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  • Program helps K-6 readers stay sharp

    When Bob Williams sets out some books on a table this week in a Des Moines Area community College-Newton Campus hallway, he’s got a lot of variety on ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:59 am
  • Hail hits Jasper County, tornado rips through southern Iowa

    Hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter was reported in Jasper County Sunday. The storm, which made its way through quickly, dropped more than 2 inches of r ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 12:01 pm
  • Road work continues, Beltline project complete

    Recently completed East 31st Street North, commonly known as the Beltline Road, is reopened after a construction project that began in June was comple ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 12:04 pm
  • Relics expands with The Extra’s

    Not long after Relics owner Laurie Nelson said she was not ready to expand, she did just that. Relics antiques, collectibles and stuff now has an expa ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • Baby Shower deemed a success at JCARL

    A huge success, that is how the Jasper County Rescue League described a baby shower event Saturday. The shower was held to collect items for the shelt ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 12:12 pm
  • Rural Iowa gets $4.9M boost to help with economic development

    DES MONIES — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack earlier this week announced loans and grants for 92 projects worth $18.1 million to help support the st ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:52 am
  • Henning Strong

    The Aaron Henning benefit and poker run was held Saturday. Participants met at the softball fields in Newton and rode to Colfax, Mingo, Baxter, Laurel ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 12:13 pm
  • OWLS: Inside the world of taxidermy

    The Jasper County Conservation Department will meet at noon Aug. 12 for its monthly OWLS program. Th ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:51 am
  • Northey: National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 2-8

    DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowans to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the more ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:51 am
  • Genealogical Society open at new location

    The Jasper County Genealogical Society is now open in a new location in the courthouse annex building, 115 N. Second Ave. E. on the first floor. The h ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:50 am
  • Wilma Bagnall Lane

    Wilma Bagnall Lane, 91, of Newton, died on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at the Newton Health Care Center in Newton. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Th ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 12:13 pm
  • Floyd E. Engle

    Floyd E. “Donnie” Engle, 86, of Newton, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at his home. A funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the Wal ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 12:14 pm
  • Melvin L. Van Cleave

    Melvin L. Van Cleave, 83, of Newton, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Skiff Medical Center in Newton. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Thurs ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 12:15 pm
  • Joanne L. Hunter

    Joanne L. Eccles Hunter, 83, of Newton, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, from injuries suffered in a car accident east of Colfax. A funeral service will ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 12:17 pm
  • George B. Van Zee

    George Van Zee, 91, of Newton, died Monday morning, Aug. 3, 2015, at Newton Health Care Center.Funer ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:47 am
  • Kelvin R. Frahm

    Kelvin R. Frahm, 61, of Newton, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at the Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:46 am
  • Ronald Dale Trotter

    Ronald Dale Trotter, 61, of Newton, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at his home in Newton.Funeral serv ...
    July 31, 2015 - 11:07 am
  • Keith K. Stratton

    A funeral Mass for Keith K. Stratton will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton, with Father William Reynolds and ...
    July 30, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • Lonnie F. Martin

    Lonnie F. Martin, 59, of Newton, died Tuesday, July 29, 2015, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. The family will greet friends from 1 to 3 p.m, Sunday ...
    July 30, 2015 - 11:55 am
  • Shirley Ann Ruiz

    Shirley Ann Ruiz, 69, of Newton, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at her son’s home in Newton. A celebration of Shirley’s life will be at 5 p.m. Friday, ...
    July 29, 2015 - 12:04 pm
  • Police Blotter

    Jasper County Sheriff’s Office• Daniel M. Witteman, 35, of Burlington, is charged with operating whi ...
    July 30, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Nathan D. McWhirter, 34, of Newton, was arrested on a Washington County wa ...
    July 29, 2015 - 11:21 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Marlene Yacoub, 40, of Des Moines, is charged with driving while license s ...
    July 28, 2015 - 11:05 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Darrin F. Fehrer, 51, of Newton, was arrested on multiple warrants after a ...
    July 27, 2015 - 11:27 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Heather E. Jackson, 26, of Newton, is charged with failure to yield upon l ...
    July 24, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Shawn N. Stevens, 34, of Newton, is charged with second-offense domestic a ...
    July 23, 2015 - 7:45 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Ronald H. Kuhl, 44, of Rock Island, Ill., is charged with operating while ...
    July 21, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • Police Blotter

