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The victims of the July 17 Vinton tornado heard two sets of numbers during a meeting on Friday. The first set of numbers was encouraging – the phone numbers of the several agencies and organizations working together to help the victims recover. The second set of numbers, however, is troubling: The number of households displaced by the storm (estimated at 44) is four times the number of available rental units local officials have been able to identify at this time.

Night-time waterball debuts in Vinton

By Dean Close · 4:42am July 23rd, 2016
A Vinton Fire Department team earned the 2nd place trophy and a team from the Garrison FD won the 4th place trophy in the first-ever night-time waterball fights in Vinton. More than 50 men's teams and 10 women's teams from area fire departments as well as those from other parts of Iowa competed.

Many earn ribbons, trophies and honors at 2016 Benton Co. Fair

By Benton County Extension · 10:50am July 22nd, 2016
Below are the results of the Benton County Fair events and livestock shows. Click on each to see the complete list of winners. Communications Day Beef Rate of Gain Breeding Beef Bucket Bottle Calf Dairy Goat Show Dairy Show Derby and Pen of 3 Dog Show Home Ec Horse Fun Show Horse Show Market Beef Show Meat Goat Show Pet Show Poultry Show Rabbit Show Sheep Show State Fair Exhibits/Alternates Swine Show

Pie auction helps Friends of 4-H

By Benton County Extension · 9:37am July 22nd, 2016
The Friends of 4-H solicited pies and other baked goods from the community to be sold during the livestock auctions at the 2016 Benton County Fair. The proceeds from these auctions will be used to fund scholarship requests from Benton County 4-H members. The members may request funds for scholarships to be used for such activities such as State 4-H Conference, camp, workshops and many other 4-H sponsored events at the local, state and national levels.

When she heard the words, “And the 2016 Benton County Fair Queen is.... Payton Sash,” a dream that began when she was a little girl finally came true. Payton was in 4th grade when her family took her to the Iowa State Fair, and she saw the Queen. She still smiles as she recalls that day, and reminisces about how she decided seven summers ago that when she was old enough, she would try to wear the crown.

Raegan's Tornado Relief trailer accepting donations at Fareway

By Dean Close · 1:54pm July 21st, 2016
A Keystone girl who has earned much attention for her efforts to help people after natural disasters has now focused her efforts on Vinton. Raegan Junge, the daughter of Jerry and Crystal Junge, has been involved in helping collect and send items to disaster victims all over the U.S. for many years.

4-H loses long-time friend with death of George 'Albert' Hepker

By Dean Close · 12:25pm July 21st, 2016
The Benton County 4-H program has lost one of its best and oldest friends. George Hepker, who was known to most as Albert, died Tuesday following complications of open heart surgery. He was 79. Inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2003, Albert had joined 4-H at the age of 13 in 1949. He was the leader of Polk 101 for 30 years, from 1966 until retiring from that position in 1996.

VS Class of 2011 members can pick up cumulative folders now

By V-S Community School District · 11:10am July 21st, 2016
ATTENTION VINTON-SHELLSBURG GRADUATING CLASS OF 2011– Your school cumulative folder is available for you to pick up at the Central Office located at 1502 C Ave., Vinton, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00p.m. Mon.-Thurs. Folders that are not picked up will be disposed of at the end of the year.

While the Red Cross and Salvation Army provided the immediate response for families impacted by the EF2 tornado, the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition will be the organization to provide ongoing assistance. All individuals and families impacted by Sunday’s tornado are asked to attend a meeting on Friday, July 22nd at the Vinton Shellsburg High School.

The Vinton AMVETS Post 218 gathered recently to honor its new Member of the Year, as well as last year's honoree, who recently passed away. Lonnie McDonald is the AMVETS Member of the Year. The club honored him for his service to the community and the organization while fighting cancer. McDonald also made a flag box to present to Susan Robinson, whose husband Brian died earlier this year.

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