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FFA members help first-graders make terrariums

By Jessica Alderson And Katie Isbell · 10:36am October 1st, 2014 · 2 hours ago
On September 29th, the Vinton-Shellsburg 1st graders went to the high school to learn how to make a terrarium, with the help of the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Advisor and Ag teacher, Mrs. Fleming, and some FFA members. To make the terrariums, the students had to put different materials into a plastic bottle.

Eastern Iowa Honor Flights receive donations from area businesses

By George Rickey, Eastern Iowa Honor Flight · 11:49am September 30th, 2014
The Eastern Iowa Honor Flights recently received several donations. As we look forward to our last flight of 2014 (October 21), we shall soon begin planning for our 2015 flight season, and anticipate doing 4 flights again next year. This is all made possible by the tremendous support of individuals, groups, and corporations.

Operation Backpack reaches 91 area students; more donations needed

By Dean Close · 11:40am September 30th, 2014
The Operation Backpack program that Vinton-Shellsburg High School students Riley Ries and Kylie Miracle began earlier this month is reaching many more students than anticipated. A total of 91 stuents from Tilford and Shellsburg elementaries are going home with a bag of food for the weekend. The program has received generous donations from local citizens and service clubs, as well as corporate donations of food items from Pepsi and items unused from the VAMA summer lunch programs.

DuPont Awards Grant for Grain Bin Rescue Equipment Garrison Fire Department

By Vinton Today · 11:28am September 30th, 2014
DuPont Pioneer is awarding grants to Iowa communities for the purchase of grain bin rescue equipment. Fire departments in Avoca, Garber, Garrison, Gowrie, Low Moor, Rockwell City, Tiffin and Westside, Iowa, are receiving grants this year to purchase grain bin rescue equipment for use in their communities through the Pioneer community betterment program, and additional grants are still available.

CP Historical Society visits dearly departed

By Rich Hannen · 11:32am September 29th, 2014
Approximately 30 people and eggsactly one chicken attended the 4th annual Center Point Historical Society Cemetery Walk Sunday, Sept. 28. The fluffy fowl was a prop for Dr. Philip Andersen who portrayed the late poultry- loving Jake Floyd. Andersen’s wife DeEtta, CPU student Marissa Benischek, Walthill Nebraska residents Janet Brookman Kruse and John Kruse, CP city councilman John Stuelke and CP resident Jon Brendel also have the Historical Society’s undying gratitude for playing Center Point dear departeds.

Benton County Community Health and Wellness Fair

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:54am September 29th, 2014
On Saturday, October 4th Virginia Gay Hospital Healthcare Foundation with the support of Vinton Parks and Recreation Department (VPRD) and other area health and wellness organizations will host the first Benton County Community Health and Wellness Fair at the Vinton Skate and Activity Center from 10am to 2pm - Admission is Free.

Remembering Dan: Flaughless 5K honors local soldier, raises PTSD awareness

By Dean Close · 10:22am September 29th, 2014
A letter Dan Flaugh wrote from Iraq to a Vinton-Shellsburg elementary student who is now a high schooler, and the cross country T-shirt he wore during the home meet at Rodgers Park a dozen or years ago were among the special items that helped his friends and family remember him during the third annual Flaughless 5K on Saturday.

Drone photography offers unique POV of area sights, events

By Dean Close · 6:46am September 27th, 2014
Football fans saw and heard a flying object during Friday's Homecoming game in Vinton. A small aircraft with red and green lights flew over the Karr Athletic Complex for a few moments as the Vikings played the Mustangs and as the VSHS Band performed its halftime show. The drone belongs to Brandon Turner, whose business, Aerial Advantage, offers customers photo services using that drone.

Model A Club tours Vinton

By Dean Close · 6:34am September 27th, 2014
Ron and Sharalyne Albright of rural Vinton and many of their fellow antique car lovers from the Hawk A Model A Ford Club of Cedar Rapids visited Dysart and Vinton on Friday. In Vinton they met at Old School Produce, where Mike Elwick explained his business. They then drove their cars to the library to begin a tour of the painted murals and chainsaw sculptures by Brian Parr.

BDG, USDA plan housing meeting, Oct. 8

By Emily Upah, BDG · 12:07pm September 26th, 2014
Benton Development Group will be hosing the USDA Rural Development for an informational meeting regarding housing programs available to Benton County residents. The meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, October 8th at 7:00pm in the Van Horne Community Room. USDA Rural Development works to improve the quality of life in rural areas.

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