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  • May a million umbrellas bloom

    So many seemingly small moments reveal the heart of the protest unfolding in Hong Kong.Thousands of ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 11:40 am
  • Braley shows veteran support

    During the Republican primary, Joni Ernst is on record as supporting privatizing Social Security and Medicare. Now, she is telling you that she wants ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 10:43 am
  • Kelley has served Jasper County well

    I am writing in support of Dan Kelley whom I feel has done a worthy job as a state representative. I’ve known Rep. Kelley since we attended Newton Hig ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 10:42 am
  • Someone to lean on

    To my grandfather, my full-size upright bass was interchangeable with a number of other instruments in the orchestra. From the time I picked up the in ...
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 11:47 am
  • Veteran celebrates 95th birthday

    Doug BishopBaxterSept. 26 marked a very special day. Baxter resident and World War II vet Lawrence H ...
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 11:46 am
  • Money does buy happiness

    Contrary to the popular saying, “Money doesn’t buy happiness,” people in upper income brackets are happier and have more going for them. Here are the ...
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 11:47 am
  • Denise Allan integral to recorder's office

    Nancy ParrottNewtonHaving spent my working life in room 205 of the Courthouse, and after 42-plus yea ...
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 11:45 am
  • Impressed with 'Smoke on the Mountain'

    Nancy AnneeNewton“Smoke on the Mountain” was wonderful! What a cast! What voices! What music! All I ...
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 11:45 am
  • Learning why corn matters

    My two year mark of becoming an Iowan is quickly approaching, and I’ve learned a lot about what that designation means.
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 11:40 am
  • Maytag Dairy Farms a Newton favorite

    Maytag Dairy Farms is one of my favorite places in Newton. I love Maytag Blue Cheese, but they also have wonderful people that work there.
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 11:31 am
  • Physician Payments Sunshine Act

    Consumers have more information about the products they use than ever before, but health care is still behind the curve.  A lot of smart people believ ...
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 11:31 am
  • Taking it home to wifey, whatever that means

    Five years ago, I got married for the first time at age 51.I immediately began to use a wide variety ...
    Sept. 30, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • 7 years and counting

    Happy Anniversary to us! That is what I thought after working all day, going to a meeting in the evening and then taking our first trip to the emergen ...
    Sept. 30, 2014 - 10:58 am
  • It’s getting political in here

    It started several weeks ago when my 8-year-old son and I were driving into town listening to music.
    Sept. 29, 2014 - 11:56 am
  • Jasper County reading rankings are lacking

    According to the National Council on Teacher Training, “Evaluations of teacher effectiveness grounded in student outcomes provide states with opportun ...
    Sept. 29, 2014 - 11:06 am
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