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Vinton Area Ministerial Association in need of donations

The Vinton Area Ministerial Association, also known as VAMA,is in need of funds for its food and gasoline voucher program.The increased need has unfortunately depleted the fund VAMAuses for these vouchers. Any donations would be much appreciated. Please send to Marcia Reilly, VAMA Treasurer, at:St. Mary’s Catholic Church2200 Second AveVinton, IA

Benton Community and Belle Plaine FFA go to Des Moines

Future Farmers of America members made a trip to visit Des Moines The Capitol was treated to a huge wave of blue-jacketed young people on Tuesday. The Future Farmers of America chapters from across the state visited Des Moines, and it’s fantastic to see so many bright futures in the FFA!  When I was an FFA member, most were guys and from a farm.  Now, it seems the makeup has almost flipped to the majority being female and not from a farm.
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Communities Invited to Identify Areas of Need for Future Broadband Investment

Today, Governor Reynolds and the Department of Management’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) announced the release of an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) for communities in need of future broadband investment.    The ITQ process allows communities to propose areas across the state of Iowa that should be prioritized by the OCIO in the next Empower Rural Iowa broadband grant opportunity.

2022-2023 Voyager Dance Clinic & Spring Show Performance Saturday, February 25th

The 2022-2023 Voyager Dance Clinic & Spring Show Performance will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. and  7:00 p.m.  Vinton-Shellsburg K-8th grade are welcome to attend! All participants will be separated into performance groups (K-2 nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th) and learn age-appropriate combinations. COST: $30.00 per child.

Benton County 4-Hers Compete in the National Arena

The Benton County 4-H Livestock Skillathon team at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. Left to right: Josh Wiley, Olivia Hanson, William Kroneman, Gabe Hanson, and Steiger Manson. By Maureen HansonThe Benton County 4-H Livestock Skills Group wrapped up their 2022 competition season by representing Iowa at three national competitions.Previously in the year, the Benton County 4-H youth won the “triple crown” of 4-H livestock contests in Iowa. They earned state championships in the Livestock Skillathon, Livestock Quiz Bowl, and Livestock Judging competitions.
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Vinton kicks off 2023 Community Visioning Program

Vinton is participating in the 2023 Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. Community Visioning is a transportation enhancement planning process that serves Iowa communities under 10,000 in population.The program helps community volunteers envision aesthetic and ecological improvements along roadsides and related landscapes by blending environmental stewardship with community improvement projects.

Gov. Reynolds Announces Funding to Clear Veterans Trust Fund Backlog

  Gov. Reynolds has approved more than $440,000 to cover a backlog of Iowa Veterans Trust Fund (IVTF) grants that were approved by the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs between March 3, 2021, and November 3, 2022, before the program was temporarily suspended due to insufficient funds. The funds are from the state’s allocation of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Iowa Chapter of American Public Works Assn Recognizes Vinton for Nathan's Miles

Nathan's Smiles Glow Trail brings awards and recognition to Vinton At Thursday night's City Council meeting, Matt Boggess was on hand to accept a plaque in recognition of the Nathan's Miles glow-in-the-dark trail project's unique design.  The trail won "Project of the Year Award in Transportation in the $500,000 to $1 Million" category for both Vinton and Baker Enterprises for their construction of the trail.
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Supervisors set wage for new hire

The Benton County Supervisors met in another special session to approve a new hire for the Benton County Attorney's Office in the collections department. The meeting opened with an attempt to go into a closed session, by Supervisor Rick Primmer citing Iowa Code 21.5 i.  "To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual's reputation and that individual requests a closed session.

Work release escape of Alexander Carman

The Iowa Department of Corrections will occasionally send out notices of escapees, deaths, or other bits of news to area news media. If it is a notice concerning anyone within a few miles of Vinton, the information will be published. WATERLOO – Alexander Joseph Carman, convicted of Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and other charges in Dubuque County, failed to report to the Waterloo Residential Correctional Facility as required Friday.
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