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1st St. West is Close, but no Cigar

In a Work Session on Thursday night, the city council heard from Nate Kass who represents the city in construction projects that happen in Vinton. He explained the need for the reconstruction of a portion of 1st St. West.  The last section that was poured used the incorrect aggregate materials so it will have to be torn out and reconstructed this year.

Vinton Police Department Deliver AED Units to local Departments

Vinton Police Chief Ted Paxton presents new AED units to Vinton Parks and Rec Director Matt Boggess The Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted The Iowa Department of Public Health funds to place free Automated External Defibrillators (AED) into every law enforcement vehicle in the State of Iowa. The Vinton Police Department has received its new AEDs and is actively contributing to community well-being by donating their previous AED devices throughout the community.

Creative Kids Child Care to expand into Vinton

Meredith Zuspan and Kelsey Fish share exciting plans for Creative Kids Child Care The Vinton Kiwanis Club welcomed the new owners of Creative Kids Child Care to their meeting last week to talk about their upcoming expansion. Kelsey Fish began the presentation. A teacher for 10 years in the Shellsburg Elementary School, Fish had taught kindergarten and third grade students. She is a resident of Shellsburg, a Vinton-Shellsburg graduate, and holds a Master's Degree in Principalship from UNI and is also a Grant Wood Induction Coach.

It's Snow Joke when we get two foot of snow!

So what does it take to clear two feet of snow? Add in sub zero weather freezing said snow?  I was able to touch base with Myron Parizek who is in charge of Benton County's Secondary Roads. He had approached the supervisors to ask that his staff also receive a day off of work to make up for the day that other county workers were given off due to the weather.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

The Knights of Columbus free throw contest was held on Sunday, February 4th at the V/S Middle School. The contest is for ages 9 to 14  boys and girls.Pictured are the local winners.Pictured first row left to right: Karah Richart, Bliss Roster, Liam Winsor, Hayden Laughridge, Elliot Whalensecond row - L to R  Oliver Whalen, Reid MangoldThese winners are eligible to represent Vinton-Shellsburg  at the district Knights of Columbus contest on Saturday, March 2, 11:30 am at Regis Middle School in Cedar Rapids.

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA) is extending the submission deadline for its scholarship application process to April 10, 2024. This change is due to continued delays of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline extension prioritizes students and allows them to provide this important information used in determining financial need as part of the selection process for some Community Foundation scholarships.

Veterans of Foreign Wars 8884 recognize Grovert

The Veterans of Foreign Wars 8884 presented Jenna Grovert with a 3rd place District 2 certificate and a check for the winner. Grovert is in 8th grade and attends Central Lutheran School in Newhall.She also won first place in the local Voice of Democracy competition receiving that award earlier.  She received a certificate and check for both contests.

Van Ree Offers A Fresh Start for Benton County

Kellie Van Ree, a lifetime Benton County resident is excited to announce her candidacy for Benton County Supervisor. Kellie is a 2001 graduate of Vinton-Shellsburg Highschool and attended Kirkwood Community College majoring in Nursing. In 2010, Kellie graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in long-term care administration. Serving in various health care roles for more than 20 years, Kellie now is the Director of Clinical Services for LeadingAge Iowa, a trade association who advocates for non-profit long-term care providers across the State.

V-S Student and Director to Perform at ACD Assoc. Midwestern Conference

Michala Martin Vinton-Shellsburg Choir Student and Director Selected to Perform at the American Choral Directors Association Midwestern Conference VSHS senior Samuel Glynn was selected to participate in the Tenor/Bass High School Honor Choir at the 2024 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Midwestern Conference in Omaha, Nebraska from Feb. 7-10, 2024. Choir Director, Ms.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Welcomes Everyone...Just one request

Church splits are nothing new. But this one could be seen AND it's the easiest kind to fix. The only disagreement that Bethlehem Lutheran Church might have with attendees might be the appropriate way to enter the building. They prefer that people enter through the doors. Vehicles, well, they have to stay outside, even if they are housebroken, even if it is a support vehicle, that's where they simply nust draw the line! Other than that, Bethlehem Lutheran Church would like to assure everyone that they really do have an open-door policy.
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