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03/27/15 Newton Parent Meetings Coming For Kindergarten Round-Up


THE NEWTON SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PREPARING TO HOST PARENT MEETINGS WITHIN THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS…FOR KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP.        &

03/27/15 No Arrests Yet In Employee Fight At Downtown Newton Restaurant


THE NEWTON POLICE SAY NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED YET IN CONNECTION WITH A FIGHT LAST NIGHT, BETWEEN TWO EMPLOYEES OF THE PANDA GARDEN RESTAURANT. 

03/27/15 Minor Change Coming To Local Semi Weigh Station


THE PERMANENT CLOSING OF I-80 REST AREAS IN DALLAS COUNTY…MEANS A MINOR CHANGE AT JASPER COUNTY’S SEMI WEIGH STATION. 

03/27/15 Local Unemployment Hits 5% In February


JASPER COUNTY’S JOBLESS RATE FELL TO AN EVEN 5-PERCENT LAST MONTH, DOWN FROM 5.2-PERCENT IN JANUARY. IOWA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT RELEASED FEBRUARY’S NUMBERS THIS MORNING. 

03/27/15 Senator Allen Unsure On Vote For State Human Services Director


NEWTON DEMOCRAT CHAZ ALLEN SAYS HE HAS NOT MADE UP HIS MIND YET ON HOW HE WILL VOTE… CONCERNING THE RETENTION OF IOWA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES DIRECTOR CHUCK PALMER. 

03/27/15 Floor Plans Approved For New Newton School Administration Building


THE NEWTON SCHOOL BOARD THIS WEEK…APPROVED THE SCHEMATIC DESIGN FOR THE OLD HY-VEE WEST BUILDING. THE FIRST AVENUE WEST PROPERTY WILL BE RENOVATED INTO THE DISTRICT’S NEW ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND BASICS AND BEYOND CAMPUS.

03/27/15 First Degree Murder Conviction In Newton Native's Missouri Death


A JURY IN JOPLIN MISSOURI TOOK JUST OVER 3 HOURS YESTERDAY…TO CONVICT 41 YEAR OLD JEFFERY BRUNER OF KILLING 37 YEAR OLD NEWTON NATIVE DEREK MOORE.

03/25/15 Two Drug Arrests From Late Night Praire City Traffic Stop


A TRAFFIC STOP IN PRAIRIE CITY LATE LAST NIGHT…PRODUCED TWO DRUG ARRESTS. THE DRIVER IS ACCUSED OF POSSESSING METH AND DRUG PARAPERNALIA. 

03/26/15 Midtown Building Manager Supports Possible Renovators


ONE OF THE LONGTIME MANAGERS OF THE MIDTOWN BUILDING IS SPEAKING HIGHLY OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED WITH IT’S PROPOSED RENOVATION. 

03/26/15 Newton Man Gets 2 Year Prison Term On Meth Charge


A 22 YEAR OLD NEWTON MAN HAS BEEN GIVEN A 2 YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH METH. WYATT ANDREW FRANKLIN AND TWO OTHER MEN WERE ARRESTED IN MONROE FEBRUARY 9TH.

03/26/15 Principal Position Being Eliminated In Lynnville-Sully


THE LYNNVILLE-SULLY SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HAVE THREE LESS EMPLOYEES NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, IN ORDER TO CUT 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE BUDGET.

03/25/15 Senator Allen Backs Tanning Bed Ban For Minors


NEWTON DEMOCRAT CHAZ ALLEN WAS AMONG A SLIM MAJORITY IN THE IOWA SENATE, WHO VOTED FOR A BILL THAT WOULD BAN MINORS FROM USING COMMERCIAL TANNING BEDS.

03/25/15 Newton DMACC Campus Hosts Job/Career Fair Tomorrow


IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A JOB OR WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYMENT SITUATION, THE NEWTON DMACC CAMPUS IS THE PLACE TO BE TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

03/25/15 Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds Applauds Newton's Determination


LT GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS IS VERY COMPLIMENTARY ABOUT THE ECONOMIC TURNAROUND IN NEWTON SINCE 1-THOUSAND JOBS LEFT THE COMMUNITY IN 2007.

