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Open house informs public on new projects for upcoming year


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Newton Public Works Director Keith Laube hosted an open house for the community at Newton Public Library on Tuesday night to inform the public about new projects that are in the design phase for the next two summers. “It went good. We have had quite a few people come through to learn more about the projects we’re planning to do this summer and next summer,” Laube said. The open house plays a part in the design phase to get a full picture of the project area. “The purpose of the open house is to get feed back from the community,” Laube said. “We are in the design phase now of several projects, so people not able to make it tonight can contact the public works department to get more information on the projects. Newton residents who live in the project area were mailed information on the open house.” The open house featured many of

the projects that are projected to begin this summer. “The response of the new projects has been good,” Laube said. “Residents are getting information and like what they see. We have a couple of street projects that were doing North Fourth Avenue East from Fareway to Skiff Hospital. We are also doing North Second Avenue West in front of DMACC. Those are the two major street projects we have coming up this year. We have a couple of park projects going on as well including, a restroom at Aurora Heights Park, new playground equipment at Maytag Park. We have some sidewalk projects on East 23rd Street North and out by the football stadium as well.” Other projects for fiscal year 201415 will be completed after bids are put out and funding is found. “Some of the projects will require state grant money, so of course those projects will take some time to complete, but always for more information on the status of the projects contact the public works department,” Laube said.


The Jasper County Secondary Roads Department is taking the necessary steps to prepare itself for gravel road resurfacing projects, provided the weather ever permits. At Tuesday’s Jasper County Board of Supervisors meeting, County Engineer Russ Stutt received approval to purchase 20,000 tons of river gravel at a price of $4.66 a ton, which amounts to $93,200, from Stratford-based Stratford Gravel Inc. “Basically, how it works is they build us a stockpile and we take out of that as we use it,” Stutt said. Stutt said because of the low purchase price of the gravel, the county would still be saving money even with the added costs of transporting the rocks to Jasper County. Board member Dennis Carpenter, who used to work in the Secondary Roads Department, commented that it was a good price and that river gravel was a much more durable rock than limestone. SUPERVISORS See Page 5A

Board Appointments The Jasper County Board of Supervisors made a number of board appointments on Tuesday. Cemetery Commission: Diana Wagner., Robert Mick and Kelly Zuidema with all three terms expiring on Dec. 31, 2016. Central Iowa Recovery: Jody Eaton and Joe Brock. The 2014 Jasper County Compensation Commission: Debbie Cross, Barb Barr, Dave Birkenholz, Julie Rose, Jo Jenkins, Lori Price, Lori Yoder, Dale Maki, Vernon Terlouw, William Zylstra, Diane Gannon, Stan Allspach, Gary Clemon, Dan Skokan, Ward VanDyke, Charles Van Gorp, Steve Hopkins, Dave VanderPol, Ron Van Manen, Ed Brandhof, Jo Ann Johnson, Paul Egenes, Gary Grimes, Francis Snook, Harry Dearinger and Bill Ward. Des Moines Recreational River & Greenbelt Advisory Council: Keri Van Zante. Emergency Food Shelter National Board Program: Jody Eaton representative for 2014. Jasper County Historical Building Preservation Society: Steve Murphy; term expires Dec. 31, 2016, Nancy Parrott; term expires Dec. 31, 2017. Public Health Board: Margot Voshell; term expires Dec. 31, 2016. 2014 Weed Commissioner: Russ Stutt. Zoning Board: Tim Dunsbergen; term expires June 30, 2018. Zoning Commission: Russell Rippy; term expires Dec. 31, 2016.

