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  • NASCAR Xfinity Series Hauler Parade is Thursday

    The annual NASCAR Xfinity Series Hauler parade has become a fan-favorite tradition to kickoff the final race weekend for Iowa Speedway each season. Th ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:52 am
  • Progress made in clock tower restoration

    Efforts to restore the clock tower in the Jasper County Courthouse took a step forward with a $44,500 grant awarded to the project by the State Histor ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:21 am
  • Salvation Army welcomes new leadership

    The Jasper County Salvation Army will see new leadership following a change in officers’ appointments last month.
    July 26, 2017 - 10:22 am
  • Blessing box helps those in need

    When Meredith and Jim Tracy first started the blessing box, they wanted to provide another option for needy residents. After Meredith Tracy read in th ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:50 am
  • ‘Hands-On’ event features NASCAR’s Joey Gase at NFD

    Iowa Donor Network and Newton Fire Department are teaming up to promote organ donation with a “hands-on” event on Thursday. Gase, a Cedar Rapids nativ ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:50 am
  • Skiff’s emergency department receives top award

    Skiff Medical Center has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Awards. The award recognizes excellence i ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:51 am
  • Blue Ribbon Foundation releases history book

    Local author and historian Bill Friedricks, along with Peter Cownie and the Blue Ribbon Foundation, has brought the community a telling book capturing ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Fundraiser for Paws ‘n A Blanket Thursday

    Local nonprofit, Paws ‘n A Blanket, will be having a fundraiser, partnering with the local Newton Pizza Ranch.
    July 26, 2017 - 10:09 am
  • Bergman interns at U.S. Embassy in London

    Sydney Bergman of Newton, was selected to participate in a summer study placement with the Embassy of the United States of America in London through t ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Getting wild at the library

    Squeeze the corn snake gets some love during the Blank Park Zoo’s visit to the Newton Public Library Tuesday.
    July 26, 2017 - 10:42 am
  • Karen Mabelle Parks

    Karen Mabelle (Linn) Parks, 78, of Colfax, died Monday, July 24, 2017, at Taylor House – Hospice in Des Moines. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. F ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:08 am
  • Dan A. Wilson

    Dan (don’t call me Danny) A. Wilson, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017, after a fairly long battle with lung cancer.
    July 25, 2017 - 11:08 am
  • Viva Jones

    Viva Jones was born Sept. 22, 1929, and died July 12, 2017, in Newton at the age of 87. Viva had lived in Newton since 1985, working as a medical reco ...
    July 25, 2017 - 11:10 am
  • Judith McMains

    Judith (Wilcox) McMains, 71, of Kellogg, died Saturday, July 22, 2017, at her home in Kellogg. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, J ...
    July 25, 2017 - 10:36 am
  • Dorothy I. Tratchel

    Dorothy I. (Miller) Tratchel, 92, of Newton, formerly of Killduff, died Friday, July 21, 2017, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. A graveside service ...
    July 24, 2017 - 10:35 am
  • Mary Lou Freland

    Mary Lou Freland, 83, of Baxter, died Friday, July 21, 2017, at Accura Healthcare of Baxter. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 25 ...
    July 24, 2017 - 10:36 am
  • James R. Thomas

    James R. Thomas, 93, of Colfax, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. A funeral service will at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jul ...
    July 20, 2017 - 11:31 am
  • V. Dean Birkenholtz

    V. Dean Birkenholtz, 85, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Skiff Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22 at the ...
    July 20, 2017 - 11:32 am
  • Barbara Jean Ekren Deatherage

    Barbara Jean Ekren Deatherage, 81, passed away July 14, 2017. She went to the Lord peacefully, in her sleep, and surrounded by loving family.  
    July 19, 2017 - 11:41 am
  • Wanda J. Mills

    Wanda J. Mills went home to be with her Savior July 17, 2017, at Accura Healthcare of Newton East. A time of remembrance and celebration of life will ...
    July 19, 2017 - 9:57 am
  • Police blotter

    Newton Police Department• Sawyer C. Fullerton, 25, of Newton, was charged with public intoxication a ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:09 am
  • Police blotter

    Newton Police Department• Jamie A. Roggeman, 45, of Britt, was charged with assault causing bodily i ...
    July 25, 2017 - 10:39 am
  • Police blotter

    Newton Police Department• Stacey M. Krause, 39, address unknown, and Joshua McFarland, 31, address u ...
    July 24, 2017 - 10:12 am
  • Police blotter

    Newton Police Department• Steven E. Daniels, 38, of Newton, was charged with second-degree harassmen ...
    July 21, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Police blotter

    Newton Police Department• Amy L. Hidlebaugh, 39, of Newton, was arrested at 5:03 p.m. July 13 at 204 ...
    July 19, 2017 - 9:59 am
  • Police blotter

    Newton Police Department• Nicholas J. Lanser, 21, of Pella, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 5 ...
    July 17, 2017 - 10:18 am
  • Police blotter

    Newton Police Department• Jason T. Purtilo, 33, of Newton, was charged with consumption in public pl ...
    July 13, 2017 - 9:58 am
  • Police blotter

    Newton Police Department• Gregory J. Schuldt, 33, of West Des Moines, was charged with public intoxi ...
    July 12, 2017 - 10:28 am
  • Police blotter

    Newton Police Department• Lauren A. Neal, 32, of Prairie City, was arrested at 8:09 p.m. July 7 at 8 ...
    July 11, 2017 - 10:06 am
  • Police blotter

    Newton Police Department• Logan J. Owens, 18, and Devin O. Harsh, 18, both of Newton, were charged w ...
    July 10, 2017 - 10:13 am
  • There’s no ‘free market’ solution to health care

    The Republicans have big plans for health care in this country: to eliminate coverage for millions of Americans while delivering a big tax cut to the ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Why the left protects Islam

    Richard Dawkins is no friend to conservatives. The atheist author has spent much of his life deriding Judaism and Christianity. He once stated, “An at ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Guides of the stars

    As a child I remember peering out the car window up into the night sky. My family and I would be on the way home from being in town and when we would ...
    July 26, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • A bipartisan vote to put the brakes on war

    One of the few things I recall fondly about the Trump campaign — a short list, I’ll admit — was the candidate’s apparent glee in ridiculing the war-mo ...
    July 25, 2017 - 10:40 am
  • Column: Outdoor living

    For the past several weeks, my husband has been working hard on a new deck at our house. While progress has moved along at a bumpy pace thanks to the ...
    July 25, 2017 - 11:07 am
  • Tired of the hate

    Trump is not your usual politician you pat on the back or takes on nor takes any guff from anyone. He takes nothing from anyone. I find it refreshing.
    July 25, 2017 - 10:40 am
  • Trump is powerless

    While other members of the elitist media focus on President Donald J. Trump’s numerous crudities, ruderies and knowledge gaperies, I can see him for h ...
    July 25, 2017 - 10:37 am
  • Column: Stack this!

    Do you know the second place score in this year’s impromptu Jasper County Fair adult Oreo stacking contest? I do, it’s 23. How do I know? Because it’s ...
    July 24, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Reminder to Stay Safe in the Sun

    Many Iowans have felt the effects of skin cancer. If detected and removed early, skin cancer is almost always curable. Our family was fortunate in tha ...
    July 25, 2017 - 10:02 am
  • Loving animals to death

    We need to sell more rhino horns, quickly.That may be the only way to save rhinos from extinction. T ...
    July 24, 2017 - 10:08 am