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Students examine some of Macy Arbuckle's bees during 3rd Grade Ag Day.

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  • Students examine some of Macy Arbuckle's bees during 3rd Grade Ag Day.
    Published 8:21am Apr 29th

    Students examine some of Macy Arbuckle's bees during 3rd Grade Ag Day.

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  • Artists will use these photos of Fry to make the 3D bust of the late sheriff.
    Published 12:40pm Apr 28th

    Artists will use these photos of Fry to make the 3D bust of the late sheriff.

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  • This drawing depicts a bust of Sheriff Leland Fry that may soon be on display outside courthouse.
    Published 12:40pm Apr 28th

    This drawing depicts a bust of Sheriff Leland Fry that may soon be on display outside courthouse.

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  • 4 x 800 winners: Bristi Gerber began and hands off to Annika Schmidt.
    Published 3:45am Apr 27th

    4 x 800 winners: Bristi Gerber began and hands off to Annika Schmidt.

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Magic Lantern: Historic theater equipment demonstrated at Palace

By Dean Close · 11:55am April 29th, 2016 · 2 hours ago
A small crowd of area residents learned about some of the oldest cinematic technology in history from a man who is involved in a Guiness Book of World Records project. Michael Zahs, a retired teacher from the Washington, Iowa, area, brought a magic lantern and slides to the Vinton Palace for the “Music and Magic Lanterns” event.

3rd Grade Ag Day: Students, presenters brave cold rain for farm lessons

By Dean Close · 8:21am April 29th, 2016 · 5 hours ago
Although it was not listed on the program, the impact of weather on farming was an important lesson during the annual Third Grade Ag Day sponsored by the Benton County Extension Office with help from many local organizations. The weather was much colder than normal, with temperatures in the low 40s, along with rain and wind during much of the day.

Committee seeks to honor memory of slain Sheriff Leland Fry

By Dean Close · 12:40pm April 28th, 2016
A 78-year-old scrapbook contains a lifetime of tributes to one of the Benton County lawmen who died in the line of duty. Now a group of local residents is working to make sure the story of Sheriff Leland “Sam” Fry lives on in local history. Fry was just about to face election for his second term in office, when he went to a house where a man who had fled from his office was reportedly hiding.

What would local, daily news look like without Vinton Today?

By Valerie Close · 11:50am April 28th, 2016
Something like this.... . . . . . . .

After spending four hours in two separate meetings on the issue, the Benton County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a land use change request that will allow Coots Materials, Inc., to create and operate a sand pit on 24th Avenue Drive north of Vinton. Residents who live near the site on the gravel road shared several concerns; many of them had met before the first hearing to discuss their fears.

A precious 4-word promise...

By Dean Close · 5:36am April 27th, 2016
“Out of the mouths of babes.” “And a little child shall lead them.” It amazes and inspires us, when in the toughest of times, some of the best ideas for handling these painful days come from children. The death this month of 11-year-old J.R. Clapp of rural Vinton is another one of those tough times that have come way too often to this area in the past couple of years.