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Teaching The Next Generation: Importance Of Agriculture

By Kayla Schneider, FFA · 12:26pm May 3rd, 2016 · 7 hours ago
Our yearly 3rd grade Ag Day took place on Wednesday April 27th. The day was filled with many different activities to get the students involved and interested in learning about agriculture. The areas that the students were taught about included beef, dairy, swine, horse, poultry, rabbit, sheep and goats, corn and soybeans, and equipment safety.

Supreme Champs: VS FFA wins first at Iowa Convention

By Jessica Alderson · 11:15am May 3rd, 2016 · 9 hours ago
The VS FFA has been named the Supreme Chapter in the State of Iowa, and will be honored at the National FFA Convention in the fall. Below is a summary of the state convention: On April 17th, 2016 the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter members geared up for a trip to Ames to go to the 88th Iowa FFA Convention! The Chapter Exhibit team left early to set up their exhibit in the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University.

Post-Prom thanks community, AmeriCorps for successful event

By Dean Close · 11:52am May 2nd, 2016
The annual Vinton-Shellsburg Post Prom was a big success again, as the VSHS gym, cafeteria and auditorium were full of students, parents and volunteers enjoying a variety of food and activities. The Post Prom Committee began work shortly after the 2015 Prom, as parents of juniors served on various committees.

May 2-6 is Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

By Vinton Shellsburg School District · 7:35pm May 1st, 2016
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May is School Board Recognition Month

By Vinton Shellsburg School District · 7:35pm May 1st, 2016
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Magic Lantern: Historic theater equipment demonstrated at Palace

By Dean Close · 11:55am April 29th, 2016
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.

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.

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