Author: Dean Close

Prom: VS students chose Wiley, Kenney as King & Queen

Vinton-Shellsburg seniors and juniors named Cassie Kenney Queen and Drew Wiley King of their Prom on Saturday. With the theme, “The Great Gatsby,” the students took turns standing before their friends and family during the annual Grand March before proceeding to the Skate Center for Prom and then to the VSHS gym for the Post-Prom events. Prom-goers watched as Drew and Cassie danced after being named royalty. See more photos of the Grand March from Jeff Holmes HERE or Jan Andreesen HERE. See the VSHS video of the Grand March...

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‘Annie’ auditions: ACT 1 seeks actors, singers for musical

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!  ACT1 of Benton County will hold auditions for the musical “Annie” on Saturday May 6 and 13 and Sunday May 21.  Auditions will be at the old West School from 2-4pm.  Enter on the west side of the school. Auditions will happen as the children and adults arrive in small groups and will last approximately 15 minutes.  Depending on the number of people auditioning it may be necessary to wait for a short time. Children will sing the song “Tomorrow” and will learn and perform a brief dance routine.  Adults will read scenes with the children and may sing a selection from the show.  Cast members from the 2003 production are encouraged to audition, but we will also need fresh faces on stage! If you have any questions email the ACT 1 directors at...

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Vikings 3rd at home meet

Even with several of their leading runners and throwers in Des Moines for the Drake Relays, the Vinton-Shellsburg Viking track team finished third at its annual home meet, the Viking Relays, on Thursday evening. Varsity winners for VS included: Wes Edwards, 110 hurdles, 17.24 4 x 200 (Seth Lazenby, Josh Witham, Keegan Thompson, Will Dudley) 1:35.00 1600M distance medley (Seth Lazenby, Jose Wilson, Justin Bartz, Cole Tharp): 3:50.97 See results...

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Gerber, Lamont lead Vikettes to duo victory on chilly CPU course

Freshman Vikette golfer Lillie Lamont tied teammate Brandi Gerber at 47 to lead VS to a win at CPU, in cold, windy conditions. Gerber was named the top medalist on the card-back; Lamont received the Silver Medal. Coach’s summary from Janet Woodhouse: April 27, 2017 V-S Girls Golf Dual with Center Point-Urbana Rolling Hills Golf Course, par 35 Weather conditions: Very cold and blustery, low40s Team Scores: Vinton-Shellsburg 191 Center Point-Urbana 206 Medalist: Brandi Gerber, V-S 47 Runner up: Lillie Lamont, V-S 47 (determined by card back hole) V-S Individuals: Brandi Gerber 47 Lillie Lamont 47 Rachel Tandy 48...

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‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ brings inspiring true story to Palace screen

By Rose Trafford, Vinton Palace The Zookeeper’s Wife is a moving tale of a family that owns and operates a zoo in Warsaw, Poland during World War II. Playing the Palace Friday, April 28 through Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm, and Monday, May 1 at 2 pm, The Zookeeper’s Wife is rated PG-13 for sexual connotations and brief nudity, and violence. It was awarded the “Truly Moving Picture Award” by the 2017 Heartland Film Festival. Based on a true story, Jan and Antonina Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh and Jessica Chastain) run a zoo in the center of Warsaw. At the beginning of the German invasion of Poland, the zoo is hit by bombs and many of the animals die. A Nazi zoologist, Dr. Lutz Heck (Daniel Bruhl) convinces the Zabinskis to let him take some of their animals in order to protect the most prized specimens, but they later find out that he is performing experiments and attempting to recreate extinct beats. Meanwhile, Jewish businesses are being closed and the Jews forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. As the Zabinskis see the conditions around them worsen, they decide that they cannot just stand by and watch. Little by little, they attempt to save Jews by bringing them out of the ghetto and into the zoo. As the war continues on, their actions become even riskier. How long will the war...

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‘Play Vinton:’ VPRD to begin fund-raising this fall for Kiwanis Park splash pad, new equipment for Riverside Park

After working on the project behind the scenes for a couple of years, the Vinton Parks and Recreation Department will soon begin work on a public fund drive to raise money for a splash pad at Kiwanis Park. Still owned by the Iowa Board of Regents, the park is officially property of the State of Iowa, and leased at no cost to the City of Vinton. In fact, it was shortly after the City applied for a renewal of its lease that the Regents approached the city with the offer to take over the entire Iowa Braille School campus. Those discussions caused the splash pad project to be put on hold for a while. But the Vinton City Council gave its approval for the splash pad at the park during a meeting this month. VPRD Director Brad Barker said the department is excited to begin, but he explains that the VPRD has much more in mind than the splash pad. “We plan to launch a public fundraising campaign for the ‘Play Vinton Project’ this fall,” says Barker This project will include plans for a splash pad at Kiwanis Park, new playground equipment at Riverside Park to replace the much beloved but aging Riverside Castle structure, and unique natural playscapes at Riverside Park that will create outdoor play environments to reconnect children with nature.” The timeline, says Barker, will be dictated...

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Vikings sweep on track: VS boys varsity, 8th and 7th grade teams capture team titles Tuesday

Tuesday was a great day for VS Vikings track. The varsity team captured the team title at the South Tama Invitational, while the 7th and 8th grade teams did the same at the Independence Middle School Invitational. Viking varsity winners include: Tyler Bartz: 200M; 22.60; 400M, 50.53 4 x 100 Relay (Conner Miracle, Conner Bendull, Blake Bohnsack, Seth Lazenby), 44.67 4 x 200 relay (Will Dudley, Blake Bohnsack, Seth Lazenby, Conner Miracle), 1;33.55 1600 Distance Medley (Axl Hoeppner, Justin Bartz, Conner Bendull, Cole Smith), 3:46.62 Senior Drew Wiley was a very close second in the shot put, just 1.25...

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Boomtown: Answering questions about street closing, parking, etc.

By Tamara Stark, Boomtown Committee It seems that after our recent good news announcement regarding the ‘open shoot’ portion of our Boomtown celebration, sponsored by Veridian Credit Union, there are some questions and concerns regarding the closing of the road. One of the questions being asked is:  will the entire road west of Marvin Lindsey Field (10th Ave. S) be closed? The answer is yes. From the start of 10th Ave at the curve on County Home Road all the way to the bridge past the Water Treatment Plant, the road will be closed to all of the public for safety and security reasons. Will this take away parking in that area? The answer is again, yes.  While we are fully aware that Marv Lindsey Field and the gravel road in front of it have, historically been host to many parked cars, that area must be clear of cars and pedestrians for the safety of everyone…spectators and IPA alike. Is this an attempt to limit ‘free access’ to Boomtown? No, it is absolutely not.  If you are not sitting in the grandstands watching Boomtown, then it is a free show.  Do we want you in the grandstands?  Of course we do.  Boomtown is more than just a show, it is an experience; and the absolute best place to fully experience Boomtown is in the grandstands.  We are keenly aware...

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Union’s F.U.N. team to compete in FIRST Robotics World Championship this weekend

What could arguing a case in court or spending hours in a law library possibly have to do with programming robots to toss balls into a box or climb onto a simulated steam-powered flying machine? Nathan Acuff knows the answer to that question. In both First Robotics Competition and the legal arena, says Acuff a Union High School senior, “You have to work with others to find solutions to problems.” Acuff and the rest of Fiercely Uknighted Nation (F.U.N.) 6630 – the team number is assigned by the contest organizers – are heading to St. Louis today to begin...

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