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Bids being taken for upcoming Telecommunications Project

By Valerie Close · January 18th, 2019
On Wednesday, there were approximately 20 contractors on hand to listen to the presentation by Farr Technologies concerning Vinton's upcoming telecommunications project. Specifics of the plan were shared with the contractors and maps handed out for those interested in bidding on and winning the project.

Mike Riege "Ambushed" by Vinton Unlimited

By Valerie Close · January 18th, 2019
Mike Riege, Virginia Gay Hospital's Administrator of 29 years was ambushed by Vinton Unlimited on Wednesday afternoon. Riege is retiring at the end of this week, and was honored for his hard work and dedication to quality healthcare in Benton County. Riege is the administrator responsible for transforming Virginia Gay into an excellent healthcare institution focused on family medicine that serves the entire county.

Benton Community Bus involved in accident, no injuries reported

By Valerie Close · January 18th, 2019
A Benton Community School District bus and two other vehicles collided on Friday afternoon. No serious injuries were reported. The accident happened southwest of Norway on Friday afternoon. The bus was leaving from Norway Elementary and had about 40 students on the bus when it was headed to Blairstown.

UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids & VGH move forward with Affiliation

By Virginia Gay Hospital · January 18th, 2019
The Virginia Gay Hospital Board and senior staff, after many months of careful evaluation, has elected to end their affiliation with University of Iowa Hospitals and has selected UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids to be the new affiliation partner. Critical Access Hospitals like Virginia Gay are required to maintain an affiliation with a larger health system that can provide enhanced access to expertise and medical specialists.

Students in grades seven through 11 can now enter the 13th annual Money Smart Kid Essay Contest and compete for the chance to win $1,000 to help boost their college savings. The statewide essay contest is sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association. Eligible students can enter the contest by writing an essay of 400 words or fewer, addressing the following: “Many American families experience income volatility over the course of a year.

A Mobile Food Pantry Making a Permanent Difference

By Tami Stark · January 18th, 2019
By Tami Stark On the 3rd Saturday of every month, a close yet growing group of volunteers gather together at Wesley United Methodist Church (the church by the Library) and work to provide food and household goods to over 55 people every month. The volunteer work begins on Thursday when 1 volunteer stops at a HACAP location to pick up food and another volunteer gets it to the church.

Changes to VGH and Foundation board of directors announced for 2019

By Virginia Gay Hospital · January 18th, 2019
Virginia Gay Hospital (VGH) and the Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation (VGHHCF) announce changes to their board of director members for 2019. James Hodgson retired from service on both the hospital and foundation boards after serving since 2003. Tedd Mann has also retired as a member of the foundation’s board of directors after serving since 2007.

V-S Cancels Activities for tomorrow 1/18/19

By Valerie Close · January 18th, 2019
Activities for tomorrow (Friday, January 18) have been postponed as follows: 9/10/Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Central DeWitt - postponed to Thursday, February 14 JV/V Girls Basketball at Central DeWitt - postponed to Monday, February 4 JV/V Bowling vs. Marion - postponed to a date to be determined Saturday's events have not been decided upon yet, but we will post the information on the school activities page as soon as we're aware of any changes: https://wamacconference.

You might ask, "What is the Middle Cedar Watershed Wetland Basin?" as I did. The project is going to help contain enough water in the southern part of Vinton in an attempt to help prevent flooding in other areas of town. The Middle Cedar Watershed Wetland Basin: "The Middle Cedar Watershed (MCW) covers ~1.

150th Celebration Volunteers Needed

By Melissa Schwan, Director, VU · January 7th, 2019
The year of the celebration has finally arrived! While the 150th celebration has been our radar for almost two years, the realization has hit once the calendar flipped to 2019! While small, subtle nods to the milestone will occur throughout 2019, mark your calendars for August 17-24, 2019! The Walldogs are scheduled to return to Vinton during this week to give our mural history a fresh coat of paint and add new murals as well.

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