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GO VS cup fund-raiser underway at JQS

By Dean Close · 2:21pm August 30th, 2016 · 8 hours ago
A favorite Vinton-Shellsburg GO VS (Generating Opportunities for Viking Scholars) fund-raiser is under way. From now until Christmas, VS familes can purchase a mug at John's Quik Stop for $20, and refill it for free with coffee or soda from the fountain. The fund-raiser is one of many held by GO VS throughout the year.

A unique farewell to the brother of a Vinton resident inspired many spectators at Boomtown this year. Before the main show started, Melanie Peterson, sister-in-law of Jen Kreutner, pushed a button, and a single 8-inch wide, 18-pound shell blasted high above the track and exploded into a shower of orange streaks and bright lights.

Boomtown 10 fills Vinton with fireworks

By Dean Close · 9:20pm August 28th, 2016
The 10th annual Boomtown filled Vinton, and particularly the Benton County Fairgrounds, with the lights and sounds of fireworks on Saturday, as thousands gathered for the annual display by the members of the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association. After a display of individual home-made shells by IPA members, and several songs set to fireworks set up by the Junior Pyros, it was time for the grand finale.

First lesson in art is creativity, says Kindergarten teacher Otto

By Dean Close · 12:00pm August 26th, 2016
Attention, parents of VS Kindergarten students: If your child comes home and tells you that the art teacher said it's OK to color outside the lines, it's true. The first lesson in art, says Lindsey Otto, who has been teaching elementary art for a 14 years, the last 10 at Vinton-Shellsburg, is creativity.

Expect Boomtown 'surprises,' record number of Boomfest vendors

By Dean Close · 10:21am August 26th, 2016
The 10th anniversary Vinton Boomtown event will be full of "surprises," says Chuck Yedlik. The Bar-Y owner says the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association plans many unique displays for the annual event, which begins today and includes Saturday's fireworks finale, one of Iowa's largest displays.

Post-Prom Hawkeye home game ushering sign-up continues

By Dean Close · 10:09pm August 25th, 2016
"If we can get 20 volunteers per Iowa home game, we will meet all of our fund-raising goals for the year," says Mel Davis, the chairperson of the 2017 VS Post-Prom Committee. For the second straight year, VS has the opportunity for volunteers to earn money for Post-Prom by volunteering to usher at Iowa games.

Thanks to all who donated to back-to-school donation efforts

By Molly Noren · 3:32pm August 24th, 2016
Thanks to the generosity of many in our community, our recent school supply drive was able to collect enough to provide 196 Vinton-Shellsburg Preschool-12th grade students with the supplies they will need to start the school year! There were items collected by area churches (Bethlehem Lutheran, Blessed Hope, Harvest Christian, Wesley United Methodist, Stewart Memorial United Methodist, Vinton Presbyterian, First Christian, Garrison United Methodist) and items were also put into collection boxes by community members at Fareway, Shopko, LaGrang...

Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament presents donation to Virginia Gay Foundation

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 11:30am August 24th, 2016
The Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation once again extends a sincere thank-you to the Murphy family, and their friends and loved ones, who have donated so generously to so many Virginia Gay campaigns and Gifts of Hope. Now in it's 18th year the Murphy Memorial Golf Outing has contributed more than $300,000 to Virginia Gay and other worthy cancer-related causes.

Concrete, drawing and crafting: Belle Plaine artist Shines at State Fair

By Vinton Today · 11:30am August 24th, 2016
When Belle Plaine artist Jane Hrabak was checking out art competitions at the 2016 Iowa State Fair, she ran across a contest that called for artists to decorate a concrete statue. Intrigued by the opportunity of creating art in this new medium, she created an idea centered around Belle Plaine's Legion, Post 39, and the Auxiliary and decided to title the work "Pride in America.

No Dollar General in Shellsburg: Council rejects annexation request

By Dean Close · 10:29am August 24th, 2016
The Shellsburg City Council held the public hearing on the proposed annexation of the property south of Shellsburg for the purpose of a Dollar General Store being built. After hearing public comments, the council voted unanimously to not annex the property for the Dollar General Store. "I would personally like to thank everyone who took the time to come to the meeting and share their comments," said Mayor Dan Roehr.

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