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Air ambulance responds to accident north of Shellsburg

By Dean Close · 9:50pm December 18th, 2014 · 21 minutes ago
One person was airlifted to the hospital after a one-vehicle on 32rd Avenue (County Road W26), near Oak Grove Church, about three miles north of Shellsburg on Thursday afternoon. The Benton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident; no other information is available at this time.

Mary Ingalls Society accomplishes much in 2014; seeks partners for 2015

By Nancy Beckman · 5:47pm December 18th, 2014 · 4 hours ago
The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Mary Ingalls Society just began its 3rd year, and we are very excited about the future. This excitement stems from the work of our first two years resulting in the following: 1. Vintage photo display in the front hall of Old Main. 2. Photo books showing students and activities at the school by decade.

Extra! Extra! Extra Fruit!

By Jessica Alderson And Katie Isbell · 2:41pm December 18th, 2014 · 8 hours ago
On December 16th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter received the ordered boxes of fruit, cheese, nuts, and sausage for the FFA Fruit Sales. Members of the chapter and Ag Students unloaded box after box of ordered food and sorted through it all. After a long day of sorting through it all and getting orders out the door the Animal Learning Lab, which was previously filled from top to bottom with the fruit, is now almost empty, but there are still some boxes of a little bit of everything.

John Gualtier Wins American Legion Raffle

By Brad Anderson, American Legion Post 57 · 2:35pm December 18th, 2014 · 8 hours ago
For the past three months the Vinton American Legion has been selling raffle tickets, for a shotgun, to raise money for our scholarship fund. Friday December 12th after our fish fry we drew the winning ticket. Congratulations John Gualtier on winning the shotgun.

Koopman light display continues northwest of Vinton

By Dean Close · 9:32am December 18th, 2014 · 13 hours ago
As Heidi Koopman marks the 50th year since her father, Larry Kersten, first put a moving decorated light in their yard on the Mount Auburn Blacktop, the light display looks as fresh as ever. We took some close-up photos of many of the lights and mechanical displays a few weeks ago. To get to the lights, travel north on 218, then turn right on V61 (Mount Auburn Blacktop) and travel about 4 miles.

Animal Shelter, Animal Control, Adoptions, Anniversaries!

By Donita Casey, Friends Of The Shelter · 10:59am December 17th, 2014
In December 2008, Friends of the Shelter, Inc. (FOTSI) signed a contract with the City of Vinton to manage the Vinton/Benton Co. Animal Shelter. Some noteworthy items leading to this business arrangement was (as reported by the local newspaper), management of the shelter was “inept at best” for years; additionally, the shelter experienced an average annual increase of 26% in the number of animals impounded during the prior five years.

'Nesswe Neppe:' Presentation brings Judge Tobin's voice to life

By Dean Close · 10:02am December 17th, 2014
Although the flood of 2008 destroyed the historic cabin that once belonged to Judge John Tobin, the Benton County Conservation Naturalists are doing what they can to preserve the lessons that John Tobin learned from the area the Native Americans called “Nesswe Neppe.” That word refers to the three waters that came together north of Vinton, where a stream and small bottomland bayou join the main channel of the river.

Elementary advertising: 3rd graders offer Christmas suggestions

By Vinton Today · 9:32am December 17th, 2014
Still wondering what to buy for that hard to please person on your Christmas list? Read on for some suggestions from Mrs. Hyland’s Third Grade Students. The students have been working on persuasive advertising communication. Some of these kids might have a future in sales, says Mrs. Hyland. Unfortunately, we do not have more information on how to order these unique products! Easy Bake Oven By Tiasia Parents, are you tired of your children always saying that they’re hungry? Well, don’t worry because I have the perf...

Christmas with the Kiwanis

By Dean Close · 3:29pm December 16th, 2014
About 30 elementary students received a special invitation to meet Santa and have pizza with the Vinton Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. The club invites children to this special lunch every year. Santa presented each child a toy and received many hugs and some high fives. See more photos HERE.

Benton County Community Foundation plans Jan. 5 grant workshop

By Vinton Today · 12:18pm December 15th, 2014
In preparation for its upcoming 2015 grant cycle, the Benton County Community Foundation is holding a workshop for potential applicants. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the electronic application, to see a “hands-on” demonstration of its completion and have specific questions answered.

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