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Santa visits with children during Breakfast

The annual Breakfast with Santa was held on Saturday with area families. The highlight wasn't the pancakes necessarily, although they were tasty, but the big event was the arrival of Santa. Each year Santa makes a stop at the invitation of Vinton Parks and Recreation Department. Santa visits with the children to make sure that he has their wish list correct and then takes time to have his picture taken with the children.

Week 3 Punch Card Winner

Vinton Unlimited announced the third winner of the Holiday Lights Punch Card drawings. This week’s winner is Brandi Meyer. Brandi receives $50 in Vinton Value Dollars! Every week until Christmas, when people shop local at participating businesses, they can receive one punch on their punch card for every $10 spent. Once the card is filled (10 punches), they can be turned in to participate in the weekly drawing of $50 in Vinton Value Dollars.
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Benton County Food Pantry Schedules

The Vinton Pantry is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pantry is located on the west side of 811 D Ave. Vinton.On the third Saturday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. bring your bags to the pantry at Wesley United Methodist Church located at 516 2nd Ave. Vinton (The church next to the library.)The Belle Plaine Pantry is open on Tuesday and Friday from 1:30 to 4 p.

Koop's and Arnold Motor Supply Toy Drives Continue

Arnold Motor Supply's toy collection ends Tuesday, December 13 Koop's Sales and Service and Arnold Motor Supply continue to collect Christmas gifts to make Christmas better for boys and girls, here in Benton County.Take some time to grab a gift & drop it off to add to the toy drives happening in Vinton. If you cannot get out to shop, both businesses will also take donations and do the shopping for you!Koop's

Vinton Food Pantry's Linda Wood Retires

The Vinton Food Pantry will mark a significant milestone, effective Monday, December 12.One of our long-time leaders, Linda Wood, is retiring from her pantry work after 14 years. Our pantry has grown and evolved greatly over that time, thanks to a terrific crew of volunteers, Linda, Vickie Holst and Elaine Bearbower.Our food pantry has been serving Vinton and surrounding communities since it was incorporated in 1985.
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Deck the House Voting is now open through December 18

Bundle up, grab your loved ones, and check out Vinton's finest light displays! While you're at it, might as well vote for your favorite! Ballots are available at and at the Vinton Recreation Center! (Just click the link to download and print!)

Tilford Elementary Principal Kyle Reeve Submits Resignation

Tilford Elementary Principal Kyle Reeve has submitted his resignation to address personal health matters. Mr. Reeve’s resignation is effective immediately. The Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District, along with Mr. Reeve and the Reeve family, appreciate your understanding and respect for their privacy.Mr. Reeve took over the principalship at Tilford Elementary school during the pandemic of 2020.

Seed House disrepair puts building at risk

Photos show the failing masonry on the west wall weakening the steel supports which hold the roof At Thursday's City Council meeting, the council conducted a hearing for a nuisance violation at 201 1st Avenue, known as the former Seed House. The property is owned by Joseph and Peggy Schott of Hiawatha.City Building Inspector/Code Enforcement officer Blake Hansen said that there were several issues with the building. Two other inspections by structural engineers also confirmed the conditions of the building.
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Decking out the House brought to a new level in Vinton

I might be wrong, but it feels like this year the Christmas lights have been plentiful across Vinton. Adding a new level of fun is the display at 1307 B Ave. in Vinton, it is one of the displays that you really need to see to appreciate. The kids will love this one! In addition to a singing Christmas tree, and flashing mini trees, there are also now two Christmas bulbs that occasionally pop up to sing lead in some of the songs.

Santa drops off another round of gift tags for Angel Tree

Vinton Today just had a note from one of Santa's elves. A new delivery of gift tags for the Angel Tree program have been delivered to Farmers Savings Bank and Trust and US Bank.If you have the opportunity to shop for an area child, stop by and choose a gift tag from the tree. Gifts need to be returned with their tag by December 14. If anyone has access to an empty building that Angel Tree can use for gift distribution, please contact Lanette Parker at 319-521-1496.
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