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Veteran Program to be held at 1:15 today

By Valerie Close, Editor · November 11th, 2019
The Annual Veteran's Day Program that was to be held this morning was delayed due to the weather and will now be held at 1:15 p.m. at the Vinton Shellsburg Middle School gymnasium. Feel free to come out to share your appreciation for our Veterans!

Iowa Department of Public Safety issues warning of Phone Scam

By Vinton Today · November 11th, 2019
The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is warning of a phone scam involving callers who target citizens by misrepresenting themselves as DCI staff. The DCI has received reports from citizens that scammers are attempting to extort money related to the citizen’s access to a website.

Do you know an everyday hero in our community who is working to create positive environments? We want to hear about it!The Benton County Family Nurturing Council is looking to recognize everyday heroes—of any age—in our community through the 'Faces of Benton County' campaign! Do you know of a child, parent/caregiver, family, or community member who has achieved something positive recently that deserves recognition? This campaign is a way to share and highlight such stories.

Clipper Corner tops donation to Gifts of Hope

By Valerie Close, Editor · November 11th, 2019
In October, Clipper Corner held a raffle to raise money for the Gift of Hope program that offers help to those facing a breast cancer diagnosis.Clipper Corner raffled a gift bin with over 60 items inside. This year's winner was Tasha Channel of Vinton.Money raised through this raffle, in the amount of $1450 was presented by Mary Barkdoll the owner of Clipper Corner, to Robin Martin from Virginia Gay Hospital.

Saying thank you to our Veterans

By Valerie Close, Editor · November 9th, 2019
Most years as I write a piece trying to thank our veterans, trying really, really hard to say, "Thank you" to the men and women that have fought for us. This year, I was honored to attend the funeral of a WWII veteran that never had the chance to make it home from war. He will forever be 28. As I sat at his funeral, I was saddened for the family that was there, most whom had never met him.

Participants announced for the 32nd Annual Opus Honor Choir Festival

By Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools · November 7th, 2019
Ms. Michala Martin, Choral Director at Vinton-Shellsburg High School, is pleased to announce that Maddie Beauchamp, Darby Glynn, and Ellery Johnson were recently selected for participation in the thirty-second annual Opus Honor Choir Festival.  Over 2600 students were nominated by their directors for 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs.

The Lough family adds two daughters to their home

By Valerie Close, Editor · November 7th, 2019
The Lough family takes the belief that every child deserves a parent seriously and since September of 1995 Ray and Patricia have done all they can to prove it. Fostering 73 children, the couple heart selected 11 of those to adopt. Adopting all boys, except 10. With 4 children at home now, Trinity, 16, Trina 11, Natalie 9, Darla, 7 the Loughs won't be empty nesters any time soon.

Angel Tree 2019 in need of Names, Donations and Location

By Vinton Today · November 6th, 2019
Angel Tree 2019 is now accepting names for Christmas help…through December 10. You must live in Benton County.You can contact LaNette at the First Christian Church, 1209 W. 13th St. (next to Theisen’s on Hwy. 218) Monday – Friday, 9am-11:30am OR CALL: LaNette at 319-521-1496 to schedule an appointment.

Braille School Campus is very close to becoming official Vinton Property

By Valerie Close, Editor · November 6th, 2019
The Board of Regents will consider the transfer of the Braille School Campus, at next week's meeting in Cedar Falls. The transfer is considering the total amount of 48 acres of land and buildings to the city of Vinton. If approved, the land would transfer for the sum of $1. The Board meetings are live video streamed, and the link will be activated and located on the front page of www.

Eleventh Annual Holiday Tree Walk showcases Community Creativity

By Virginia Gay Hospital · November 6th, 2019
This year marks the eleventh year for the Holiday Tree Walk held in the lobby of Virginia Gay Hospital. The annual event is a local favorite hosted by both the respiratory and human resource departments of VGH. For the third consecutive year, Farmers Savings Bank and Trust, has signed on as the exclusive corporate sponsor as area individuals, organizations and businesses donate a wide variety of fully decorated Christmas trees and holiday fare for this silent auction.

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