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Authorities investigate death of area resident

By Benton County Sheriff's Office · January 3rd, 2021
At or about 9:00 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, January 2, 2021, deputies with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a request for a welfare check at a residence at 5909 28th Avenue in rural Vinton, Iowa. Upon arrival, authorities located the body of a deceased male identified as 84-year-old James Howard Bright.

2020 may be a year we are happy to see fading in our review mirror, but with the help of Vinton Unlimited and several local businesses, 2020 is going out on a good note!  Vinton Unlimited’s Holiday Lights Punch Card promotion has been in full swing since the end of November.  Shoppers have been able to turn in punch cards for every $100 they’ve spent at participating local businesses to be entered into weekly drawings, accumulating into one final Grand Prize!The holiday season was kicked off by the first weekly winner, Laurie Hyland.

Vinton reminds residents to clear sidewalks

By City Of Vinton · December 30th, 2020
Reminder: With the impending winter storm, please move vehicles off the streets to assist with the City's snow removal. Also, sidewalks are to be cleared within 24 hours after snowfall ceases.

Deck the House Winners Announced

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 29th, 2020
DECK THE HOUSE WINNERS:1st Place - Frankie Dulin, 502 4th Ave2nd Place - Mary Bell, 303 W 8th St3rd Place - Virginia Root, 403 S Ave SBusiness 1st Place - John’s Tire ServiceWinners of the Deck the House contest were as follows:1st Place: Frankie Dulin, 502 4th Ave. 2nd Place: Mary Bell, 303 W. 8th St.

Vinton Presbyterian Church brings Christmas to over 200 Residents

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 26th, 2020
The Annual Christmas Dinner looked a little different this year. Beginning in 2014 the Vinton Presbyterian Church began offering a Christmas dinner to area residents. Designed to meet a need in the community for socializing on the Christmas holiday for those alone or to lend a hand to those in need over the holidays, the church found a way to do that with their Christmas dinner.

Gold Coin Received in Salvation Army's Red Kettle

By Vinton Today · December 22nd, 2020
“Here it is! Here's the gold coin!” That was the statement made by counters Norma Frost and Julie Hansen when the Salvation Army Red Kettle money was counted Monday night, December 14th.The one-ounce gold coin appraised for $1,885 dollars. “We are grateful to the person who donated this coin. It's quite an honor to receive it.

Area Veteran Organizations install Flag at John's Qwik Stop

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 22nd, 2020
On Saturday morning, the area AMVETS (American Vets), VFW & Auxiliary dedicated a new flag that was installed at John's Qwik Stop. When arriving in Vinton via C Ave. you will see the flag peeking over the top of the houses. Denny Miller, Commander of the AMVETS presented the call to colors followed by Dale Henry who read the following poem:"Oh Flag of Our UnionO flag of our Union, To you, we'll be true,To your red and white stripes,And your stars on the blue, The emblem od freedom, The symbol of right, We children salute you, O flag fair an...

Two arrested in theft of truck and Trailer

By Benton County Sheriff's Office · December 18th, 2020
On 12-18-2020, at about 9:07 AM, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen vehicle near Keystone IA. The 911 caller reported that he had observed his stolen 2013 Chev 2500 Silverado being driven by unknown persons. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Linn County on 12-06-20.

FFA Fruit Sales

By FFA · December 18th, 2020
By Co-Reporter, Annabelle NewtonOn Thursday, December 10th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter prepared their annual fruit sale products for distribution. The chapter's busy day included unloading fruit, meats, nuts and cheese that came from Fareway, Minntex and Kramer’s. Throughout the day, the FFA members sorted and quality checked all of the items.

The Forty and Eight makes $1,000 donation to The Backpack Program

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 18th, 2020
Two members of the La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux aka "The Forty and Eight," made a visit to Tilford Elementary to make a donation to The Backpack Program. The group presented Molly Noren with $1,000 in gift cards to be distributed to families participating in the program to help make their Christmas a bit brighter.

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