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Published 4:42am Jul 23rd

A young boy was among many children lining 4th street to watch waterball Friday night in Vinton.

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  • A young boy was among many children lining 4th street to watch waterball Friday night in Vinton.
    Published 4:42am Jul 23rd

    A young boy was among many children lining 4th street to watch waterball Friday night in Vinton.

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  • Lansing Kee Softball Coach Liz Hill holds the State Championship trophy Friday.
    Published 12:24am Jul 23rd

    Lansing Kee Softball Coach Liz Hill holds the State Championship trophy Friday.

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  • 2016 Fair, from above: Vinton native Mikie Tharp shared this photo he took from the Ferris Wheel.
    Published 10:50am Jul 22nd

    2016 Fair, from above: Vinton native Mikie Tharp shared this photo he took from the Ferris Wheel.

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  • Payton Sash reacts to being named Fair Queen with Princess Bobbie Hilmer at her side.
    Published 8:57am Jul 22nd

    Payton Sash reacts to being named Fair Queen with Princess Bobbie Hilmer at her side.

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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

32nd Annual Vinton Cruise set for tomorrow

By Dean Close · 9:37am July 22nd, 2016
The 32nd Annual Vinton Cruise will take place tomorrow, July 23. Hundreds of vehicles from all over Iowa and beyond are expected. Owners will begin arriving at around 3 p.m. when registration begins. The cruise will begin at 7 p.m. See the event Facebook page HERE.

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.

Waterball at night: Vinton Fire Department event set for Friday

By Dean Close · 7:51pm July 21st, 2016
Vinton firefighter Dennis Bramow is organizing the Vinton Fire Department's first-ever "Waterball at Night" event. The contests will take place on 4th Street, in front of the Benton County Courthouse. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.; the contests begin at 7. The public is invited to come watch.