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Area Clinic receives and distributes 100 doses to area residents

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 5th, 2021
Unity Point Health Family Practice had a packed parking lot on Thursday evening. The clinic had received 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Moderna. The clinic said that they have everyone scheduled to receive their second dose in 28 days. The clinic believes that there will be another round of doses available in a few weeks.

Plans are underway for the annual initiative to recognize area students who have beaten the odds to succeed by graduating from high school while living in foster care, living on their own, or facing homelessness. Many of these students would not be able to celebrate their accomplishments without assistance.

Sue Gates Recognized for 25 Years of Service

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 3rd, 2021
Sue Gates was recognized on Tuesday at the Vinton Noon Kiwanis club meeting for her 25 years of service in the Kiwanis Club.Presenting her a plaque in recognition of her service, Tom Husnik said of Gates, "Sue is always one of the first members to volunteer to help with a project. She is always willing to serve the community whether it’s as an Elementary Principal, a school board member, or a Kiwanian.

Boggess updates Vinton Kiwanis on Parks and Rec Projects in Vinton

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 3rd, 2021
If there is one department in Vinton that will make your head spin, in a good way, it's Vinton Parks and Rec. If you think that the department couldn't possibly come up with any more cool projects, well, you'd be wrong. Among the activities in town that VPRD has available is a new rock climbing wall, "The Crag" which is located at the rec center.

One dies, a second injured in attempt to evade police

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 3rd, 2021
One man is dead following a police chase through Linn and Benton County. The chase began in Atkins, beginning at 3:49 a.m. on Wednesday morning.A Linn County Sheriff’s deputy saw a silver Dodge Grand Caravan that displayed no license plates and was acting suspiciously in a residential area in Atkins.

Shellsburg Elementary Celebrates Favorite Book Character

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 2nd, 2021
Tuesday, Shellsburg Elementary students were invited to dress up like the favorite book character. Hands down, Harry Potter had the most look likes. But the cat in the hat made an appearance as well as Waldo, although I couldn't find him.Some of the students arrived just as themselves they said with a grin.

FFA Sub-District Event

By FFA · March 2nd, 2021
By: Annabelle Newton, Co-ReporterOn Wednesday, February 24, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter had 22 members compete in Leadership Development Contests at the Sub-District level. Some have spent months preparing for their contests and on the Friday prior, they presented community members for an official run through.

Area man injured in car accident

By Benton County Sheriff's Office · February 26th, 2021
ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2021, AT ABOUT 11:14 PM, THE BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT NEAR 5418 22 AV TR, ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH OF MT AUBURN IN BENTON COUNTY. A WHITE 2016 KIA OPTIMA, WITH A SINGLE OCCUPANT, LOST CONTROL AND CRASHED. THE VEHICLE WAS OCCUPIED BY A 40 YR OLD MALE FROM MT AUBURN.

Train Derails West of Vinton

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 24th, 2021
Monday afternoon a train with the Iowa Northern Railroad derailed. This happens due to the snowfall. These hardworking men worked several hours to get the train back on the track. Three were no injuries reported.

TREES FOREVER OPENS FUNDING TO DERECHO IMPACTED COMMUNITIES

By Vinton Today · February 24th, 2021
Planting Hope grants up to $5,000 are now available for tree planting projectsTrees Forever is announcing that funding is now available to derecho affected communities in Iowa and Illinois through a new grant program called Planting Hope. Funding up to $5,000 will be awarded for tree planting and distribution projects and will assist in replanting areas that saw major canopy loss as a result of the August 2020 derecho.

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