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Vets gather to remember, but also look ahead Veterans Day program Saturday at American Legion By David Dolmage Newton Daily News

File Photo Discover Hope founders Aaron Groves, left, and Robbie Robinson discuss their faith-based addiction counseling organization in this 2014 file photo. Discover Hope is planning to relocated to a new, larger facility.

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Discover Hope plans to move to a new, larger facility By David Dolmage Newton Daily News When Robbie Robinson and Aaron Groves first started talking about forming a support group for local residents in Newton struggling with addiction, it wasn’t long before they realized they had a hit on their hands. Founded in 2014, Discover Hope is a faith-based addiction counseling organization in Newton, and a bond between a pair of unlikely friends. As Robinson prepares to move out of the group’s first home, a second story office at 219 N. Second Ave. W., he’s got his eyes on a bigger prize. On Monday, Robinson will begin a fundraising drive to purchase a new building with expanded treatment options, including residential facilities for recovering addicts. “So many lives have been

transformed up here, so many people being touched,” Robinson said. “They’ve walked away from this addiction and began to pursue greater things in life.” Robinson is a convicted felon and a recovering drug addict, and Groves is a lieutenant with the Jasper County Sheriff ’s Office. After meeting at the Church of the Way in Newton the pair quickly became friends, and together, they’ve worked together to provide a place for those who are struggling to overcome addiction. Right from the beginning, Groves said the need for a program like theirs was apparent in the community. “We started out with a program that lasted 45 minutes every other week, and after the first month, people wanted to meet every week for an hour,” Groves said. As a law enforcement officer,

Lemon Tree partners with Iowa Food Cooperative Marks new distribution site in Newton By Kayla Singletary Newton Daily News Shopping local and eating fresh is a popular concept in today’s world. Ne w t on residents can soon l o o k to The Lemon Tree Tea House & R e s t au rant for a variPryke ety food grown by Iowa farmers. With farmers’ markets wrapped up for the season, the Iowa Food Cooperative will have

a pick-up option beginning Thursday. The Iowa Food Coop is an online ordering system for Iowa-produced food. Members have access to more than 1,500 Iowa-produced products, which they order on a bi-weekly schedule. From baked goods to fresh herbs and gluten-free products, the coop’s products are 100 percent fresh. Customers will place their food orders online and then pick it up at the Lemon Tree, 309 First Ave. W. Restaurant owner Megan Pryke said the coop sparked her interest because they work only with Iowa farmers. “I decided on this partnership about three COOP | 3A

Groves has seen firsthand the damage that methamphetamine addiction has wrought in Newton. He’s heard from people from out of state refer to Newton as a “meth town” and when he first realized that options were few and far between for those looking to get help locally, he was astounded. “When we first looked at getting a faith-based support group started in the community there was no other faith-based support group in our community, which really shocked me, given the meth addiction we’ve had for a couple of years,” Groves said. As the organization has grown, so has it’s needs. Robinson said the group plans to fundraise for a total of $360,000, with an initial $130,000 to purchase a new building in town and refurbish it HOPE | 3A

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File Photo The annual Veterans Day program will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Newton, 1101 W. Fourth St. S. The event, which has been held at DMACC in Newton in the past, has been moved to the Legion Hall.

Urban renewal area, TIF approved for Fairmeadows North Cardinal Ridge likely to have same designation By Jamee A. Pierson Newton Daily News Newton City Council approved an urban renewal area and a Tax Increment Financing district at the Fairmeadows North subdivision expansion Monday and set a public hearing to move forward with the same designation at the Cardinal Ridge development. The urban renewal area and TIF district at Fairmeadows North will be used to pay for infrastructure costs

Jamee A. Pierson/Daily News Newton City Administrator Matt Muckler and Mayor Mike Hansen explain the creation of an urban renewal area and Tax Increment Financing district at the Fairmeadows North subdivision expansion Monday during the city council meeting.

and the expansion of the housing subdivision. The expansion consists of seven acres divided into 23 lots located east of Agnes Patterson Park. The city approved about $900,000 in in-

frastructure costs for Fairmeadows North with a little more than half or $575,000 of that expected to be recovered through lot sales. The remaining costs will come from the creation of the

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Ninety-nine years ago the battlefields of World War I went quiet, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day on the eleventh month of 1918, and across Jasper County this Saturday, groups of veterans and supporters will get together to commemorate that event. Veterans Day, which began as Armistice Day, will be recognized by several different groups

of veterans this year. As they remember the past, they are also focused on the future. Declining enrollment and an inability to attract younger members to their organizations has many veterans worried about the future of those institutions as they honor our nation’s veterans. Judy Brassfield, the Vice President of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 111, said her organization will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Newton, 1101 W. Fourth St. S. The event, which has been held previously at DMACC in Newton has been moved to the

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TIF district. An urban renewal area was created to take on different economic development activities. Areas can be created for

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