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Supervisors present space analysis results for annex building By Jamee A. Pierson Newton Daily News A space analysis by Shive-Hattery engineering firm has found that approximately 15,000 square feet is needed to house all of the departments currently in the Jasper County Annex building. The report was presented on Tuesday by the


Jasper County Board of Supervisors. Three options were presented to the board for potential locations of the departments currently housed

in the annex building. “They looked at staying in the existing annex building, put a number on what that would take to get it remodeled and suitable,” supervisor Joe Brock said. “They did a stand alone existing building remodel and they looked at a possible lease scenario for us (at DMACC.)”

A first cost estimate to complete all suggested work on the annex building including the south dock removal, foundation waterproofing, basement and additional building remodel, mechanical equipment replacement and a new roof came in at $1.9 million. The largest portion of the cost was with the building remodel at a cost

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of $100 per square foot, with more than 7,500 square feet, totalling $750,000. Foundation waterproofing was the second significant portion at $640,000. Utilities and maintenance costs for the building were estimated at $24,000 and $40,000 each. The 30-year life

Holiday Retail Open House returns with new events Shopping, fun downtown this weeknd By Kayla Singletary Newton Daily News

Jamee A. Pierson/Daily News Newton Mayor Mike Hansen poses Tuesday at his race shop in Newton during an election night celebration. Hansen has been elected to his third term as mayor with a victory over Ron Bookout, with Hansen earning more than 70 percent of the votes.


Get a head-start on checking off gifts on your list and shop local during this weekend’s Holiday Retail Open House. The Newton Chamber of Commerce and retail chamber members are gearing up for the kick-off to a great holiday shopping season. Stop by downtown stores from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The weekend event will fea-

ture a few new activities this year with a strolling Santa Claus and story time with Santa on Saturday. Catch Santa for storybook time at Choices Book Store at 1 p.m. Saturday, and at Mattingly Music and Books on at 1 p.m. Sunday. Santa will be in the downtown both days from noon to 2 p.m. Amanda Price, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said the event will also feature a Iowa Speedway Pace Car on the southwest corner of the square. The speedway will have a sleigh on display for great photo opportunities, she said. HOLIDAY | 3A

George wins at-large seat By Jamee A. Pierson Newton Daily News Newton Mayor Mike Hansen will serve his third term after handily earning more than 70 percent of the votes Tuesday in the city election. His opponent Ron Bookout had 426 votes to Hansen’s 1,067, according to uncertified election tallies released by the Jasper County Auditor’s Office. Hansen has served as Newton’s mayor since 2012 when he was tapped to take over for then-mayor Chaz Allen, who stepped down to take a position at the Jasper County Economic Development Corporation. Hansen was then elected to the position in 2013 and 2015. “It is humbling to have the

Jamee A. Pierson/Daily News Nearly 3,000 voters in Jasper County hit the polls on Tuesday to decide who will serve in mayoral and city council positions in cities throughout the county.

support of 71 percent of the electorate that went out to the polls today,” Hansen said. “My philosophy is that I serve the people of the community, and I will continue to do my best to lead this community for us to succeed in

all of the goals that have been set by the citizens of the great city.” As a resident of Newton for 57 years, Hansen previously served on the city council prior to being ELECTION | 3A

Submitted Photo Newton Main Street and SSMID partnered to bring Christmas trees to the square just in time for the weekend event. Businesses and families will be decorating the trees.

Colfax-Mingo artists showcased at Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame By Anthony Victor Reyes Newton Daily News

Anthony Victor Reyes/Daily News Colfax-Mingo seniors, Megan Wood and Sarah Bentley pose with their guitar art project for this year’s Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association’s art contest in the high school’s art room. The guitars used in the project are donated by the Gretsch Guitar Company.

COLFAX — From the Chicano rock forefather, Ritchie Valens, to the country duo, the Everly Brothers, the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Arnolds Park features many of the biggest names in music. Since May, two Colfax-Mingo high school students’ names have been right along side these iconic legends.



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According to Wood, the two decided to enter the contest at the suggestion of Wood’s grandfather, Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Dennis Farland. Wood, who has loved art since she was in elementary school, thought it would be perfect to team up with Bentley, a musician and fellow artist, to transform an old guitar into a unique work of art. GUITAR | 9A


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“I remember going up (to the museum) and looking at all the guitars. They are all really cool,” C-M senior Megan Wood said. “Now, something I am a part of is in there.” Wood and fellow senior Sarah Bentley were featured at the rock ‘n roll museum this summer for winning the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association’s annual Guitar Art Program contest.

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