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Council debates fireworks ban

If the discussion surrounding fireworks use within city limits was as incendiary as the comments posted online regarding the subject, everyone in attendance during Monday night’s city council meeting would have been issued a noise complaint and possibly a $250 fine.


Substance Abuse Coalition reviews progress, drug stats

While members of the Jasper County Substance Abuse Coalition wait patiently for the official approval of their comprehensive strategy to combat opioids and prescription drug abuse in the area, an annual report recently released by the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) stresses the importance of adapting and responding to “evolving challenges.”

Seventeen area players earn all-state football honors

Prairie City-Monroe had the top-ranked offense and defense in Class 2A this season. Newton ran for more yards than anyone else in 3A. And Baxter has one of the top linemen in all of 8-man.

NHS students raise, donate food items to Salvation Army

When the Salvation Army’s food pantry ran low weeks ago, many Newton businesses and community members stepped up to get the shelves stocked with food before Thanksgiving. One of those groups was a group of students from Newton High School.

Demolition and more demolition

When the Newton City Council wasn’t debating the use and misuse of fireworks within city limits, council members voted Monday night to approve three resolutions listed on its agenda.

Baxter’s Weltha earns all-district volleyball honors

Baxter junior Amber Weltha continues to raise her own bar for her level of play.

Yard and Garden: Keeping fall garden produce

AMES — Vegetable gardens may close down for the winter in Iowa, but gardeners can still enjoy the vegetables they have grown. Many vegetables keep for months in cold storage when provided the right conditions. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share information on vegetable storage. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at 515-294-3108 or at

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