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Mayor to call for special meeting for vote on police chief appointment

By Dean Close · 10:29pm October 23rd, 2014
Vinton will wait a week, or longer, to learn if it has a new police chief. The City Council voted, 3-2 in favor of Mayor John Watson's choice, but with one member absent the vote does not represent more than a majority of the total council. After a months-long process that included input from a consultant and a citizens' committee, Watson selected Eldora Police Chief Ted Paxton from among three finalists.

Eclipse tempts area residents (and photographers) to 'look at the sun'

By Dean Close · 7:16pm October 23rd, 2014
Today, according to the NASA astronomers, was the last day of 2014 to see a solar eclipse. The partial eclipse, with the moon blocking part of the sun, was visible throughout the U.S. and many other parts of the world Thursday afternoon. See the NASA eclipse page HERE.

VS seeking to hire bus driver, maintenance employee, wrestling coach

By V-S Community School District · 5:07pm October 23rd, 2014
Vinton-Shellsburg Schools announce current job openings: •Bus Drivers – Regular Route & Substitutes. Must be able to obtain a Class B CDL license with Air Brake, School bus and Passenger endorsements. Pay: $21.65/hr (route driver). •Full-time Maintenance for the District: Must be able to perform a multitude of maintenance tasks •Head Varsity Wrestling Coach (License req.

Friends of the Shelter Pet Halloween Costume Contest begins

By Friends Of The Shelter, Inc. · 3:30pm October 23rd, 2014
The Friends of the Shelter, Inc., is hosting an online Halloween Costume Contest for our 4-legged friends! How do you enter? Simply post a picture to our Facebook page, private message us, or email a picture of your pet(s) in their Halloween costume! Whichever picture receives the most "likes" by noon, October 31 will win a FREE pet bed! Once your pet is entered, encourage your friends and family to "like" their photo! ​

Benton County native now a 'Zapper' with Navy electronic warfare squadron

By Vinton Today · 12:50pm October 23rd, 2014
OAK HARBOR, Wash. – A 2004 Benton Community High School graduate and Watkins, Iowa, native is serving with Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130), also known as the “Zappers”. Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Coffland is a Yeoman with VAQ-130, a Whidbey Island-based squadron that operates the Navy’s newly-designed electronic warfare aircraft, the EA-18G Growler.

Wellmark to present $7,500 award to Old Creamery Trail Rest Area

By Dean Close · 9:14pm October 22nd, 2014
WHO: Teresa Meyer, Farm Bureau Agent Alan Lindsey, Garrison Mayor Matt Purdy, Benton County Conservation Director Michael Gerrish, Wellmark Vice President Corporate and Marketing Communications Randy Scheel, Benton County Conservation Board WHAT: Wellmark will be presenting the Old Creamery Trail Rest Area with a $7,500 award in celebration of Wellmark’s 75th anniversary.

Federal authorities in Iowa seeking two fugitive drug suspects

By Vinton Today · 1:55pm October 22nd, 2014
Federal law enforcement officials are seeking information regarding the location of two persons who have been charged with federal drug, money laundering, and gambling offenses. The public’s assistance is being sought in the apprehension of Melissa Al Sharairei (also known as Melissa Schermerhorn), age 35, and her husband, Mohammad Al Sharairei, age 33, both of whom were last known to live in Pueblo, Colorado.

VS families asked to participate in technology survey

By V-S Community School District · 7:20pm October 21st, 2014
By Kim Meyer, VS Technology Dept. We have made some significant changes in the technology opportunities we offer our students and staff. Although we have done a lot, we know there are still more we can do to improve our use and purchase of equipment. As we determine how to best allocate our resources (time and money), we are gathering input from students, parents and staff.

Benton County residents targeted by Sweepstakes scam

By Randy Forsyth, Benton County Sheriff · 7:10pm October 21st, 2014
The Benton County Sheriff’s office has received three reports of attempted scams in the Vinton area today. Calls are being received stating that they have placed second in the Publisher Clearing House Sweepstakes. They are requesting that the people wire money to them to cover the processing costs.

Area Substance Abuse Council offers update on variety of programs

By Lindsey Ungs, CPS · 10:08am October 21st, 2014
At ASAC we are constantly working to reduce substance use and abuse in the community. In order to accomplish this task, prevention specialists are working with community members and professionals to address substance issues on many fronts. The following are a few highlights of the committees that have been formed to address substance use issues.

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