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Published 5:48pm May 29th

VSHS Graduates Katie Isbell and Daisy Johnson enter the gym during 'Pomp and Circumstance.'

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  • VSHS Graduates Katie Isbell and Daisy Johnson enter the gym during 'Pomp and Circumstance.'
    Published 5:48pm May 29th

    VSHS Graduates Katie Isbell and Daisy Johnson enter the gym during 'Pomp and Circumstance.'

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  • Teagan Salter dances with bubbles during Spirit Day at Shellsburg Elementary.
    Published 10:19am May 27th

    Teagan Salter dances with bubbles during Spirit Day at Shellsburg Elementary.

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  • 2016 graduate Brendan Turner leaves VSHS in a limousine after graduation on Sunday.
    Published 5:48pm May 29th

    2016 graduate Brendan Turner leaves VSHS in a limousine after graduation on Sunday.

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  • Vikette Natalie Boyer gets the assist after catching this bounce vs. North Tama.
    Published 11:22am May 26th

    Vikette Natalie Boyer gets the assist after catching this bounce vs. North Tama.

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Class of 2016 says farewell to VSHS

By Dean Close · 5:48pm May 29th, 2016 · 17 hours ago
The Class of 2016 is a family, said graduate Celia Turner. Turner, who gave the student address during commencement on Sunday afternoon, recalled her days as a reluctant newcomer to Vinton-Shellsburg as a middle school student, but also recalled how every group of students treated others well. It was during their senior year, said Turner, that the Class of 2016 became even more like a family, as they shared experiences like homecoming painting traditions.

Jumping Rope for Heart: Tilford students raise nearly $5K for AHA

By Dean Close · 10:32am May 27th, 2016
Tilford Elementary students in Ms. Mindy McClintock's PE classes continued their annual Jump Rope for Heart tradition, raising $4,926.65 for the American Heart Association. Three students, Dylan Long, Miekela Ternus and Klee Kirchner, raised more than $200. Several students raised more than $100.

The Smart Alek’s Somewhat Serious Guide to Graduation Clichés

By Dean Close · 10:09am May 27th, 2016
Life does not consist of the number of breaths we take, but of the number of moments that take our breath away. Like when the water in the shower suddenly turns ice cold. Throughout the next few weeks, high school (and college) seniors – witnessed by millions of their friends and family members -- will sit in hard chairs and stuffy robes in hot gymnasiums, listening to graduation speeches.

Pool to open Saturday!

By Vinton Parks & Recreation · 11:23am May 26th, 2016
The Vinton Community Swimming Pool will open to the public for the summer season on Saturday, May 28th. We will be on a regular hour schedule for the weekend and all of next week. Also, just a reminder that Thursday, May 26th is the last day to save a little cash by getting your preseason discounted Family and Single pool passes for $10 less than regular rates.

Memorial Day ceremonies planned in Vinton

By Dean Close · 10:08am May 25th, 2016
Weather permitting, the Memorial Day ceremonies will take place in Vinton at their traditional times and locations. 8:00AM: Military Honors at Maplewood Cemetery. 8:15AM Military Honors at St Mary's Cemetery. 8:30AM Military Honors at Evergreen Cemetery (by the Civil War Monument). 10:00AM March to the Cedar River Bridge, and tribute to Navy veterans.

Every May, Alex Vasquez teaches young people how to march. The 8th grade history teacher at Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School has been a Civil War re-enactor, and is the descendant of a man who survived being shot in the face during The War Between the States. This week, the annual tradition continued.