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Public Hearing on Karr Athletic Complex

By Karrie Bartling, Vinton-Shellsburg CSD · 1:13pm November 21st, 2014
Vinton-Shellsburg CSD Special School Board Meeting Public Hearing on Karr Athletic Complex Monday, November 24, 2014 – 6:30 PM (Published for 6:00 pm start, but will wait until 6:30 pm based on schedules) Central Office Board Room 1502 C Ave.

On Wednesday, we passed on the news of the closing of the Alco store in Vinton. On Thursday, the company issued the following press release about the liquidation sale that begins today: After 113 years, Alco Stores (OTC-PINK: ALCSQ), a discount retailer focused on serving consumers in smaller communities with limited access to other regional or national retail chains, is closing its doors forever.

Riverside Casino grant to help furnish CP library addition

By Rich Hannen · 9:03am November 21st, 2014
The Washington County Riverboat Foundation awarded a $7,000 grant to Friends of the Center Point Library on Nov. 19, 2014. Attending the presentation ceremony at Riverside Casino were Friends president Christina Lahr, vice president Marj Pepin, secretary Sharon Hannen and Center Point head librarian Janine Walters.

T-shirts honoring Coach Johnson now available for order

By Dean Close · 5:25am November 21st, 2014
The Alburnett Mat Pack came to the recent Vinton-Shellsburg Wrestling Club tournament wearing special shirts in honor of the late VS coach Steve Johnson. Those shirts are now available for order in Vinton. The ordering deadline is Dec. 5. Contac Laurie Ortner or Tharp's Design for more information.

Christmas season arrives in Vinton; Santa, veterans ride in parade

By Dean Close · 10:29pm November 20th, 2014
The holiday season began in Vinton on Thursday, as the traditional lighted patriotic Christmas parade, Lions chili supper fund-raiser for the Honor Flight organization, and the gathering of children around Santa at the courthouse all took place. A new tradition is also under way -- the Art Store was open Thursday night downtown.

"We had a good day," says VS Activities Director Jim Struve on Thursday, describing the nearly $40,000 in donations from local individuals and businesses toward the track resurfacing and field turf projects on that day alone. That brings this week's total to $72,000, and the overall fund-raising campaign to $272,000.

Toy give-away set for Dec. 2

By Vinton Today · 7:01pm November 19th, 2014
On December 2 from 8 am-5 pm there will be a toy giveaway for area children, at the Vinton Community Center, located at 409 A Ave. (Across from the Laundromat) For more information, call Joanne Mayhew, 472 5761.

A month after the Alco discount store chain announced it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy re-organization, employees in Vinton have learned that the local store is among Alco centers the company plans to close in early 2015. Employees received the news on Tuesday. Manager Verdonn Lefevere said little other information is available now.

Tree Walk Needs Your Bids Today!

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 2:13pm November 19th, 2014
There is less than a week to go to place your bids for the Annual Tree Walk Silent auction at Virginia Gay Hospital. Bids are taken until Tuesday, November 25th, at 5pm sharp, when the winners are announced! Visit the Virginia Gay Hospital lobby any time before November 25th (5pm) to place your bid! Beautifully adorned and brilliantly illuminated holiday decorations will greet you as you enter Virginia Gay Hospital.

Wounded Warrior: Vinton native Mulder to join Hawkeyes at 2K Tourney in NYC

By Dean Close · 10:02pm November 18th, 2014
When the Iowa Hawkeyes play Texas in New York City on Thursday night, a Wounded Warrior from Vinton will be among soldiers honored at Madison Square Garden. Josh Mulder of Vinton was an honorary captain during Iowa’s home victory Monday night over North Dakota State. He and his service dog, Traveler, were introduced to the crowd at half-time.

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