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The new VGH clinic construction commences with one small sign

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 7:02pm May 25th, 2016 · 2 hours ago
Virginia Gay Hospital’s project to construct a new building for the Vinton Family Medical Clinic commenced Tuesday with one small sign. Groundbreaking is set for Friday, June 3rd, and will occur after months of fine-tuning the costs with architects and contractors. “It took longer than I would have liked,” says Mike Reifenstahl, Director of Facilities at Virginia Gay, “but we’re pleased with the costs, the schedule and the team we have.

Civil War marching drills bring history to life for VSMS 8th graders

By Dean Close · 9:56am May 25th, 2016 · 11 hours ago
Every May, Alex Vasquez teaches young people how to march. The 8th grade history teacher at Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School has been a Civil War re-enactor, and is the descendant of a man who survived being shot in the face during The War Between the States. This week, the annual tradition continued.

Extension Committee to Nominate Council Candidates

By Benton County Extension · 9:56am May 25th, 2016 · 11 hours ago
Four Benton County residents have been appointed to the Extension Council Nominating Committee, Shannon Feuerbach announced. The committee is charged with nominating candidates for the four vacancies on the council before August 10, 2016. Committee members selected to nominate extension council candidates for the 2016 election are Susie Henkle, 1975 60th St.

Friends of 4H: Group accepting donations for annual pie auction

By Benton County Extension · 9:55am May 25th, 2016 · 11 hours ago
Friends of 4-H is a committee that was created by the Benton County Extension Council in June of 2015. Its purpose is to fundraise and provide scholarships for the youth enrolled in Benton County 4-H. It is the Council's hope that the additional monies provided will encourage Benton County 4-H youth to attend summer camps, conferences and programs at the local, state and national levels, Friends of 4-H started off by having pie auctions at the Benton County Fair during the livestock shows.

VS to offer free lunch, breakfast throughout June, July in Vinton, Shellsburg

By Dean Close · 8:47am May 25th, 2016 · 12 hours ago
To help busy parents, and those who may be struggling with food security, the Vinton-Shellsburg School District is offering a new, free summer breakfast and lunch program. Anyone age 18 or younger is invited; no registration or ID is required. The program begins June 6 and ends July 29. Serving will take place Mondays through Fridays at Tilford Elementary in Vinton and Mondays through Thursdays at Shellsburg Elementary.

The silliness had a serious source; the hours of play was a celebration of years of hard work. The Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School students filled the lawn south of the school, participating in wheelbarrow races, some inflatable games, and other activities. The yard party – a revival of a school tradition that many of the students' parents can remember – was a reward for the students' personal achievements, as well as the school as a whole.

Touch-A-Truck Reccap

By Matt Boggess, VPRD · 12:39pm May 19th, 2016
It was chilly, windswept day for the First Annual VPRD Touch A Truck, held on Satruday, May 14th at Vinton Shellsburg High School, but the weather didn’t keep all of our excited vehicle explorers away. The expected attendance from VPRD staff was somewhere from 100-150 people but we amazed that over 400 people attended the event which consisted of vehicles ranging from Emergency Services to the National Guard, Large Agriculture Equipment, Construction vehicles, a Tow Truck and awesome race car.

VSMS 8th graders receive Presidential Awards

By Dean Close · 10:58pm May 18th, 2016
Eight Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School 8th grade students received the President’s Award for Educational Achievement, an award with one very difficult requirement, according to Principal Shelly Petersen. “They have to impress their teacher every single day,” said the Principal as she discussed the awards during Wednesday’s President’s Education Awards Program.

Community wellness center survey; Thursday is deadline for responding

By Vinton Today · 10:42am May 18th, 2016
If you haven’t already, please consider taking 3-5 minutes to complete the survey about the idea of a Community Wellness Center. The survey will close at 11:45pm on Thursday, May 19th. Your participation is greatly appreciated! A local committee is currently researching the idea of a Community Wellness Center for public use in Vinton.

West Campus students help with variety of community projects

By Dean Close · 3:26am May 18th, 2016
Students of the Vinton-Shellsburg West Campus the site (the alternative high school program) have spent much of the past several weeks in a Community Service class. The students helped several local organizations in an effort to improve Vinton and also teach community involvement. Their schedule included the following projects in April and May: 4/21 & 4/22 - Working on bike trail with VPRD; 4/26 - Community Service Project in the West Campus neighborhood - working with Old School Produce; 5/2 through 5/5 - Rogers Park - vari...

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