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Rollinger selected to perform with National FFA Band at 2023 National Convention

Rachel Rollinger, a member of the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA chapter in Vinton, Iowa, will be on stage and in the spotlight Nov. 1-4 during the 2023 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Rollinger, a Senior and the daughter of Jeff and Susan Rollinger, has been selected to play Bass Clarinet in the National FFA Band.

Somewhere, Under the Sea, you'll find a good book

A mini mural is in place at Kiwanis Park for children to play Under the Sea The Vinton Guild of Fine Arts is at it again! It's no surprise that the guild has come up with more gorgeous art to be enjoyed. When it comes to creating and brightening our spaces around town, the Guild has it covered. This group is one of the quietest but most impactful groups in Vinton. One of their latest and largest projects can be seen at... The LibraryIf you are the parent of children who frequent the children's section of the library, you have been watching the progress of the group's latest big project, the "Under the Sea" mural.
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2023 VSHS Homecoming Activities Schedule

The 2023 Homecoming Week for Vinton-Shellsburg High School is from September 17th through September 22nd.The community is invited to help us celebrate at the following high school events:Sunday, September 17th: 6:30 PM - Jr./Sr. Powder Puff Volleyball Match in Garrison Fieldhouse at VSHSMonday, September 18th:Announcement of Top 10 Candidates for Homecoming Court posted on school’s FB page6:00 PM - JV Football Game at Karr Athletic ComplexTuesday, September 19th: 4:45 PM - Varsity Cross Country Invitational at VSHSWednesday, September 20th: Announcement of the Top 5 Candidates for Homecoming Court posted on school’s FB pageThursday, September 21st: 6:00 PM - Homecoming Parade in Vinton starts at 4th Street & B Ave.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of August 28-September 3, 2023

All Charges are subject to review by the Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions.Zero Adult Arrests the week of August 28-September 3, 2023August 31 Chad C Peterson, 57, Vinton, IAIntrastate Warrant Arrest-Failure to AppearSeptember 1 Donald Mathias Kisling, 41, Vinton, IAViolation of No Contact OrderSeptember 2 Rachel Kay Bonar, 44, Vinton, IAIntrastate Warrant Arrest- Obstruction TamperWith WitnessSix Juvenile Referrals Two Code Enforcement Violations Building Code Violation x 1Dog at Large x 1 Seven Traffic Citations for Offenses were issued Thirteen Traffic Warnings for Offenses were issuedTwo Reported Motor Vehicle Accidents 91 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

V-S FFA Members Take a Shot at Meat And Livestock Judging

State Meats Judging Team (left to right): Sophia Newton, Levi Lutz, Ali Lutz By: Co-Reporter, Juliana LuisOn Saturday, August 26th, Vinton-Shellsburg FFA members made their way to Iowa State University for the State Meat and Livestock Judging contests. The Meats team consisted of freshmen Sophia Newton, Ali Lutz, and Levi Lutz. They decided to try out this CDE for their first competition for many reasons. Sophia said, “My main reason for joining the meats team was my dad, Chad Newton.
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Benton County Supervisors proclaim September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The Benton County Supervisors in coordination with Benton County Suicide Prevention Coalition have proclaimed the month of September, 2023 as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Benton County. The proclamation reads as follows:RESOLUTION #23-62PROCLAMATION OF SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTHWHEREAS, suicide has the ability to affect anyone of all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds; and WHEREAS, in addition to the immediate physical and emotional costs, suicide may have ripple effects on family and community members contributing to substance use disorder, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and future suicidality; andWHEREAS, suicide is the eighth leading cause of death among Iowans and has been elevated in Benton County in recent years; andWHEREAS, deaths by suicide are preventable with awareness, recognition, training, and outreach.

Neighboring Buchanan County issues Burn Ban

This notice is given to for the Benton County Residents living next to Buchanan County, be aware of the following.(short version)Buchanan County Alert:Starting at 12:00 PM today Sept. 5, 2023, Buchanan County will be under a burn ban proclamation as issued by the State Fire Marshal Office per the request of the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors on behalf of the County Fire Chiefs.

“The Best Day’s Ever” at the Iowa State Fair!

FFA member Evan Lopata and his first place zucchini. By: Co-Reporter, Izzie BirkerThis year at the Iowa State Fair, Vinton-Shellsburg FFA members had many members attend and enter projects. Andrew Pingenot, Carly Schlarbaum, and Evan Lopata did a great job representing the chapter and have been working very hard on preparing their projects all year. Andrew entered a newly restored Oliver 77 Tractor to the Ag Mechanics show where he received 3rd in the first-year restoration division.
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The Best Days Ever

By Rob Sand, State Auditor One of the things I love about the Iowa State Fair is that you always run into someone you didn’t expect to meet. This year was no different: while refilling drinks for folks at the Iowa Pork Tent, I encountered an organ donor wearing a t-shirt promoting the importance of this selfless act. Two people whom I care about very much have undergone organ transplants this year, so as you can imagine, I was very excited to meet someone who shared my enthusiasm for the cause! In some places, we might’ve passed each other without chatting at all—but in Iowa, we’re just neighborly like that.

V-S FFA Officers Heighten Their Leadership Skills

The 2023-2024 officer team from Left to Right: Juliana Luis, Alana Fleming, Andrew Pingenot, Will McKenna, Cooper McClintock, Grayce McClintock, Megan Schlitter, and Izzie Birker By: Co-Reporter, Juliana Luis“I really enjoyed being able to spend time with my fellow officers and getting to know each other better. We made a lot of memories that will last a lifetime!” is how Co-Reporter Juliana Luis described her time while at the Vinton-Shellsburg annual Officer Retreat. The Officer Retreat started Friday, August 4th at 7:30 a.
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