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  • Joel H. Ward

    Joel H. Ward, died Wednesday morning, April 15, 2015, at his home in Newton. Pence- Reese Funeral Home in Newton has been entrusted with the arrangeme ...
    April 17, 2015 - 12:13 pm
  • Mary Ellen Juett

    Mary Ellen Juett, 70, of Newton, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Services are pending at Pence-Reese Funeral Home ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Joe (Ray) Delk

    Joe (Ray) Delk died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Heritage Manor in Newton. Due to his wishes, there will be no funeral service. Private family services ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Beverly “Bev” G. Cross

    Beverly “Bev” G. Cross, 84, of Baxter, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, A ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Johnny Kennedy Kling

    Johnny Kennedy Kling, 86, of Baxter died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Park Centre Care Center in Newton. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, ...
    April 16, 2015 - 11:33 am
  • Joel Henry Ward

    Joel Ward, 41, died Tuesday morning, April 15, 2015, at his home in Newton.Funeral services for Joel ...
    April 16, 2015 - 10:49 am
  • Karen Marcene Owen

    Karen Marcene Owen, 58, of Newton died Sunday, April 12, 2015, at her daughter’s home. A celebration of Karen’s life will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. ...
    April 15, 2015 - 12:05 pm
  • Douglas G. Wing

    Douglas G. Wing, 72, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at his home in Newton. A memorial service will be hat 11 a.m. Friday, April 17 at the First Christi ...
    April 15, 2015 - 12:06 pm
  • Shirley Ann Partin

    Shirley Ann Bogue Hoover Partin, 78, died March 23, 2015 in Hospice at Skiff Medical Center.A celebr ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:07 am
  • Marie Terlouw

    Marie (Van Norden) Terlouw, 93, of Pella, formerly of Sully, died Tuesday morning, April 14, 2015, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House.
    April 15, 2015 - 11:07 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Julie A. Swalwell, 54, of Baxter, is charged with third-degree theft after ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:40 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Dustin E. Pherigo, 30, of Newton, was arrested on a Jasper County warrant ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:07 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Katelynn R. Tibben, 24, of Newton, is charged with driving while license s ...
    April 14, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Dalton T. Grossium, 19, of Newton, is charged with consumption/intoxicatio ...
    April 10, 2015 - 11:11 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department • Michael D. Cassady, 36, of Newton, was arrested on a Jasper County warran ...
    April 9, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Dennis U. Rice, 38, of Newton, is charged with public intoxication, posses ...
    April 8, 2015 - 11:27 am
  • Police Blotter

    Jasper County Sheriff’s Office• Michael J. Eppstein, 33, of Newton, is charged with violation of no ...
    April 7, 2015 - 11:07 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• James A. Garland, 35, of Newton, is charged with operating while under the ...
    April 3, 2015 - 10:56 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Jessica B. Tompkins 23, of Newton, was arrested on a Jasper County warrant ...
    April 2, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Desmonne J. Hoffert, 24, of Newton, was arrested on a Marshalltown Police ...
    April 1, 2015 - 12:13 pm
  • Flying the ‘friendly’ skies

    Recently, I was giving advice on standard operating procedures when traveling by airplane. The person in question had never flown and was asking a few ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • Companies belied by campaign donations

    Last week, corporate America appeared to take a rare stand on principle. After Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a law permitting discrimination on t ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:42 am
  • Washington-style gridlock at statehouse

    It frustrates me that kids’ educations are, once again, being used as political bargaining chips. There is still no breakthrough to resolve the school ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:43 am
  • April Fools

    Being the high school class clown, graduating to prankster and practical jokester came natural. April Fools’ Day is a gimme.
    April 16, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Schieffer’s retirement is loss to quality journalism

    Pragmatism and balanced analysis is an increasingly dying art in journalism, and is almost nonexistent in the 24-hour-per-day media cycle of cable’s i ...
    April 16, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Equal pay day

    When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each othe ...
    April 16, 2015 - 10:50 am
  • Everyone remembers their first trips to the drive-in

    I remember the muggy night as if were a week ago — even though it was in June of 1977. My parents dragged me and my toddler sister to the Ranch Drive- ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Lincoln assassination remembered

    Larry HurtoNewtonApril 14 marked the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination. I have ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • Why the left lies

    “When yet another hand clamped over her mouth, Jackie bit it, and the hand became a fist that punched her in the face. ‘Grab its [expletive] leg,’ she ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • A bacon-wrapped cholesterol bomb

    Let me say one word to you: Bacon.Not only is it delicious, it’s practically irresistible — I even k ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • Cooking tips for one or two

    The best part about cooking for one is that there are no worries about what anyone else wants for dinner. However it’s a real challenge making healthy ...
    April 16, 2015 - 11:48 am
  • Apple Watch options: 54 combinations of case, band, size

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Watch comes with a choice of watch case, band and size — there are 54 possible configurations in all.
    April 13, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • Time to spring clean those eating habits

    Spring is here. What better time to hit the “reset” button and reintroduce some fresh foods into your diet after a long Iowa winter.
    April 9, 2015 - 11:45 am
  • Reducing food waste

    About 40 percent of the United States food supply goes uneaten. Discarded food in homes and food service accounts for 60 percent of this total food lo ...
    April 2, 2015 - 12:05 pm
  • An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

    CHICAGO (AP) — An apple a day doesn’t necessarily keep the doctor away. That’s according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had ...
    April 2, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • How to: Love your heart

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news is, however, that many of these deaths and risk ...
    March 27, 2015 - 11:35 am
  • Lose weight with a nutrient rich diet

    It’s spring! That time of year when the bulky winter clothes get moved to the back of the closet. It’s also time to take ownership of any weight gaine ...
    March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm
  • Dental sealants provide smile protection

    Dentists note that with proper care and regular checkups, children’s teeth can last a lifetime. The Jasper County Dental Society has these tips for ke ...
    March 26, 2015 - 11:42 am
  • ‘Insurgent’ seizes top spot; ‘The Gunman’ misfires

    LOS ANGELES — Sean Penn’s “The Gunman” was no match for the rebel kids of “Insurgent.”The second ins ...
    March 23, 2015 - 11:38 am
  • Bite into a healthy lifestyle

    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month each March. The annual event reinforces the importance of developing sound ...
    March 19, 2015 - 11:49 am

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