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Ketchen recognized at Legacy Honor event held by Virginia Gay Hospital

VGH has a rich history of people that have given various donations of time, talents and expertise.One of these citizens is John KetchenI think John was destined to become part of VGH since his birth, which occurred many years ago at the original hospital site, the former Tilford academy on the corner of 13th street and 1st Ave., (where VanSteenhyse/Teahen funeral home is currently located)John is a Vinton native, leaving his hometown to attend the U of I, and after graduation moved to Florida to start his first job as VP of Fidelity Federal Savings & Loan in West Palm Beach.

Vinton Lions Contribute $8,000 to Eastern Iowa Honor Flights

The Vinton Lions Club's Annual 11th Chili supper raised funds to support Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. EI Honor Flight Board President Dick Bell, Vice President Jason Brandon, Official Photographer Frank Grizel, Mary Seely, Funding Coordinator, and Vinton native Roger Uthoff, Advisor to the Board were at the Wednesday meeting receiving a check for $8000 from Vinton Lions President Dennis Lasaur and Treasurer Dr.
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Breakfast with Santa 2021

Santa with children who came out to have breakfast and visit Santa had a sleigh full of fun on Saturday at the Breakfast with Santa event. The event is held at the Vinton Skate Center each year. He met with children from around the Vinton area. Santa did so well that there were only a couple rounds of tears this year. One little boy asked, "How did he know my name??" Well, he's Santa, of course!Thanks G.W.!Pictures can be seen here.

Shellsburg Lions Club makes donation to Food Pantry

The Shellsburg Lions Club has donated to the Share Food Pantry $100 each for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is an annual donation for the Food Pantry to help support the community. We wish to thank everyone in the community who supports the Shellsburg Lions Club.

Back Alley Art can now be seen in Downtown Vinton

Check out the Back Alley art creation across from City Hall The Vinton Guild of Fine Arts has been quietly working on several projects that will bring smiles to both the residents and visitors of Vinton. Their first Back Alley Art Mural has arrived on the back wall of the Sherman Building, in the alley across from City Hall. The group would love for you to take a picture and tag their Facebook page which can be found here! There are other projects in the works that will appear as they are completed.
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BCCF Encourages Giving to Local Nonprofits this Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, giving to those we care about most is at the forefront of our thoughts. For many, this also includes giving to causes we are passionate about as nonprofits in our community need charitable support to address ever-growing local needs. Now is a great time to give to a nonprofit agency fund of the Benton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

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.
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