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  • LaVera pleads guilty to child porn charge

    DES MOINES — A California man accused of possessing child pornography has pleaded guilty to the charge as part of a plea deal.
    March 5, 2015 - 2:39 pm
  • Lavera plea hearing canceled

    A Thursday afternoon plea change hearing for David A. LaVera, the alleged "Twilight" impersonator, has been cancelled at the request of LaVera.
    March 5, 2015 - 2:37 pm
  • Forums focused on many issues, including special education

    There were many, many topics covered during the two public forums about possible Newton Community School District reconfiguration.
    March 5, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • NHS presents ‘Hello, Dolly’ on Friday, Saturday

    This weekend, some Newton High School students will take on a daunting task — and not simply because ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • Kelley greets ABATE

    Rep. Dan Kelley welcomed ABATE members from Jasper County, including Dennis Simon, Tammie Deeter, James Robinson, Jim Fimml and Gene Braaksman to the ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:28 am
  • IRS warns of potential scam targeting Iowa taxpayers

    The Iowa Department of Revenue has been made aware of a potential scam targeting Iowa taxpayers.The ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • Moss grows — even in winter

    Sherman Swank was cutting wood west of Newton recently, and stumbled across moss, despite bitterly cold winter conditions. He brought a sample into th ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Acres remain for landowners to improve pheasant habitat

    Time is running out for landowners in Iowa’s 46 best pheasant counties to secure funding to restore pheasant habitat in Iowa’s core pheasant range.
    March 5, 2015 - 11:05 am
  • Events

    • Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 223 E. Fourth St. N. in Newton. 
    March 5, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • Art on display at public library

    A selection of artworks created by students from Berg Elementary, Thomas Jefferson, Aurora Heights and Woodrow Wilson are on display at the Newton Pub ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • Newton’s Wood signs to play William Penn football

    Tyler Wood is a multi-sport athlete. He has excelled in all three sports — football, basketball and baseball — in his four years at Newton High School ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Cardinal Lanes Bowling

    March 4Women’s Wednesday Morning CoffeeNewton Daily News 2, Steppin Out Dance 2Newton Daily News — 2 ...
    March 5, 2015 - 10:59 am
  • Three Cardinal girls claim LHC honors

    Michaela Jacobsen has been a force on the Newton High School girls’ basketball team the past three seasons. As a freshman, she paid her dues, but did ...
    March 4, 2015 - 11:33 am
  • Rolling 800

    Jesse Hopkins of Monroe posted an 801 series during league action on Feb. 10 at Mustang Lanes in Monroe. Hopkins, who bowls for Raider Poker.net in th ...
    March 3, 2015 - 11:40 am
  • Three area boys land on HOIC first team

    Prairie City-Monroe seniors Logan Gilman and Trey Lindsay and Collins-Maxwell/Baxter senior Bryce Kemp were all recently named to the Heart of Iowa Co ...
    March 3, 2015 - 11:38 am
  • Back at it after week-long hiatus

    For those of you who were aware, last week was not the most fun week of my life. And I am glad it’s over.
    March 3, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Bumblebees, Eagles play Big Game

    A big-game atmosphere existed in Newton High’s gymnasium Friday morning — fans cheering, the NHS pep band playing and two competitive teams on the bas ...
    March 2, 2015 - 12:06 pm
  • Sigourney ousts Lynnville-Sully from 1A playoffs

    KNOXVILLE — Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks and the Sigourney Savages entered Thursday’s Class 1A District 10 championship game at 1-1 when facing each other ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Wildcat court-storming shakes up Jayhawks

    Kansas State’s fans ignited a firestorm when they stormed the Bramlage Coliseum basketball court Monday night following the Wildcats’ 70-63 victory ov ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 10:55 am
  • Newton’s Travis to play football for St. Ambrose

    Newton High senior Jordan Travis made an impact on both sides of the football for the Cardinals last fall.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:46 am
  • Dwight Pierce

    Dwight Pierce, 64, died March 3, 2015, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. He was born to Alice and Melvin Pierce Sr. in Des Moines Aug. 23, 1950.
    March 5, 2015 - 11:32 am
  • Krista Joelle Nissen

