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  • Chicks and book

    Two big pieces of news on the Empty Nest Farm. First item: we have baby chicks. Yep. When I was a kid growing up, we always had chickens, a calf and a ...
    May 17, 2017 - 10:13 am
  • Column: Celebrating 6 Pump It Up style

    Birthdays at our house are a pretty big deal. On Saturday, my oldest daughter celebrated her 6th birthday and for the first time, we headed out of tow ...
    May 16, 2017 - 10:39 am
  • Union Cemetery is well maintained

    I just finished reading the editorial in Friday’s Newton Daily News urging the city to make cemetery maintenance a priority. My husband and I walk at ...
    May 16, 2017 - 10:14 am
  • City should focus on fireworks education

    Keeping the citizens of Newton from using fireworks is going to be like trying to stop rain from hitting the ground. I’m sure the vast majority will u ...
    May 16, 2017 - 10:14 am
  • Cacerolazo

    Did I join MoveOn.org? Did my mouse click in the wrong spot? I’m a reporter. I don’t join things. What I do know is that if they charge dues, I didn’t ...
    May 16, 2017 - 10:14 am
  • Let’s work together

    We passed our two-year anniversary for Hometown Pride in Jasper County on April 9. Where does the time go! We have accomplished some great things, and ...
    May 15, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Column: Good morning?

    I’m going to become a morning person. Maybe. It’s truly curious to me whether I can make this drast ...
    May 15, 2017 - 10:43 am
  • Improved health bill

    The House repealed Obamacare!OK, they didn’t really — but they passed a bill that repeals some bad p ...
    May 15, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Editorial: City should make cemetery maintenance a priority

    If you’re placing flowers at your mother’s grave this weekend in one of Newton’s two cemeteries you’ll more than likely be greeted with unsightly weed ...
    May 12, 2017 - 11:00 am
  • Fireworks in Newton

    This past legislative session saw the legalization of fireworks in Iowa. Cities and counties however have the opportunity to opt out of the usage but ...
    May 12, 2017 - 10:05 am
  • Chow, baby

    Editor’s note: This column originally published April 22, 2016I fixed liver and onions for dinner th ...
    May 12, 2017 - 10:04 am
  • Column: A day with the ballpark fryers is heaven

    Editor’s note: This column originally published June 26, 2014 When I go to the softball field, I’m ...
    May 12, 2017 - 10:55 am
  • Religion: the good and the bad

    Sorry, but I was just thinking.Something to ponder: No one can really say how many different religio ...
    May 11, 2017 - 11:00 am
  • Keep Newton beautiful

    Dear Newton dog and cat owners,I’m a dog owner, too, and I’m writing to all of you who think when yo ...
    May 11, 2017 - 11:00 am
  • Column: God bless mothers

    I have written about my parents and grandparents a few times in this column. I am fortunate enough to have been raised by a close-knit family who has ...
    May 11, 2017 - 11:45 am