    Jasper County Sheriff’s Office• Dylan S. Plumb, 21, of Newton, is charged with possession of control ...
    July 17, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Haley M. Esquenda, 19, of Newton, was arrested on a Story County warrant f ...
    July 16, 2015 - 11:21 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Thomas B. Steele, 24, of Monroe, was arrested on a Jasper County warrant f ...
    July 14, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • Immune system, don’t fail me now

    For whatever reason, I have a certain knack for becoming ill during trips just occasionally enough to make it unpredictable, but not unexpected.
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:50 am
  • Governed by zealots

    The government’s environmental rules defeat even environmentalists.Thomas Collier is a Democrat who ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:48 am
  • The millennial generation’s literacy crisis

    Summer is a time of endings and beginnings. For most of the approximately 1.8 million people who just graduated from college, this season marks the e ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:48 am
  • Contrasts of my surroundings

    It’s amazing how just the slightest distinction can make the biggest difference and the smallest of contrasts can make something completely diverse.  
    July 31, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • Wisconsin’s cautionary tale

    The continuum of American politics is not a straight line — it is more like a circle. Travel farther out on the right and left, and ultimately the sid ...
    July 31, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • Trading up for a better trade deal

    As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about ...
    July 31, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • Road to redemption

    Editor’s note: The following events are true, but to maintain the privacy of the individuals discussed, the subject of this column will be refereed to ...
    July 30, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • Growing up in Selma, Iowa

    “The houses and streets look smaller. The Des Moines River is still big as ever, it’s swollen from all this rain, but the bridge across the river look ...
    July 30, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • Creeping out of the foxhole

    At long last Republican presidential hopefuls crept out of their foxholes, where they’d been cowering and maintaining radio silence, to attack Donald ...
    July 30, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • I see — but for how much longer?

    There are many signs that you're getting old. Some are comical; others are discouraging, and some are somewhere in between.
    July 29, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • Can physical inactivity increase your health risks?

    Research shows that individuals who sit all day, even if they head to the gym for anhour, have and i ...
    July 30, 2015 - 12:06 pm
  • Magnificent magnesium: a top nutrient for 2015

    In the world of human health, magnesium is a key nutrient for many vital functions in the body. Deficiency of this mineral is thought to be linked to ...
    July 23, 2015 - 7:54 am
  • Vegetable surplus: summer squash

    It’s that time of year again — gardens are producing a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables. One veggie typically in surplus is summer squash.
    July 16, 2015 - 12:15 pm
  • First chapter of new Harper Lee novel is previewed

    NEW YORK (AP) — We know this much so far about Harper Lee’s new book: Atticus Finch is 72 and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis; Scout is a grown wo ...
    July 10, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • It’s a wrap

    During the warm summer months many people are looking for ways to keep meal prep to a minimum. There is always something more entertaining to do; and ...
    July 9, 2015 - 11:56 am
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

    What better month to celebrate fresh fruits and veggies as here in Iowa we are harvesting fresh berries, spinach and lettuce out of our gardens. In-se ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:17 am
  • Good grilling

    Start up the grill and get out of the kitchen this Fourth of July. Though this Saturday marks a national holiday, healthy eating does not have to take ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Yogurt You

    National Dairy Month is a great way to start the summer with nutrient-rich dairy foods.With calcium, ...
    June 25, 2015 - 11:31 am
  • Wellness: how to sleep better at night

    The National Sleep Foundation notes that adults between the ages of 26 and 64 need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Such a sleep ...
    June 25, 2015 - 11:31 am
  • Healthy diet reduces risk for cognitive decline

    The month of June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month. Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. An estimated 5.3 million ...
    June 18, 2015 - 12:06 pm

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