St. Luke to honor Chuck Springer with blood drive sign up
The Newburg Chester Church filled a record 175 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, exceeding the previous record of 113 boxes filled last year. Church members and friends also sent additional money for postage. Items also were donated by Family Dentistry, Hy-Vee, Iowa Dental Group of Des Moines, 2nd Mile and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The project was led by Jean Carnahan, Dorothy Peterson, and Jane Runner. Peterson, Runner and Jonah and Josiah Oleson went to Minneapolis last week to help at the collection center, as well.
Above: Abigail Sander and her mother Rebecca decorate a gingerbread house together on Thursday at Thomas Jefferson Elementary. More than 100 kindergartners at T.J. spent the day decorating gingerbread houses and making other holiday crafts. Family members were invited to attend.
Margaret Dimon (left), operations officer for the Newton branch of Community Bank, presents St. Nick’s Christmas Club member and Newton Community Bank Branch Manager Russ Leix with an $850 donation from Community Bank and its employees for the Christmas Club’s efforts to provide food, clothing and toys to more than 600 needy Jasper County children this holiday season.
“This is record timing,” Jasper County Library Board President June Hjortshoj said after a motion to adjourn the JCLB’s annual meeting was made after only 16 minutes Tuesday night.
“Really, all we are looking for, at this point, is a letter of endorsement from the (Jasper County) Board of Supervisors,” Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Darrell Sarmento told the board at Tuesday’s meeting.
Jasper County Economic Development Executive Director Chaz Allen says his organization is working with Iowa Workforce Development this month to conduct a laborshed study for Jasper County.
Prairie City-Monroe graduate Danny Beyer has won the Young Professional Connection Young Professional of the Year Award for 2013.
Whether you’ve been an artist for years or you’re interested in starting, the Centre for Arts & Artist offers an open house opportunity to anyone at any level interested in working with any art form.
First United Methodist Church in Newton will be offering “Financial Peace University,” with classes begin Jan. 13 and meeting weekly on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for nine weeks.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries for the 2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which in Iowa is administered by Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Entries for the contest must be postmarked by March 15 and mailed to Neal Smith NWR, P.O. Box 399, 9981 Pacific Street, Prairie City, IA 50228.
The Haining Family, 2010 Country Gospel Music Association International Band of the Year, will be the featured music at the Bar None Cowboy Church on Thursday.
A free community meal will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1409 S. Eighth Ave. E in Newton.
Primetimers will be hosting a potluck meal at 6 p.m. on Monday in the Gathering Room at Community Heights Alliance. Attendees are welcome to bring along a guest.
The Bondurant Federated Church will be presenting two events Christmas events on Sunday.
The Jasper County 911 Enhanced Service Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.
Jones hosting retirement party on Friday
On Monday, Newton Post 1655 Ladies Auxiliary President Dodie Waiksnis presented Jasper County Courthouse Lighting Committee member Steve Knight with a check for $25. All donations are tax-deductible and go toward keeping the courthouse Christmas lights lit every year.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary teachers Barb Hackworth and Lucidna Sinclair, along with Iowa State Education Association staff member Stan Burte, present Berg Elementary teacher Lora Caves a check for $415 on Monday. Caves received the check for paying her Newton Community Education Association dues through an electronic transfer and winning a drawing. The drawing to refund dues is being used as an incentive by NCEA to get more teachers to use the electronic transfer method.
Joe Urias (right), owner of Mojo Cycling, just off the square in downtown Newton, presents St. Nick’s Christmas Club member Russ Leix with three bicycles Mojo Cycling is donating to the Christmas Club’s efforts this year to assist needy children throughout Jasper County.
If Monday night was any indication, there a number of youth in Newton who are proud to be Americans.
Hy-Vee of Newton recently donated basketballs to the Newton YMCA/Newton High School Traveling Basketball program. Pictured are Jason Crocker, Hy-Vee store director, and Tom Vanderlaan, YMCA executive director. The program is a collaboration of Newton Senior High School boys and girls basketball programs, the NHS Athletic Department and the Newton YMCA. The program will be offering four tournaments with more than 100 teams coming to Newton to compete on Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 1 and March 1. More than 70 boys and girls are participating in the program with the first local tournament, the Pizza Ranch Top Gun Tournament on Saturday at Berg Middle School and NHS. Volunteers are still needed to help at the tournaments. Contact Vanderlaan at (641)
TPI encourages 100 percent participation
Iowa’s politicians and members of the renewable fuel community are still fighting to change the EPA’s mind about its upcoming proposal on the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Monday, Auditor of State Mary Mosiman released a report on the City of Newton.
The format of the two stories for the Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party and Award Ceremony seemed confusing for readers. We apologize for the confusion. The award winners are as listed:
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church Prayer Shawl Ministry gathered at Skiff Medical Center on Thursday to decorate a tree with mittens and scarves for those in need. The tree will be restocked each day with items for those who need them and the items are free. The ministry will leave the tree at Skiff Medical Center until Feb. 28. Members of the group (from left to right): Marcia Kearney, Marlis Strike, Lydia Goetz, Allanna Wilson, Susan Metz, Susan Becker, Carolyn Sullivan, Natalie Balek and Charolette Townsend
Iowa Speedway and NASCAR officials will be on hand Thursday afternoon at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines for a special announcement event. Newton and regional dignitaries will also be on hand. NASCAR will be introducing the new Iowa Speedway president at the event.
Newton Police Department investigator Rob Burdess was promoted Wednesday, Dec. 4, to the rank of lieutenant.
Westergaard excited about the product of Newton
Bob and Grace Miller look at quilts inside the Jasper County Historical Museum while attending the museum’s holiday open house on Saturday.
