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While you're home, fill out the Census Form!

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 1st, 2020
in one of the council meetings a few weeks ago, City Administrator Chris Ward mentioned how important it is for everyone to fill out their census form. While the online form says that the count of residents indicates how many representatives we will have in Congress, it sometimes also determines grants and matching funds that cities and counties can apply for.

Vinton Shellsburg Elementary Art Rooms take class online

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 1st, 2020
Vinton Shellsburg Community Schools, are offering art activities through their Facebook Page Vinton-Shellsburg Elementary Art Rooms Click to view There are plenty of art activities and challenges for kids to participate in. The page includes some physical activities as well to get those wiggles out, but tons of fun activities to keep an eye on!Having fun and being creative is the idea on this page.

CITY OF VINTON PLAYGROUNDS ARE NOW CLOSED.

By Vinton Parks & Recreation · April 1st, 2020
As of March 27, 2020 all city of Vinton playgrounds will be are closed. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. Please understand this is a public health measure, and we are trying to look out for the well being of our loved ones, friends and neighbors.Parks and trails will be open

Covid-19 how it's affecting news coverage

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 31st, 2020
There is so much information streaming in here, that just sorting through it all is mentally exhausting. Trying to figure out all of the government releases and if they apply to Vinton, or if it's some branch of government that doesn't apply to most of us. Then there's the continual "You need to write about THIS!" Okay let me address all of those topics:This will be news that I COULD drag out into lengthy stories, but this is how I will get caught up here.

Spring brings iVinton Crews back to Town

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 31st, 2020
Last year snow in October brought the iVinton project to a screeching halt. The installation of conduit and fiber to homes had to stop because the ground had frozen. The crews COULD have continued, but that would have torn up lawns and equipment. As we waited anxiously through the winter, spring came early this year and the crews have rolled back into town.

The Vinton Public Library is offering several books online now.  "Our patrons are now able to access TumbleBooks through our website for free until the end of August," said Amy Noe who works with the children at the library.    There are several options to entertain, add to the education of your children and resources for adults.

When Vinton hears of a need, Vinton steps up. The side effects of this pandemic have created a shortage of masks for hospitals. As soon as the news hit, a group of nearly 30 area residents began to make plans to help. Viking Sewing Center has been assisting the group with patterns and directing people to supplies in the effort to meet a potential need in Vinton.

Governor releases new website to update status of Coronavirus: Stay Home

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 26th, 2020
In the Governor's statements made on Tuesday, she gave a bit of good news. Iowans really are listening. Traffic according to the IDOT is down by 50% however trucking has not slowed compared to a year ago! That means we are staying home, while supplies are still rolling in!There is a brand new website up to keep all the current information available to the public.

Sanders Family to hold Auction

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 25th, 2020
The Sanders Family has been known in our community for decades. In 2014 Dwight and Bonnie Sanders were honored as the Grand Marshalls kicking off Party in the Park that year. The couple has one child, Jason and he and his wife Angie have four children. Jason was the first Jr. Grand Marshal back in 1999 when the tradition started.

Heart Hunters are the new Hidden Rocks this year

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 25th, 2020
There is an effort to get a movement going at this time of social distancing. The movement is called Heart Hunters. The idea is to place hearts in the windows of your house so that people driving by can see them. There is a Facebook page dedicated to the activity. We've had Minions and hidden rocks in the past, I bet Vinton can come up with some creative heart displays knowing that we have a lot of artists in our adults and kids of the area.

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