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VFW Smith-Geater Post #8884 receives $2,500 H.O.T. Grant

Dale Henry post commander, Jerry Huffman quartermaster, Jeanette Henry VFW Auxiliary Post 8884 VFW Smith-Geater Auxiliary Post #8884 received a boost in their efforts to make improvements to their post. The group is making improvements to their new location at the old animal shelter located on the county home road south of Vinton.Vinton Unlimited made a check presentation of $2,500 from the Hotel Option Tax fund. They plan to use the money to install insulation, a freezer and refrigerator and other improvements to the building.

FFA Labor Auction

By Josh Wiley, Co-ReporterAt 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 8th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter will be holding their annual labor auction in the high school gymnasium. Members of the chapter will be voluntarily “auctioned off” to complete 8 hours of work for the highest bidder that purchased them. The buyer may put the member to work in a variety of activities but, common areas of work include babysitting, garden work, working livestock, chores, walking beans, fence building, as well as working at food stands at local county fairs and other events.
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Childcare is not just an issue for parents. In fact, Governor Reynolds recently created a Child Care Task Force to address the child care shortage and barrier to work, after the Governor's Economic Recovery Advisory Board identified child care as the number one issue for the state’s economic recovery.A recent study by the US Chamber of Commerce found that Iowa misses an estimated $935 million annually for the state’s economy.

Local born Correction Officer dies in attack at Anamosa Prison

On Tuesday, March 23, 2021 around 10:15 a.m. multiple Anamosa State penitentiary employees were assaulted by inmates including an officer with local connections."The initial investigation found that our beloved son, brother, husband and father Robert (Bob) McFarland and his beloved fellow employee Registered nurse Lorena Schulte were injured while attempting to stop the escape attempt of two inmates.

VS FFA Holds Drive Your Tractor to School Day

By: Josh Wiley, Co-ReporterOn Tuesday, March 23rd, Vinton-Shellsburg FFA members participated in Drive Your Tractor to School day. Unfortunately, weather had interfered with many member’s plans to drive open-cab tractors, so only four tractors driven by Emma Wiley, Christopher Fleming, Jesse Gray, and Clayton McKenna were able to make the day. National Agriculture day also coincided with driving your tractor to school day, making it a perfect date to hold this event, excluding the weather aspect.

FFA Students Drives Tractors to School on Tuesday

Vinton Shellsburg's Future Farmers of America arrive in their tractors during FFA Week at the school This year, John Deere was the choice of tractors for the Future Farmers of America Chapter of the Vinton-Shellsburg High School. Four tractors were driven to town by three of the high school boys and one high school girls.Each year the FFA members drive their tractors to school one day during FFA Week. Tractor Day is an annual tradition, one of many the FFA continues in its efforts to remind the school body and community of the importance of farming.

FFA District Convention

By: Annabelle Newton, Co-ReporterOn Saturday, March 13, the Vinton Shellsburg had members competing at the Northeast District Convention held at the Independence High School. These members have been dedicated to their different events and have put in countless hours of hard work over the last few months. A majority of the contests had advanced from the Sub-District level in order to compete at districts, while others only began at the district level.

Grab & Go and Drive Through Fundraisers are a hit this weekend

Teresa Meyer prepared the first meal for the beef and noodle supper on Saturday in Garrison. The Vinton Fire Department held its annual Fish Fry Fundraiser this past Friday with a bit of a twist on the service. The Garrison Lions Club held their annual fundraiser on Saturday with the same twist. Both organizations and several others have followed suit by hold drive through events. Both a success. For the Vinton Fire Department, the line to pick up meals for a freewill donation extended for more than 8 blocks in one direction and several blocks in another.

Vinton Kiwanis bring Dictionaries to Tilford Elementary

The Vinton Kiwanis Club continues to hand out "A Student's Dictionary" the Vinton-Shellsburg School District's 3rd graders.  The dictionaries contain definitions of course as well as other important tidbits of information.On Wednesday, Vinton's Kiwanis members delivered the books to the 3rd-graders at Tilford Elementary. Lexa Spiedel pointed out some information in the dictionaries, including telling students where to read the longest word in the English language, which takes nearly a full page at the back of the book.

Support Vinton Community Foundation while you shop

The Vinton Community Foundation provides grants to those in the community who are approved through the application process. If you would like to help the Vinton Community Foundation with support, but can't afford to write them a large check, you can also help through the Amazon Smile program. Simply follow this link, and your support is on its way to the Vinton area!  For eligible purchases through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.
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