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Published 3:11pm Apr 17th

Smoke forms a heart above Victory Lane during Boomtown 2013; mourners gathered there today.

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  • Smoke forms a heart above Victory Lane during Boomtown 2013; mourners gathered there today.
    Published 3:11pm Apr 17th

    Smoke forms a heart above Victory Lane during Boomtown 2013; mourners gathered there today.

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  • Purse-A-Palooza: The silent auction has begun at the VGH clinic in Vinton.
    Published 11:47am Apr 16th

    Purse-A-Palooza: The silent auction has begun at the VGH clinic in Vinton.

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  • VSHS performers prepare for this week's opening of 'Rapunzel'
    Published 11:45am Apr 15th

    VSHS performers prepare for this week's opening of 'Rapunzel'

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  • Scouts helped plant 500 trees on the Glime property on Saturday.
    Published 10:02pm Apr 12th

    Scouts helped plant 500 trees on the Glime property on Saturday.

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A brief, beautiful message above Victory Lane

By Dean Close · 3:11pm April 17th, 2015
If you are among those who have spent the past week mourning a friend or relative who died in last week’s awful accident – and especially if you are among those who had already attended way too many too-soon funerals in the past year – I have a story for you. I chose to attend today’s funeral for the last four of the Urbana 5 as a friend, not a reporter.

Family, friends remember Nicole Jacobson as 'sister at heart'

By Dean Close · 8:42am April 17th, 2015
Those who gathered at Phillips Funeral Home chapel to honor Nicole Jacobson on Tuesday remember her as a sweet, soft-spoken science lover who didn’t use bad words, a friend who could change the outlook of those around her without saying a word. “I loved seeing her smile because it always made me want to smile,” said Regzhena Rothberg, who grew up as a neighbor to Nikki but called her “one of the best little sisters.

A silent purse auction has begun at the Virginia Gay Hospital Clinic in Vinton. The auction, however, offers more than purses. Backpacks, book bags, beach bags and even something for the chef in the family is available for the bid. Bidding continues through April 29 at the clinic at 504 North 9th Avenue.

A benefit concert for the families of the five victims of last week’s Highway 150 accident will take place April 30, at Jimberly’s in Newhall. Framing the Red, a Mississippi band with a member who grew up in Urbana, will play the concert beginning at around 7 p.m. Band member William Fish played in the Center Point-Urbana High School marching band while Triston Randall was on the football team.

Red Cedar Chamber Music plans Brinton Silent Film Project at Palace

By Vinton Palace Theatre · 10:38am April 16th, 2015
Red Cedar Chamber Music brings The Brinton Silent Film Project to the Vinton Palace Theatre at 210 W 4th St. in Vinton, Iowa at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Tickets are only $10. The Brinton Silent Film Project features Red Cedar Trio members, flutist Jan Boland, guitarist John Dowdall and cellist Carey Bostian, performing live to accompany “an exceptionally rare, perhaps unique, collection” of silent films from 1895-1910.

Vinton girl makes millions laugh on AFV

By Dean Close · 11:46am April 15th, 2015
A Vinton girl has quite literally earned her “fifteen seconds of fame,” thanks to a popular Sunday night TV show. Aly Becker made her parents laugh when she enthusiastically described how she wanted to fly, in an airplane, so she could see God. “She has always talked about flying (like Tinkerbell),” says her mom, Ranae.