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AMVETS provide a bear hug when it's needed

Area members of the AMVETS brought teddy bears to the Abbe Center's youngest visitors. The local AMVETS presented Care Bears to the local Abbe Center Office in Vinton. The bears are donated to places like the Abbe Center who might need the bears to entertain children who might be waiting for a session to finish up. But sometimes the bears just need to be hugged during sessions, so the bears are available to children as a companion and a take home buddy.

Former Union Middle School Science Teacher License Suspended

Former Union Community School District science middle school teacher and coach, Mark Hookham, has had his teaching license suspended or revoked for a minimum of five years following a misconduct investigation, according to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Notes from the board refer to section 25.3(1)(e)(4) of the Iowa Standards of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
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Three Area Students Place in Local American Legion Flag Essay Contest

Each year, the American Legion holds an essay writing contest for the 5th Graders in the community. Area students write an essay about what the flag means to them.The American Legion George G. Luckey Post #57, had two winners in the competition. In 1st place, was Noah Hesson, and 3rd place was awarded to Mackenna Ritscher.The Newhall Legion Post #167 had a 2nd place winner, Brooklyn KirkHesson also placed 1st as the Benton County American Legion Winner and 1st Place as the 3rd District Post 67 Winner.

Kiwanis Present Vinton-Shellsburg 3rd Grade Students with Dictionaries

Students in Shellsburg Elementary pose with the new dictionaries received from the Vinton Kiwanis When you think of the Kiwanis in Vinton, you might think of the park. Or the Easter egg hunt. Or the pancake breakfast. Or you might remember Santa visiting special students in the school district. Or you might think of the Bike Rodeo. Or you might think of the scholarships awarded to seniors. If you are in 2nd grade you might be thinking that next year YOU get a dictionary! Area Kiwanis Kim Meyer and Lexa Spiedel presented students in the 3rd grade with their very own dictionaries.

West Entrance Closed at Vinton Public Library

FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 4 : The west entrance at Vinton Public Library will be closed for construction. Please use the north entrance. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
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Corporal Jonathan Healzer USMC receives Quilt of Valor

Quilts of Valor presents Corporal Jonathan Healzer with quilt #296,669 from the organization - 1 of the 92 that Rita Moore has made (or still in progress) for the organization. Corporal Jonathan Healzer, U.S. Marine veteran was presented with a Quilt of Valor for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The VFW Post #8884 hosted the Healzer family along with one of the largest groups of friends and family for a presentation so far.Healzer served from 2001-2005 during the initial Invasion Operation OIF in Iraq, OEF in Afghanistan and during the Battle of Nasiriyah.

Viet faces Five Charges following October Accident on Highway 30

Julie Ann Viet, 43 of Solon, is facing several charges following a traffic accident on October 23, 2021. Viet has been charged with Serious Injury by Vehicle, Operating while under the Influence, and three counts of child endangerment causing bodily injury.The three-vehicle crash occurred at about 8:30 p.m in Benton County on Highway 30 near Atkins at 32nd Ave.

Vinton-Shellsburg FFA holds Pre-Review Night

Tori Elwick, Grayce McClintock, Rayleigh Stander, Jerry Lee, Izzie Birker, Matthew Bookmeier, and Sam Lundvall presenting Conduct of Chapter Meetings on the Auditorium stage. By: Co-Reporter, Grace Schminke On Friday, February 11th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter held their Pre-Review Night in preparation for Sub-Districts on Wednesday, February 23rd. The chapter has worked very hard this year for their competitions. Advisor Gabby Power contacted several community members to come and help the chapter become even more successful in all of their competitions.
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Legislative Symposium

The Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Officer team pictured with Senator Dawn Driscoll at the Capitol By: Isabel Mullinex, Co-ReporterOn Tuesday, February 1st, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA chapter officer team attended the annual FFA Legislative Symposium at the capitol building in Des Moines. This is an event that about 5% of Iowa’s FFA members historically attend.The team started the day with a meeting with Iowa FFA State Officers to set expectations for the day.

Vinton-Shellsburg Hosts Annual Spaghetti Dinner

 FFA members serving customers as they go through the supper line. By: Co-Reporter, Grace SchminkeOn Friday, February 4th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter held their annual Spaghetti Dinner. The dinner had been planned to be during the Vinton-Shellsburg vs. Benton Boys Basketball game bringing in a lot of attention. The chapter started preparing on Thursday by making the brownies and cooking the hamburger. On Friday members put out signs around town to try to get even more people to show up, unfortunately the weather didn’t fully cooperate.
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