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How sweet it is 8 middle school musicians to play at honor band festival By David Dolmage Newton Daily News

Jamee A. Pierson/Daily News The Jasper County Board of Supervisors address topics related to the Jasper County Annex Building Tuesday during its regular meeting. The board apologized for a “lack of communication” about a report which suggested professional mold remediation after an analysis found mold spores in the basement of the annex building.

Supervisors apologize for ‘lack of communication’ No action taken on annex building By Jamee A. Pierson Newton Daily News

The Jasper County Board of Supervisors apologized Tuesday for a “lack of communication” in the wake of a report which recommended professional mold remediation after an analysis found slightly elevated mold spores in the basement of the Jasper County Annex Building. The report, along with the annex building was discussed at its regular board meeting on Tuesday. “The buck stops here, I will take full blame for

a lack of communication or if anybody feels like they were wronged, I had no other intention but making sure it was a safe place and with all of the information I was given, I had no reason to think differently,” supervisor chair Joe Brock said. “Communication works two ways and I apologize and we will take the responsibility for lack of communication.” Brock said if they had to do the situation over again, it may be done differently, but he didn’t think “the board had

Supervisors explore sealant option for annex building An alternative water-proofing solution for the annex building basement was presented to the Jasper County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Jason Hartman, of Des-Moines-based Basement Stop Leak, uses a liquid sealant that is injected into the ground at high pressure to find all of the hidden crevices that lead into the basement, he said. Once it is in place, Hartman said it hardens like concrete, fully sealing every pocket of loose dirt and leaking cracks in the foundation. Hartman, who has operated the business for three years, wouldn’t commit to a cost estimate. He said the project would be one the largest his company has taken on. “I had a property that I needed water-proofing in and I did it, I had him do it and I thought OPTION | 3A

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Eight Berg Middle School instrumental musicians were selected to perform in the 2017 South Central Iowa Bandmaster’s Association District Honor Band Festival. The festival, which takes place Nov. 7 at Ankeny Centennial High School, represents one of the highest honors for middle school musicians. Maggie Garrett, an eighth-grader at Berg, a tenor saxophonist, won first chair at rehearsals and will represent the district at part of the All Iowa eighth Grade Honor Band. Seth Banwell, the band director at Berg, said Garrett’s work ethic is the driving force behind her performance. “She practices every night and it’s evident in the way that she plays, she has a strong passion for music and it shows in what she does,” Banwell said. Banwell, who’s been teaching music at Berg for nine years, said it’s huge honor for a student to be selected for the Honor Band. Garrett is only the fourth student who’s been tapped to play in All-State Honor Band, one of 120 students statewide and the only tenor saxophonist selected from 65 schools. “It’s really tough to get in, it’s a really big deal,” Banwell said. The three honor bands represent the seventh and eighth grade levels and consist of 100 students each. Each band will perform a 20-minute portion of the evening concert.   BAND | 9A

Submitted Photo Berg Middle School has eight students who were selected to perform in the 2017 South Central Iowa Bandmaster’s Association District Honor Band Festival. From left, back row: eighth-graders Grace Benson, Lauren Zaabel, Maggie Garrett, Kathryn Van Manen and Tanner Guy. Front row: seventh-graders Leo Friedman, Haley Sevenbergen and Tatum Rechtfertig.

United Way’s annual autograph auction set for Friday Newton Daily News From famous musicians to movie stars and athletes and everything in between, it won’t be hard to find a musthave autographed item at the United Way of Jasper County’s Autograph Memorabilia and Experience Auction Friday night. A guitar signed by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, a scorecard signed by Zach Johnson, a bat signed by Casey Blake and a helmet signed by Nick Easley and his Hawkeye teammates are just a few of the items that will be up for grabs at 6 p.m. at the Newton Elks Lodge. “The event is one of my favorites I have ever been a part of,” said Jessica Lowe, United Way of Jasper County executive director. “It is just a fun, social event that happens to raise money for a really good cause.” While the event happens only once a year, Lowe collects items for the auction year round. She said she loves the “hunt” for great items but does not give away the secrets

Submitted Photos The United Way of Jasper County Autograph Memorabilia and Experience Auction will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Newton Elks Lodge. Items like these will be up for grabs.

of how she gets each piece. “A lot of people ask me ‘How did you get that?’ and ‘How did you get this?’ and I politely tell them I don’t divulge my secrets,” she said. “I’ve collected autographs since I was a child so I have taken many years of a hobby and turned it into a fundraiser for Jasper County nonprofits.” Items headed to the auction block include a variety of photos signed by actors, musicians, politicians, historical figures and even a few Muppets. Also available are signed

baseballs from Nolan Ryan and Billy Williams, a jersey signed by Brett Favre, a drum head signed by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, a poster signed by Julie Adams star of “Creature From The Black Lagoon” and a script signed by Bob Newhart. Lowe said she has picked out a few favorites and enjoys the excitement of seeing what comes in each week as the auction approaches. “I love some of the rock’ n’ roll memorabilia we have this AUCTION | 9A

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