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  • Great minds don't think alike

    I attended the League of Women Voters candidate forum last Thursday at the Newton City Hall where I was pleasantly surprised by what I gained out of t ...
    Oct. 24, 2014 - 11:53 am
  • Dog owners live longer

    We’ve all known, or at least suspected, this for a long time. But now it’s official.According to Lab ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 10:49 am
  • Let’s not call it goodbye, but see you later Part I

    Sometimes it's best to just hear straight from the horse’s mouth, so here it goes — I have accepted a position at another news outlet and next week wi ...
    Oct. 22, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Sweet dreams

    Sleep. I never knew how much I actually loved sleep until it was taken away from me. That is how the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until ...
    Oct. 21, 2014 - 10:48 am
  • Newspapers still aren't dying

    Have you heard that newspapers are dying? Me too. Almost every time I mention my career to people — ...
    Oct. 22, 2014 - 8:49 pm
  • Blood moon

    Is the Blood Moon an ominous warning of some cataclysmic event on the offing? Naw. If anything, I told myself, it’s a harvest moon.
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 11:07 am
  • Ty's Take: Witnessing a miracle

    Even as I write this, it doesn’t seem like a real thing. The Kansas City Royals — my hometown team, the Boys in Blue, a team other Major League Baseba ...
    Oct. 15, 2014 - 11:13 am
  • Boo! or Aye Aye Matey?

    With Halloween rapidly approaching, I have a big decision to make. Do I let my oldest pick out her own costume or do I buy what I want her to wear?
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Newton Arboretum: ‘Better than Minecraft’

    I love October. From the temperatures to the football to my Halloween decoration that reads “Ghouls just wanna have fun,” it’s hard to not embrace thi ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 11:56 am
  • A simpler time, a simpler place

    There’s a house that lies in Newton that I use to know so well. It sits on a quiet street but what’s there are a catalog of lively memories and an imm ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • All it takes is one

    Editor’s note: This is a true event, but to maintain the privacy of the individuals discussed, the subjects of this column will be refereed to only as ...
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 10:59 am
  • Cold War patriots

    Juanita (Nita) Gerst’s day starts early. It’s still dark when she gets in her company car, a red, white and blue PT Cruiser, to go and visit her 100 a ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 12:07 pm
  • Ty’s Take: My first trip to Newton

    As I was driving home on Interstate 80 after getting my haircut Saturday, it reminded me of my first trip to Newton way back in December 2012.
    Oct. 8, 2014 - 11:25 am
  • Ride Mustangs Ride

    Monday marked the start of PCM’s (Prairie City-Monroe) homecoming week. I have many fond memories from homecoming week starting in elementary all the ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • Speaking up and stopping hate

    About two and a half years ago a 14-year-old boy in northwest Iowa took his own life after being aggressively bullied at school. While I didn’t know K ...
    Oct. 6, 2014 - 11:40 am
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