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22-year-old sentenced to 7 years in prison Newton victims speak out in court about thefts, burglaries By Kayla Singletary Newton Daily News A 22-year-old Newton man was sentenced to seven

years in prison for multiple burglary and theft charges We d n e s day in Jasper County District Court. The hearing prompted sevReeves eral victims to attend and share statements. Aaron D. Reeves pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree theft, two counts

Not-so-happy Halloween

of third-degree burglary and five counts of third-degree burglary of an unoccupied vehicle. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia charges following a string of vehicle break-ins. A group of neighbors who formed a neighborhood watch page online realized they were victims of a string of car burglaries and thefts Aug. 30. Two of those neighbors felt compelled

to attend the sentencing hearing, and they both stated they hoped Reeves would choose a better and more positive lifestyle after he served his time. David Albee, of Newton, said a laptop was stolen from his property, which he used to conduct business. Albee said it had been difficult to function as a business without it. When Albee was asked how the burglary made him feel, his answer was, “Violated — I live in a tight-knit community, kids are always out playing

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By Jamee A. Pierson Newton Daily News For more than 15 years, Julie Little has shared her love of Halloween through a growing display of decorations in her yard. From ghosts hanging in the trees, tombstones decorating the grass and skeletons daring guests to look further, Little loves bringing the spooky to life for a few weeks in October at her home on South 20th Avenue West. It’s because of the enthusiasm she has for the holiday that Little was so disappointed when numerous items in her display were stolen from out of her yard. A little more than a week ago, Little awoke to find two, five-foot skeletons, a three-foot skeleton dog, a lightup skull and two decorated cross tombstones were missing from her yard. “It has ruined our Halloween spirit for the season,” Little said. “The item I’m most upset about is the six-foot animated butler that stood in our entryway. We feel very violated that someone would come right up to our front door to take items.” Since the burglary, Little has taken down the remainder of her display THEFT | 3A

Jamee A. Pierson/Daily News Julie Little’s yard bears no Halloween decorations following a burglary at her home of several holiday figurines. Little, who typically goes all out on Halloween decoration during the holiday season, said she won’t put anything out unless the items that were taken are returned.

... and to have a laptop stolen from a vehicle all of a sudden you have to be more aware.” Albee said he now ensures his lights stay on at night and he installed a security camera. “I would like to see the sentencing reflect the severity, we are having to change our pattern of life for a lifetime now,” Albee said. Clint Gotta, of Newton, was also a victim of the burglary and theft. REEVES | 3A

American Legion to host 35th annual scholarship supper By Kayla Singletary Newton Daily News

David Dolmage/Daily News Long lines greeting guests at the opening of the new McDonald’s in Newton, with many waiting outside all night in 40-degree temperatures to be the first inside the new store on Thursday morning.

Students brave cool temps to be first in line at new McDonald’s By David Dolmage Newton Daily News When Rhandyn Oldfield told his parents he planned to wait in line all night outside the new McDonald’s in Newton to score a free Big Mac card they looked at him like he was crazy. Oldfield, a senior at Newton High School, was undeterred by criticism. He and several friends, all students at NHS, were in position at the front by 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night. They brought chairs and blankets and settled in for a long night of 40-degree temperatures. At 6 a.m. Thursday, as they were the first to enter the new store, the students all agreed it was worth it, even though they all admitted it started to get cold by the end of the night. MCDONALD’S | 8A

David Dolmage/Daily News Newton High School students Shaiden Simmons and Rhandyn Oldfield, both seniors, were the first in line at the new McDonald’s in Newton on Thursday morning. The store issued cards for a year’s worth of free Big Macs to the first 100 people in line.

For more than 30 years the American Legion Post 111 and family has hosted the Semi-Annual Scholarship Supper with a mission to raise scholarship money to go to Newton Senior High School students. The barbecue supper from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday will be in honor of local grill master and Korean War U.S. Navy veteran Bob Howe, of Newton. Howe has provided his crew and equipment to prepare the barbecue for the last 35 years. This year is no exception. Bob Howe along with Mike Howe, Rachelle Howe and Tony D’lapico are set to cook up a feast of beef and pork. Marta Ford, a member of the Jasper County Veterans Affairs Board, said the event has been a tradition and a way to show support to local students as they choose how to further their education. According to local veteran Dale Maki, of Newton, over the years Howe’s efforts for the scholarship have raised more than $70,000. There will be around four scholarships at $500 each being donated. The Post 111 Ladies Auxiliary will offer homemade pies at $2 per slice. The proceeds will also benefit local students. SCHOLARSHIP | 3A

Candidate Q&A: Terlouw for At-Large council seat This is one of nine candidate profiles to be featured before the upcoming Nov. 7 city election in Newton. Russell Terlouw is one of five candidates running for at-large city council seat. Name: Russell Terlouw Occupation: Warranty Field Representative for Lowe’s Hometown: Newton


Years of Residency: Entire life, 49 years What do you feel is the most important issue Newton will be facing during your term on the

City Council? Wasted spending of taxpayers money, jobs. 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? Struggle is crime, lots of it and the streets fix what needs first, then go from there.



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voters choose you to represent Newton? Why do I want to run because lots of money is going out and people are upset. I’m a common sense person, and I see the current council members are far from being conservative with Newton’s money. I’m willing to say no if needed. I won’t vote for wasting other people’s money.


WHERE IT’S AT Astrograph......................5B Calendar..........................5A Classifieds......................4B

Housing has been a major focus for the city in recent years. How do you see the efforts continuing and what ideas do you have for future growth? I’m not for sure on that, lots of different types of neighborhoods, I will focus on that though. Why do you want to be on city council and why should

Comics & Puzzles...........6A Dear Abby........................6A Local Sports......................1B

Obituaries.......................5A Opinion............................4A State News......................7A

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Dinner will raise funds for events / 5A

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