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Published 5:03pm Feb 12th

Countdown: A sign in the window indicates that Shopko will open within one month in Vinton.

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  • Countdown: A sign in the window indicates that Shopko will open within one month in Vinton.
    Published 5:03pm Feb 12th

    Countdown: A sign in the window indicates that Shopko will open within one month in Vinton.

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  • The VSHS FFA/Ag students again are sharing videos of the hatching of chicks in their incubator.
    Published 4:35pm Feb 11th

    The VSHS FFA/Ag students again are sharing videos of the hatching of chicks in their incubator.

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  • After visiting Fareway, Tim Smith of the TV show 'Moonshiners' visited the Vinton FD.
    Published 9:10am Feb 11th

    After visiting Fareway, Tim Smith of the TV show 'Moonshiners' visited the Vinton FD.

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  • Instructors gave VS 5th graders their first ski lessons Monday at Sundown Mountain.
    Published 6:13am Feb 9th

    Instructors gave VS 5th graders their first ski lessons Monday at Sundown Mountain.

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Shopko countdown begins; signs appear at site

By Dean Close · 5:03pm February 12th, 2016 · 7 hours ago
The Shopko Countdown is officialy under way; a sign in the building that once housed the Vinton Alco store announed today that the store with a new name and Shopko's green color theme will open in 30 days. Other signs that the business will soon open include new cart bays, with Shopko's name on them, in the parking lot.

Belle Plaine Food Pantry continues serving southern Benton Co. residents

By Alice Stramer · 4:22pm February 12th, 2016 · 7 hours ago
Dignity and respect is given to clients whom accesses the food pantries of Benton County, whether it is the northen half of the county at Vinton, or southern half at Belle Plaine. Screening is done at HACAP, with wages of the individual or family, to determine eligibility. Declaration of current eligibility is needed at pick up time.

Volunteer opportunity: Post-Prom Game Committee seeks new chairperson

By V-S Community School District · 10:01pm February 11th, 2016
The Vinton-Shellsburg High School Post Prom game committee is in need of a new chairperson, as soon as possible. The group is seeking a parent of a VSHS junior who is would be willing to use their energetic, outgoing personality to help organize activities and volunteers for the Post-Prom event.

VS FFA/Ag students share hatching video

By Dean Close · 4:35pm February 11th, 2016
The Vinton-Shellsburg FFA/Ag Department is celebrating the hatching of several chicks in its incubator. The program, with "The Barn," its outdoor learning lab, as well as its greenhouse and fish aquariums, continues to offer students a variety of hands-on lessons. Students have even witnessed the birth of baby pigs.

Council to vote on Shopko 'Class C' liquor license; employment ads continue

By Dean Close · 12:07pm February 11th, 2016
The Vinton City Council will vote tonight on approving a Class C liquor license with Sunday sales for Shopko, as the opening of the store in the former Alco building nears. There is still no official opening date set, but the liquor license request filed with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division lists March 13 as the effective date.

VS to host 7-8th grade Honor Choir Festival Feb. 15; VSMS students to sing

By V-S Community School District · 12:01pm February 11th, 2016
The East Central Iowa Choral Directors 7th & 8th Grade Honor Choir Festival will be held on Monday, February 15 at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School. The event will conclude with a concert at 7:00 pm in the high school auditorium. Participating schools include Bellevue, Central City, Valley Lutheran (Cedar Falls), Marquette Catholic, Vernon Middle School (Marion), Tipton, South Tama, Oak Ridge (Linn-Mar), Cascade (Western Dubuque), North Cedar, Calamus-Wheatland, McKinley (Cedar Rapids) and Vinton-Shellsburg.