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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.

Letter to the Editor: Speak Up for the Little Ones

By Vinton Today · February 19th, 2019
Dear Editor, For too long I have been silent on the topic of abortion. I consider and pray that our nation would value unborn lives, but I have felt a strong need to speak up and encourage others to also. It's time to speak up for the little ones who have no voice and bring an end to what's referred to as “women's reproductive healthcare,” also called abortion.

Congrats!!! To the City of Vinton and to the efforts by your publication in support of the affirmative vote on the broadband project. The determined effort over the past few years to get to this point is remarkable and shows how you are thinking about the future. I am a native of Keystone and have been away for many years, but come back to Benton County regularly and try to keep up a little with local news.

If you build it, they will come: Broadband Project Vote Tonight

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 12th, 2019
The VMEU Board will decide the fate of Vinton's Broadband project. at their meeting tonight, February 12th,  beginning at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. The Vinton Municipal Electric Utility will decide if the construction of a fiber network will proceed by accepting the bids from contractors to set the project in motion.

Tips for Laying a Military Member to Rest with Class

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 7th, 2019
When the time comes to lay a veteran to rest, if you're like we were, you want the very best.One of the things we discovered is how to make a military funeral, be all that it can be.We've planned too many funerals and it's usually the same thing, pick the casket, the songs, get the preacher and crunch the numbers.

Letter to the Editor: Free Stuff is not Free

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 29th, 2019
Dear Editor – one more rant: Kamala Harris and all the others wanna-bees for Dem nomination want and talk of Medicare for all. I am on Medicare and have been since I turned 65. Until you reach that magic age you are ignorant of what this program covers and how much it reimburses Medical professionals.

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