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  • More than $2.7 million in road projects underway in Newton

    The City of Newton is making progress on several street repair projects with many more planned for the coming months. Most noticeable near downtown is ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 11:48 am
  • Alliant Energy to vacate First Avenue building

    Alliant Energy plans to vacate the First Avenue building it’s using, but the City of Newton and any economic development planners have plenty of notic ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 11:22 am
  • Iowa pipeline delay denied

    DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board denied Thursday a request by a group of landowners to halt construction of an oil pipeline beyond this week ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 11:42 am
  • Coffee customers need not leave Berg campus

    It’s not unusual for a teacher to grab coffee in the morning, and a new arrangement at Berg Middle School this fall will allow that to happen on campu ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 8:50 pm
  • Blue Ribbon Service

    DES MONIES — A cool rain may have kicked off day one of this year’s Iowa State Fair, but that couldn’t stop people behind the scenes who make the famo ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 11:45 am
  • Monroe admin's tax projections on proposed Dollar General in question

    MONROE — The Monroe City Council is looking into allegations that tax revenue estimates presented by city administrator Matt Mardesen to aid the counc ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 12:09 pm
  • Choir auditions set for Sept. 6 and 8

    The Newton Children’s Choir, also known as BETCHAW & Friends, will be holding open auditions on Sept. 6 and 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in grades 5-6 music ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Locals earn 2016 Iowa State diplomas

    AMES — Stephanie Clements and Morgan Elliott, both of Newton, were awarded a degree from Iowa State University at the end of the 2016 summer term. A t ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Community Calendar

    • An old-time barn dance will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Jasper County Community Center, 2401 First Ave. E. in Newton. Music by Ben McClure/fiddler ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • The Way We Live

    DES MOINES — When Bryan Branderhorst stepped off the stage at the Iowa State Fair’s Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center on Aug. 14, he was still in s ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Mark A. McCoy

    Mark Allen McCoy passed away Monday, Aug.1, 2016, of colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, Amy ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 12:13 pm
  • Mark W. Guy

    Mark William Guy, 67, of Mitchellville, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A funeral service will be at 10:3 ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 12:15 pm
  • Howard L. Snook

    Howard L. Snook, 96, was born Aug. 29, 1919, in rural Newton, the son of Harry and Rosa Belle (Hummel) Snook. He was a lifelong resident of the Newton ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 12:18 pm
  • Dana Sparks

    Dana (Trusler) Sparks, 72, of Baxter, went to heaven peacefully Wednesday, June 29, 2016. A celebration of life will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Richard L. Wobst

    Richard L. “Doc” Wobst, 70, of Newton, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Sat ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 12:21 pm
  • Marsha (Kay) Sneller

    Marsha (Kay) Sneller, 70, passed away at Taylor House Aug. 20, 2016. The daughter of George and Gertrude (VanBaale) Trotter was born Dec. 18, 1945. Sh ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 12:21 pm
  • Richard Lutz

    Richard Lutz, 70, of Newton, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at his home. No services are scheduled. The Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory is hand ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 12:22 pm
  • Marvin J. Murphy

    Marvin Junior Murphy, 88, of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of Mingo, passed away June 20, 2016.Ma ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 12:23 pm
  • Thomas R. Guthrie

    Thomas Robert Guthrie, 67, formerly of Flagstaff, Ariz., died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, in Newton. A private graveside service was held.
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:35 am
  • Byron S. Brain

    Byron S. “Bud” Brain, 85, of Newton, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Byron’s funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at the Wallace Family Fune ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Kirk D. Blatterbauer, 64, of Newton, is charged with operating while under ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:49 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Ian McCandless, 23, of Newton, was arrested on Jasper County warrant after ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:14 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Ashley M. Tetly, 31, of Newton, was arrested on a Polk County warrant afte ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Brayden M. Boock, 21, of Washington, is charged with driving while license ...
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 9:06 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Dustin Eugene Pherigo, 31, of Newton, was arrested on a Jasper County warr ...
    Aug. 15, 2016 - 10:40 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Samuel D. Shedlock, 22, of Newton, is charged with driving while license u ...
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 10:28 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Nickolas E. Taylor, 36, of Montezuma, is charged with driving while licens ...
    Aug. 10, 2016 - 11:09 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Scot A. Stewart, 39, of Newton, is charged with fifth-degree criminal misc ...
    Aug. 9, 2016 - 11:05 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Larry D. Karlzen, 44, of Monroe, is charged with driving while barred afte ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 11:23 am
  • Police Blotter

    Newton Police Department• Rick L. Donnelly, 40, is charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 10:44 am
  • Get outside this weekend

    As summer begins to wrap up in the coming weeks, make sure to enjoy this nice Indian summer weather with some outdoor events.
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Howard Snook lived as a humble servant

    Jasper County lost another one of its greatest citizens this week. I was deeply saddened to hear of Howard Snook’s passing. Howard was a World War II ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • Daytime adventurer

    There sure is a lot of fun that comes along with grandparenting.I’m not talking about the classic gr ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:51 am
  • What’s the plan for Newton schools?

    First off, I am in total agreement that the Berg School Complex needs to be replaced. More than a year ago, I attended the very first public meeting h ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • ‘Come with me if you want to live’

    Editor’s Note: This column orginailly published on Sept 9, 2015.We were backing out of the Dowling C ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Aronia, alternative crop for farmers?

    Aug. 19: Harvest day on the Mark and Jane McConeghey farm outside of Monroe. The mechanical harvester moves through the lush, green aronia bushes sele ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Supports Payton for Iowa House

    At the League of Women Voters forum on May 19, 2016, the supporters of Wes Breckenridge heckled and laughed at our representative, Dan Kelley. This wa ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Shocked by facts of Berg Complex

    The Sept. 13 vote for the Berg middle school project is very important. I was shocked by the facts about the current Berg space I discovered as I prep ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Sounds like an (un)broken record

    I didn’t have a large record collection growing up. I don’t remember our family having a ton of extra money. We had a place to live and food to eat, b ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:40 am
  • Trump isn’t an easy decision

    Serious acrimony has now broken out among conservatives regarding whether to vote for Donald Trump.A ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:39 am
  • Grilling outside the box

    When it comes to the outdoor grill, think out of the box. The grill imparts incredibly complex flavor into foods. Whether grilling turkey, pizza, vegg ...
    Aug. 11, 2016 - 10:37 am
  • Behavior changes offer clues that dementia could be brewing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing — changes in behavior or personality might be an early ...
    July 28, 2016 - 11:49 am
  • Gardening for seniors

    You’re never too old to play in a little dirt, and who would’ve thought that getting your hands dirty would be so beneficial?
    July 25, 2016 - 11:33 am
  • Fire up the flavor with grilled fruits, vegetables

    It’s grilling season! What better way to fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies than to take advantage of the season. Grilling enhances the s ...
    July 21, 2016 - 11:39 am
  • Summer grilling — add variety, health to your list

    We are a couple of months into grilling season — a great time to add variety to your grilling adventures beyond traditional hamburger or hot dog optio ...
    July 7, 2016 - 11:48 am
  • Beat the heat, stay cool

    Jasper County Health Department and IMPACT Community Action Partnership urge residents to prepare for extreme heat this summer.
    June 30, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • Aspirin often wrongly prescribed for atrial fibrillation

    More than one-third of U.S. patients with the abnormal heartbeat atrial fibrillation who need a blood thinner to prevent strokes aren’t getting one, r ...
    June 23, 2016 - 12:08 pm