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Published 10:44am Jul 23rd

Kristen Lowe's photos of sparklers spelling out USA was among projects selected for the State Fair.

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  • Kristen Lowe's photos of sparklers spelling out USA was among projects selected for the State Fair.
    Published 10:44am Jul 23rd

    Kristen Lowe's photos of sparklers spelling out USA was among projects selected for the State Fair.

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  • Brandy Carlson will use this light in her room after the fair.
    Published 10:44am Jul 23rd

    Brandy Carlson will use this light in her room after the fair.

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  • Conway and Cael Stutzman wait in the truck as their sister's projects are judged.
    Published 10:44am Jul 23rd

    Conway and Cael Stutzman wait in the truck as their sister's projects are judged.

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  • Cloverbuds Emily and Sara Johnson helped their dad, Jeff, make this sign.
    Published 10:44am Jul 23rd

    Cloverbuds Emily and Sara Johnson helped their dad, Jeff, make this sign.

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VSHS 1:1 Computer roll-out set for Aug. 12

By Kim Meyer · 8:32am July 24th, 2014 · 7 hours ago
Vinton-Shellsburg High School is rolling out computers to all registered 9-12 students for our 1:1 Computer Initiative for the 2014-15 school year. On Tuesday, August 12, 6:00-8:30 p.m., students Last Names A-L, and Wednesday, August 13, 6:00-8:30 p.m., students with Last Names M-Z will have the opportunity to receive a MacBook Air computer, accessories, and bag.

Party in the Park, Part 2: Spazmatics, fireworks set for Aug. 24

By Duane Randall, Vinton Parks & Recreation · 12:48pm July 23rd, 2014
The Vinton Parks & Recreation Department is happy to announce that the Spazmatics will be performing after all on Sunday, August 24th. The rain out portion of Party in the Park will be completed on that evening with a few adjustments. The Spazmatics will provide some great entertainment for all ages and will be followed by the world class Bar Y Pyros.

Fair begins with project judging

By Benton County Extension · 10:44am July 23rd, 2014
Hundreds of Benton County 4-H and Cloverbud members brought their projects to the Benton County Fair on Wednesday morning, where the traditional first day begins with judging of projects in a variety of categories. Judging began at 8:30 and continues until the afternoon. See more photos of many of the projects HERE.

Two days ago, former Vinton-Shellsburg and Mount Mercy softball standout Liz Hill was named the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 1A Northeast District Coach of the Year. Also honored on that All-District team were Kendra and Courtney Cooper, Liz's 8th and 9th-grade cousins and Lansing Kee pitchers; as well as Kee junior Valerie Meyer.

The popular trailer races are returning to the Benton County Fair this Friday night. Part of the “Night of Destruction” that includes drivers aiming their vehicles through a wall of fire, cars racing chained together (one facing forward, the other facing backwards), the trailer race event is not actually a race to see who finishes first.

The legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her "Little House on the Prairie" book series continues throughout the world. And because Mary Ingalls, the sister of the famous author, attended the Iowa Braille and Sight-Saving School in the late 19th Century, many of the people who participate in "Little House" tours of places that were important in the life of the author also come to Vinton.