    Krista Joelle (Tisdale) Nissen, 45, received her angel wings March 1, 2015, and has given up her crutches, braces and wheel chair and is now soaring h ...
    March 4, 2015 - 11:36 am
  • Cora J. Andersen

    Cora Jean Andersen, 89, of Baxter, died Wednesday morning, March 4, 2015, at the Baxter Care Center.     
    March 4, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • Rose Mary (Spangler) Wearmouth

    Rose Mary (Spangler) Wearmouth, 75, of Newton died on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Heritage Manor in Newton.
    March 3, 2015 - 11:07 am
  • Krista J. Nissen

    Krista J. Nissen, 45, of Des Moines, formerly of Newton, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Services will ...
    March 3, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • Shirley M. Atwood

    Shirley M. Elliott Atwood, 80, of Newton, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Skiff Medical Center in Newton.
    March 2, 2015 - 12:07 pm
  • Jean M. Rojohn Rhodes

    Jean Marie (Goodman) Rojohn Rhodes, 85, of West Des Moines, formerly of Newton, entered Heaven into God’s care Feb. 27, 2015, at Mercy Hospice-Johnsto ...
    March 2, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • Jeffrey Hale Barker

    Jeffrey Hale Barker, 44, of Newton, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 4 at the Mitchell Family ...
    March 2, 2015 - 12:09 pm
  • Rose Mary (Spangler) Wearmouth

    Rose Mary (Spangler) Wearmouth, 75, of Newton, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Heritage Manor in Newton.
    March 2, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • Harold D. Mason

    Harold D. Mason, 85, of Newton, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. No services will take place at this time. Memorials in ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Charles S. Vaughn, 50, of Newton, is charged with possession of drug parap ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:02 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Douglas L. Krier, 57, of Newton, is charged with going armed with intent, ...
    March 4, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Russell G. Quick, 32, of Kellogg, is charged with failure to yield to vehi ...
    March 3, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Zachary A. Cupples, 20, of Newton, is charged with operating while under t ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:25 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Randy K. Smith Jr., 41, of Newton, is charged with driving while license s ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Kayla H. Cockerton, 20, of Newton, is charged with driving while license s ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 10:47 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Kurtiss P. Landrum, 47, of Newton, was arrested on a Jasper County warrant ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:17 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Lawrence A. Hada, 45, is charged with trespassing after authorities were c ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 10:53 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• A 14-year-old juvenile is charged with third-degree theft after authoritie ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:45 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Christian L. Fisher, 48, of Grinnell, is charged with driving while licens ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • Lenard Nimoy taught us much more than LLAP

    “I have been and always shall be your friend.” These were the words of Captain Spock as he consoled Admiral James T. Kirk while dying of radiation poi ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:05 am
  • Memorization an addiction for educators

    Sue AtkinsonBaxterThe last week of February, two members of the Iowa State Board of Education, Charl ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • 10,000 steps

    Fifty-Seven year-old Randy Anderson of Ottumwa didn’t remember leaving the house for his daily run on that warm Friday afternoon of January 23, 2015. ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Jasper County Museum introduces new column

    This is the first, of what we hope will be a regular monthly column, about Jasper County and the Jasper County Museum. We’ll tell a little about the m ...
    March 4, 2015 - 11:11 am
  • Finally escaping from a rotary smart phone

    With more and more technology moving within reach of our fingertips all the time, it seems we’re practically one cycle behind by the time we download ...
    March 4, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • Birthday barf bag

    “Hey, love, how goes your birthday?”“You remembered!”It was 11 a.m. He was onto me. Shoot!It’s not l ...
    March 4, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • For the love of TV

    I love TV. I love getting into a new show and watching to see how it plays out versus what I think might happen. Through most of my childhood, I didn’ ...
    March 3, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • Fuel tax increase: Signed, sealed, delivered

    At the risk of wearing everyone out on the gas tax issue, I would like to mention a few more things about the passage of last week’s gas tax vote befo ...
    March 3, 2015 - 11:07 am
  • Bill (O’Reilly) I will

    Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is among those friends of mine I never got to meet. A truthteller with a gift for rhyme and whimsy, S ...
    March 3, 2015 - 11:07 am
  • Odds and ends

    This week’s column features odds and ends … a collection of thoughts from an editor without 600 words on just a single subject.
    March 2, 2015 - 11:30 am

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