accepted Saturday, February 21, from 8 am to 10 am at the company’s Bing Miller Lane location: 2535 Bing Miller Lane, Urbana.

100 + 2: Bethlehem Lutheran continues giving program in 2015

By Bethlehem Lutheran Church · 10:15am January 26th, 2015 · 5 hours ago
On January 25, 2015, Bethlehem Lutheran Church presented a gift of $102.00 to the Evergreen Cemetery . The cemetery was formed in 1852 and officially dedicated in 1853. Among those buried at Evergreen Cemetery are: The 11th Governor of Iowa-Buren R. Sherman-buried in 1904 Veterans from "Declared" Wars beginning with the War of 1812 up through United States military conflicts over the past 60 years Evergreen Cemetery is a non-profit perpetual cemetery, and is not funded by the City of Vinton or b...

Mary Ingalls Society offers IBSSS calendars

By Nancy Beckman · 10:14am January 26th, 2015 · 5 hours ago
The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Mary Ingalls Society First Edition Calendars are now for sale at Farmers Savings Bank, L’Marie, Nature's Corner and Henkle Creek Mercantile. Stop in and take a look – They make great gifts for friends, family or yourself. The calendars can also be purchased at the Front Office of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School or the Vinton Unlimited office, 310 A Ave.

When the Vinton City Council gathered at City Hall on Thursday night, they were expecting to hear some possibly bad news regarding the condition of the city’s sanitary sewer system, and the cost of repairing it and adding new updates to meet current environmental regulations. City officials had previously learned that fixing leaks in the system where rain water enters the sanitary system, along with making environmental updates mandated by federal rules, could cost $10 million or more.

Continued reports of counterfeit bills being passed in Vinton-area stores have had merchants seeking out a special pen with which they can determine if a bill is real or not. “We have taken a couple of calls where counterfeit bills have been discovered after the fact from the banks, so the counterfeit bills have filtered through to the general public through normal purchase transactions at the retail level,” says Vinton Police Chief Ted Paxton.

VSHS Debate Teams do well at State event

By V-S Community School District · 12:39pm January 21st, 2015
Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Vinton-Shellsburg Debate team members (back row) Shane Monaghan, Lela Aondofar, Rhianna Turner, Brittany Grendler, Quinn Monaghan, Grant Noren and Riley Ries. (Front row) Jonah Blix, Caitlyn Martin, Jenna Lane, Kylie Miracle, Olivia Oltrogge, Rachel Gordon and Karys Lillie on their outstanding performance at the Iowa High School Speech Association’s State Debate Tournament held on the DMACC campus in Ankeny last weekend.

IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society offer First Edition Calendar

By Nancy Beckman · 2:23pm January 19th, 2015
First Edition Calendar – 2015 The school has never had a calendar in its 153 year history, so the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society is very excited to offer 100 numbered copies of this First Edition. There are plans to have calendars offered annually highlighting the school and its story. Each calendar has beautiful colored pictures of the school’s campus and some bits of information about Mary Ingalls.

Fire damages rural Vinton farm building

By Dean Close · 8:25pm January 18th, 2015
Gary Marlow walked from his home on 54th Street to the corner of 24th Ave. Drive to retrieve his Sunday issue of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, but discovered some other news: A fire in a neighbor’s farm building. Marlow noticed smoke coming from a shed at the Peterman farm at 5515 24th Avenue Drive.

Dear Friend: The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Mary Ingalls Society just began its 3rd year, and we are very excited about the future. This excitement stems from the work of our first two years resulting in the following: 1. Vintage photo display in the front hall of Old Main.

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