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Jordan Yesak, Abigail Blackert win Bring the Noise 5K

By Dean Close · 4:25pm September 2nd, 2014 · 3 hours ago
Jordan Yessak won the men's trophy and Abigail Blackert finished first among all women's during the annual Vinton Kiwanis 5K race Saturday morning. Complete results are below. Click HERE to see more photos. Mens Overall Jordan Yessak 16:14 Age 13-19 Jordan Evans 16:16 Nolan Haisman 18:03 Casey Funk 19:24 Bryce Williams 20:28 Charley Cooling 21:43 Luke Beyer 21:44 Owen Sloop 25:07 Julius Sloop 29:59 Age 30-39 Dan McKenna 20:24 Scott Lee 20:26 ...

Megan Hill to join VS as FFA assistant

By Jessica Alderson And Katie Isbell · 10:47am September 2nd, 2014 · 9 hours ago
Starting on September 1, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter will be gaining a new addition to the team! Ms. Megan Hill, becoming more involved with the agriculture side of life than she probably expected, will be the chapter’s new FFA Assistant! Ms. Hill, being a new member of the community, applied for the position because of her passion for leadership building and group dynamics.

Music returns to Garrison Mercantile Hall with Sept. 13 Idiot Jam

By Dean Close · 10:30am September 2nd, 2014 · 9 hours ago
A century ago, Garrison residents would gather on Saturday nights at the Farmers Mercantile Hall at 100 West Main Street to see friends, hear music and shop. Although it's been decades since the sounds of guitars or fiddles echoed from the balcony of the historical building, area residents can now go back -- at least for one evening -- to hear their neighbors play and sing their favorite songs.

In Western Africa, where a savanna woodland scattered with trees divides the Sahara Desert to the north from the fertile but shrinking rain forests located to the east and south of Senegal, a primitive hut is awaiting the Iowa woman who can't wait to see it again – along with her friends and the chimpanzees they have made a career of studying.

VS logos, flash drives to help fund Post-Prom activities

By Becky Kruckenberg · 8:26pm August 31st, 2014
The Post Prom Committee will be painting the Vinton-Shellsburg logo on driveways for $40 for the first one and $30 for an additional logo. Simply send your address and phone number to nasagan_6@msn.com You will then be contacted to set up a day and time to have the logo applied. You must be present when the logo is painted.

August FFA Chapter Meeting

By Jessica Alderson And Katie Isbell · 7:17pm August 29th, 2014
On August 25th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA had their first chapter meeting of the 2014-2015 school year. The meeting started at 6:30 with 40 members present. At this meeting a lot was accomplished- from constitutional changes to shirt designs for the year. The members also met the new FFA assistant, Ms.

Boomtown/Boomfest crews making preparations for tonight, tomorrow

By Dean Close · 2:01pm August 29th, 2014
Behind the scenes, volunteers and others have been working to prepare for this weekend's Boomtown and Boomfest activities. City crews placed flags on downtown light poles, and Boomtown Committee members worked with Veridian Credit Union employees to set up the fairgrounds for the weekend event. Veridian is again the title sponsor of Boomtown.

Casey's continues Ice Bucket Challenge, but donates to MDA camps

By Dean Close · 1:26pm August 29th, 2014
Accepting the challenge from former Casey's employee Trent Husted, who now works at Virginia Gay Hospital and participated in the VGH Ice Bucket Challenge earlier this week, Casey's manager Chris Hendryx accepted the challenge and also involved the convenience store employees and a few willing customers.

Julia Meadows to Retire from Virginia Gay Hospital

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 11:02am August 28th, 2014
It’s uncommon these days for someone to work within a business or institution for more than a few years, and even more remarkable for a person rise within the ranks to one of the top positions. After 30 years Julia Meadows, Chief Financial Officer of Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics, is retiring.

Candidates listed for 2014 General Election

By Benton County Auditor's Office · 10:08am August 28th, 2014
The filing deadline for candidates for the Nov. 4 election was yesterday. The Benton County ballots for federal, state, county and township offices will include the following names. Benton County Candidate Listing General Election November 4, 2014 County Filing Deadline August 27, 2014 Federal Offices US Senator Bruce Braley-Dem Joni Ernst-Rep Bob Quast-Bob Quast for Term Limits Rick Stewart-Ind Douglas Butzier-Lib Ruth Smith US Representative Dis.

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