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Published 9:14am Nov 30th
Blue Creek Christmas: 70,000 lights fill a street north of Center Point again this year.read article »
Published 3:39pm Dec 1st
The four-part ALCO sign came down Dec. 1, as work on what will be the new Shopko is under way.read article »
Published 11:17pm Nov 28th
Heidi Koopman continues the Christmas lighting tradition her father began a half-century ago.read article »
Published 10:48am Nov 25th
Winning bidders took home their holiday decorations from the annual VGH Tree Walk on Tuesday.read article »
· 3:39pm December 1st, 2015 · 5 hours ago
The Iowa Workforce Development web site has been one of many online job sites offering both local employment opportunities for Vinton-area residents and good news for those who lobbied for a Shopko store to open in Vinton after the closing of Alco. Shopko advertised for store manager and assistant manager positions with a start date as early as Dec.
· 12:59pm December 1st, 2015 · 8 hours ago
The discussion over a proposed ordinance that would allow ATV owners to drive on gravel roads in Benton County continued on Tuesday, with no changes expected in the county rules in the near future. Louie Guynn of rural Mount Auburn spoke to the supervisors during their regular weekly meeting, asking for an update on the ordinance, telling them that some ATV owners had thought the ordinance had already passed.
· 9:14am November 30th, 2015
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Joshua Meyer pushed a big green button, and the corner of Blue Creek Court and Fee Street a few miles north of Center Point lit up, filling an entire neighborhood with lights. Blue Creek Christmas has begun. Aaron Maue began the computerized light display, synchronized with music, in 2010.
· 11:17pm November 28th, 2015
Fifty years ago, Larry Kersten put the first of his mechanical lighted Christmas decorations along the family's fence at 5598 22nd Avenue Trail northwest of Vinton. Now, Heidi Koopman is marking the 50th year of the light display her father began in 1965, turning on the display on Thanksgiving night.
· 4:42am November 27th, 2015
The Salvation Army Bell Ringing began for the season on ovember 23 at the Fareway in Vinton. The bell ringers will be present store hours – from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day through Christmas, ending December 26. Last year, the Salvation Army kettle in Vinton collected $15,003.00. Of that, 70% of the money stays local for direct aid.
· 10:48am November 25th, 2015
Kim Swore wandered among the trees on Tuesday, wondering who would be the final bidder on her entry in this year's Virginia Gay Hospital Tree Walk. Swore created a tree with a "Rainbow of Memories" theme in honor of the five young people who died in a traffic accident in April. She knew all of the "Urbana 5" and considered Triston Randall to be an adopted son.