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Thrasher feeds 10,000 with Stop Hunger Now project

Sunday, August 17, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Thrasher feeds 10,000 with Stop Hunger Now project VINTON–The congregation at Thrasher Memorial dressed in hairnets on August 3 to package 10,000 meals to feed the hungry. They have collected 10,000 quarters this summer to fund the “Stop Hunger Now” project. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency founded in 1998. The meals program began in 2005. The meals packaged... »

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Thrasher Memorial sends out summertime mission teams

Sunday, August 17, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Thrasher Memorial sends out summertime mission teams VINTON–According to Pastor B. Failes of Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church in Vinton, “There was a time, not so long ago, when summer at the church was a season that slowed down. Committees did not meet. People went on vacations. The church grew very quiet.” That’s not the case in recent years. “Thrasher is... »

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Dr. Jessup hosts interns in optometry

Thursday, August 14, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Dr. Jessup hosts interns in optometry VINTON–This summer, Amanda Pallister and Matt Hassey are serving internships with Vinton optometrist, Dr. Neal Jessup. They are students at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University in Philadelphia. Their internships, actually referred to as “externships,” are part their four year program at the university, leading to a Doctor of Optometry degree.... »

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Vinton area students perform with RCT Camp Kaleidoscope

Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Vinton area students perform with RCT Camp Kaleidoscope VINTON–Theatre arts teacher Kari Sullivan has had a lifelong dream of creating an adaptive theatre experience for students with exceptional needs. She was inspired by her father, Tom Hall, who at one time was a principal in Roanoke County. She says he was always “a champion for children with special needs, welcoming them into... »

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Vinton celebrated National Night Out on August 5

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Vinton celebrated National Night Out on August 5 VINTON–Vinton joined other communities across the nation on August 5 to celebrate National Night Out.  The event is traditionally observed on the first Tuesday in August and serves as America’s “night out against crime.” Organizers believe a “connected community is a safer community.” A record crowd attended the event and enjoyed music from DJ... »

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Crash involving Vinton Police vehicle update

Friday, August 1, 2014
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In an update from the Vinton Police, Chief Ben Cook says,  ”In regard to the vehicle crash that occurred on August 1, in which a pickup truck struck a Vinton Police vehicle, we can confirm that the adult driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead by hospital staff after arrival at the emergency room. ... »

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Vinton History Museum Building Program in full swing

Friday, August 1, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Vinton History Museum Building Program in full swing VINTON–The Vinton History Museum has thousands of assets and two basic needs: funds for their building program and more volunteers. The museum houses thousands of artifacts and documents, so many that they all cannot be displayed at once. They have two dedicated part-time employees and a number of volunteers. What they need is more... »

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Vinton Breakfast Lions Club recycles eyeglasses

Friday, August 1, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Vinton Breakfast Lions Club recycles eyeglasses VINTON–Members of the Lions Club organization have been collecting eyeglasses for recycling for over 80 years. Lions Clubs International is well-known as an organization dedicated to community service—the largest in the world. One of their earliest goals adopted after they were established in 1917 was to prevent blindness and to preserve sight.  Helen Keller... »

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New Tai Chi Fan class offered in Vinton and not just for seniors

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
By Debbie Adams
New Tai Chi Fan class offered in Vinton and not just for seniors Vinton–According to instructor Steve Garay, Tai Chi is a “gentle form of exercise,” whose benefits include “improved balance, flexibility, and strength, as well as focus and concentration.” Tai Chi is a form of martial arts derived from Chinese Kung Fu, which these days is “practiced more for its health benefits than for its martial... »

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WBHS welcomes freshmen to the Dog Pound

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
By Debbie Adams
WBHS welcomes freshmen to the Dog Pound VINTON–William Byrd High School hosted its fourth annual “Welcome to the Dog Pound” freshman orientation on July 24. Incoming ninth graders were invited to spend the afternoon at WBHS both gathering information, and bonding with fellow freshmen, upper classmen, and members of the faculty. Freshman class adviser and English teacher, Marc Hinkle, welcomed the... »

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BREAKING NEWS: On August 19, 2014,  at 3:36 a.m., Alvaro’s Market at 1002 Walnut Ave. in the Town of  Vinton was burglarized by two unknown suspects.  The... » Full Story

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