Jasper County Recorder Nancy Parrott confirmed the purchase of Iowa Speedway was complete at the Tuesday, Dec. 3, meeting of the Jasper County Board of Supervisors.
According to a report from the Jasper County Economic Development Corporation, Jasper County’s recovery from the post-Maytag downturn is going quite well.
Newton Manufacturing Company’s employees have joined Mediacom’s Shoes that Fit campaign initiative to provide school-age children from Newton elementary schools specific shoes and clothing.
Monday, the Newton City Council gave its support to Newbury Management, which is applying for Low-Income Housing tax credits from the Iowa Financial Authority. The tax credits will aid in plans to extensively renovate the Greenway complex.
Dozens of families remain available for ‘adoption’ this year
The Congregational United Church of Christ, 308 E. Second St. N. in Newton, is hosting a discussion on financial assistance with Captain Jeff Carter of the Newton Salvation Army and Amy Hansen, county coordinator for Red Rock Area Community Action Program, at 7:15 p.m.
Eight Jasper County residents and one Poweshiek County resident recently completed coursework for becoming Certified Master Gardeners. The program provides selected volunteers training on many aspects of gardening. In exchange for training, Master Gardeners share their time and knowledge in approved projects within their local communities.
Nancy Parrott, Jasper County Recorder, reminds citizens their current registrations on ATVs, ORMs, ORVs and snowmobiles expire Dec. 31. The renewal period for off-highway vehicles began Sept. 1.
Jasper County Conservation Board will host an Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors program at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Jasper County Armory/Annex, 1030 W. Second St. S. in Newton.
Scott Griffith, chair of the stewardship and mission committee, presents a check for $7,360 to Brent Hendricks and Rich Humphrey of the Grinnell Friends Church, for the purchase of a Safe-T Home. The money was donated by the members of the United Presbyterian Church in Newton over the course of the past several months. The Safe-T Home is a modified grain bin built by the Sukup Manufacturing Company to be used as a dwelling for humans. The Grinnell Church has raised money for 13 units to be purchased and shipped to Haiti to help relieve the homeless epidemic caused by earthquakes in 2010. In March of next year they will send a group to Haiti to assemble the structures.
The November students along with Rotary’s exchange student from Spain. From left are Rotary President, Patrick Hatting, Emily Forsyth, Maria Carcaba Gomez and Sean Cook.
The Newton Pacesetters will be competing at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Competition on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
The Congregational United Church of Christ, 308 E. Second St. N. in Newton, is hosting a discussion on financial assistance with Captain Jeff Carter of the Newton Salvation Army and Amy Hansen, county coordinator for Red Rock Area Community Action Program, at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Carter and Hansen will share the missions, goals and services offered by their organizations. All are encouraged to attend.
Choices Christian Bookstore is an advocate for shopping local and the reason for the season. The store held its Small Business Saturday sale, in which customers were given a different sale every hour during the shopping event.
Newton’s shooting, press spark big rally
Blood drives are planned for 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Kellogg United Methodist Church, 417 Second St. in Kellogg, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the DMACC Newton Campus Conference Center, 600 N. Second Ave. W.
Every band likes to say “we’re not your typical band,” but for The Nemo Orchestra, it isn’t just talk.
Wednesday, Dr. Stephanie Bantell, Newton Clinic’s newest physician, presented to Chelsea Swarts, left, a $200 gift certificate to local clothing store Cato. Swarts was selected as the winner among the 500-plus individuals who began following Newton Clinic on its new Facebook page — www.facebook.com/newtonclinic — during its debut month. Newton Clinic uses the page to share health tips, medical information, news about its 17 doctors and providers, and updates patients need to know, including holiday hours.
Westwood to offer a young adult discount
Gov. Terry Branstad used his weekly news conference today to announce two new programs as part of the Home Base Iowa initiative: Home Base Iowa Businesses and Home Base Iowa Communities.
