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Police, advocates shed light on domestic violence By Kayla Singletary Newton Daily News

The Newton Police Department has responded to more than 400 domestic assaults so far in 2017 and the frequency is described as a “real issue” throughout Jasper County by an outreach advocate. Those seeking help in domestic violence situations are turning to advocates with the Crisis Center & Women’s Shelter, which operates an office inside the United Way of Jasper County building, 312 First Ave. W. Shelley Koons, an outreach advocate, serves Jasper County as part of the nonprofit that serves 12 counties. “Jasper County has a real issue with domestic violence and it’s just as important for women and men to know we are here in town and we are — Shelley Koons, willing to do whatever Outreach Advocate we need to do to help them,” Koons said. “A lot of the women suffer from PTSD so I do recommend them therapy most of the time.” Koons said along with counseling they help with restraining orders and transitional housing. “A lot of women when the restraining order is granted, they do have to leave their home,” Koons said. “Usually they haven’t been allowed to work or

“It’s just as important for women and men to know we are here in town and we are willing to do whatever we need to do to help them.”

Jamee A. Pierson/Daily News An assessment of the Jasper County Annex building’s exterior foundation completed by Shive-Hattery engineering firm recommends the complete removal of the back dock area, which is showing visible signs of concrete deterioration and heavy rot. It also recommends addressing the window wells, right, around the building, which according to the report, are starting to lean with some bricks beginning to fall out.

Supervisors haven’t acted on June report By Jamee A. Pierson and Mike Mendenhall Newton Daily News An engineering firm’s June assessment of the Jasper County Annex building’s exterior foundation details extensive work needed to tackle its persistent water infiltration and carries a price tag of more than $600,000. Shive-Hattery was tapped in May to assess the building to determine the long-term viability for the Jasper County Supervisors. ​ The findings of the investigation were reported to the board at its June 26 meeting with recommendations including extensive excavation work to the building foundation. “It is a brick foundation with no evidence of any kind of waterproofing, which is pretty standard for approximately 80 years ago,” Shive-Hattery Civil Engineer Christopher Bauer said. “The water is slowly

working its way through the bricks over that 80 years, the mortar and foundation have deteriorated and you are getting more and more infiltration into the basement. Along with it also being used as finished space now which it wasn’t originally designed for … with those things combined that is where it is starting to impact the use of the basement area.” Bauer said the infiltration is widespread around the entire building, including the window wells, which he said are starting to fall down. The bricks that were used to build the window wells are starting to lean with some bricks beginning to fall out and according to the report, the existing window wells are deteriorating and bowing and need to be reconstructed as they are “unsafe and could collapse.” Jasper County Maintenance Director Adam Sparks disagreed with the assessment of the

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window wells falling in and hurting anybody,” Sparks said. “Those are just things, in my opinion, that are being farfetched, stretched out to look like worst case scenario and they’re not. I would go sit down in any office in that basement

A final piece in the Dakota Access Pipeline project regarding county roads went before the Jasper County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The board approved the damage release for secondary road haul roads damages and will receive $152,897 in reimbursement costs for repairs. With approval, the county will receive a full and final payments and settlement for all damages, claims, causes of action alleged or could be alleged occurring as a result of equipment crossings and hauling operations related to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on county roads and right-of-ways. Once the payment is received by the county, it has agreed to release any and all surety bond money back to Dakota Access. “I thought it went pretty well,” county engineer Russ Stutt said. “They were really good to work with, much better than I expected. Anytime we had a request they were very quick to respond.”

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One in a series of articles exploring the Jasper County Annex Building condition of the window wells. While he knows there are issues with the foundation, he asserted the area is safe for those who work in it. “I’ve worked here for 10 years and those window wells have been in the same condition almost the whole 10 years. There’s no risk on those

Candidate Q&A: Berndt for At-Large council seat This is one of nine candidate profiles to be featured before the upcoming Nov. 7 city election in Newton. Garfield Berndt III is one of five candidates running for at-large city council seat. Name: Garfield Berndt III Occupation: Disabled Hometown: Newton Years of Residency: 25 years What do you feel is the most important issue Newton will be facing during

your term on the City Council? I feel the continued growth of the city is most important. Continuing to grow our Berndt economy and housing to entice businesses and people to come to Newton. What do you think has

been the biggest achievement for the City of Newton in the last four years and what do you think has been the greatest struggle? The City of Newton has had many great achievements. Our economy has come back with diverse manufacturing, retail and food establishments. We have also been able to rid ourselves of abandoned properties which has made opportunities for new construction projects along with helping

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What more/less should the city be doing for economic development? The city can continue to build and show what a great place Newton is to encourage business to come. The excellent city staff having the necessary resources to be able to promote our city is also important in order for the economic development of our community. BERNDT | 3A

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the curb appeal of our neighborhoods. One struggle I have noticed is that we as a whole need to continue to show positive accomplishments our great city has done. When we concentrate on the positives, any negatives or problems can be focused on and tackled together which will help us to continue to grow and be an even better community. What role do you think the city can and should play in the economic development?

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