Tintinnabulation — a Jasper County handbell ensemble that has been playing for community events for nearly two years — will perform holiday music from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Uncle Nancy’s Coffeehouse & Eatery. Following the performance, they will play in the Jasper County Courthouse rotunda beginning around 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, they will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. at Culver’s in Newton. The group plays a set of bells that were formerly used at the Jasper County Care Facility until is closed in 2000. The bells were then donated to the Jasper County Historical Museum. Pictured (from left) are bell players Sue Smith, Kim Heimann, Carolyn Cook, Val McKee, Rose Evans, Pam Andrews, Mary Blackledge, Linda Pierce and director, Glenda Duff
While some people refer to the Korean War as “The Forgotten War,” the nation that would emerge as the Republic of Korea, better known as South Korea, will never forget the sacrifices made by American troops in its fight for freedom.
Effort gets high-profile support from State Historic Preservation Officer
Saturday evening shortly before 9 p.m., law enforcement officers issued a Code Red to residents living in the vicinity of East 12 Street and First Avenue East as they searched for two individuals suspected of breaking into campers at the Newton Storage Center.
County Attorney Mike Jacobs will present the Jasper County Board of Supervisors with a quitclaim deed for a parcel of land located in the unincorporated town of Vandalia.
More awards were handed out Thursday during the Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas party and business awards ceremony
A house fire south of downtown Newton Thursday night, Dec. 5, resulted in big trouble for a pair of Newton residents.
Current registrations on ATVs, ORMs, ORVs and snowmobiles expire Dec. 31, according to Jasper County Recorder Nancy Parrott. The renewal period for off-highway vehicles began Sept. 1.
During a season-ending press conference with the regular motorsports media Thursday, NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France discussed a number of subjects, including last week’s announced purchase of Iowa Speedway.
It was a very cold night, but with warm greetings and celebration at the annual Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas party and award ceremony held at the Innovation Center. The Christmas party brought a number of the Chamber business owners and employees to celebrate the season and the end of 2013 before preparing for the business of the new year with the upcoming 116th annual business dinner.
In Newton, eight downtown area churches have united together again in hosting their 18th annual Christmas Walk on Sunday at 3 p.m. The event will start at the Salvation Army Citadel at 310 N. Second Ave. E.
In a matter of months, Vinnie Hoskins went from walking across the stage as a 2013 graduate of Newton Senior High School to graduating from both basic training and advanced individual training as a member of the U.S. Army National Guard.
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.
Miller receives March trial date in death of infant son
Two Newton men were arrested Wednesday afternoon after members of the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force executed a drug search warrant in the 600 block of East 10th Street South.
Local business owners Amy Barton and Elaine Keuning of “All About Pies” will be featured on a holiday episode of the television show “Iowa Ingredient” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 on Iowa Public Television. The program will also air at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 and again at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. “All About Pies” is a made-from-scratch frozen fruit pies “take and bake” business based in Monroe. They are also located at PJ’s Deli in Newton and Founders in Knoxville.
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.
Woodrow Wilson Student Council President Talbot Mastio and Kyle Long, student council vice president, presented more than 1,300 items to Captain Jeff Carter of the Salvation Army. Woodrow Wilson held its annual food pantry project Wednesday, Nov. 27 at the Newton Senior High School Auditorium and collected a record number of items. Students and staff viewed the movie “Monster’s University”. Admission to the movie was donated food items. The Woodrow Wilson Student Council sponsored the project. All proceeds went to the Salvation Army.
Members of Newton Senior High School’s FFA program are getting a preview of their future now, thanks to the “Bushels for Ag” program.
Amelia Blair, 16, of Newton has long been a fan of the annual ballet performances of “The Nutcracker” put on by Iowa Dance Theatre. But this year’s performance at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines will hold a twist for her — she will be dancing in it.
If you think you know how “A Christmas Carol” is supposed to end, think again.
“Updates coming soon.”If you visit the Newton Community School District’s website and look under the committee tab under the school board heading, this is the message you will find.
The Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the end of the year with its annual Christmas party and second-annual Business Awards ceremony.
The City of Newton, along with partner organizations the Newton Greater Area Chamber of Commerce, the Newton Development Corporation, the Newton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Newton Waterworks, Skiff Medical Center, the Newton Housing Development Corporation, and Newton Community Schools, is hosting a series of Social Media Lunch and Learn sessions, with the first session being this Friday, December 6, at noon, at the Chamber of Commerce meeting room.
The United Auto Workers are hosting their November and December Retiree Christmas Dinner for those recently retired on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. located at the UAW Hall, 1813 First St. N. in Newton.
There will be a free community meal at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newton on Sunday, December 8, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. The meal will include ham balls, cheesy potatoes, vegetables, and Christmas cookies. All in the community are welcome to attend. The church is located at 1409 S. 8th Ave E. (just west of the Newton YMCA).
Officers of the Grinnell Subchapter of the Iowa Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society Chapter recently donated $1,050 to the Newton Fire Department for the installation of smoke detectors in the homes of people who are hearing impaired and a fire education DVD for the department. Pictured are President Adam Moore, Newton Fire Chief Jarrod Wellik and Secretary/Treasurer Mark Johnson. Wellik said licensed electricians will be contracted to install special smoke detectors that use both flashing strobes and audible warnings. Recipients are selected based on need. “The Grinnell Subchapter of the Iowa CPCU Society has a long history of supporting local fire departments and fire prevention education. Over the years, we’ve purchased new
Family Video’s Newton location has partnered up with the VFW Post 1655 Ladies’ Auxiliary to provide DVDs for veterans at all the VA hospitals in Iowa, the Veterans Home in Marshalltown, and VA Medical Centers in Nebraska and Minnesota.
NewCare Health Services has implemented allergy testing and customized treatment services to its already extensive services offered to patients at its clinic in Newton.