03/25/15 State Audit For Jasper County's 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Released


LOCAL TAX REVENUE IN JASPER COUNTY DURING THE 2013-2014 FISCAL YEAR TOPPED 49-MILLION 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THAT FIGURE IS PART OF AN AUDIT REPORT ON THE COUNTY RELEASED YESTERDAY BY STATE AUDITOR MARY MOSIMAN. 

03/25/15 Summer School To Replace Newton Transitional Kindergarten Program


A DECISION BY THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO NO LONGER GRANT STATE AID FOR STUDENTS IN TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS…IS FORCING THE NEWTON SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DROP THAT OPTION. 

03/25/15 Rural Kellogg Man Admits Selling Borrowed Mower


A RURAL KELLOGG MAN WHO ADMITTED SELLING A BORROWED MOWER IS FREE ON BOND. 28 YEAR OLD DUSTIN ALTON JOHN OHMSTEDE HAS PLED GUILTY TO 2ND DEGREE THEFT.

03/24/15 10-Million Dollar Renovation Planned For Midtown Apartment Building


A 10-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT TO COMPLETELY RENOVATE THE MIDTOWN APARTMENTS AND CAPITOL II MOVIE THEATRE BUILDING ON THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE NEWTON SQUARE WAS UNVEILED THIS MORNING. 

03/24/15 Newton Elementary School Reconfiguration Approved


THE NEWTON SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE SWITCHING AURORA HEIGHTS…EMERSON HOUGH…THOMAS JEFFERSON…AND WOODROW WILSON TO KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 4TH GRADE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS; WHILE THE BERG COMPLEX WILL BE A 5TH THROUGH 8TH GRADE BUILDING.

03/23/15 Minor Newton Stabbing Leads To Attempted Murder Charge


A 100-THOUSAND DOLLAR CASH ONLY BOND HAS BEEN SET FOR A 25 YEAR OLD DES MOINES MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER, FOR A STABBING IN NEWTON SUNDAY MORNING. 

03/23/15 Former Newton Maytag Properties Sold For 6.7-Million Dollars


THE FORMER MAYTAG PLANT 2 FACTORY ON NORTH 19TH AVENUE EAST IN NEWTON AND OTHER EX-MAYTAG PROPERTIES HAVE BEEN SOLD FOR 6-MILLION 700-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

03/23/15 This Is Severe Weather Awareness Week


THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOCUSES ON A SEVERE WEATHER TOPIC. TODAY'S FOCUS IS FLOODING AND FLASH FLOODING. 

03/23/15 Rural Newton Man Accused Of Selling Someone Else's Car


A 33 YEAR OLD RURAL NEWTON MAN IS ACCUSED OF SELLING A CAR LAST SUMMER THAT WASN’T HIS. THE NEWTON POLICE HAVE CHARGED MICHAEL JERRY EPPSTEIN WITH 4TH DEGREE THEFT.

03/23/15 Kellogg Man Alleged Drove With .249 Blood Alcohol Level


A KELLOGG MAN WHO’S BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT ALLEGEDLY EXCEEDED 3 TIMES THE LIMIT AFTER A DRUNK DRIVING ARREST LATE FRIDAY NIGHT…IS FREE ON HIS OWN RECOGNIZANCE. 

03/23/15 Latest Local Unemployment Rate At 5.2-Percent


THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN JASPER COUNTY FOR JANUARY WAS 5.2-PERCENT ACCORDING TO IOWA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT. THAT’S A FULL PERCENT ABOVE THE STATEWIDE RATE. 

03/23/15 New "Get To Know Newton" Advertising Approved


THE NEWTON CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED NEARLY 23-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF ADVERTISING CONTRACTS…TO PROMOTE “GET TO KNOWN NEWTON” THIS YEAR. 

03/23/15 Newton School Configuration Vote Possible Tonight


AFTER MONTHS OF DISCUSSION…SURVEYS…AND COMMUNITY MEETINGS, A DECISION COULD BE MADE TONIGHT ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONFIGURATION IN NEWTON. THE ISSUE IS ON TONIGHT’S NEWTON SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA.