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American Library Association Award Ceremony online Saturday

The American Library Association will recognize Vinton's Public Library Director, Renee Greenlee, at the "I Love my Librarian" award ceremony. The program will take place this Saturday, January 22 beginning at 3:30 p..m.  Greenlee will have an opportunity to share a few remarks during the program. Be sure to tune in to watch the event live stream at the link found here.

HOT Grants Distributed to area Organizations

Melody Snow of Vinton Unlimited presents Sharon Happel with a check for the Benton County Historical Society In 2017, the voters of Vinton passed a ballot measure to establish a 7% hotel/motel tax within the City limits. The tax went into effect on July 1, 2018. Per the Code of Iowa, funds collected must be spent on recreation, convention, cultural or entertainment facilities. Vinton Unlimited has established the Vinton Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Grant program provides financial support to local organizations for community events, cultural and recreational programming, tourism and various other projects.
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Wiretap Leads to Vinton Man’s Guilty Plea to Conspiring to Distribute Heroin

             A man who conspired to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.             Ryan Rick Schlitter, age 39, from Vinton, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Weather related notices from the city of Vinton

With the impending winter weather, please move parked vehicles off the streets so City crews can get the roads cleared as quickly and safely as possible. Also, sidewalks are to be cleared within 24 hours once snowfall has ceased. Thank you!The Benton County Landfill has closed due to the high winds so J&R is unable to finish today's route. If you live or set your  carts on 9th Avenue or live north of Virginia Gay Hospital, please have your carts out Tuesday morning for pickup.

Nathan's Smiles Trail Makes the #4 slot of 9 of the Best places to visit in Iowa

Nathan's Smiles Trail gets another I can picture it now, the guy that Nathan's Smiles Trail is named after grinning and being a little embarrassed that his trail is bringing all the attention to Vinton, but being pretty proud of his little town. In an article entitled,  The Best Adventures You Can Experience In Iowa (onlyinyourstate.com) Nathan's Smiles Trail was number 4 on the list.
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Vinton-Shellsburg Schools Rank in Top 50 Best Iowa Schools

Vinton-Shellsburg’s two elementary schools were named to the top 50 elementary schools in Iowa by U.S. News and World Report. Shellsburg’s five grades, Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade, ranked 50th among Iowa’s 614 elementary schools. Tilford, with grades Kindergarten through 4th grade, ranked #23.The U.S. News and World Report rankings focused on scores for reading and math and shared other important data points.

Urbana man set to plead guilty in death of woman in Center Point

Back in January of 2020, 30-year-old Bret Daniel Klima, of Urbana, was charged with vehicular homicide. In December of 2019 he left the scene of a fatal accident and was charged with other crimes following a hit-and-run in the parking lot of a bar in Center Point.The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 1 in the parking lot of Bully's North in Center Point.

Hanson's Hollow hit by fire on Saturday

A fire Saturday night destroyed a barn located at Hanson's Hollow just on the southern edge of LaPorte. Photo Hanson's Hollow Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and all your fall decorating needs are possible because of farmers like those at Hanson's Hollow of LaPorte City and other farmers in the area. The La Porte City Fire and Rescue received mutual aid from Gilbertville to contain the fire. The two departments were able to protect nearby buildings in the freezing weather. The barn was a total loss, three nearby buildings located very close to the barn however, were spared.
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FUN AND LOVE AT THE LIBRARY FROM CENTER POINT FRIENDS

The Center Point community continues to show the love, donating to the Friends of the Library giving trees. Kind contributions to the Socktober tree and the November and December winter warmers tree at the Center Point Library piled up more than 400 items of socks, hats, gloves, booties, scarves, and masks for all ages. Friends forwarded this love to Waypoint (Kids Pointe), the Willis Dady Shelter and the Young Parents Network’s We Care shop in Cedar Rapids.

Vinton Librarian recognized by the American Library Association

Renee Greenley, Vinton's Public Librarian, was recognized for her work as the Children and Family Services Librarian while working at the Marion Public Library. During her time at MPL, Renee facilitated and created an abundance of dynamic programming for the Marion community, from engaging toddlers and preschoolers with music and movement and evening “Pajama Story Time” for families to a sensory browsing hour designed to welcome patrons with sensory or behavioral needs.
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