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Retired Vinton firefighter Bob LaGrange saw the aerial ladder extended 100 feet above the fire station and drove to the station, where he saw dozens of children gathered around fire trucks, trying on a firefighter's equipment, or learning how to operate the nozzle of a fire hose. "Best day on the fire department," said LaGrange, who participated in many Fire Prevention Week activities during his time on the department.

Las Vegas woman finds birth sister in Vinton, after visiting many times

By Dean Close · 11:50am October 8th, 2015
Laura Blanchard says that every time she visited Vinton, she felt a deep emotion – something she couldn’t explain or even understand. Now the Las Vegas resident knows: Vinton is where, a few weeks ago, she found her long-lost baby sister, the one her mother gave up for adoption when Laura was a young adult expecting her first child.

Homecoming: King, Queen to be crowned at pep rally tonight

By Dean Close · 9:00am October 8th, 2015
Vinton-Shellsburg High School leaders will be watching the sky and weather reports today as they prepare for the annual Homecoming parade and pep rally, which will include the crowing of the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen. There's a chance of rain in the forecast. A heavy rain could cause school officials to move the pep rally from the football field into the VSHS gym.

Vinton Popcorn seeks community input in choosing a new flavor

By Vinton Popcorn · 5:41pm October 7th, 2015
Vinton Popcorn is considering expanding our line of microwave popcorn and adding a flavor(s). Simply click on the link to tell us which flavor you would be mostly likely to choose! fill it out in Google Forms.

Kidsight screenings underway: Lions provide free service to area families

By Julie Zimmer, Vinton Lions Club · 3:15pm October 7th, 2015
The Lions KidsSight team has conducted screenings recently at daycares, Head Start and Tilford Elementary in Vinton. They will be testing kindergarten students at Shellsburg Elementary in October. The Vinton Lions have screened over 900 children since 2004, and they are stepping up their game this fall due to new state regulations.

Operation EDITH takes place Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

By Vinton Today · 11:18am October 7th, 2015
Operation EDITH is a fire-safety program that seeks to encourage the parents of young children to talk to their kids about the importance of fire safety. The cornerstone of the campaign is Exit Drill In The Home, thus the name "EDITH". The purpose is to educate early elementary school children and their families about the life-saving value of having a fire escape plan from their home.

Area residents, including businesses and individuals, are again helping to reach out to breast cancer survivors during October, the traditional Breast Cancer Awareness month. Bling The Bling A Bra contest is again getting under way at Nature's Corner. Several entries are already on display, and residents are invited to bring decorated bras to the flower shop.

V-S Homecoming Week begins; King, Queen candidates announced

By Dean Close · 6:59pm October 5th, 2015
Vinton-Shellsburg High School students began Homecoming week on Sunday, by painting the parking lot of the high school. On Monday they dressed up as their favorite TV or movie characters before learning who this year's King and Queen candidates are. Seniors went downtown after school to paint windows of several businesses.

Teach Ag Day

By Jessica Alderson, FFA Co-Reporter · 12:14pm October 5th, 2015
On Thursday, September 24th, four Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter members attended the Teach Ag Day, held at Hawkeye Community College, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The members that attended consisted of Jessica Alderson, Katie Isbell, Kayla Schneider, and Sarah Siglin. The girls had the opportunity to learn about four separate agricultural colleges; including Dordt, Iowa State University, Hawkeye Community College, and Northwest Missouri State.

VSHS plans Financial Aid presentation Oct. 19; conferences also that day

By V-S Community School District · 12:06pm October 5th, 2015
On Monday, October 19th, the VS-HS Guidance Office will be hosting two college planning sessions, featuring a representative from the Iowa College Access Network. The first will be at6:30 for Junior parents and students, and the presentation will be over college selection and options. Following, at 7:30, Senior parents are invited to learn more specifically about paying for college, financial aid, and the FAFSA.

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