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Duffy Hudson brings George Burns to Windsor Manor for an afternoon of Fun

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 30th, 2019
Captions: Duffy Hudson, or is it really George Burns? Who can tell? Another generation had a chance to meet Burns. The youngest in the crowd Noah Hesson, had a front-row seat next to his great-grandma Shirley Hummel. Duffy Hudson performed Saturday afternoon to a crowd that filled the room at Windsor Manor.

Accepting applications for Vinton Miss Sesquicentennial and Court

By Vinton Unlimited · March 29th, 2019
Would you like to represent Vinton as a member of the 2019 Sesquicentennial Royalty and help us make history? The Sesquicentennial Committee is currently taking applications for the royalty. The Queen and a runner-up(s) will serve as the court for Vinton’s 150th anniversary celebration, which will be held from August 17-24, 2019.

Vinton making sure to leave the Lights on for ya...

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 29th, 2019
Only in a small town can you drive through the downtown, and chat with the guys replacing bulbs on main street.These are the people that you don't notice until you can't see while walking down the street at night. Thanks guys!

Shopko in its final stretch of operation, Closing April 7

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 29th, 2019
March 13, 2016 was the day that Shopko held it's grand opening in Vinton.About 15 people will lose their jobs when the Vinton Shopko closes on April 7th. The very first customer at the Vinton location was Caleb Butts, pictured above with clerk Lori Polesky.Almost 3 years later on March 18, Shopko announced it would liquidate and close all its stores after a bid in bankruptcy court did not find a buyer.

FFA Tractor Day

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 29th, 2019
The Vinton-Shellsburg High School, V-S FFA members continue the tradition of bringing tractors to the school for the annual event.The lower end of the school parking lot held 6 tractors Friday morning – some new and huge, with four or even eight tires as tall as some of the students who drove them to school.

As a way of giving back to the local communities, Storey Kenworthy team members across the state are encouraged to nominate qualified non-profits. Five organizations are selected on an annual basis as the featured non-profit. Instead of choosing a free gift as a thank you for a large order, customers may choose to have Storey Kenworthy donate to the featured non-profit.

Benton County Fair seeking Fair Queen Candidates

By Angie Becker · March 28th, 2019
The Benton County Fair is looking for young women who are interested in serving as a representative of the fair by becoming the Benton County Fair Queen. As a representative for the Benton County Fair, the queen will be asked to assist with various contests and activities during the county fair in June as well as helping with other promotional activities/parades.

Celebration Website Launched!

By Vinton Unlimited · March 26th, 2019
We are excited to announce the launch of the official Sesquicentennial celebration website – www.vinton150.org! Our goal for the website is to be the hub for Vinton residents and visitors for all things pertaining to the celebration.The website includes a schedule of events, details for ongoing projects prior to the celebration, frequently asked questions, sponsorship information and celebration merchandise.

A step back in time: Attempt to Rob Garrison Bank

By Vinton Unlimited · March 25th, 2019
Two Bandits Stage Gun Battle with W. T. Turner, Night-watchman, New Year’s Morning.In 2019 the community of Vinton, Iowa will be celebrating 150 years. In honor of our sesquicentennial celebration, Vinton Unlimited and the Sesquicentennial Committee are sharing a 1925 story from Garrison’s past that was published in our newspaper.

Iowa High School Music Association Awards V-S Division I and II Rankings

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 25th, 2019
The Iowa High School Music Association State Solo/Ensemble Contest was held on Saturday.Vinton-Shellsburg High School had a showing of 18 events. Of the 18 there were, 15 soloists, 2 small ensembles and the Chamber Choir. 14 of the events earned a Division II ranking, which is considered "Excellent"! Lexi Diveley, Andrew Wirth & Casey Funk all came away with Division I ratings for their solos, as did the Chamber Choir.

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