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JQS Gifts of Hope Donation

Round-Up for Hope receives donation from JQS customers John's Qwik Stop participated in Round-Up for Hope through the month of October donating funds to support Gifts of Hope. VGH is thankful for the efforts of JQS staff and the $800 donation supporting breast cancer awareness, women's health, and free access to mammograms. For more information go to

Red Cross Awards its highest honor to Kinzley Kurth

Kinzley Kurth to be awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit on December 15 The American Red Cross will award the Certificate of Merit, their highest honor to Kinzley Kurth of Vinton. The certificate is only for Red Cross trained individuals and off-duty professional responders. The certificate is also signed by the President of the United States. Shawna Kurth, mother of the nominee, shared the following incident which happened while on vacation in Cancun.
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Alliant Energy makes plans for largest solar and battery facility in Iowa

Alliant Energy filed its plan with the Iowa Utilities Board to acquire a portion of the Duane Arnold Solar Project from NextEra Energy Resources and to repurpose land from the former Duane Arnold nuclear energy site.Today, in a filing with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), Alliant Energy (NASDAQ: LNT) announces plans for adding the first portion of its planned 400 megawatts (MW) of solar energy generation in Iowa.

Meet Vinton's New Librarian

Hello, Vinton residents! My name is Renee Greenlee. I am very excited to be in this new role as the director of Vinton Public Library. I previously worked at Marion Public Library as a Children’s Librarian and earned my Master of Library Science in 2020. Currently, I live on the north side of Cedar Rapids with my husband, Chad, children, Ella and Wynn, and a zoo of pets.

Ringing in the Christmas Season with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Pictured Left to Right  Front Row - Jonah Meyer, Hattie Meyer Back Row - Kim Meyer, Josh Meyer If you are willing to donate an hour or two for a great cause please Contact Julie Hansen at 319-329-7119 to help the Salvation Army raise needed funds to operate throughout the upcoming year.Pictured is the Meyer Family ringing the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign at Fareway Store in Vinton.

Angel Tree 2021 has begun accepting applications for Christmas assistance

Angel Tree 2021 has begun accepting applications for Christmas assistance and will continue accepting names through December 3. There are three ways to apply:1) IN PERSON AT: First Christian Church 1209 W. 13th St. (next to Theisen’s on Hwy. 218) Monday – Friday, 9am-11:30am 2) CALL: LaNette 319-521-1496 3) CALL: Sarah Parker 319-202-2786 Benton County Angel Tree is always looking for businesses and/or organizations to make donations to help our children have a better Christmas this year.

VSHS Carolers visit area stores

VSHS Chorale Students Bring the sounds of the season to downtown Vinton VSHS choir students kicked off the holiday season with their first round of Christmas Caroling on Sunday downtown Vinton at the Christmas Open House. The carolers stopped to sing in various locations bringing the sounds of the season with them. Pictured are: Noel McKenna, Cameron Dawson-Fink, Bryleigh Farmer, Bryce Walker, Blaze Soquet, Samuel Glynn, John McNeill and director Michala Martin.

VGH Tree Walk Raffle Winner Announced

Virginia Gay Hospital announces Michele Schoonover as the winner of the VGH Tree Walk Raffle. We are grateful for all who participated in the raffle in support of Tree of Lights! We plan to bring the annual Tree Walk back to the hospital next year. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

VS FFA Prepares Community for Holiday Season with Lights and Roping

Clayton McKenna, Chase Rippel, Ashlee Thomas, and Matthew Bookmeier made up a group that tackled jobs at the businesses near the courthouse. By: Co-Reporter Isabel MullinexOn Saturday, November 13th, 14 FFA members gathered at the Vinton Courthouse at 9 A.M. to help GoVS with the annual hanging of holiday lights and roping. This is a great way for the chapter to be involved in the community and help out. The day before, 10 FFA members got the roping ready at the Animal Lab at the High School on Friday, November 12th to prepare.

Area Vinton shoppers made their way downtown on Sunday

The traditional "after the Christmas parade but before Thanksgiving" Christmas Open House was held Sunday afternoon in downtown Vinton. Area shoppers enjoyed treats, deals, and specials rolled out especially for the event. Don't forget that Santa's mailbox is available at LaGrange Pharmacy for those who would like to pen a letter to Jolly Old
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