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Published 8:24am Aug 31st

REC, CIPCO and Urbana leaders gathered to celebrate the Solar Park under construction.

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  • REC, CIPCO and Urbana leaders gathered to celebrate the Solar Park under construction.
    Published 8:24am Aug 31st

    REC, CIPCO and Urbana leaders gathered to celebrate the Solar Park under construction.

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  • Alicia and Miguel Morin, and their daughter, also named Alicia, at King of Kings bakery.
    Published 9:23am Aug 31st

    Alicia and Miguel Morin, and their daughter, also named Alicia, at King of Kings bakery.

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  • Duane Fisher of GO VS, with John Ketchen and the staff at JQS, promoting the refill fund-raiser.
    Published 2:21pm Aug 30th

    Duane Fisher of GO VS, with John Ketchen and the staff at JQS, promoting the refill fund-raiser.

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  • A fireworks shell with the ashes of IPA member Jarrett Peterson fill the sky before the main show.
    Published 11:19pm Aug 28th

    A fireworks shell with the ashes of IPA member Jarrett Peterson fill the sky before the main show.

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King of Kings: A bakery with a weekend breakfast buffet

By Dean Close · 9:23am August 31st, 2016 · 3 hours ago
Miguel and Alicia Morin have opened the King of Kings bakery in the storefront where Alicia used to hold Tae Kwon Do and Latin dancing lessons. On 4th Street, just west of the Vinton Palace, the bakery will open at 6 a.m. every morning Monday through Saturday and remain open until 6:30 p.m. on Tuedays and Thursdays, and 7 p.

Hope Chest closing; Svobodas to continue selling items online

By Dean Close · 9:06am August 31st, 2016 · 3 hours ago
Mike and Joyce Svoboda plan to close The Hope Chest antique store on 4th Street in October, but the couple plans to continue selling antiques as well as their other products, on-line. An "everything must go sale is under way," with all items in the store now marked town 25 percent. On Saturday that discount increases to 35 percent, and will go up every week until the store closes, says Mike.

Urbana Solar Acres in progress; 3,700 panels will turn sunlight into electricity

By Dean Close · 8:24am August 31st, 2016 · 4 hours ago
One of Iowa's biggest and newest green energy projects is under way in Urbana, where by mid-October, more than 3,7000 solar panels will be generating enough electricity to power 139 homes per year. Urbana Solar Acres is one of five solar projects in progress by the Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), which serves the East Central Iowa REC and a dozen other electric cooperatives in Iowa.

5th and Final Flaughless 5K set for Oct. 15; registration under way now

By Dean Close · 6:59pm August 30th, 2016 · 17 hours ago
Registration for the 5th and Final Flaughless 5K is under way. The annual run/walk in memory of Dan Flaugh will take place Saturday, Oct. 15. Organizer Georgia Meeker Sysouchanh has said this will be the last event. Funds raised will go toward Retrieving Freedom, the organization that helps match veterans with dogs to help them deal with symptoms of PTSD.

GO VS cup fund-raiser underway at JQS

By Dean Close · 2:21pm August 30th, 2016 · 22 hours ago
A favorite Vinton-Shellsburg GO VS (Generating Opportunities for Viking Scholars) fund-raiser is under way. From now until Christmas, VS familes can purchase a mug at John's Quik Stop for $20, and refill it for free with coffee or soda from the fountain. The fund-raiser is one of many held by GO VS throughout the year.

A unique farewell to the brother of a Vinton resident inspired many spectators at Boomtown this year. Before the main show started, Melanie Peterson, sister-in-law of Jen Kreutner, pushed a button, and a single 8-inch wide, 18-pound shell blasted high above the track and exploded into a shower of orange streaks and bright lights.