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VSMS announces first trimester Honor Roll

By V-S Community School District · 12:08pm November 30th, 2015 · 16 hours ago
Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School has announced its First Trimester Honor Roll. Click below to see the complete list for each grade. There is now just one list; in previous years, there was both "A" and "B" list. 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade

Blue Creek Christmas: Light display fills neighborhood north of Center Point

By Dean Close · 9:14am November 30th, 2015 · 19 hours ago
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Joshua Meyer pushed a big green button, and the corner of Blue Creek Court and Fee Street a few miles north of Center Point lit up, filling an entire neighborhood with lights. Blue Creek Christmas has begun. Aaron Maue began the computerized light display, synchronized with music, in 2010.

50 years of lights: Heidi Koopman continues father's tradition

By Dean Close · 11:17pm November 28th, 2015
Fifty years ago, Larry Kersten put the first of his mechanical lighted Christmas decorations along the family's fence at 5598 22nd Avenue Trail northwest of Vinton. Now, Heidi Koopman is marking the 50th year of the light display her father began in 1965, turning on the display on Thanksgiving night.

Angel Tree sign-up under way now; donations welcome

By Lanette Parker · 12:44pm November 27th, 2015
The Annual Benton County Angel Tree program is underway! Families that need assistance with Christmas gifts this year for their children can sign up at First Christian Church, 319-472-2153; Harvest Christian Fellowship, 472-5352 or call LaNette how to fill out an application. Any individuals or organizations that would like to donate to this cause or if you have any questions, please call LaNette at 319-521-1496.

'Holiday Lights' punch card now available

By Melissa Schwan, Director, VU · 12:19pm November 27th, 2015
Use your ‘holiday lights’ punch card when you purchase Vinton Value Dollars! Receive one punch for every $10 in Vinton Value Dollars purchased! Vinton Unlimited is happy to announce this year’s holiday promotion - the "holiday lights" punch card! Receive one punch for every $10 spent at participating businesses.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing under way; volunteers needed

By Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz · 4:42am November 27th, 2015
The Salvation Army Bell Ringing began for the season on ovember 23 at the Fareway in Vinton. The bell ringers will be present store hours – from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day through Christmas, ending December 26. Last year, the Salvation Army kettle in Vinton collected $15,003.00. Of that, 70% of the money stays local for direct aid.

VGH Tree Walk a success; many trees share personal stories

By Dean Close · 10:48am November 25th, 2015
Kim Swore wandered among the trees on Tuesday, wondering who would be the final bidder on her entry in this year's Virginia Gay Hospital Tree Walk. Swore created a tree with a "Rainbow of Memories" theme in honor of the five young people who died in a traffic accident in April. She knew all of the "Urbana 5" and considered Triston Randall to be an adopted son.

Herger sings in Opus Honor Choir Festival

By Lois Martin, VS Music Dept. · 4:27am November 25th, 2015
Davia Herger, Vinton-Shellsburg eighth grade vocalist, recently participated in the thirtieth annual Opus Honor Choir Festival. Over 3,500 students from the state of Iowa were nominated by their directors for 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs. Selections were made by means of a recorded audition.

Nepotism case: Supervisors agree to 90-day extension, will review policy

By Dean Close · 11:47am November 24th, 2015
While still divided on the overall question of how restrictive the Benton County nepotism policy should be, the three supervisors unanimously agreed to a 90-day extension for Secondary Roads mechanic Josh Burkhart. In November, Burkhart received a termination notice informing him that his marriage to Kari Benson, the daughter of county maintenance vehicle driver Mike Benson, put him in violation of the county's nepotism policy.

Vinton Garden Club News 11/17/15

By Joyce Bratten · 11:37am November 24th, 2015
The Vinton Garden Club member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., District II and Central Region met at 12 pm November 17, 2015 at Rosie Boisen home. She treated us to a delicious dinner. Our speaker was John Frazier owner of Frazier Tree Farm. He gave a very informative talk on “new varieties of trees and some tips on the older trees in Iowa.

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