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  • Registered sex offender turned away at library

    A Newton man is charged with violating the sex offender registry after he went to the Newton Public Library Thursday.
    April 27, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • LaVera pleads guilty to state charge

    “Twilight” impersonator David A. LaVera pleaded guilty to third degree sexual abuse at a plea hearing for state charges at the Jasper County Courthous ...
    April 27, 2015 - 12:14 pm
  • Challenges conquered

    If smiles are contagious, Jake Fry would easily spread smiles all across a room.If his determination ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:45 am
  • Grannies return for second annual extravaganza

    The Second Annual Granny Basketball Extravaganza between the Monroe-based Mustang Grannies and the Newton Globetrotters was a theatrical performance F ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • New location for Pet Kingdom

    More open space and less car traffic are appealing qualities at the new location for Pet Kingdom. Lo ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:47 am
  • Dodd’s Recycling celebrates 25 years

    In April 1990, Dave and Liz Dodd were watching an Earth Day special on TV that changed the family business forever.
    April 27, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • NPD to host annual Richardson Run 5K

    Pat was a man of integrity, respect and kindness. His family and friends remember him as a loving father and husband as well as an excellent lieutenan ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:51 am
  • Volunteers help restore savanna grasslands

    Volunteers worked through muddy grounds and rainfall Saturday morning at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City to help the restorati ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • Purses with Purpose nets $4K for Newton Booster Club

    Newton’s Big Red accepted a check on behalf of the Newton Athletic Booster Club for more than $4,000 from Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small Friday. ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:55 am
  • NHS Prom: A Night in Enchanted Waters

    Newton High School's prom, A Night in Enchanted Waters took place Saturday night at Newton High School. 
    April 27, 2015 - 12:03 pm
  • Hazel L. Burg-Burton

    Hazel L. Burg-Burton, 85, the daughter of Ralph and Lulu (Steward) Bryant, was born Oct. 10, 1929, near St. Anthony. Having lived in Marshalltown for ...
    April 27, 2015 - 12:15 pm
  • Jenny Marie Branderhorst

    Jenny Marie Branderhorst, 85, of Newton, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at her home. Services are pending at Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton.
    April 27, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Ross Anderson

    Ross Anderson, 48, of Colfax, died Friday, April 24, 2015, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. A funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Apri ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:25 am
  • Max R. Meldrem

    Max R. Meldrem, 85, of Grinnell, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Windsor Manor in Grinnell.A celebr ...
    April 24, 2015 - 12:10 pm
  • Christopher W. Miller

    Christopher W. “Chris” Miller, 47, of Newton, died Monday, April 20, 2015. The family will greet friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Wa ...
    April 24, 2015 - 12:12 pm
  • Florence ‘Flo’ Garland

    Florence “Flo” (Dobbs) Garland, 74, of Monroe, died Monday, April 20, 2015, at her home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at th ...
    April 22, 2015 - 11:47 am
  • Lois M. Decker

    Lois Mae Decker, 89, died Monday afternoon, April 13, 2015, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton has been entrusted w ...
    April 22, 2015 - 11:48 am
  • Mary Lee Oliveria

    Mary Lee Oliveria, 86, of Colfax, passed away peacefully at her home in Colfax on Sunday, April 19, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. A funeral M ...
    April 21, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • Mary Ellen Juett

    Mary Ellen Juett, the daughter of Robert and Barbara (McElwee) McNeer, was born on Jan. 22, 1945, in Des Moines. She spent most of her years growing u ...
    April 21, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • Christopher W. “Chris” Miller

    Christopher W. “Chris” Miller, 47, of Newton died on Monday, April 20, 2015, at his home in rural Newton.
    April 21, 2015 - 11:32 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Rachelle C. Deeter, 41, of Newton, is charged with public intoxication and ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Eric J. LaShomb, 35, of Newton, is charged with area/activity violation se ...
    April 24, 2015 - 11:45 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department • Zakk H. Weatherly, 18, of Newton, is charged with operating while under t ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Martin Leon Morales, 33, of Melbourne, is charged with driving while barre ...
    April 22, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Kendyl J. Simpson, 25, of Newton, was arrested on a Jasper County warrant ...
    April 21, 2015 - 11:32 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• James D. Boden, 52, of Newton, is charged with possession of controlled su ...
    April 20, 2015 - 11:18 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
  • The next president

    It’s not smart to get too enthusiastic about any politician. I’ve been disappointed often. I believed Bill Clinton when he said, “the era of big gover ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Partisan politics is failing our kids

    By all accounts 11-year-old Heather is a beautiful little girl. Not just because she has long curly hair, a sweet smile and stylish glasses, but becau ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Kelley is a leader

    Peter ClayDes MoinesState Rep. Dan Kelley is a leader for our entire state. Dan works hard on behalf ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • City shouldn’t destroy Maytag Park’s historic buildings

    Joyce MoenNewtonThe solution to reducing vandalism in the historic Fred Maytag Park is not by destro ...
    April 27, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Factory farms stink in more ways than one

    Lori NelsonBayardFactory farms stink, and it’s not just the smell. They pollute our air and water, l ...
    April 24, 2015 - 11:46 am
  • The grass is always greener

    “I spent 20 years wandering around the world hunting arty subjects to paint. I came back, and the first thing I noticed was the cross-stitched embroid ...
    April 24, 2015 - 11:47 am
  • Rep. Kelley has lost touch with his district

    Stephen C. SmithBaxterI was frustrated when I read Rep. Dan Kelley’s latest column in the Newton Dai ...
    April 24, 2015 - 11:46 am
  • Legislative session won’t adjourn on time

    We are now one week from the 110th day of the 2015 legislative session. That is the day we are scheduled to adjourn for the year. However, it won’t ha ...
    April 24, 2015 - 11:46 am
  • Walmart’s small wage increase not enough for employees, taxpayers

    You don’t need a Walmart front-door greeter to find the flaw in the company’s recently announced boost in worker wages: it’s not enough. Not enough to ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:32 am
  • Celebrity news is unnecessary, but necessary

    When a video of Brit McHenry recently circulated the globe, and appeared to make the ESPN reporter sound mean and insulting to a tow-lot employee, a l ...
    April 22, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • Protein an ally for healthy women

    While protein is used to build and repair muscle tissue and promote neurological function, it also can encourage fat loss, deliver essential nutrients ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:32 am
  • Cooking healthy with flavor

    The latest research shows flavor may be an effective — and enjoyable — way to help reduce sodium and fat. Simply adding more spices and herbs to the f ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • ‘Furious 7’ speeds ahead of the competition

    LOS ANGELES — Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James’s “Paul Blart” sequel couldn’t outpace “Furious 7.”
    April 20, 2015 - 11:10 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

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