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4th St. Diner in search of Rhubarb: Update

Update:A hearty Thank You for all the rhubarb donations and offers of rhubarb donations for our meal program.  We are so blessed to be in a supportive community.  We have received so much that we will be freezing some for future desserts.  Thanks again!!!The 4th Street Diner is looking for local rhubarb donations to make some of our favorite recipes for the clients we serve.

Vinton-Shellsburg Students compete in World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute

See this article for more information Vinton Today - VS FFA Members Participate in the Global Challenge Paper!Students who competed are in the photo left to right:Bridgette Castle, Climate Change in AustraliaIzzie Birker who spoke about Climate Change in LibyaGrayce McClintock spoke on Policy and Governance in Brazil. Andrew Pingenot, Climate Change in South Sudan---Four Vinton-Shellsburg students were part of the 13th Annual World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute (IYI).
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VS FFA Members Participate in the Global Challenge Paper!

Bridgette Castle, Izzie Birker, Grayce McClintock, Andrew Pingenot holding their Norman Borlaug Scholarship certificates. Editor's Note: A press release from the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute concerning this same event can be seen here:  Vinton Today - Vinton-Shellsburg Students compete in World food Prize Iowa Youth InstituteBy: Co-Reporter, Izzie BirkerOn April 29th, four Vinton-Shellsburg FFA members went to the Iowa Youth Institute Conference in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University.

Vinton Shellsburg to participate in Free Summer Lunch Program

Vinton Shellsburg CSD is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children 18 and under without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination during the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:Tilford Elementary Monday through Friday Breakfast 8:00-8:30 Lunch 11:30-12:30Lunch Transportation – Vinton Only Pick-up locations and time framePark Apartments – 11:35 Vinton Public Library – 11:40 Riverside Park- 11:50Drop-off locations and time frameVinton Pool 12:50 Library 12:55 Park Apartments 1:00Shellsburg ElementaryMonday through Friday Breakfast 8:00-8:30 Lunch 11:30-12:15Garrison Public LibraryMonday through Thursday Lunch Only 11:30-12:15 with a grab and go breakfast for the following day.

Recker Sworn in to fill 4th Ward Council Seat

Thursday night's council meeting began with the swearing in of Wesley Recker (pronounced Raker) to the 4th Ward council seat. Recker takes the seat that was vacated by Bethany Gates. Also in attendance were Recker's wife Amanda and their three children Lincoln, Lowen and Livie.Welcome to the Vinton City Council!
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Bubbling with Fun

Eunice Pingenot creating her own Giant Bubbles If you know Tom and Eunice Pingenot, you know they are one couple that is just "bubbling" with fun. They "bubble" whenever they can, wherever they can. They've "bubbled" in several small towns surrounding Vinton, and at several events in Vinton. Using a 'tri-string' wand they create giant bubbles for the entertainment of children of all ages. Another wand Tom rigged up for this use is a 'garland' contraption giving multiple bubbles at once.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of April 29-May 5, 2024

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.Three Adult ArrestsApril 25 Aaron Erwin Smith, 38, Vinton, IAIntrastate Warrant Arrest-Failure to AppearUnauthorized Use of Credit CardPossession of Drug ParaphernaliaMay 3 Alfred Malinoski, 48, Vinton, IAIntrastate Warrant Arrest-Criminal Mischief 5th DegreeMay 6 Deshawn Markeal Reed, 28, Vinton, IAIntrastate Warrant Arrest-Trespass 1st OffenseZero Juvenile ReferralsSixteen Code Enforcement ViolationsTall Grass and Weeds x 15Junk x 1 Nine Traffic Citations for Offenses were issued the week of April 29-May 5, 2024Three Traffic Warnings for Offenses were issued the week of April 29-May 5, 2024One Reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the week of April 29-May 5, 2024For the Week of April 29-May 5, 2024- 60 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Stacy Diveley found guilty on Six Charges

In September of 2022 a Shellsburg couple, Jeffrey and Stacy Dively, were arrested on several crimes involving children.The first of these charges were brought to trial this week in the case of Stacy Diveley, 47. She faced four misdemeanor counts of Child Endangerment, and two Class D Felony charges of Child Endangerment with Bodily Injury as well as a charge of Witness Tampering, Diveley was found guilty in six of these charges.
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Area Students Recognized by Governor Reynolds for Academic Excellence

Emmett Colsch, Vinton-Shellsburg The following students were recognized by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg for outstanding academic achievement at the 22nd Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony on April 28 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.Center Point Urbana - Casey KirtzBelle Plaine - Alyssa SteinbeckVinton-Shellsburg - Emmett ColschBenton Community - Emma Townsley (no photo available)The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honored 424 high school seniors from across Iowa.

University of Iowa encampment Disbanded

By Brooklyn DraisyAn encampment set up by pro-Palestine activists on the University of Iowa campus was dismantled within half an hour by university, county and state police.University of Iowa Action for Palestine, described on its social media as an “autonomous network of students, community members, alumni, and staff organizing and acting for a free, Liberated Palestine,” set up tents in Hubbard Park early Monday morning.
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