The Newton Noon Kiwanis will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Pence Reese Tribute Center in Newton for lunch and music by Terry Bradley and Brian Keeton. Anyone interested in the program of in learning more about Kiwanis is welcome to be a guest for lunch. For more information or to make a reservation for lunch, call Jen Timmins at (641) 891-5633. Visit www.newtonkiwanis.org to learn more about the service club.
Newton Rotary Club President Patrick Hatting (left) presents a $500 donation to Steve Knight for the Jasper County Courthouse Lighting Fund.
Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 to the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, and join a refuge naturalist as they read stories, go outside, make nature crafts and more during the Nature Tots program. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged for this program to ensure that Neal Smith NWR has enough materials and personnel to provide the best learning experience for all participants.
Would you like to make your money double in value? The Prairie City Church of the Brethren is holding a Fall Compassion Challenge by hosting a Soup Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. All proceeds from this free-will offering soup supper will go to help raise money toward a $1,000 matching grant. This grant is to be given to needy families in our communities.
The Jasper County Historical Museum invites the community to “Grandma’s Christmas Stories” open house to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8. Admission is free as a gift from the members of the Jasper County Historical Society.
The Red Rock Trail at Lake Red Rock, Knoxville, Iowa, has officially been designated as a National Water Trail by the National Park Service. Joining the Red Rock Trail is The Island Loop Route Water Trail in Michigan and The Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail that flows through South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. These three trails join 11 previously dedicated water trails across the country.
Crane is new ISU Ext. Director for Jasper County
In Newton, the lighting of the Jasper County Courthouse Christmas lights has been a tradition since 1934.
Tuesday, Jasper County Human Resources Director Dennis Simon will be seeking the Board of Supervisors’ approval for 5 new county employees, including a new deputy.
The Congregational United Church of Christ, 308 E. Second St. N. in Newton, is hosting a discussion on financial assistance with Captain Jeff Carter of the Newton Salvation Army and Amy Hansen, county coordinator for Red Rock Area Community Action Program, at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Skiff Medical Center’s Board of Trustees will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 in the board conference room at Skiff Medical Center.
Mid-term progress reports were issued to Newton Senior High School students today. Parents of freshman are asked to sign one copy and have students return them to school on Tuesday.
Ron Hawk recently retired from Hy-Vee and was honored during a reception. Retired teacher Roger Ratcliff congratulates Hawk, who is pictured along with his wife, Susan, during the reception Monday in the Hy-Vee Club Room.
Disc Jockey Todd Stein, owner and president of Live Super DJ service, has been a major part in the nightlife of not only Newton, but in Iowa as well. He started working as a DJ at the age of 15 in 1985 and is still spinning tunes heading into 2014.
Dr. Patrick Edwards, family practice physician at Newton Clinic, has been named the 2013-14 Iowa Family Physician of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians. The presentation was made at the IAFP Annual Meeting Installation and Awards Banquet on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona.
Newton Main Street Initiative reached the halfway mark of its $80,000 fundraising goal this week when it received it’s top pledge from First Newton National Bank in the amount of $7,500.
In a move that will be certain to raise eyebrows across the racing world, NASCAR announced it has purchased Iowa Speedway in Newton.
On Wednesday, Congressman Dave Loebsack joined efforts with Jasper County Elderly Nutrition to help deliver daily sack lunches and Thanksgiving meals to seniors and others who are homebound.
Skiff Medical Center’s ongoing aim for excellence was recently recognized when the hospital was named winner of the Innovation award at the 2013 Celebrate Business and Economic Impact Awards.
Skiff Medical Center is helping to feed local families in need, thanks to support from the community.
The St. Nick’s Christmas Club still has several families that need to be adopting for this Christmas.
PEO Chapter HS will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the home of Laura Louchks. This is the Christmas luncheon, so note the change of time. Bring items for the food bank. Snowbird dues are due.
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The Newton Civil Service Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Newton City Hall Council Chambers.
An old-fashioned “barn” dance will be from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight at the Jasper County Community Center.
The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 1 p.m. Monday in the Newton Public Works conference room.
Despite the chill outside, things are starting to heat up at DMACC’s Newton Campus.