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Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:Limit of one order per residential addressOne order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 testsOrders will ship free starting in late JanuaryClick here to place your order.

Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive January 20th

The Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, January 20, at the Vinton Skate Center from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by going online at or calling Kristie at (319) 472-4292.  Blood supplies are critically low at this time, so please consider giving your gift of life.
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Wiretap Leads to Vinton Man’s Guilty Plea to Conspiring to Distribute Heroin

             A man who conspired to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.             Ryan Rick Schlitter, age 39, from Vinton, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Postponed: Vinton-Shellsburg Band to hold Soup Supper Friday, January 28

Due to the weather the soup supper has been postponed until January 28.This Friday night, the Vinton-Shellsburg Band will hold their soup supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria. The event helps to support the Vinton-Shellsburg Band. Please mark your calendar and help the kids!

Weather related notices from the city of Vinton

With the impending winter weather, please move parked vehicles off the streets so City crews can get the roads cleared as quickly and safely as possible. Also, sidewalks are to be cleared within 24 hours once snowfall has ceased. Thank you!The Benton County Landfill has closed due to the high winds so J&R is unable to finish today's route. If you live or set your  carts on 9th Avenue or live north of Virginia Gay Hospital, please have your carts out Tuesday morning for pickup.
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Stormin' Vikings break 1998 and 2005 school swimming records

Three days after seeing the 25-year-old 200 Freestyle record fall, the Stormin’ Vikings saw two more records go down in back-to-back events Tuesday night in Grinnell as the team split duals with host Grinnell and Oskaloosa.  Carter Kirtz captured the 500 Free in a school-record time of 5:08.87, bettering the previous mark of 5:14.39 set by Matt Lehman in 2005.

Vinton-Shellsburg Schools Rank in Top 50 Best Iowa Schools

Vinton-Shellsburg’s two elementary schools were named to the top 50 elementary schools in Iowa by U.S. News and World Report. Shellsburg’s five grades, Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade, ranked 50th among Iowa’s 614 elementary schools. Tilford, with grades Kindergarten through 4th grade, ranked #23.The U.S. News and World Report rankings focused on scores for reading and math and shared other important data points.

Urbana man set to plead guilty in death of woman in Center Point

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Back in January of 2020, 30-year-old Bret Daniel Klima, of Urbana, was charged with vehicular homicide. In December of 2019 he left the scene of a fatal accident and was charged with other crimes following a hit-and-run in the parking lot of a bar in Center Point.The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 1 in the parking lot of Bully's North in Center Point.
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VFW to hold Soup Supper Wednesdays during January

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VFW Post 8884 will be hosting Soup Supper Wednesdays every Wednesday in January. Soup will be served from 5-8:00 p.m.Every week they will serve their "Award Winning" VFW Chili along with 2 other kinds. Choices vary from chicken noodle, vegetable, beef, tomato and more.Cost is a freewill donation and to-go orders are welcome!The VFW Post is located at 5999 25th Ave.

Kirkwood Community College announces Dean's List honors

Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean's List for the fall 2021 semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours at the college.  Kirkwood students from the area earning this distinction are listed below.  Atkins, IA Asa Armstrong, Benton Thad
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