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  • Landing pad

    When Emery Erpelding received an iPad at Berg Elementary School on Dec. 19, he didn’t exact have a jubilant reaction. In fact, after he noticed a song ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 10:02 am
  • New program developed for Newton Fire Department by Work Systems

    The Newton Fire Department and Work Systems Rehab and Fitness have developed a new program to help care for physical challenges the firefighters face ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 10:01 am
  • Iowa State patrol reminds drivers to be safe during the holiday season

    It’s the holiday travel season. You need to be prepared and ready for all driving conditions. Some safety tips for when you hit the highway would be, ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 10:15 am
  • Pennies for Change winners celebrate with pizza party

    Students in Michelle Modlin’s fourth grade class at Aurora Heights Elementary School enjoyed a pizza party hosted by United Way of Jasper County on De ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 10:06 am
  • Capitol Issues

    The following is the second in a three part series interviewing Jasper County’s three state-level elected officials ahead of the 2015 Iowa Legislative ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 9:57 am
  • Gipe named to AIB fall term honor roll

    DES MOINES — Ashley Gipe, of Newton, has been named to the honor roll at AIB College of Business for the 2014 fall term. 
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 9:57 am
  • Sander named as member of Luther College symphony orchestra

    DECORAH — Caleb Sander, of Newton, Iowa is a member of the Luther College 2014-15 Symphony Orchestra music ensemble.
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 9:56 am
  • Vos to participate in spring Oxford program

    SIOUX CENTER — Justin Vos, of Lynnville, will spend next semester on the The Scholars Semester in Oxford Program. Vos is a Dordt College junior majori ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 9:56 am
  • Vanderlaan named AIB Presidential Scholar

    DES MOINES — Kayla Vanderlaan, of Newton, has been honored as a Presidential Scholar at AIB College of Business for the 2014 fall term. 
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 9:56 am
  • Cabin Fever day camp

    Jasper County Conservation will host Cabin Fever Camp from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve, a 1/4 mile north of the Lynn ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 9:54 am
  • Four added to bowling HOF

    The Jasper County Bowling Association inducted four new members into its Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. From left: Harry Farr, Carl McGee, Dave Roraba ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:20 am
  • It's too bad there won't be a true 'state champion'

    Now that Iowa State and Northern Iowa have firmly entrenched themselves as clearly the two best Division I basketball teams in the state, it would be ...
    Dec. 23, 2014 - 10:27 am
  • Cardinal boys drop double overtime decision to Lions

    URBANDALE — Not very often can a team feel good about a loss, but Newton High’s Cardinal boys can go into the holiday break with a bit of bounce despi ...
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Newton teams lose to DCG

    GRIMES — Newton High’s Cardinal basketball teams fell to host Dallas Center-Grimes Friday in Little Hawkeye Conference play.
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:35 am
  • NHS varsity wrestlers idle; junior varsity competes

    Newton High’s varsity wrestlers did not compete at Fort Dodge’s Don Miller Invitational Saturday because of injuries, according to NHS Activities Dire ...
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:11 am
  • NHS bowlers knock down Oskaloosa

    Winding up bowling action before the holiday break, Newton High’s Cardinal teams delivered Little Hawkeye Conference dual wins on their home lanes Sat ...
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:33 am
  • Balanced attack propels CMB girls to win over Colfax-Mingo

    COLFAX — Collins-Maxwell/Baxter Brianda Bane has scored in double-figures in all but one game this season.
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:42 am
  • Mustang girls rout Class 3A No. 13 Saydel

    MONROE — The Prairie City-Monroe girls’ basketball team trailed by two points after one quarter but outscored Saydel 49-30 over the final three quarte ...
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • CMB boys hold off Colfax-Mingo

    COLFAX — In the first four games of the season, Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s Joey Nissen scored nine points and connected on just one 3-pointer.
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:44 am
  • Quick start pushes PCM boys to win over Saydel

    MONROE — Logan Gilman scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds and Ricky Reeve added 14 points, five steals and four rebounds as the Mustangs won the ...
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Madeline N. Slings

    Madeline N. Slings, 90, of Prairie City, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Park Ridge Nursing and Rehab in Pleasant Hill. In accordance with Madeline’s w ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 10:10 am
  • Marguerite Farren

    Marguerite Farren, 89, of Newton, formerly of Colo, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Park Centre in Newton.
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 10:11 am
  • Wanda L. Henderson

    Wanda L. Henderson, 91, of Newton, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Heritage Manor Care Center in Newton. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 9:52 am
  • Steven Lee Welcher

    Steven Lee Welcher, 27, of Newton, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27 at the First Christian Church ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:31 am
  • James Cannon

    James “Jim” Cannon, 65, of Des Moines, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A private family graveside service ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:32 am
  • John M. Elrod

    John M. Elrod, 93, of Prairie City, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Mitchell Village Care Center in Mitchellville. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:32 am
  • Marguerite Farren

