FFA State Officers visit Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter

Ag 1 students attempt to keep everyone on while they flip over their By Gabby PowerThe Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter welcomed Iowa FFA State Officers Lauren Beyer and Annabelle Newton as well as District Officer Creed Monroe to a chapter visit on December 15th, 2023. While at the high school, the officers discussed opportunities in FFA and the students participated in leadership-building activities. During a year of service to the organization, Iowa FFA officers serve as ambassadors for agriculture and the FFA.

Abundant Life Ministries passes along Christmas Blessings

Victoria Fink who is the director of Abundant Life Ministries in Vinton has been the recipient of some Christmas cheer to pass along to families who could use a hand this year. Since 2010 the Catholic Order of Foresters of Norway has delivered 10 turkeys plus the trimmings for a Christmas dinner to the ministry. “The Order has asked us to select and deliver them to 10 families that might need them," Fink said.

VSCSD Board Recognize Difference Makers

The Vinton-Shellsburg school board held its December meeting Monday night. You can always check the full agenda and supporting documents, including a video recording of the meeting online at the Vinton-Shellsburg school board webpage. Here are the highlights of the meeting:Difference Maker Presentation4. Myra Kearns - Myra has been a volleyball scorekeeper for 40 years, giving up many nights and weekends to support the program.

Holiday with a Cop brings Christmas to area children

Last Sunday evening, the magic of Christmas was in the air when the Vinton Police Department teamed up with the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Benton County Conservation, Urbana Police Department, and the fantastic staff of Theisen's in Vinton. Together, they assisted 74 children of all ages to have a memorable Christmas. On behalf of the Vinton Police Department, we express our deepest gratitude for the charitable donations from our contributors.

Farmers Savings Bank & Trust continues Christmas Tradition

Farmers Savings Bank & Trust held their Annual Christmas Open House earlier this month. With their tree decked out with tags supporting the local Angel Tree program sponsoring area children and Santa making a visit as well as homemade treats for guests, the bank continued to give. For each guest who signed up at the bank, the bank donated $3 to the church of their choice.

Kiwanis and Santa treat area children to pizza and gifts

Vinton Kiwanis (and Santa's elves) make the season extra memorable for area children The Vinton Kiwanis outdid themselves again this year! As part of their annual tradition, they invited children from the school district to enjoy lunch at the Vinton Pizza Ranch...right before Santa stopped by!Santa visited and brought gifts to all of the children with the help of the elves at the North Pole and some of the local elves. To see

Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Does Good by Feeding Local Farmers During Harvest

FFA member Zyla Mullinex delivering a meal out in the fields. By: Co-Reporter, Izzie Birker On Wednesday, October 18th, Vinton-Shellsburg FFA held their annual Harvest Meal at the Tama Benton Co-op and the Shellsburg Elevator. Middle school and high school members started by working together to package up meals that they were able to hand out to the farmers. They started making the meals and setting up right after school that day.

Vinton Public Library Holiday Hours

Friday, December 22, 9:00 a.m. to NoonSaturday, December 23, 9:00 a.m. to NoonMonday, December 25, ClosedFriday, December 29, 9:00 a.m. to NoonSaturday, December 30, 9:00 a.m. to NoonMonday, January 1, Closed

Snowy White Owl flies through Benton County

Photo captured by Paul Brooks of a Snowy White Owl My name is Sifu Stubby Webb. I am a kung fu instructor in Vinton, Iowa. One thing that kung fu and Zen teaches, is everything can be a lesson. And recently a bringer of wisdom flew near me in a lesson I know I will never forget. On Friday, December 15, 2023, around 10:30 am as I was driving to get onto the on-ramp of 218 I saw a most beautiful bird.


40-8 Members donate $1,000 in gift cards to the Back Pack Kids Program By Roger Uthoff, Commissaire Intendant Benton Co. 40-8The Veterans group Benton County 40-8 donated $1000 in Fareway gift cards to the Back Pack Kids program.What is The Forty and Eight?La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses), is an independent, invitation-only, honor society of American veterans and service members; more commonly known as The Forty and Eight.
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