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Vinton a place for Firsts by Women

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 21st, 2019
It was International Women's day a couple of weeks ago. Big deal, I say.In light of equality and recognizing what men have accomplished I decided to see when International Men's day is, and there it is November 19th. Anyway...I had a phone call from one of my favorite newspaper enthusiasts, telling me about an article that he ran across about a woman from Vinton.

Letter to the Editor: Immigration Law and Reform

By Vinton Today · March 17th, 2019
Editor:Is there a problem on our Southern border with drugs, human trafficking, drug cartels, heroin, fentanyl, Criminals, and illegals invading our country? Damn right there is! Democrats and some Republicans chose to ignore the problem because of the outsider who won the election due to the votes of the forgotten men and women of the center of our country.

Letter to the Editor: SHOPKO USING VOO-DOO discounts

By Vinton Today · March 15th, 2019
Dear Editor,It looks like SHOPKO is using Voo-doo discounts in their final days. Please check your final payment when buying at Shopko. I recently tried to purchase some printer cartridges listed on the rack at 41.99. the sign says they are 40% off. The price should be $25.19. Rather than use the posted price, their computer is using suggested retail which adds ten dollars to the final price.

Letter to the Editor: PSA of the day - “Be kind people.”

By Vinton Today · March 15th, 2019
Dear Editor,I called the county engineers office this morning. As soon as the lady on the other end of the phone answered and I started to speak I could tell she was bracing herself. I told her my name, what street we lived on and then said “this is not in any way a complaint call, we live out on these gravel roads and we know there’s nothing you can do about them right now.

I can't believe it's been a year already

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 11th, 2019
I love Facebook memories.Well, sorta-ish.Today a memory popped up from Aunt Kathy's funeral which was a year ago today.I had posted this:'What's on my mind? My heart that is just bursting with pride with the awesome funeral we had today for an amazing little gal that was anything but little in her military career.

Some things don't change from generation to generation, fortunately

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 8th, 2019
We finally celebrated Christmas, yes we did. In March. Hey, I keep saying we need to adopt another holiday that's not so hectic like groundhog day or something. The majority of my kids I get to see most of the time, and I'm grateful for that. While sitting around the table, one of my sons was regaling us with stories from his job.

The Joy of Email

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 6th, 2019
I've always been the one that wanted to sit at the feet of older people and just listen to their stories. Actually, I can remember doing that very thing at a couple's house, when I was a little child. I don't remember their last name or his name, I just remember that her name was Jewel, and I loved that name.

Breaker, breaker, this is Pink Sweater wishing you a fond farewell

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 6th, 2019
I suppose to kids today, a CB radio is as foreign to them as a rotary dial telephone, well almost as foreign as a landline.My first introduction to a CB was back in the '70's.My uncle Harley owned a construction business and had a large truck with his name on the side that read "McNeal Construction".

The Hills are alive, with the sound of Hoof beats

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 28th, 2019
As I prepared to leave for tonight's City Council meeting I heard a bunch of rustling in my evergreen trees lining the front of my lawn just a few feet from my front door. Now living out here alone makes one more aware of their surroundings. I stopped in my tracks before closing the door and watched as half of the trees started to shake and thunder, something I've never seen before.

Almost 15 years ago. our family lost one of the best guys that I knew in the world, my father in law. At the time we were still recovering from a couple of other losses in the same branch of the family tree. We had a discussion that we hadn't had before, or if we did it was quickly shut down.

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