With the current Ukrainian conflict happening overseas, it’s easy to disconnect ourselves from the people and their society. However, the country is rich in history and culture. The Newton Organization Promotion Everlasting Neighbors is hosting a poetry contest and reception at 3:30 p.m. on March 30 at DMACC to recognize the culture and crisis happening in the Ukraine. “What a gift to be able to bring this to the forefront in a more diplomatic setting, which is the purpose of OPEN sister cities — to promote diplomacy between United States citizens and citizens of other countries, whether or not we agree with their political system or leaders,” OPEN board member Sherri Benson said. The OPEN poetry contest and reception is open to all and has a dual purpose to infuse Ukrainian culture to Newton and celebrating the bicentennial of Taras Shevchenko’s birth. “Ukrainians acknowledge Taras Shevchenko as the most prominent representative of Ukrainian people,” OPEN board member Sveta Miller said. “He was born into a family of serfs in Central Ukraine, now Cherkassy region. From his early childhood, he showed signs of great talent in many artistic directions. Despite tremendous difficulties, he grew into worldrenowned poet, writer and artist. “Taras Shevchenko is the symbol of national liberation for Ukrainians all over the world because he dedicated his life and all his poems for Ukrainian independence,” Miller continued. “Today, there is hardly a Ukrainian household without the poet’s main collection of works, his Kobzar. Monuments to Shevchenko can be found in nearly every city in Ukraine as well as 19 other countries, including the Unites States.” Deadline for the contest is this Friday. All entries must be original and the contest is open to anyone 14 years and older. The top three winners will receive cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25. Along with the contest, a reception will be held to announce the winners and as an opportunity to learn more about the Ukrainian. The purpose of the reception is to introduce the Newton community to tidbits of the Ukrainian culture. The reception will include Ukrainian food, music and poetry readings of both the contest winners and Shevchenko. At the reception, traditional foods like Borsch, cabbage rolls and Ukrainian cake will be served and Duo Sever will perform Ukrainian songs during this event. They also perform regularly at Irina’s Russian Restaurant in Urbandale. Those interested in submitting a poem or attending the reception should email

Clerk of Court to offer EDMS training today By Bob Eschliman Daily News Editor Beginning Thursday, all new court filings made in Jasper County District Court must be filed electronically. To aid court filers and members of the general public who regularly view court documents, an open house took place this morning at the Jasper County Clerk of Court Office. The purpose of the open house is to educate users about the state’s new electronic filing process. So far, 51 of Iowa’s 100 courts require electronic document filing. Jasper, Marion and Warren counties will be the next to join the group. It’s a big change for Iowa’s Judicial Branch, but a change meant to allow 24-7 access to court cases by parties and their counsel. For more information about the electronic filing system, call 1-877-369-8324, or visit the Jasper County Clerk of Court Office at the Courthouse. COURT See Page 5A

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Jump Rope For Heart

CAA annual meeting planned for Thursday

Submitted Photo Students at Thomas Jefferson, Berg, Aurora Heights and Woodrow Wilson elementary schools recently participated in a Jump Rope For Heart event through physical education class that raised money for the American Heart Association. Students collected donations throughout the month of February. Each school surpassed goals that were set, with Aurora Heights raising $5,716.85, Woodrow Wilson raising $6,295.28, Berg raising $7,600 and Thomas Jefferson raising $13,135.25 for a district grand total of $32,747.38. Pictured are Thomas Jefferson’s top collectors, Delaney Woollums, who raised $1,000, and Ethan Pageler, who raised $575. Ethan and Delaney were rewarded with a pizza party with their PE teacher Heidi Woollums and recognized at the Silly String Assembly.

The Centre for Arts & Artists will have its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the center, 501 W. Third St. N. in Newton. The public is welcome. Following the meeting and refreshments, the regularly scheduled CAA monthly meeting will commence. For more information, call (641) 792-1391.

Piecemakers Quilt Guild to host annual spring retreat

Legislative Coffee to be held Saturday The Jasper County  League of Women Voters will host the final Legislative Coffee with the elected officials representing Jasper County in the state legislature  on Saturday Newton Hy-Vee Club Room. The coffee will begin at 9 a.m. The coffee will open with remarks by the Jasper County legislators addressing events and priorities in the current legislative session. Their remarks will be followed by a question and dialogue period. Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate. Sen. Dennis Black and Rep. Dan Kelley have indicated that they plan to attend.  Sen. Amy Sinclair and Rep. Greg Heartsill have prior commitments and will be unable to attend.   The Club Room is inside the store on the west side.

Pick up past NHS yearbooks by March 20 Anyone who has purchased an NHS yearbook from 2012 or earlier and has not claimed it must do so by March 20. After that date, all remaining past yearbooks will be sold to anyone interested on a first-come, first-served basis for $20. Contact the NHS journalism department for more information.

