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Talley: Life in prison without the possibility of parole & Restitution

Life in prison without parole, and $150,000 in restitution ordered for Tacoa Talley The murder conviction of Tacoa Talley in the death of Jodie Bevans resulted in his sentencing trial being set for Friday afternoon. Because the defense attorney had forgotten about the hearing, there was approximately an hour and a half delay. Talley was found guilty of first degree murder by a jury in Benton County on April 14, 2023. After just a few hours of deliberation by the jury the decision was unanimous.

Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Plant Sales

Dahlias that were grown and sold in the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Plant Sales. By Co-Reporter, Juliana LuisThe Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter and Greenhouse Management Class held their annual Plant Sales from April 28th-May 14th. From the beginning of the school year the greenhouse class has grown a variety of plants such as petunias, peas, tomatoes, and geraniums. The days of the plant sales consisted of helping customers find specific plants, checking out orders, and making sure the environment was suitable for the plants and customers.
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Bear Creek Church's Memorial Day Tradition raises funds to repair church

Bear Creek Church held its annual open house with coffee and rolls for visitors to enjoy as they visited before and after the Memorial Day service. Speaking for the service was John Karrick. The committee in charge of keeping the doors open at the church is taking donations to repair the old building. Originally built in 1921 the building is in need of a roof repair and a new coat of paint.

V-S FFA Teaches the Future at 3rd Ag Day

Andrew Pingenot teaches 3rd graders about rabbits and poultry at 3rd Grade Ag Day. By Co-Reporter, Juliana LuisOn Wednesday, May 3rd, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA chapter assisted with teaching 3rd graders about agriculture. The day included learning about animal safety, machine safety, as well as corn byproducts. Throughout the day the chapter members taught students about poultry, rabbits, swine, and horses. Sophomore Izzie Birker said, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to teach younger kids about animals and animal safety.

Women's Club makes Donation to Little Knights Learning Center

Pictured left to right: Holly Mills, Brooke Hewitt, Carolyn Herman During the May meeting of the La Porte City Women’s Club, the group voted to donate a substantial amount to the Little Knights Learning Center. A donation of $4,000 from the LPC Women’s Club was made to the Learning Center. Pictured is left to right: Brooke Hewitt LPC Women’s Club President, presenting the check to Holly Mills (left) and Carolyn Herman (right) both board members of the Little Knights Learning Center.
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V-S FFA Participates in CDE Contests

Paul Herger, Andrew Pingenot, Alana Fleming, and Jordyn Williams participate in the District Floriculture Contest. By Co-Reporter Izzie Birker On Tuesday, May 16th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA members attended the annual District CDE contests at Hawkeye Community College. Teams that went and participated from the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA chapter include Floriculture and Food Science. The Vinton-Shellsburg Floriculture team consisted of Pual Herger, Jordyn Williams, Andrew Pingenot, and Alana Fleming which was awarded 4th place overall with Paul Herger placing 3rd individually.

Mt. Auburn residents gather to remember on Memorial Day Services

The attendees at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery Memorial Day services could be found across the nation in honor of our fallen soldiers. Locally, Mt. Auburn who is now without an official local American Legion of their own, continued the tradition.On Thursday of last week, a group gathered to mark the graves of their soldiers with white crosses and flags. Residents then gathered on Monday for a brief service which included short presentations from residents as well as Taps being played by Chad Newton.

VS FFA Celebrates Another Great Year

President Annabelle Newton thanks her parents for their support and understanding throughout her year of service to the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter. By: Advisor - Gabby PowerOn Saturday, May 6th the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter hosted their Annual Awards Banquet in the high school auditorium. Members, their families, and supporters gathered for a meal and fellowship prior to the ceremony in the commons which started with a greeting from President Annabelle Newton and Invocation by Officer at Large Austin Noe.
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Memorial Day schedule for Vinton Today

Because of Memorial Day, there will be no email on Monday. Of course, there will probably still be a few posts that go up over the weekend. So feel free to take a gander through the website and see what you may have missed!Hey, if you get inspired to write a letter to the editor or you think of something that is happening in your circle of friends or organizations, use that time to drop me a note at VintonToday@hotmail.

Veteran of the Month for June: Dick Kenney

Army Veteran, Dick Kenney, Benton County Veteran of the Month Dick Kenney was drafted two weeks before his high school graduation; thankfully, they deferred so he could at least receive his diploma, but he was on a bus the very next morning at 6 am. After completing all of his Army training, he was stationed in Germany as a Combat Engineer from 1953 to 1955. His unit was mainly responsible for building bridges and setting up other infrastructure.
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