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News :: Remembering 2013: Celebrations, success and change
· 8:34am January 2nd, 2014
Unlike 2008 (flood) and 2011 (wind storm), 2013 did not bring any historical events that impacted countless people to the Vinton area.
Yet, there were plenty of things to read about -- most of them very good -- in the news during the year that ended on Tuesday.
January began with the news that for the second year in a row, a Vinton resident would e honored as one of the KCRG-TV Nine Who Care honorees. A year after John Gualtier received recognition for his thousands of hours of volunteering to help area veterans and his many visits to area classrooms, Megan Ternus earned the honor for her effort to make and send many hundreds of dresses to Haiti.
2013 also brought several changtes to public offices. All three Benton County supervisors (Terry Hertle, Don Frese and Todd Wiley) began serving in that office last year.
Last year began, as it has for the past few years, with two big events on the Vinton-Shellsburg High School basketball court. Pink Night events for both Viking and Vikettes help honor breast cancer survivors as well as raise funds to help pay for mammography services.
Another big cancer-related event took place on a January day at Tilford Elementary, where the "Where John Counts" fund-raiser brought in $10,000 for custodian John Scriven. The children presented the money to John in an emotional assembly that also included pig-kissing by Mr. Murray and teachers chosen by the children who had participated in the fund-raising.
January also saw the beginning of the Celebration Park fund-raiser; despite weather-related delays, the park was nearly finished by the end of 2013.
Darrell Lee Abbott 40, of Iowa City, was arrested Saturday January 26, 2013 in Iowa City, on a Benton County arrest warrant for arson and child endangerment, accused of setting fire to a rural Shellsburg home while his estranged wife and children were inside.
Vinton Popcorn, a project involving local business leaders and the VSHS Entrepreneurship class, began offering popcorn at the Palace Theatre and local stores in 2013.
The weather was a story throughout the year, as heavy snow, a threat of flooding, then concerns about drought (and then too much rain in the fall) kept farmers looking upward. The first day of VHSH track practice began with the athletes shoveling several inches of snow off the track.
The first two months of the year included a historic basketball season by the 2012-13 VS Vikings. They accomplished a rare undefeated season and earned the second trip to State in VS history, while being ranked No. 1 throughout most of the season.
(to be continued)
Amateur Radio Classes begin tonight
2 hour late start for Vinton-Shellsburg today