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Blingin' bras, bingo and more: Residents, businesses help with 'Pink' campaigns

By Dean Close · 11:16am October 6th, 2015 · 13 hours ago
Area residents, including businesses and individuals, are again helping to reach out to breast cancer survivors during October, the traditional Breast Cancer Awareness month. Bling The Bling A Bra contest is again getting under way at Nature's Corner. Several entries are already on display, and residents are invited to bring decorated bras to the flower shop.

V-S Homecoming Week begins; King, Queen candidates announced

By Dean Close · 6:59pm October 5th, 2015
Vinton-Shellsburg High School students began Homecoming week on Sunday, by painting the parking lot of the high school. On Monday they dressed up as their favorite TV or movie characters before learning who this year's King and Queen candidates are. Seniors went downtown after school to paint windows of several businesses.

Teach Ag Day

By Jessica Alderson, FFA Co-Reporter · 12:14pm October 5th, 2015
On Thursday, September 24th, four Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter members attended the Teach Ag Day, held at Hawkeye Community College, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The members that attended consisted of Jessica Alderson, Katie Isbell, Kayla Schneider, and Sarah Siglin. The girls had the opportunity to learn about four separate agricultural colleges; including Dordt, Iowa State University, Hawkeye Community College, and Northwest Missouri State.

VSHS plans Financial Aid presentation Oct. 19; conferences also that day

By V-S Community School District · 12:06pm October 5th, 2015
On Monday, October 19th, the VS-HS Guidance Office will be hosting two college planning sessions, featuring a representative from the Iowa College Access Network. The first will be at6:30 for Junior parents and students, and the presentation will be over college selection and options. Following, at 7:30, Senior parents are invited to learn more specifically about paying for college, financial aid, and the FAFSA.

Area bands do well at 5 Seasons Invitational

By Dean Close · 9:09am October 5th, 2015
The best high school bands in Iowa receive invitations to events such as the 5 Seasons Invitational which takes place each year at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids. Vinton-Shellsburg, Benton Community and Center Point-Urbana were among the 11 bands in Class 3A invited to the competition which took place Saturday.

Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame nominations begin

By Vinton Today · 9:09am October 5th, 2015
The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS or Volunteer Iowa) today released nomination materials for the 2016 Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame. Nominations must be postmarked or e-mailed by Dec. 21; inductees will be recognized during National Volunteer Week next April. Details and nomination materials are online at www.

Happy birthday....

By Dean Close · 10:04am October 3rd, 2015
Those living in northeast Vinton may see a very large bovine in the yard of Todd Bohnsack. It's a unique way to wish him a happy 50th birthday. The friends of Todd (who set the Viking high jump record of six feet, eight inches) while he was in high school -- and who is now the dad of two current Viking athletes and an 8th grader and future Vikette athlete -- will help him celebrate tonight.

Volunteers sought to drive area veterans to medical appointments

By Toni Parizek, Veterans Affairs Dept. · 10:04am October 3rd, 2015
Benton County Veterans Affairs is asking anyone who would be willing to donate their time to helping our local Veterans get to their appointments. The Veterans Affairs Administration supplies a wonderful van for our volunteers to transport our Veterans to their VA appointments. Please contact Toni Parizek, Benton County Veterans Affairs Director if interested at 319.

Area fire departments plan breakfasts, school visits

By Dean Close · 11:00am October 2nd, 2015
Next week is Fire Prevention Week, and Vinton and Garrison fire departments plan their annual breakfasts. The Garrison event take place this Sunday, Oct. 4. The Vinton breakfast comes a week later on Oct. 11. Garrison details: The Garrison breakfast takes place from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Emergency Services Building.

As the Kiwanis Club International continues to celebrate its 100th year, the Vinton Kiwanis are joining in the celebration, as well as adding some milestones of their own. Club members also celebrated local two milestones on Tuesday, as they honored Bob LaGrange for his 60th year in the club. Bob also helped celebrate the induction of the Kiwanis’ new President, his grandson, Dan LaGrange.

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