Thank You A heartfelt thank you to all who sent birthday cards and greetings. Such a great reminder of all the wonderful people met and great friendships made through the years. You made my day. Thank you, Harold Kreager

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The following cases were heard in Jasper County District Court during the week of Feb. 3-7. • Sara Ann Flake, 29, pleaded guilty to OWI first offense, a serious misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda sentenced her to two days in jail and levied a $1,250 fine. • Benjamin Lloyd Goodwin, 23, pleaded guilty to interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda levied a $65 fine. An additional count of OWI first offense was dismissed by the court. • Jeffery Lynn Hautekeete, 50, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine greater than 5 grams, a Class B felony. Judge Richard Clogg sentenced him to 25 years in prison. A $1,000 fine was suspended and an additional count of arson was dismissed by the court. • Jeremy John Jones, 21, pleaded guilty to trespassing, a simple misdemeanor. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Noble levied a $150 fine. • Kimberly Lynn Parrish, 35, pleaded guilty to third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda issued a deferred judgment with one year probation and a $625 civil penalty. An additional count of possession of a controlled substance was dismissed by the court. • Russell Glenn Quick Jr., 31, pleaded guilty to trespassing, a simple misdemeanor. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Noble levied a $65 fine. • Jeremy Lee Rasmusson, 34, pleaded guilty to a prescription drug violation, first offense. Judge Steven Holwerda sentenced him to 30 days in jail. • Krystle Lee Valentine, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda sentenced her to two days in jail and levied a $315 fine. • Roy James Wagner, 30, pleaded guilty to public consumption or intoxication, a simple misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda

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offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda sentenced him to 180 days in jail, all but 15 suspended, and one year probation. He also levied a $1,875 fine. • Fredrick Daniel Hitze, 24, pleaded guilty to harassment of public officials, a simple misdemeanor. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Noble levied a $65 fine. • Spencer Lee Johnston, 24, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct — fighting or other violent behavior — a simple misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda levied a $65 fine. • Tammy Jo Kappel, 42, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a prescription drug, a serious misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda issued a deferred judgment with one year probation and levied a $315 civil penalty. Two additional counts of wanton neglect in a health care facility were dismissed by the court. • Michelle Sue Kohrs, 35, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree theft, a simple misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda levied a $150 fine. • Paul Dean Pearson, 37, pleaded guilty to OWI second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda sentenced him to seven days in jail and levied a $1,875 fine. • Rachel Marie Richardson, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda levied a $65 fine. • Ali Fay Rosenkranz, 20, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda sentenced her to two days in jail and levied a $315 fine. • Michael Alan Wilson, 31, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a prescription drug, a serious misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda issued a deferred judgment with one year probation and levied a $315 civil penalty. An

••• The following cases were heard in Jasper County District Court during the week of Feb. 10-14. • Tiffany Lea Bailey, 23, pleaded guilty to OWI first offense, a serious misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda issued a deferred judgment with one year probation and levied a $1,250 civil penalty. • Bandak Wiyual Deng, 26, pleaded guilty to driving while license revoked, a serious misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda sentenced him to two days in jail and levied a $1,000 fine. • Michael Raymond Endersbe, 40, pleaded guilty to OWI first offense, a serious misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda sentenced him to two days in jail and levied a $1,250 fine. • Holly Marie Freese, 32, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of prescription drugs, a serious misdemeanor. Judge Randy Hefner issued a deferred judgment with one year probation and levied a $315 civil penalty. • Behailu Regassa Gemechu, 28, pleaded guilty to public consumption or intoxication, a simple misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda levied a $65 fine. • Logan Edward Harlow, 24, pleaded guilty to third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda sentenced him to 20 days in jail and levied a $625 fine. • Latasha Rae Harris-Pearson, 19, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor. Judge Steven Holwerda sentenced her to 60 days in jail and levied a $325 fine. She also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor. Holwerda sentenced her to 30 days in jail and levied a $315 fine on that conviction. Additional counts of interference with a DCS officer and fourth-degree criminal mischief were dismissed by the court. • Joseph Thomas Hedman, 34, pleaded guilty to OWI second

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hume of Monroe are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Vivian Reeves to Skip Chrisholm, Friday, March 7th. The couple will reside at 607 Pine, Stevensville, MT. 59870. There will be a coffee time for the newlyweds, Sunday, March 16th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Monroe United Methodist Church. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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The Piecemakers Quilt Guild will have its annual spring retreat this weekend, Friday through Sunday, at the Christian Conference Center, 5064 Lincoln St. southeast of Newton. The retreat will open at 9 a.m. Friday and conclude at 2 p.m. Sunday. Non-members are invited to come sew and enjoy a fun, relaxing weekend. The registration fee is $10 per day. Meals are available but are not included in the registration fee. Bring a sewing machine, cutting tools, extension cords, power strips and projects to work on. For more information, call Carol Tiffany at (641) 791-1994.

