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Cargill donates $5K toward Red Cedar Chapter playground

By Vinton Today · 8:31am July 29th, 2014 · 12 hours ago
During the July Board Meeting the board of the Red Cedar Chapter received some very good news. They had been awarded a $5,000 grant for a new playground. “We submitted our proposal to Cargill in April of this year. Ashlyn Christiansen is managing the project. She researched different options and submitted the application to Cargill after our April board meeting.

Hazel Senft celebrates 103rd Birthday at Windsor Manor

By Valerie Close · 3:29pm July 28th, 2014
Imagine being told that your child who had been plagued with illness since she was born, won't live to be very old. That was the prediction of Hazel Senft's doctor more than a century ago. Still as sharp as a tack, Helen has proven that doctor wrong a long time ago. Hazel celebrates her 103rd birthday today with family from Madison, Georgia and friends at Windsor Manor.

While the school lunch program helps children from needy families to have healthy lunches during the school day, many of those families struggle on weekends to have enough to eat. To help fill in part of that gap, two Vinton-Shellsburg High School students are leading the effort to bring “Operation Backpack” to Vinton and Shellsburg.

Garrett Paustian’s barn quilt was so good that his grandfather wants him to make one just like for his barn. He spent about sixty hours creating its multi-colored star design, using the favorite colors of his mom, Mary. Kaylie Bahmann made a cage for her first rabbit, which will be named Ellie – a rabbit she now may have to wait until after the Iowa State Fair to obtain.

Founders Room ribbon cutting set for Aug. 5 at IBSSS

By Nancy Beckman · 9:07am July 28th, 2014
The IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society will be hosting a ribbon cutting to officially reopen the IBSSS Founder's Room. The ceremony will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday August 5. Those involved will be someone from the Vinton's Mayor's Office, the new Superintendent of IBSSS and Iowa School for the Deaf as well as some other school administration staff and member of the Mary Ingalls Society Committee.

Local stuntmen Steven Stinson and Shawn Fisher simultaneously crashed their vehicles through the Wall of Fire on Friday night at the Benton County Fair, as part of the Night of Destruction. The popular new tradition at the Benton County Fair (and many other venues in the Midwest) filled the grandstands, as local drivers showed their daring and skill in a variety of events.

While the Benton Development Group meetings are always open to the public, the BDG board hopes county residents will come to its next meeting to share input about the future of the economic development organization. "The board is asking for help from the public to develop a new image of BDG and what comes to people's minds when they think of Benton County and particularly the Benton Development Group," said BDG Board President Marlyn Jorgensen.

A small roller coaster, and a similar ride that goes forward and backwards, along with the Ferris Wheel and spinning apples, offer a variety of ways for children (and adults) to enjoy themselves. Many participated in the "four-hour special" wristband night on Thursday, paying $20 for four hours of unlimited rides.

Karley Kenney named 2014 Benton County Fair Queen

By Dean Close · 1:22am July 25th, 2014
In a coronation ceremony shortened just a bit because of the threat of rain, 2014 Vinton- Shellsburg graduate Karley Kenney was crowned the 2014 Benton County Fair Queen. Dorothy Zaugg was crowned Princess. Below is the biographical information the Queen and Princess submitted to the Benton County Fair Board: Karley Kenney Karley joined Clover Buds in 3rd grade and then officially joined her 4-H club in 4th grade where she showed her horse "Trigger" and has been showing horses ever since.

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

By Kim Meyer · 8:32am July 24th, 2014
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.

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