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  • Friendship is stronger than fire

    No reporter looks forward to covering tragedy. When the beat guy is sitting at his desk and hears that police scanner sound the fire alarm, there is a ...
    July 31, 2014 - 10:28 am
  • 'WINDerful Tales'

    “WINDerful Tales” is a new exhibit at the Jasper County Historical Museum located in the Ag Building. This exhibit was made possible due to support fr ...
    July 31, 2014 - 10:27 am
  • The hayloft and the horse resurrection

    There are two certainties about life I have accepted.One is at some point in July I will be up in a ...
    July 31, 2014 - 10:28 am
  • Summer blues for vegetarians

    I am a terrible vegetarian.For starters, I eat meat. Well, fish. But I tell myself the honey-glazed ...
    July 30, 2014 - 10:31 am
  • The answer to the question

    I feel like a lot of people are asking me, even more so than usual, one question in particular. Surprisingly, this questions has nothing to do with wo ...
    July 30, 2014 - 10:29 am
  • Finding 'Golden Nuggets' while getting to know Newton better

    To the editor,My wife and I are appreciative of the “Get to Know Newton” campaign and to do as much ...
    July 30, 2014 - 10:31 am
  • Burning the midnight oil

    When I was pregnant, I always thought that around 8 o’clock every night I would go lay my baby down in her crib and she would go to sleep. She would h ...
    July 29, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • To the editor,On behalf of the Jasper County Fair Board I would like to congratulate all of the comp ...
    July 29, 2014 - 10:55 am
  • Iowa’s schools must improve teacher training

    To the editor,When we, as individuals, are evaluated for things, such as a job, a criteria list rate ...
    July 29, 2014 - 10:54 am
  • Why are campus administrators making so much money?

    Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators — unlike their faculty (increasi ...
    July 29, 2014 - 10:54 am
  • Black Eye at the FBI

    To some observers, it might seem awfully tedious work, not worth the effort.Congressional oversight ...
    July 28, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • 1948

    The year was 1948.  In postwar America gasoline was 16 cents a gallon, and a postage stamp three cents. The average price of an automobile was $1,250, ...
    July 28, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Five acts we could all do more often

    Five things I should do and you should too: 1. Write thank yousWhat’s more meaningful than a hand wr ...
    July 25, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • Modern wheat not like old

    To the editor:In regard to the news item “Scientist gets World Food Prize for wheat advances” Newton ...
    July 25, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • Street maintenance proposal deserves public input

    The Newton City Council is beginning to address a long overdue necessity — funding for annual maintenance of city streets.
    July 25, 2014 - 11:04 am
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