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  • Column: A trip to ‘La La Land’

    I have never been a great movie reviewer possibly because I tend to pick movies I know I will enjoy and avoid ones that don’t sound very interesting, ...
    Jan. 23, 2017 - 12:01 pm
  • Trump’s first week

    Donald Trump will be busy.He and Mike Pence have promised, Mother Jones magazine points out, that on ...
    Jan. 23, 2017 - 11:34 am
  • Veterans Day on the Hill

    Veterans from across Iowa came to the State Capitol to meet with legislators and enjoy a full schedule of activities, including a special ceremony in ...
    Jan. 23, 2017 - 11:17 am
  • Column: Dancing all the way

    It’s hard not to be drawn in by the catchy tunes of ABBA that bring the story of “Mamma Mia!” to life. I’ve seen the show on stage once before, but I ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 4:29 pm
  • City leaders should put checkbook away

    With the increased city spending, everyone has to be concerned with the direction our community is heading. The much senseless spending is taking many ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 10:44 am
  • Column: You just have to get the feel for it

    It’s no secret ... hubby and I sometimes struggle with new technology. It took a lot of convincing ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 4:23 pm
  • Locals to recognize human trafficking awareness month

    Newton Says No to Human Trafficking is a nonprofit organization that was created to raise awareness and enhance safety for the citizens of Jasper Coun ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 10:44 am
  • Three books and a movie

    Three books I recommend are, “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles, “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue, and “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson. Al ...
    Jan. 19, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Senate Republicans prioritize bills

    The 2017 Session started last Monday with all of the ceremony of a new General Assembly. Sen. Whitver of Polk County was elected the new President of ...
    Jan. 19, 2017 - 10:33 am
  • Column: Attack of the Drones

    Editor’s note: This column was originally published June 23, 2016 One part water, one part hot sauc ...
    Jan. 19, 2017 - 10:53 am
  • January is OPEN sister city month

    OPEN (Organization Promoting Everlasting Neighbors) has been a part of the Newton and Jasper County area for 25 years which we celebrated in October w ...
    Jan. 18, 2017 - 10:53 am
  • 87th General Assembly begins

    Jan. 9 marked the beginning of a brand new General Assembly in the Iowa Legislature starting with every House member taking the oath of office for our ...
    Jan. 18, 2017 - 10:52 am
  • Column: Enjoy today

    I would like to think I embrace change and that it is just a part of life. As of late, it seems like the seasons change quicker than I can keep up wit ...
    Jan. 18, 2017 - 11:31 am
  • Image of great economic leader is dangerous

    Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, one of the richest men on the planet, recently met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. After emerging from the meet ...
    Jan. 18, 2017 - 10:53 am
  • White empire

    The Russians, and I don’t mean the ones from the “stan” countries, are white.They’re not just “court ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 10:43 am