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Woman wanted by Wapello County Sheriff's Department

By Vinton Today · March 18th, 2019
At approximately 6:05 a.m., Sunday, March 17th, 2019, the Wapello County Sheriff's Office was advised that a male subject had arrived at the Ottumwa Regional Health Care Emergency Room with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, Deputies began an investigation and executed a search warrant at a residence in Agency.

Blessed Hope Church and Revolution Church announce Merger

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 18th, 2019
Vinton will see a new face in town, in the faces of two area churches.Blessed Hope Church and Revolution Church voted 2 weeks ago to merge and become Blessed Hope Community Church.The two churches have been working together over the past several years to bring the community services that will minister to as many as they can.

Minor flooding in Vinton, so far

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 17th, 2019
On most Sunday afternoons, you expect everyone to be enjoying the weekend relaxing. Most people are. Unless you're Scott Hansen whose job it is to worry about things like flood levels. Sunday found him walking along the bridge and 2nd Street after checking the flood gauge on the bridge. Most of us know already that it's starting to flood.

Benton County Couple Killed in Florida Accident

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 16th, 2019
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that on Friday, a Norway couple, Bruce and Virginia (Parr) Petrzelkas, was killed following a crash on a Florida Interstate.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 59-year-old Bruce Petrzelka was riding a motorcycle with his wife, 56-year-old Virginia Petrzelka.The Norway couple was heading north on Interstate 75 in Sarasota County when the driver lost control of the motorcycle, law enforcement said.

Vinton Shellsburg Band Raising Funds to Replace Aging uniforms

By Nick Waymire, VSHS Band Director · March 15th, 2019
The band department is in the process of purchasing new marching band uniforms for the start of the 2020 marching band season.The current uniforms were purchased in 2005 with an understanding that they would last 10 to 15 years.The new uniform design was created specifically for Vinton-Shellsburg using the following parameters: A 'V' and an 'S' should be incorporated in the design; the old gold/yellow of our school colors should appear in the design, and the design should be a healthy blend of traditional and contemporary.

ClickStop Cares presented a $500.00 donation to Eileen Loan, Old School Produce Partners board member.-----When the Benton County Board of Supervisors purchased Vinton’s former West Elementary School facility, the purchase included the Old School Produce gardens and grounds, formerly owned and operated by Mike and Cindy Elwick.

VS Middle School Choir Presents Back to the Movies

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 14th, 2019
Pictured above riding the Hawaiian Roller Coaster RideIf you enjoy Disney movies, you would have loved the concert tonight. From the packed seats in the house and the folks standing in back, the concert was well worth the effort.Of the 770 pictures in the photo album, my apologies to the gals who sang, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" I was fighting with my camera and missed you!The concert, as usual was fun to listen to, fun to watch and well, did I mention it was fun? As I mentioned above, the songs like supercalifragilisticexpialidocio...

Picture from left to right: Ashlie Meyer, Brylee Bruce, Annabelle Newton, Lizzie Noe, and Alyssa Griffith The Pop A Top crew finished their fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald house at the Middle School by collecting over 40,000 pop tabs.Each first-hour class held a competition to see who could bring in the most.

The Iowa Insurance Division today ordered Bruce Billesbach, of Blair, Nebraska, to cease and desist from offering or selling unregistered securities in Iowa, from offering or selling securities without being registered as an agent in Iowa, and from committing securities fraud. Billesbach is also ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution, $20,000 in civil penalties and $5,508.

Out of an abundance of caution, today Claire’s Stores, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of three cosmetic products: Claire’s Eye Shadows, Claire’s Compact Powder and Claire’s Contour Palette. We initiated this voluntary recall after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated the possible presence of asbestos fibers in product samples from one lot of each product.

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