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Annual Christmas Parade brings Santa to the Courthouse Lawn

By Valerie Close, Editor · October 21st, 2020
The annual kickoff to the Christmas season in Vinton will begin on Thursday, November 19, 2020, this year. The 13th Annual Veterans Patriotic Christmas Parade will kick off at 6 p.m. that evening.Following the parade, Santa is usually escorted into the courthouse to spend time with the children. This year, he will meet them on the courthouse lawn, again, because of COVID.

6th Annual Benton County Health & Wellness Drive-Thru Event a Success

By Virginia Gay Hospital · October 20th, 2020
The Sixth Annual Benton County Community Health & Wellness Fair was held recently as a series of drive-thru events at Virginia Gay Family Medical Clinics in Atkins, Urbana, Van Horne, and Vinton. Virginia Gay Hospital and Virginia Gay Hospital Foundation organize the event each year with the assistance and support of several area sponsors.

Annual Agricultural Safety Day

By FFA · October 20th, 2020
By: V-S FFA Co-Reporter, Josh WileyOn Saturday, September 26th, surrounding kids from Benton County gathered at the Benton County Fairgrounds to learn more about safety around agriculture. There were 10 stations, including fire safety, water safety, grain safety, animal safety, electric safety, skid loader safety, ATV safety, first aid, 911 calls as well as semi and tractor safety taught by local FFA chapters and community experts.

Paving project begins at Tilford Elementary

By Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools · October 17th, 2020
Beginning Monday, October 19 through Thursday, October 29, a portion of the Tilford east driveway will be paved. Due to the construction, our bus loading and unloading routines will need to be adjusted. Students will be dropped off directly in front of the main entrance in the morning, and parents should be aware that this could cause possible delays during morning drop-off.

Farmers Appreciation Fridays

By Benton County Extension · October 15th, 2020
Click to view FlyerFarmer Appreciation Fridays 11:30 am - 1 pm • Linn & Benton CountiesStop by to enjoy a meal as you’re hard at work with the harvest. We want to thank you for your efforts & share important resources: • Grab lunch & a cookie! • Speak with an ISU Extension Ag Specialist • Connect with Ag professionals and friends • Take home items we’ve gathered for you to use during this harvest season Masks are recommended and social distancing is expected.

VGH Main Entrance will now screen visitors before entering

By Virginia Gay Hospital · October 10th, 2020
To all of our patients and staff, Starting Saturday, October 10th, 2020, for the safety of everyone, you will now need to ring a doorbell at the hospital's main entrance where you will be greeted and screened by our staff. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding that safety is our first priority.