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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.

First COVID-19 Death Confirmed in Iowa

By State Of Iowa · March 25th, 2020
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) learned late today of the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was an older adult, 61-80 years of age, and a resident of Dubuque County. "Our hearts are heavy with the first loss of an Iowan to COVID-19. The thoughts and prayers of our state are with the family during this difficult time," said Gov.

Two Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Benton County

By Benton County Public Health · March 24th, 2020
Two cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Benton County. These cases were not tested through Virginia Gay Hospital or Clinics. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individuals are self-isolating at home.“While these are Benton County’s first cases, they may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Benton County Public Health Director Katie Cox.

Link to Unemployment Application

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 24th, 2020
For those affected by layoffs or closures during the closures in the state, the link for Iowa Workforce Development is located in blue. You can click on the link above to submit your information to apply for unemployment. Scroll down the page the box you need is to the left side of the page. Feel free to contact Vinton Today if you feel that there is more information that can help at this time.

Chalk run brings smiles

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 24th, 2020
Sunday was Kenidi Root's 9th birthday. Unfortunately, she didn’t get to see friends on her special day.  Sure there were some waves shared from the window, and some surprises left at the door, but she wanted to spread some kindness of her own. "We went on a chalk run and decided to leave positive notes on the sidewalks and driveways for others to see.

Covid-19 cases update

By State Of Iowa · March 24th, 2020
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 19 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 124 positive cases. There have been a total of 2,315 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 19 individuals include:Black Hawk, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)Buchanan County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)Cedar County, 1 older adult (61-80 years) Dallas County, 1 middle-aged adult (41...

Non-Traditional but great opportunity to learn about Farm Animals

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 24th, 2020
Area moms are stepping up to help with education while kids are out of school. They are providing the kind of education that kids might not understand is good for them. Seeing, exploring and just having some relaxing fun while learning. (Just don't tip the kids off that it's educational!)On the FarmJennie Birker is a gal that can probably create, repair or invent anything you need.

Continuing education still possible with suggestions from VSCSD

By Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools · March 24th, 2020
From the V-S School District:"As we continue to address the COVID-19 virus and its impact, our teachers and principals have worked to provide opportunities and resources for our students and their families so learning can continue even while our school buildings are closed. We know that educational resources cannot replicate the learning that takes place in our classrooms; however, our intent is to assist in maintaining academic skills during this time.

The Ceremony must go on

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 23rd, 2020
Every girl dreams about the perfect wedding. Picking out the flowers, the dress, the cake, arranging for photographers, booking the church and the reception hall…sending out the invitations.The large church wedding was planned, the church reserved, they were ready to go. Everything was going off without a hitch, and then along came the biggest hitch you could imagine.

Greetings from Under the Golden Dome

By Senator Tim Kapucian · March 21st, 2020
Monday night and early Tuesday morning, the Iowa Legislature passed a series of resolutions to pause the legislative session for 30 days while the state works to slow the spread of COVID-19. We passed a resolution, SCR 102, to allow us to adjourn until April 15, 2020 and pause the legislative deadlines for this year.

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