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Hotel hostility

The city’s acquisition of a 48-year-old hotel known to attract criminal activity and had reportedly met the bare minimum of safety standards by inspectors caused a stir amongst citizens and elected officials during Monday night’s council meeting. Several people, including council members, voiced concerns about the $495,000 price tag and why something had not been done sooner to address the declining status of Newton Inn, located near the 164 exit of Interstate 80.


Supervisors approve purchase of culverts

The Jasper County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of miscellaneous stock and 84-inch culvert pipes from Illowa Culverts for $52,933 during its Tuesday morning meeting at the courthouse.

Cardinal girls taking it to the mat

Girls’ wrestling is a growing sport across the country with colleges offering women’s wrestling as a scholarship sport. Newton High is joining the trend.

YMCA, Rotary Club come together to eradicate polio

The Newton Rotary Club teamed up with the Newton YMCA this year to have the Ride To End Polio take place in one of the gyms at the YMCA facility.

Ernst contender to stop in Newton Saturday

U.S. Senate candidate Michael Franken will be in Newton for a local meet and greet at 4 p.m. Saturday at 1108 N. Third Ave. E.

Iowa unemployment rate up slightly to 2.6 percent

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s unemployment rate rose slightly in October to 2.6 percent but remains among the lowest in the nation.

Keeping Iowa’s forests healthy takes active management

RUNNELS — It was a good half-mile hike back to the 40-acre section of timber on the Red Rock Wildlife Area that gave Jeremy Cochran and Todd Gosselink time to explain their plans to improve the forest resource on this heavily used public area.

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