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Boom-Fest vendors invited; event set for Aug. 29

By Melissa Schwan, Director, VU · 7:21pm July 6th, 2015 · 14 hours ago
Arts & crafts, repurposed treasures and antique vendors are invited to set up displays and sell their items at the annual Boom-Fest on Saturday, August 29, 2015. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along 4th Street in downtown Vinton. There will also be an expanded farmers market for this year's event, from 10 a.

Grassley visits Vinton, signs card for former teacher

By Dean Close · 12:52pm July 6th, 2015 · 20 hours ago
Senator Chuck Grassley visited Vinton on Thursday, where he spent and hour discussing a variety of issues, answering questions and signed a get-well card for his former middle school teacher and coach. Grassley was a student at New Hartford more than a half-century ago, when Henry Van Eschen was a middle school teacher and coach.

VS turf work continues; drone cameras offer first full view

By Dean Close · 2:32pm July 3rd, 2015
Thanks to two drone photographers, Brendan Turner of Vinton and Nikone Sysouchanh, Vinton-Shellsburg fans can see a full view of the new football turf for the first time. Turner, the owner of Aerial Advantage of Vinton, shared his overhead photo. School officials say the project is on schedule; the Vikings will play their first game on the new turf on Sept.

Freedom Rock Committee sets up Go Fund Me page

By Dean Close · 10:17am July 3rd, 2015
Along with seeking donations from veterans organizations and others, the Benton County Freedom Rock Committee has set up a Go Fund Me page to reach more potential donors. The rock has been put in place just west of the Shellsburg Legion Hall, and will honor all of the Benton County veterans. Kaye Bonesteel of the group says more input and donations are always welcome.

River R.A.T.S. readying plans for Aug. 8 clean-up

By Tami Stark · 10:04am July 3rd, 2015
In just over 1 month, the Cedar River R.A.T.S. will take to the Cedar in one big pack and make one big impact on our Cedar River! Mark your calendar and make plans to join us on Saturday, August 8 @ 9:00 AM at the Vinton Park Boat Ramp…we’ll meet there and have a brief safety discussion, pass out your supplies, and hit the water! Our route this year will take us down almost 12 miles of the Cedar from Vinton to Wildcat, we’ll stop @ Benton City Park/Campground for a homemade lunch served by some of the best “Landsha...

Post-Prom meeting set for July 7

By V-S Community School District · 10:12pm July 1st, 2015
There will be a Vinton-Shellsburg Post Prom Committee meeting at Windsor Manor, 1807 W. 5th Street, on Tuesday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m.

RAGBRAI meeting set for July 7; volunteers still needed

By Melissa Schwan, Director, VU · 10:12pm July 1st, 2015
Volunteers are still needed when RAGBRAI visits Vinton on July 23! Contact the Vinton Unlimited office for more information! Our last planning meeting will be on Tuesday, July 7 at 6:30 in the basement of Farmers Savings Bank. We will go over any last details to make sure everything is in order for the big visit! This is expected to be a short meeting.

Party in the Park: Weather allowed for three days of fun

By Dean Close · 12:06pm July 1st, 2015
After a few years when weather was a factor in Party in the Park events, the skies remained clear as local residents enjoyed dry, comfortable weather for Party in the Park. The Kiddie parade and courthouse events took place on Thursday. On Friday, the Party in Pink 5K filled the park and streets with 500 runners and walkers who raised $10,000 for the VGH Gifts of Hope Fund.

Party in Pink: Runners raise $10,000 for Gifts of Hope

By Vinton Today · 9:42am July 1st, 2015
Vinton-Shellsburg cross country runners Nolan Sagan and Lily Horst were the top male and female runners in the 3rd Annual Party in Pink on Friday. The annual event, organized by Survivors of Benton County, raised $10,000 for the Virginia Gay Hospital Foundation's Gifts of Hope fund, which provides money for women's health services to those who cannot afford them.

Vinton Police Department arrest report, June 2015

By Vinton Police Department · 9:08am July 1st, 2015
Vinton Police Department Log for June 2015 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent and unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions.

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