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Children watch as Chef Justin makes salsa.

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  • Children watch as Chef Justin makes salsa.
    Published 9:26am Aug 23rd

    Children watch as Chef Justin makes salsa.

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  • Farm to School Night: Jonathan McClung samples the cinnamon nachos with fruit salad.
    Published 9:26am Aug 23rd

    Farm to School Night: Jonathan McClung samples the cinnamon nachos with fruit salad.

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  • VS football cheerleader Kayla Udell soars high above her peers during a stunt on Friday.
    Published 2:37am Aug 20th

    VS football cheerleader Kayla Udell soars high above her peers during a stunt on Friday.

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  • On the 22nd of each month, Buddy Check 22 encourages you to check on a veteran buddy.
    Published 1:30pm Aug 22nd

    On the 22nd of each month, Buddy Check 22 encourages you to check on a veteran buddy.

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Many thanks for donated band instruments; many musicians have been helped

By V-S Community School District · 4:11pm August 23rd, 2016 · 12 hours ago
By VSMS Band Director Jodi Bierschenk To be in band or to not be in band? This is a big question for Vinton-Shellsburg beginning band students. It is a proven fact that learning to play a musical instrument as a child helps develop brain function. To be in the band is an advantage that is available to all students, but is not required to do.

Leaders say IBSSS decision should be 'very long process'

By Dean Close · 10:47am August 23rd, 2016 · 18 hours ago
At the first of what will most likely be many meetings about the future of the Iowa Braille and Sight-Saving School campus – and whether or not the City of Vinton should become its new owner – Vinton's mayor said the city needs much more time and much more information before considering any decisions.

Farm to School: VS seeks to serve more locally-grown produce in cafeterias

By Dean Close · 9:26am August 23rd, 2016 · 19 hours ago
During "Back to School Night" at Tilford Elementary, students and their families also received a taste of "Farm to School," program that is just beginning in the Vinton-Shellsburg district. The goal of the program is to connect schools with area farmers and produce growers, to provide healthy vegetables for lunch rooms while supporting local farmers and encouraging the production and consumption of healthier food.

Marshall Meyer of Benton County exhibited the Supreme Champion Purebred Female in the 4-H Breeding Sheep show Tuesday at the 2016 Iowa State Fair. Lane Vander Linden of Marion County exhibited the Reserve Supreme Champion Purebred Female. Karlyn Snider of Marshall County snagged the Champion Commercial Ewe award, while Nicole Zuber of Iowa County claimed the Reserve Champion Commercial Ewe title.

Vinton cannot afford to lose IBSSS Campus, but can we afford to keep it?

By Dave Redlinger · 1:30pm August 22nd, 2016
Several years ago, I sat with Dawn Pettengill at a hearing when the Board of Regents decided to consolidate all of the students at the Vinton facility with the other students at the Council Bluffs facility. I hoped at the time, that this was a temporary situation. I hoped that the somehow, the school would be returned to its former use.

I checked on a Buddy today. Did you? A year ago, on Aug. 22, 2015, a group of veterans started a Facebook movement called Buddy Check 22. The goal is for someone to contact a veteran on the 22nd of every month, just to let them know you are thinking of them, and to make sure they are ok. The stark statistic that inspired the movement is this: 22 veterans commit suicide each day.