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School or No School: The challenge of making decisions

By Vinton Today · January 21st, 2019
Late start? Early dismissal? No school at all? There are many factors to consider when deciding to change a school schedule during inclement weather. Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District (VSCSD) Superintendent, Mary Jo Hainstock explains the process she uses to make those decisions. “The process starts very early in the morning when our transportation director, Randy Arndt starts driving the roads.

Gas Prices Falling

By Valerie Close · January 18th, 2019
As many of you may have noticed and appreciated, the gas prices are on a decline. While driving through the county, this price of $1.89 was spotted in Shellsburg. At the risk of sounding like an "old person," I remember about 10 years ago when the price was over $4.00 a gallon, the highest that it has ever been, I thought that we'd be hitting the $5.

Downtown Vinton still recovering

By Valerie Close · January 18th, 2019
In an age when we expect to see immediate results, and things happen instantly, we are sometimes fascinated when things take a while. Downtown Vinton is one of those things. In light of the complete devastation that our downtown took, we all gave a little sigh of relieved to see the new Michael and Dowd building being built on its own site, and the progress being made on the rest of the block.

Community Support Planned for Lainey on February 2

By Vinton Today · January 18th, 2019
Born with a chromosome defect that doctors tell her family nobody else in the world has, Lainey Robertson was getting ready to come home on Wednesday from her most recent of many hospital stays. Lainey's mom, Wendy Frye, says Lainey was born with a deleted ninth chromosome and a duplicated 15th chromosome.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) nationwide charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit is pleased continue their “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” medical insurance program for 2019 which covers annual policy premiums.

Vinton Shopko to close April 7th

By Valerie Close · January 18th, 2019
McKesson Corporation has recently filed a complaint against Shopko to stop selling products made by the company after Shopko failed to pay the pharmaceutical company since November of 2018. Mckesson claims that Shopko owes $67 million and has asked a judge to block Shopko from selling any more of their drugs.

Kwik Star Makes plans to Open in Vinton

By Valerie Close · January 18th, 2019
At the city council meeting on Thursday night, Chris Ward, Vinton's City Administrator passed around copies of an email that he received just this afternoon. The email was to inform him of Kwik Star's plans to open a new store/gas station in Vinton. Plans are to locate the business just north of Theisen's on 13th St.

Afternoon Accident, no injuries

By Valerie Close · January 18th, 2019
Sometimes in this job, you really feel bad for well, doing the job. An accident on 4th St. and A Ave. occurred when this poor guy misjudged his corner, not taking it wide enough. He cleared the white car parked nearest to 4th St.but sideswiping the second car from the intersection, tearing up the door on the SUV.

Dear Vinton, here's how your City Council Works

By Valerie Close · January 18th, 2019
After announcing tonight that Kwik Star would be coming to town, there was an immediate backlash. I kind of thought that everyone would be thrilled with the news, on the heels of losing Shopko, but nope. According to comments on our Facebook page, the consensus was that two things were wrong with this plan.

Jeanette M. Miller Scholarship Recipients Announced

By Virginia Gay Hospital · January 18th, 2019
The Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation is excited to announce the most recent Jeanette M. Miller Scholarships awards. Maci Griffith, Chase Overton, Cindi Stueck, and Abbegale Wilson have each received $2,000. This scholarship was established in 2014 in memory of Jeanette Miller, a hard-working woman who was careful with what she had, lived frugally, and was generous in taking care of those people and institutions that took care of her.

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