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Gunshot victim Emma Redlinger dies at age 14

By Dean Close · 4:58pm February 28th, 2015 · 3 hours ago
The prayer vigil that had been previously set for tomorrow evening for Emma Redlinger will now become a memorial vigil. Emma, the daughter of Steve Redlinger and Aimee Redlinger, died Saturday afternoon, four days after an accidental shooting left her in a coma. Aimee Redlinger shared this message with the community who has rallied around her family Saturday afternoon: At 1:48pm my beautiful, intelligent, spunky girl lost her fight and is now with her little sister in God's Kingdom.

Virginia Gay paramedic Wendy Frentress earns state ambulance service award

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 3:16pm February 27th, 2015
Virginia Gay Paramedic Wendy Frentress will attend the Stars of Life Conference in Washington D.C. in April, as a result of being awarded the Volunteer Individual of the Year award from the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association (IEMSA). The Stars of Life Conference honors those who make outstanding contributions to ambulance service throughout the U.

The Vinton community -- along with countless people across the country -- continues to rally around Emma Redlinger and her family, praying that she will recover from the brain injury caused by Tuesday's accidental shooting. Donors contributed more than $10,000 in one day on a fund-raising page set up for the family.

Reminder: School in session Monday, March 2

By Vinton Shellsburg School District · 12:29pm February 27th, 2015
This is just a reminder that school IS IN SESSION on Monday, March 2 due to a previous snow day. We will also have school on both April 6 & 7 due to previous snow days as well.

'Unanimous' council supports City Administrator Chris Ward

By Dean Close · 12:17pm February 27th, 2015
The morning after a closed-meeting session with the Vinton City Council, City Administrator Chris Ward continued working on projects he had discussed with the council during Thursday’s regular meeting: The waste water treatment plant studies, a possible grant to help replace a bridge on the east end of 13th Street, and the housing study the city is working with ECICOG on initiating.

More than 20 residents help begin RAGBRAI planning

By Melissa Schwan, Director, VU · 12:12pm February 27th, 2015
Our first community RAGBRAI meeting was held Tuesday, Feb 24. We had over 20 community members attend who are all excited to help show off our wonderful community again. If you missed this meeting, don’t feel bad! We still have plenty of opportunities available to help. While we are early in the planning stages, we will have committees involving promotion, entertainment, social media, hospitality and much more.

The annual ‘Vinton Community Night’ at the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders hockey game is now only a little more than a week away and tickets for the event are still on sale. Come out with friends and family on Saturday, March 7th to enjoy a fast-paced, hard-hitting hockey game as the RoughRiders take on the Green Bay Gamblers at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

ALCO store closing for last time tonight

By Dean Close · 8:30am February 27th, 2015
An era comes to an end at 8 p.m. tonight, when the Alco store in Vinton will close for the very last time. All but a few shelves surrounding the check-out area are empty; several racks of clothing also remain. Those who buy five items of clothing will receive a 50 percent discount on their entire purchase.

Police execute search warrant at house where accidental shooting took place

By Vinton Police Department · 10:22pm February 26th, 2015
On Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 5:24 p.m., officers of the Vinton Police Department, assisted by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at 1207 W. 4th Street in Vinton. This was the same location where a 14 year old female was shot on Tuesday, February 24. This search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation involving this residence and its occupants regarding both the shooting on Tuesday night and other activities.

Shoe drive to help raise money for Friends of the Shelter

By Friends Of The Shelter, Inc. · 6:35pm February 26th, 2015
Friends of the Shelter, Inc. is conducting a shoe collection drive now-May 15 to raise funds to offset vet expenses for the animals in our care as well as make necessary updates to our adoption center. FOTSI will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods.

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