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  • Mystery man hands out $100 bills in Massachusetts

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A generous mystery man has made the holiday season a little brighter for employees of two Massachusetts coffee shops.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:40 am
  • Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures’ film “The Int ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:39 am
  • Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings is found dead

    PENNSBURG, Pa. — An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead in the woods near his suburban Philadel ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:39 am
  • Marijuana fight riskier for Congress in states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia’s decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on t ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:39 am
  • REG Newton unveils $13.2 million upgrade

    Renewable Energy Group (REG) Newton unveiled its $13.2 million, 30 million gallon nameplate biorefinery upgrade Monday.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:01 am
  • City Council makes no move on the Bergman House

    The August Bergman House was heavily discussed at the Newton City Council meeting Monday. Both positives and negatives of the city stepping in and pur ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Knitting for those in need

    Members of Sacred Heart Church’s prayer shawl ministry gather around the Giving Tree located inside Skiff Medical Center. The group knitted hats and s ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • 4-H catches up on awards, officer training

    Members of the Jasper County 4-H club were recently honored for their work with one project, while some of the students learned valuable skills during ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • School admins react to change in start date

    While Friday’s Iowa Department of Education announcement didn’t exactly prohibit schools starting before Sept. 1, it certainly sent a message that was ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:03 am
  • FUMC donates to Salvation Army

    Ron Ehresman of the First United Methodist Church Men recently presented a check to Major Mikey Carter of the Salvation Army.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • ISA celebrates 50 years at award ceremony

    The Iowa Soybean Association will host its 50th anniversary celebration and the third annual ISA Symposium and Recognition Award Banquet from 5:30 to ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:54 am
  • Rep. Kelley appointed to key leadership role in Iowa House

    DES MOINES — House Democratic Leader Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, appointed State Rep. Dan Kelley, D-Newton, as the Ranking Member on the House Adminis ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:09 am
  • USDA extends DMP deadline to Dec. 19

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program was ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • ISU Extension hosts three reshow opportunities

    The Iowa State University Extension of Jasper County will host three commercial events Thursday and Friday at DMACC Newton Campus, 550 N. Second Ave. ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:54 am
  • Fish farming finds its way to land-locked Midwest

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn’t growing c ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:53 am
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