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The Red Kettle Campaign Underway at Fareway

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle bell ringing campaign kicked off on Monday, November 21st this year and run through December 24th. It will be at our usual location: Vinton's Fareway Grocery Store.Please call Julie at 319-329-7119 to sign up for time to ring the bell, whether as a group or as an individual.Ringing the bell, as well as donating, is an opportunity to help a person or family through a rough time, when finances are often in short supply.

Good Neighbor Recognition for Eight area Residents

Vinton Unlimited selected the following Vinton residents for November's Good Neighbor Recognition Nominees.Barb Rego was nominated for assisting in her church, as well as helping so many in the community with the time and effort she puts into volunteering with the local food bank.Bob and Phyllis Simnacher were nominated for helping others in the community and for specifically being a good neighbor to a 99-year-old Vinton resident who would not be able to remain in her home but would need to be in an assisted living facility if it were not for all their assistance around the home.
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Vinton Unlimited "Holiday Lights" Punch Card Program keeps shoppers local

Vinton Unlimited is offering a 'Holiday Lights' punch card to be used during the holiday shopping season! For every $10 spent, receive one punch. Completed cards will be entered to win weekly prizes of Vinton Value Dollars and one grand prize.DOUBLE PUNCHES will be available on Small Business Saturday, November 26th.Cards are valid thru December 24, 2022.

Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Expands Their Leadership Skills at IAT

FFA member, Wesley McKenna shares with his group his ideas for the activity. By: Co-Reporter, Alana FlemingOn November 12th, 2022, individuals from Vinton-Shellsburg FFA attended the IAT Leadership Conference. They were separated by grade level into three different groups. The freshmen who attended were taken to the Ignite part of the conference. The Sophomores and Juniors that attended the conference were taken to the Amplify portion.

Angel Tree 2022 now accepting applications

Angel Tree 2022 has begun accepting applications for Christmas assistance and will continue accepting names through December 9. There are two ways to apply:IN PERSON AT:First Christian Church1209 W. 13th St. (next to Theisen’s on Hwy. 218)Monday – Friday, 9am-11:30amCALLING:LaNette 319-521-1496 or Sarah Parker 319-202-2786Benton County Angel Tree is always looking for businesses and/or organizations to make donations to help our children have a better Christmas this year.
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It's Christmas Time in the City

City sidewalks, Sunday found the downtown stores bustling with customers. At The Niche/Brickside Brew-N-Chew/3D Kitchens there was live music to entertain shoppers while they shopped for treasures or enjoyed a relaxing beverage and snack at Brickside Brew-B-Chew. Jay Cherry was among the singers joining in the fun downtown. He is from Batavia, Illinois a suburb of Chicago.

Vinton is dressed and ready for Christmas!

This past weekend downtown Vinton was decorated with garland, wreaths, and flower pots sporting Christmas decorations. The hard work of Vinton Shellsburg students and staff makes the town look festive and cheerful for the upcoming holidays!Thank you to all of those who spent hours making the town merry and bright! We all appreciate your hard work!

Santa has arrived, it's time to celebrate!

It's officially time to celebrate the Christmas season!  The 15th Annual Christmas parade arrived with temperatures appropriate for the season.Organized by our area veteran organizations, Santa arrived in town last night courtesy of the Vinton Fire Department to kick off the Vinton celebrations of the season. A special thanks to all who participated in the parade this year, making it a time of fun for the children to enjoy! For more pictures of the parade click HERE This weekend the annual open house events will take place on Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.
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Warren Coleman Award Given to Local Lions Members

The regular Wednesday meeting of the Vinton Lions Club was held at the LaReyna. There were 37 members and two guest present. Deb Kacena and daughter Alyce Lynch shared information on Kacena Farms and the progression of success. They are committed to memorable and joyful family experiences with a wide array of wedding event options, holiday crafting activities, pumpkins and Christmas trees.

VFW Post #8884 makes donation to Benton County Veterans

The local VFW Post #8884 presented a $2,000 donation to Veterans Affairs in Benton County. The organization presented the check to the director, Cara Martin to be placed directly into the Donations fund. This fund is set aside to be used to support area Veterans by providing additional emergency assistance. The Donation fund is a much-needed asset to Benton County Veterans.
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