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The Iowa State Patrol is investigating a multiple-fatality accident on Highway 30 involving a minivan in which 10 people were riding and three other vehicles this morning. According to the ISP, three people have been killed and several more injured. The minivan, a 2007 Toyoda Sienna, according to the ISP, was westbound on Highway 30 when the driver lost control due to ice on the road.

Council supports game bird farm, but must change city rules to allow it

By Dean Close · 8:14am February 3rd, 2016
The Vinton City Council is facing a minor, but unique challenge: How to change the city rules so that the former Vinton Animal Shelter can become a game bird farm. During its meeting last Thursday, the council members heard from Scott Barron and Will Ketchen, who want to raised 3,000 to 5,000 pheasants and quail each year at the shelter site southeast of town.

V-S School cancelled due to weather

By Vinton Shellsburg School District · 7:30am February 3rd, 2016
There will be no classes today, February 3, due to the weather. Stay home and stay safe! There will now be classes on February 15 and March 29.

Voyagers to perform at VSMS, Saturday

By Dean Close · 7:17am February 3rd, 2016
The Vinton-Shellsburg High School Voyagers Dance Team will perform its Spring Show this Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School gym. The dancers have been sharing some of their routines during halftime of VSHS basketball games. They gave the audience a sneak preview of their Storm Trooper routine last Friday.

Cruz, Clinton win among county caucus voters

By Dean Close · 3:14am February 2nd, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz were the winners among Benton County caucus participants on Monday evening. The Democrats awarded Clinton 56 percent of their county delegates, while Bernie Sanders has 44 percent of them. The Republicans count the winners of their caucus by votes, not delegates.

Olivia Spencer of Vinton and Owen Krug of Atkins were introduced to the Central Lutheran School student body as Heart Heroes as the school began its month-long Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Both Olivia and Owen were born with heart defects and have already had heart surgery and face an uncertain future regarding their hearts as they grow.


By George Rickey, Eastern Iowa Honor Flight · 11:18pm January 31st, 2016
We would like to announce the four dates for our 2016 flight season. They are as follows: EIHF FLIGHT # 23 Monday, 18 April 2016 Departs from Eastern Iowa Airport - 6:30 AM Returns to Eastern Iowa Airport - Approx 10:15 PM * EIHF FLIGHT #24 Wednesday, 18 May 2016 Departs from Eastern Iowa Airport - 6:30 AM Returns to Eastern Iowa Airport - Approx 10:15 PM * EIHF FLIGHT #25 Tuesday, 20 September, 2016 Departs from Eastern Iowa Airport - 6:30 AM Returns to Eastern Iowa Airport - Ap...

100th day of class: Elementary students celebrate, study the number

By Dean Close · 5:27pm January 29th, 2016
Tilford first grade students marked the 100th day of school with a variety of lessons about the number 100. They dressed up as they thought a 100-year-old might dress, filled bags with 100 crackers, candies, and other items to demonstrate what 100 looks like, and colored crowns. See more photos HERE.

Students to visit Veteran's Museum with local veterans by their side

By Kurt Karr · 12:40pm January 29th, 2016
The Vinton Shellsburg Community School Foundation is lending it's support to a high school field trip to Waterloo's Veterans' Museum on February 8th and we're asking for your help. Please consider donating $5 for each student's cost. You can donate online here, by visiting our website at www.

Two wheels & four legs: Vinton PD seeks to add K-9, bike patrols

By Dean Close · 9:57pm January 28th, 2016
Vinton Police Chief Ted Paxton updated the Vinton City Council on two new programs he hopes to put in place this year. The Chief said during the council meeting that the department will present information to the council about the police dog program during its Feb. 25 meeting. “We have an officer who has prepared a Power Point presentation,” Paxton said.

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