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Man runs into apartment building fire to warn neighbors as friend dials 911 too late,” Lust said. The two men had made a late night shopping trip to pick up groceries and go “rut-hunting” to look for deer in advance of the upcoming hunting season when they returned to the building Friday morning. After realizing they couldn’t put the fire out and were unable to reach the fire extinguisher on the upper landing of the building, Lust called 911 while Smith went to the back entrance of the building to attempt to wake up his neighbors and rescue his dog.

By David Dolmage Newton Daily News As friends Rob Smith and Rick Lust pulled into the parking lot of the Meadowbrook Apartments in the early morning hours on Friday, something didn’t look right. It was between 3:45 and 4 a.m. in the morning when the two noticed smoke and saw fire coming out of the front entrance of their apartment building. “I told him to go inside and try and stomp it out, but the flames were going up the wall, it was

“I yelled ‘Fire, fire, fire, get the [expletive] out’, that’s how I got everyone’s attention,” Smith said. The 911 call, which police said they received at 3:43 a.m. alerted police and firefighters to the blaze, and Smith said a police officer was on the scene within minutes of the call. Firefighters used ladders to rescue six residents from the second and third floor windows of the building. There were no injuries reported in the blaze. The intense heat from FIRE | 3A

David Dolmage/Daily News Roommates Rob Smith and Rick Lust hold Smith’s dog Courtney, in their apartment Friday morning. Smith and Lust were on their way back from a trip to the grocery store when they found their apartment building ablaze early Friday morning.

Job fair on wheels

NHS students explore careers in the trade industry at Heavy Equipment Day

Newton man charged with involuntary manslaughter charge in drug overdose

By David Dolmage Newton Daily News

By Kayla Singletary Newton Daily News

Derek Bair wanted to make a point to his students, but he needed a little help from his friends first. Bair, who teaches Industrial Technology at Newton High School wanted to show his students that you don’t have to go to college to find a career. To drive home his point, Bair organized a construction equipment expo at the high school. Intended as a “career day” for students who aren’t necessarily interested in college, more than 10 local companies participated in the event. “We want to get students interested in these careers and get local vendors some new employees,” Bair said. On Friday afternoon, the east

hesitant to participate last year, they’ve turned out in force this year. Bair said he thinks it’s because these companies have seen the value of recruiting high school kids as they look to replenish their rapidly dwindling ranks.

Nearly three years after a 25-year-old Kellogg woman died of an apparent drug overdose, a Newton man is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with her death. Ross R. Wadzinski, 30, recently confessed to Newton police that when Samantha Raper couldn’t inject Oxycodone tablets herself, he did it because she asked him to. Wadzinski The incident happened Jan. 17, 2015. Police were called to 730 W. 12th St. S. At that time, Wadzinski told police he had been using narcotics



David Dolmage/Daily News Students at Newton High School test out a lift during Heavy Equipment Day at the high school on Friday afternoon. Designed to give students an introduction to the trade industry, the event is a chance for students to learn about careers in the construction industry.

parking lot at Newton High School looked like ground zero for largescale construction project, with heavy equipment stacked in rows. Students had a chance to test out everything from skid loaders to a giant crane. This is the second year that Bair’s hosted the event, and while local employers were

Newton Salvation Army event raises $5,000 More than 20 baskets, quilts auctioned By Kayla Singletary Newton Daily News

Kayla Singletary/Daily News More than 100 attendees and bidders attended the annual Salvation Army’s Quilt and Basket Auction Friday night.

It might only take a few minutes to bid on items at an auction, but it takes more than a year for quiltmakers to



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Joyce Conley, of Newton, and a member of the quilter’s club, laughed as she said she will begin on Thursday working on quilts for next year’s auction. Though it might seem like a timely project, Conley said the hobby is rewarding. “It’s very rare to have a group of quilters like this,” Conley said. “It’s really fun to get together with everybody, and this year we worked in small groups.” AUCTION | 3A


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carefully stitch each piece of multi-colored fabric together in preparation for the Salvation Army Basket and Quilt Auction. The annual event raised about $5,000 Friday evening to go toward helping Jasper County residents. A local club, 1/4 Inch Quilters, (the length of a seam on a quilt), meet each Thursday afternoon for quilting and fellowship. Many of the women have been working together for more than 10 years to make quilts donated to the Salvation Army fundraiser.

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

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

Local Boy Scouts raise funds

Troop 354 holds annual spaghetti supper / 8A

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