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Butterfly vs. Mushroom: 'New and Improved' Vinton Popcorn now on sale

By Dean Close · 9:10am November 26th, 2014 · 21 hours ago
The 14 members of the Vinton-Shellsburg Entrepreneurship class have been delivering a new variety of Vinton Popcorn to area stores as well as the Kacena Tree Farm. "We are really excited about this," said instructor Aric Chvala. The class has replaced the Mushroom variety of popcorn with one known as Butterfly.

Thanksgiving milestone: 5 years after diagnosis, Caleb Stewart is doing well

By Dean Close · 8:42am November 26th, 2014 · 22 hours ago
As Thanksgiving approaches, Caleb Stewart is merely one of 100+ Vinton-Shellsburg High School seniors who are preparing to graduate. He’s finishing his final year of school, helping the Entrepreneurship class sell its new variety of Vinton Popcorn, and hoping to enter the U.S. Army after graduation.

Salvation Army bell-ringing begins Wednesday

By Dean Close · 5:42pm November 25th, 2014
Salvation Army bell-ringing will begin in Vinton on Wednesday, and coordinator Sarah Parker hopes many more people will sign up to ring the bells. “We need more volunteers,” said Parker, who is organizing bell-ringing at Fareway. There will also be smaller donation kettles at Casey’s, John’s Qwik Stop and Koop’s Automotive.

Vinton Value Dollars the perfect gift at Christmas time

By Vinton Unlimited · 5:41pm November 25th, 2014
Looking for a great Christmas gift? How about Vinton Value Dollars! Not only are you keeping money local--you give the gift of choice! Vinton Value Dollars can be redeemed at over 100 local participating businesses. Locations include restaurants, retailers, services, gas stations, grocery stores and many more! To purchase Vinton Value Dollars, simply stop by the Vinton Unlimited office in City Hall.

VS School Board unanimously approves track and turf project

By Dean Close · 9:43pm November 24th, 2014
As a soccer mom and ticket-taker, Kris Howes-Vonstein said saw two reasons to become a strong supporter of the Vinton-Shellsburg field turf project. As a mom, she was concerned about the safety of her two soccer-loving daughters on a field that is rough and often muddy. As the ticket-taker for home games, she heard comments from players, fans and even officials.

Currency alert: Mount Auburn man charged in case involving fake $50 & $20 bills

By Vinton Police Department · 5:42pm November 24th, 2014
The Vinton Police Department is warning Vinton and surrounding retailers to double-check their paper currency for “counterfeit bills” especially during the coming holiday seasons. On November 14, 2014, Dollar General reported a male subject passed seven $50 bills and four $20 bills which were all counterfeit.

Tuesday is VGH Tree Walk bidding deadline

By Dean Close · 2:44pm November 24th, 2014
Tomorrow is the deadline for bidding for the Virginia Gay Hospital Tree Walk. A few more new trees and wreaths have joined the display. Those interested in bidding are welcome to stop by today or tomorrow before 5 p.m.

VPRD Announces Coloring Contest Winners

By Brad Barker · 12:41pm November 24th, 2014
The Vinton Parks & Recreation Department recently held their annual Turkey Coloring Contest for children in 3rd grade and younger. The top three winners in each division were awarded prizes, presented with their laminated contest entry and also got to ride the fire truck with Santa in the downtown parade for the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Melissa Smith named new VGH Director of Home Health

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:39am November 24th, 2014
Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics is pleased to announce Melissa Smith, RN as the new Director of Home Health and Public Health. Melissa has been interested in healthcare for many years. She said, “I’ve always been a caretaker since a young age. My grandmother was a labor and delivery nurse, and I always knew that’s what I wanted to do.

Letters to Santa: Mailbox in Vinton for area children

By Dean Close · 9:31am November 24th, 2014
Area children who would like to write a letter to Santa may leave them in a special mailbox that has been set up outside of LaGrange Pharmacy. Vinton Unlimited has been helping Santa with this project. Those writing letters are asked to include a return address so Santa can send them a reply!

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