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Vinton Shellsburg FFA brought in the Gold at Sub-Districts!

Photo Caption: (Top Row Left-Right)- Cooper McClintock, Austin Noe, Ben McGowan, Andrew Allsup, Wes McKenna, Ben Buhr, Leif Allen, Levi Lutz, Andrew Pingenot, Jazmyn Dods, Zane Helter, Brody Waters, Will McKenna (Middle Row) Alexa Henkle, Chloe Sanders, Eleanor Moen, Steven Rogers, Kara Rollinger, Bri Dulin, Kirsten Pettit, Kassidi Brunssen, Zyla Mullinex, Sophia Newton, Ali Lutz, Ciara Dods, Raine Wheeler (Front Row) Callie Nosbisch, Juliana Luis, Alana Fleming, Megan Schlitter, Grayce McClintock, Rachel Rolloinger, Kelcie Appleby, Jackson Hansel, Izzie Birker.

Vinton Today turns 14

The last 14 years have been a ride for sure! In the three months before Vinton Today went live, I can remember thinking, quite a few things. There was a desire to create something that would be able to get word out quickly to the town, yet do it in a way that could reach everyone. FREE.My job at the time was to reach out to organizations and build connections for future news, compile information for local organizations and to touch base with everyone.
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Bear Creek Church gets a makeover, but still in need

For decades, the Bear Creek Church located on the Brandon blacktop south of Brandon at 5177 26th Ave. on V71 has been in dire need of maintenance and people with the desire to see it accomplished. Toward the end of last year, the church had begun to get some much-needed preservation work on the building. Built in 1900. the building has been maintained as best as it could through various groups of volunteers.


The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) is partnering with law enforcement across Iowa March 13-21 to remind drivers: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States extend as far back as the American colonial period. Today, it’s one of our nation’s most popular holidays, celebrated with festivals, parades, and parties.

Honor a Civic-Minded Iowan in Your Life

We are encouraging all Iowans to submit nominations for the John Lewis Youth Leadership Award. Nominations are open to Iowa residents aged 25 years or under for their meaningful commitment in addressing civil rights issues and initiating authentic change in their communities. The John Lewis Youth Leadership Award was established in 2021 by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) as a way for every state to honor the extraordinary accomplishments of Congressman John Lewis.
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Tactical Creations' Owner arrested for Sexual Assault

In a post on Tactical Creations' Facebook page, an announcement was made that read as follows:" ****STORE ANNOUNCEMENT****Starting today the store will be run and managed by Trent. We appreciate all of our customers and their support during this time."The owner of Tactical Creations, Robert "Bob" Wayne DuCharme, 59 of Vinton, has been accused of sexual abuse of children.

VGH Recognized for Excellence in Care

 Iowa Simulation in Motion (SIM-IA)   Virginia Gay Hospital is committed to providing our community with excellent healthcare.It is our pleasure to announce that Virginia Gay Hospital has been recognized and awarded by national healthcare research leader PRC:Five Star PRC Excellence Award – Virginia Gay Hospital Outpatient Surgery for Overall Quality of Care (scoring in the to 10% nationally)Four Star PRC Excellence Award – Virginia Gay Hospital Emergency Department for Overall Quality of Care (scoring in the top 25% nationally)Four Star PRC Excellence Award – Virginia Gay Inpatient Services for Overall Quality of Care (scoring in the top 25% nationally)This competitive national award recognizes organizations who achieve excellence throughout the year by improving patient experiences, healthcare employee engagement and/or physician alignment and engagement based on surveys of their patients.

Senate passes bill requiring schools outline exemptions to immunizations

By Robin OpsahlLegislation requiring schools to include information about vaccine exemptions in communications about immunization passed the Iowa Senate Monday.Senators sent Senate File 2196 to the House on a 31-15 vote. Sen. Jesse Green, R-Boone, said the bill is needed because of misinformation around vaccine and immunization requirements for students attending Iowa K-12 schools.
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Benton Community voters in favor of PPEL

In its second attempt to pass a levy on to the Benton Community property owners, to improve the Benton Community School District, the voter decided to approve a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). Last year a vote to pass a $48 million dollar bond measure failed in the district.The district hoped that changing the goal of the measure would bring different results for the school district.

2024 Iowa Democratic Presidential Preference Mail-in Caucus Results

President Joe Biden has won the 2024 Iowa Democratic Caucuses, receiving 11,083 of 12,207 preferences received and processed through today. “Congratulations to Joe Biden, who overwhelmingly won the 2024 Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus. Iowans recognize that President Biden has made great investments in communities across Iowa including in our childcare centers, roads and bridges, and by expanding broadband access in our most rural areas,” said IDP Chair Rita Hart.
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