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FFA holds Banquet and Barbecue

By FFA · December 7th, 2020
By: Josh Wiley, Co-ReporterThe Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter held its annual Pork Barbecue on Thursday, November 13th, 2020. Due to being unable to hold the annual banquet last spring, the two events were held in conjunction. The night consisted of the combined Barbecue and Banquet program, as well as a member-only meal and the to-go dessert bar to follow the program.

Winners of Flag Essay Contest Announced

By Vinton American Legion Unit 57 · December 6th, 2020
The members of the George G. Luckey Post 57, of the American Legion, are proud to announce our winners of this year's Fifth Grade Flag essay contest.1st Place: Lily Ann HessonWhat the American Flag Means to MeTo me, the American flag is a symbol of freedom. It reminds me of the many Americans who have sacrificed and risked their lives for our freedom.

It’s Christmas time in the city

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 4th, 2020
In a year that's been anything but cheerful, the Christmas season is in full swing around Vinton. If you are in need of some cheering up, hop in the car and drive around town just to find all of the Christmas lights.Most of us have heard of the Kersten light display north of Vinton on the corner of 22nd Ave.

Vinton Kiwanis Club donates to The Backpack Program

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 3rd, 2020
The Vinton Kiwanis Club donated a check to The Backpack Program (formerly known as Operation Backpack) for students of the Vinton Shellsburg Community School District. Funds were raised through a virtual "MILES FOR MEALS 5K Run/Walk"  and donated to the group to supply food for students in need. The participants in the 5K race were entered into a drawing for prizes.

The Iowa State Canvassing Board officially certified the results of the 2020 general election on Monday. Election turnout was the highest in state history, with more than 1.7 million voters casting ballots. Iowa’s turnout percentage of 76% was one of the highest in the nation. “I’m proud of all the work our election officials and poll workers put in and of the way Iowans showed up in record numbers to make their voices heard,” Secretary Pate said.

Clipper Corner raises funds to help Gifts of Hope

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 2nd, 2020
In October, Clipper Corner held a raffle to raise money for the Gift of Hope program that offers help to those facing a breast cancer diagnosis.For the 3rd year, Clipper Corner raffled two groups of gifts and chose the two winners. Of Vinton, Allen Garwood and Pratt Walters of Belle Plaine. Money raised through this raffle, in the amount of $1.

Katelyn Folkmann of Newhall, Iowa was recently awarded the title of 2021 Iowa Miss Agriculture Advocacy Ambassador & 2021 Midwest Cover Miss United States Agriculture. At the Midwest Regional Miss United States Agriculture Pageant, was also awarded 1st runner up for Iowa Mis, Overall Essay for Iowa Miss, and 1st Runner up for Iowa’s Peoples Choice and Overall Midwest Miss Agriculture Advocacy Ambassador.

3 Year Old Vinton boy needs Kidney Donation

By Valerie Close, Editor · November 28th, 2020
Ryker Bailey of Vinton was born with just one kidney. The little 3-year-old, his mom said is fun-loving and outgoing in spite of all he's been through. In his 3 years he's gone through 30 surgeries and continues the battle to survive. Currently, in the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, he is suffering from kidney failure.

First Baptist Church serves Thanksgiving Dinner to 300

By Valerie Close, Editor · November 27th, 2020
Vinton's First Baptist Church provided Vinton residents with a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Each year the church prepares meals for the residents to enjoy. This year, however, because of COVID, the church decided to order heat and eat meals from Hy-Vee. On Thursday the church provided a drive-up site for residents to order the number of meals needed for their household.

Vinton Unlimited introduces New Director

By Valerie Close, Editor · November 27th, 2020
If ever there was a person born to be doing a job it would be Melody Snow. She was chosen to fill the position of Vinton Unlimited Director, beginning on Wednesday this week. Melissa Schwan had previously filled the position, Schwan and now moved on to be the City Clerk.Snow’s first day of work was Wednesday.

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