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Published 9:32am Dec 18th

It's not a secret! Santa welcomes visitors to Koopman's light display again, in its 50th year!

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  • It's not a secret! Santa welcomes visitors to Koopman's light display again, in its 50th year!
    Published 9:32am Dec 18th

    It's not a secret! Santa welcomes visitors to Koopman's light display again, in its 50th year!

    read article » 
  • Third grader says Boomco Blaster would keep kids from too much TV & prepare them for zombie attack.
    Published 9:32am Dec 17th

    Third grader says Boomco Blaster would keep kids from too much TV & prepare them for zombie attack.

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  • This is one of many photos from Judge Tobin's original slide show about 'Nesswe Neppe.'
    Published 10:02am Dec 17th

    This is one of many photos from Judge Tobin's original slide show about 'Nesswe Neppe.'

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  • Tough crowd: Santa seems to find some skepticism on the face of a child.
    Published 3:29pm Dec 16th

    Tough crowd: Santa seems to find some skepticism on the face of a child.

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Koopman light display continues northwest of Vinton

By Dean Close · 9:32am December 18th, 2014 · 4 hours ago
As Heidi Koopman marks the 50th year since her father, Larry Kersten, first put a moving decorated light in their yard on the Mount Auburn Blacktop, the light display looks as fresh as ever. We took some close-up photos of many of the lights and mechanical displays a few weeks ago. To get to the lights, travel north on 218, then turn right on V61 (Mount Auburn Blacktop) and travel about 4 miles.

Presbyterian Church to provide Christmas Dinner

By Jeff Holmes · 11:03am December 17th, 2014
The Presbyterian Church of Vinton, 608 1st Avenue, will be providing a free Christmas Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 25 from 12:00 p.m. - to 2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This event will be open to the public. There are many people who are alone on Christmas Day, and in the spirit of Christian love, the church will be providing a home-style meal for them.

'Nesswe Neppe:' Presentation brings Judge Tobin's voice to life

By Dean Close · 10:02am December 17th, 2014
Although the flood of 2008 destroyed the historic cabin that once belonged to Judge John Tobin, the Benton County Conservation Naturalists are doing what they can to preserve the lessons that John Tobin learned from the area the Native Americans called “Nesswe Neppe.” That word refers to the three waters that came together north of Vinton, where a stream and small bottomland bayou join the main channel of the river.

Elementary advertising: 3rd graders offer Christmas suggestions

By Vinton Today · 9:32am December 17th, 2014
Still wondering what to buy for that hard to please person on your Christmas list? Read on for some suggestions from Mrs. Hyland’s Third Grade Students. The students have been working on persuasive advertising communication. Some of these kids might have a future in sales, says Mrs. Hyland. Unfortunately, we do not have more information on how to order these unique products! Easy Bake Oven By Tiasia Parents, are you tired of your children always saying that they’re hungry? Well, don’t worry because I have the perf...

Christmas with the Kiwanis

By Dean Close · 3:29pm December 16th, 2014
About 30 elementary students received a special invitation to meet Santa and have pizza with the Vinton Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. The club invites children to this special lunch every year. Santa presented each child a toy and received many hugs and some high fives. See more photos HERE.

Tobin's Tales: Slide show to feature stories from historic judge Tuesday

By Karen Phelps, Naturalist BCCB · 4:16pm December 15th, 2014
On, Tuesday, December 16, from 6:30-8 p.m., the Benton County Conservation Board will Present "Tobin’s Tales" at the Nature Center. Enjoy an evening of historical storytelling. Prior to his passing at age 94, Judge John Tobin of Vinton, created a slide-show about the legend of Unga-Chuk and Nes-swe-nep-pe.