    Marguerite Farren, 89, of Newton, formerly of Colo, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Park Centre in Newton. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:01 am
  • Wilma E. Grimes

    Wilma E. (Cozad) Grimes, 98, of Newton, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the Newton Health Care Center in Newton. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. ...
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:49 am
  • Dorothy L. Kain

    Dorothy L. “Dot” Kain, 90, of Monroe, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Newton Health Care Center. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 ...
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • Justina M. Coady

    Justina M. “Tina” (Ham) Coady, 50, of Newton, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Newton. The family will greet friends from 2 to 5 ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:48 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Elizabeth L. Reibsamen, 33, of Newton, is charged with fifth-degree theft ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 9:54 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Kris L. Long, 56, of Newton, is charged with failure to maintain control a ...
    Dec. 23, 2014 - 10:32 am
  • Police Blotter

    • James M. Fallon, 47, of Newton, is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities were called to 315 W. Fourth St. S. # 3 at 9:47 p ...
    Dec. 22, 2014 - 11:07 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Richard E. Keller, 32, of Newton, is charged with possession of controlled ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:55 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Ryan F. Riggs, 30, of Newton, is charged with consumption/intoxication in ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:58 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Richard Norton, 35, of Cameron, was arrested on a warrant for failure to a ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:43 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Austin J. Hurt, 19, of Newton, is charged with driving while license suspe ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 11:01 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Zakk H. Weatherly, 18, of Newton, is charged with second-degree theft and ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Dakota Midham, 20, of Newton, was arrested on a warrant for probation viol ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 10:43 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Brandon M. Battering, 27, of Lafayette, Ind., is charged with fifth-degree ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 10:53 am
  • Homeless in Iowa

    Monica is 36 and lives in her car. During the day, she’s a waitress, at night she finds a place to park. “I hate being homeless,” she says, “but it ma ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 9:54 am
  • No more tax break Christmas trees

    Christmas came early this year to some of Washington’s biggest special-interest groups when Congress passed legislation that was laden like a decorate ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 10:09 am
  • How to survive your holiday

    Holidays would be so much easier if they took place around a photo wall of all of us when we were young and lovable.
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 10:10 am
  • Christmas spirit should stick around for other holidays

    Kwanzaa is celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 2. Martin Luther King’s birthday is Jan. 19. President’s Day is Feb. 16. The Year of the Sheep, on the Chin ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:05 am
  • Pipeline would help break addiction to foreign oil

    Maurice H. PhillipsNewtonAs an Iowan and a veteran, energy security is an important issue to me. I w ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:04 am
  • Save old Newton Seed Store as youth center

    Oliver MillerKelloggFor a long time, I’ve been going to the Newton Seed Store to buy seed for a smal ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:03 am
  • Holiday (extended) family togetherness

    The blending of families is a peculiar thing. Here we are, once again, at the epicenter of mixed family togetherness. Can you feel the earth shake?
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:33 am
  • We wish you a merry Christmas

    To date, my girls haven’t had to perform anything in front of people who weren’t family. My oldest daughter had her first Christmas concert for her pr ...
    Dec. 23, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • Paid family leave: An employee benefit that benefits employers as well

    The holiday season can be a time of great joy. But for many working parents, the holidays are also a stark reminder of how tenuous their employment an ...
    Dec. 23, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • ​Tender negotiations

    The great virtue of your male friends (if you’ re a man) is that they speak little and agree much. “Hey, Tommy,” you say to one such friend. “You hung ...
    Dec. 23, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • Rich Little still impresses

    At 76, veteran comedian and impressionist Rich Little is still zigzagging the country doing one-man shows.
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 10:07 am
  • Plan for a healthy holiday season

    Some reports indicate that individuals gain an average of seven pounds over the holiday season. Prev ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • The key to a healthier you — preparation

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to arrive home after a long day at work to a meal that takes less than 20 minutes to make? Wouldn’t it also be great if that ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • Letterman pulls curtain on holiday tradition

    NEW YORK — With the curtain soon to fall on David Letterman’s late-night television career, the end comes Friday for an odd and emotional holiday trad ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:41 am
  • Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches

    SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were search ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:40 am
  • Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year

    NEW YORK (AP) — A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail agains ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers the box office

    LOS ANGELES — After three weeks of box office dominance, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” ceded its reign to “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” The bibl ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • June Lockhart remembers 'A Christmas Carol'

    Released last month on Blu-ray, the 1938 version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has long been a favorite seasonal TV movie.
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 11:23 am
  • Scott, Bale defend 'Exodus' casting

    NEW YORK — The biblical film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has come under fire for white actors being cast in the main roles as Egyptians.
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 11:08 am
  • Prince William hits DC; Kate joins NYC first lady

    NEW YORK (AP) — While Britain’s Prince William meets with President Barack Obama at the Oval Office on Monday and discusses illegal wildlife trafficki ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 12:17 pm

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