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  • Geese to be tested for avian influenza

    In 2009, the human H1N1 “swine flu” virus was blamed for many event postponements and plenty of panic. Like some of the other animal-named viruses of ...
    April 7, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • NCT presents ‘The Hallelujah Girls’

    The Newton Community Theatre will be traveling to the Iowa AACTFEST Festival hosted by Waterloo Community Playhouse on April 9-12.
    April 7, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Man charged in Newton stabbing pleads not guilty

    A Des Moines man charged with attempted murder in a Newton stabbing pleaded not guilty to charges Monday.
    April 7, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • Newton FFA competes in district career development event

    Thirty-five Newton FFA Chapter members competed at district contest in March at North Polk High School. Almost all of the participants that competed a ...
    April 7, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • Events

    • Chapter HS of PEO will meet at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday in the home of Harriet Harmelink. Refreshments will be served first with the meeting beginning ...
    April 7, 2015 - 11:32 am
  • Breckenridge, Burdess taking over as interim chief

    With the pending retirement of Newton Police Chief Jeff Hoebelheinrich, the department has prepared for Hoebelheinrich’s leave prior to his actual ret ...
    April 6, 2015 - 12:17 pm
  • Multiple crews respond to grass fire Sunday

    Multiple fire departments in Western Jasper and eastern Polk Counties responded to a large brush and grass fire around 6:30 p.m. Sunday between the in ...
    April 6, 2015 - 12:09 pm
  • Free cuts for life drawing offered at Just Teasin’

    How would you like to get free hair cuts for life? That is what Monica Rae, owner of Just Teasin’ Hair Studio 205 First Ave. W. #3, is offering to tho ...
    April 6, 2015 - 12:11 pm
  • Iowa pastors play influential role in 2016 presidential race

    DES MOINES — Cary Gordon isn’t a political operative, a top dollar donor or an elected official. But that hasn’t stopped Jeb Bush’s team from already ...
    April 6, 2015 - 12:23 pm
  • Easter weekend remembrance and celebrations

    Kal and Emma Musgrove, of Newton, run to the Easter Bunny after patiently waiting for their turn to meet him prior to the Newton YMCA Easter Egg Hunt ...
    April 6, 2015 - 12:29 pm
  • Loebsack representative to hold office hours

    Congressman Dave Loebsack will have a member of his staff in Jasper County for open office hours. Amelia Schoeneman, Loebsack’s District Representativ ...
    April 6, 2015 - 11:57 am
  • Local financial advisor honored for performance

    Mark Allen, who has been an Edward Jones financial advisor in Newton since 2004, was recently invited to attend the Edward Jones Managing Partner’s Co ...
    April 6, 2015 - 11:57 am
  • Events

    • Celebrate Recovery women’s study will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at Hephzibah House, 721 E. Fourth St. N. in Newton.
    April 6, 2015 - 12:20 pm
  • Aurora Park incident sends one to hospital

    A 16-year-old boy was injured Thursday afternoon in an incident that could have had much worse consequences.
    April 6, 2015 - 12:18 pm
  • Jasper County students now have the blues

    When Billy Branch visited some Jasper County public schools last week, he brought both serious and playful lessons — sometimes at the exact same time.
    April 3, 2015 - 11:52 am
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