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Fair begins with project judging

By Benton County Extension · 10:44am July 23rd, 2014 · 7 hours ago
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.

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.

Drivers bring vehicles, stories to Vinton for 30th Annual Cruise.

By Dean Close · 9:25am July 21st, 2014
Vinton teenager Dallas Kramer brought his very first car – a Mustang – to the Vinton Cruise. Carroll Schlemmer of Marion brought his 47th classic vehicle– a 1966 Morris Minor. The 30th annual Vinton Cruise brought more than 450 cars from throughout Iowa and beyond, and included cars that owners have had in their families for decades, and those which they had recently acquired.

It is that time again the Benton County Fair open class Flower Show! Everyone received a fair book containing the open class departments in the mail the first week in July.. Hope you saved it for reference! The show is open to all growers residing in BENTON COUNTY ONLY. The flower show is sponsored by the Vinton Garden Club and Van Horne Floralia Club which are members; National Garden Clubs, Inc.

The silent tribute to a fallen hero during the Vinton Cruise

By Dean Close · 10:09pm July 20th, 2014
Silently standing in the middle of the lawn of the Benton County Courthouse, surrounded by hundreds of area residents admiring a variety of classic and antique cars, Old Glory flapped in the July wind at half-staff, beckoning the car-lovers to stop for a moment to ask why. All over Iowa this week, flags assumed the lower position to reflect mourning and respect for a man who died serving his country, and a story much older than most of the cars that surrounded the courthouse.

Cruise participants arrive; many browsing hundreds of unique cars

By Dean Close · 5:22pm July 19th, 2014
Fluffy is there, again, at the Vinton Car Cruise. Molly too, for the fourth straight year. Ol’ Chub showed up, too, looking better than ever, although not quite ready for drag racing. And the Grinch showed up, too. Unique cars with unique names, styles, colors and license plates are again filling the streets in downtown Vinton as hundreds of owners from all over Iowa bring their beloved rides.

Barn, 13th Street projects see progress

By Dean Close · 9:36am July 17th, 2014
Two unrelated projects that Vinton-Shellsburg families hope to see finished by the time school starts have seen progress in recent days. The "Barn" -- the Vinton-Shellsburg Ag Learning Lab -- is taking shape at the VSHS campus, just outside the FFA classroom and greenhouse. The new facility will have classroom space as well as a livestock area which will allow class time, hands-on experience with cattle and other farm animals.

Vikette golfer Jessen named to Academic All-State team

By Dean Close · 9:36am July 17th, 2014
The Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association is announcing their Spring 2014 Academic All-State Team. To qualify for this team, the golfer had to be a varsity player with a 27 or higher on their ACT score and a GPA of 3.75 or higher. The list of honorees in Class 4A includes 2014 VS graduate Mara Jessen, who played golf for coach Janet Woodhouse's Vikettes.

ASAC offers help with safe alcohol serving guidelines

By Lindsey Ungs, CPS · 12:04pm July 16th, 2014
The Area Substance Abuse Council, in partnership with the Linn County sheriff’s department and 7G distributing, is currently offering no-cost assessments to area bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. These assessments are a great opportunity to not only assist local businesses with their alcohol policies, but also to survey the community as a whole to see what precautions are already in place, and what areas can be refined to ensure the safest atmosphere possible.

Some time in the near future, a clocksmith will arrive in Vinton to dismantle and remove the mechanisms of the Benton Courthouse clock to begin its restoration. Instead of spending their summer raising funds, seeking more grants and donations, the members of the Courthouse Clock Restoration Task Force can spend their summer weeks saying thanks for the donations and telling local residents about the state funding that helped the group reach its goal.

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