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Ikes continue wreath-making; near 10,000 in 20 years

By Dean Close · 12:13pm October 30th, 2014 · 15 hours ago
A half-dozen volunteers from the Red Cedar Chapter of the Izaak Walton League are busy again this pre-Christmas season, making 150 wreaths for sale around the area. The conservation group has been making the wreaths from Scotch pine trees for at least 20 years; members estimate they are nearing a total of 10,000 wreaths.

5th Annual VGH Tree Walk begins Monday

By Dean Close · 11:56am October 30th, 2014 · 16 hours ago
The 5th Annual Virginia Gay Hospital Tree Walk begins next week. On Monday, Nov. 3, hospital employees and others will begin setting up the trees and displays, which will be offered for sale via silent bid. Bid sheets are on display near each entry. Bidding ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. There will be at least 53 items, mostly trees and a few wreaths, to see and bid on.

Prescription medicine disposal site already making a difference

By David Condry · 12:45pm October 29th, 2014
An important strategy towards prevention is to limit the supply of substances available to be abused by individuals in the community. Through a partnership between the Benton County Sheriff Department and the Above The Influence Coalition a permanent prescription drop box has been provide for the residents of Benton to safely dispose of their unused and/or expired prescription medications.

Jack-O-Lantern Jump this Sunday

By Brad Barker · 11:58am October 29th, 2014
The Vinton Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Jack-O-Lantern Jump on Sunday, November 2nd at the Vinton Recreation Center/Community Swimming Pool. The event will begin at 2 PM and serves as a great way to get rid of those mushy, decaying pumpkins by dropping them to a target below from the top of the waterslide tower.

Halloween celebrations begin; trick-or-treating hours set

By Dean Close · 8:59am October 29th, 2014
Downtown Vinton was filled on Saturday morning with hundreds of children in a variety of costumes for the annual VPRD Halloween celebration. After meeting at 10 a.m. for games and treats on the courthouse lawn, the children paraded through the downtown area, receiving treats at many area businesses. The celebration the late October traditions continue on Friday, as official Vinton trick-or-treat hours are from 5-7 p.

Unanimous council approves Paxton as police chief

By Dean Close · 8:31am October 29th, 2014
Five days after a divided 3-2 vote by the Vinton City Council fell short of the majority needed to confirm Ted Paxton as the new police chief, the council met again Tuesday night to continue dealing with the issue. The Tuesday meeting, however, was very short. Mayor Watson again asked the council to approve his choice of Paxton to replace Jeff Tilson.

Wellmark grant to help fund Old Creamery Nature Trail rest area

By Dean Close · 9:44am October 28th, 2014
Bob LaGrange sat between the foundation of the Old Creamery Theatre and the Old Creamery Nature Trail on Monday, along with leaders from Vinton, Dysart and Garrison who had gathered to celebrate the latest improvements in the trail's 20-year history. LaGrange was wearing a decades-old light blue jacket with the Old Creamery Theatre logo on the back, and an Old Creamery Nature Trail T-shirt.

Vinton TTT Book Fair at B & N was great success

By Robin Martin · 11:02am October 27th, 2014
The Vinton Chapter of T.T.T. hosted a book fair at the Cedar Rapids Barnes & Noble this past Saturday. It was a packed fun-filled day of interactive, musical and literary experiences. Children enjoyed the author Andy Allen who shared his amazing dog, Stormin’ Norman. Costumed children crafted masks, played games and enjoyed Halloween story time with books read by Margie Ortgiesen.

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.

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