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Talk of the Town The Newton Daily News recently hit the streets and asked local citizens the following question:

Like or Dislike: Daylight Saving Time, which went into effect Sunday? “I didn’t like it much at the time. I lost an hour of sleep and I had to work this weekend.” Jen Adams

“It didn’t effect me much.”

Jess Coffin

“I’m glad because in the spring, when I want to go fishing, it gives me another extra hour or so at the lake.”

“I liked it because when I get off work and it’s still light out, I get to do things with my time.” Tammy Heyveld

Online Poll

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This Week’s Question: If the General Election were held today, how would you most likely vote? Vote today at!

Previous Question: What do you think about the proposed Raceway Ridge development and how it may impact the area surrounding Iowa Speedway? I think it’s a great idea that will bring jobs and economic growth to Newton


It sounds like a good plan, but I’d like to know more


I’m not so sure it’s a good idea, but I want to learn more about it


It’s a really bad idea to use tax dollars — regardless of the source — to fund economic development


Undecided 5%

Ty’s Take

You can’t always plan ahead I consider myself a very organized person, but not in a traditional sense. My brain works in a unique way where something can seem scattered about to others, but it makes perfect sense to me. The most basic example of this is my desk. What looks like a random collection of toys, memorabilia, sticky notes and one very wellworn coffee mug is actually a collection of memories, sources and story ideas. And that coffee mug is a valuable ally to any By Ty Rushing journalist or anti-mornDaily News Senior ing person. Staff Writer One thing that I’m more traditionally organized about is planning out my work schedule. During our staff meeting two Thursdays ago, I had my schedule for last week laid out flat: • Monday — visit Aurora Heights and dinner with Jeanne Bridenstine; • Tuesday — cover and write about Board of Supervisors, two other potential interviews, visit a former county school teacher with my buddy Bob Van Dremlin; • Wednesday — go to Woodrow Wilson for their “Eliminate the R-Word” event, find a veteran for “Called to Serve”; • Thursday — staff meeting and get Jump Rope for Heart pictures at Thomas Jefferson and interview the NHS Jazz Band, write a school board preview; • Friday — get the paper out of the door and see the second-grade play at Berg and then relax; • Saturday — cover the Pinewood Derby at Maytag Park. However, things don’t always go as we plan. When I woke up on Friday, Feb. 28, I had a missed call from my dad at 2:23 a.m. and I already knew what it pertained to. His father, my grandfather, had passed away. During my last visit home, he told me that my grandfather had been in the hospital and in my mind, he was going to be “OK.” I talk about my Papa Rushing a lot, but my Grandpa Clyde was a pretty cool cat, too. Grandpa was tough, funny and even at 83 could still drink us under the table if he felt like it. Grandpa Clyde was always this endearing, but strong, man and he made sitting in an easy chair look like an art form. He worked in construction for more than 50 years and was a proud union member.

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Despite his age, I never really imagined him going anywhere, which was foolish of me. After my dad told me he was in the hospital, I still thought, “Oh grandpa will be alright, I will catch him on my next visit home.” Well the next visit occurred a lot sooner than I expected after I received that call from my dad. I still have the voicemail from my dad on the phone and I can’t bring myself to either listen to it or delete it. It just remains in limbo in my phone’s storage. Once again this is where my organization skills were going to come into play. I was going to do work Monday and Tuesday and get home by Wednesday. But you can plan, plot and scheme all you want, and one X-factor can change the game. On Sunday, March 2, I had just got out of church and noticed I had a missed call from my sister Brittany. “Uh-oh” I thought. I called her back and she was with my baby sister Nia and together they told me that, now, my grandma was in the hospital. My plan to get home by Wednesday was out the window and I needed to get home immediately. After getting the clearance from my bosses, I drove down to Kansas City last Monday morning with my rent unpaid, my last couple of dollars until payday and a clear focus to be there for my family and to make sure my grandma was OK. I lost my Grandma Rushing in 2004, which was also the same year I met my Gradma Hazel. After Grandma Rushing’s funeral, my mom told me, “You lost your grandma, but you just got a new grandma and I want you to hold on to her, cherish her and appreciate her while you got her.” And for the last 10 years, I’ve done just that. So after losing one grandparent, and having another one fall ill, I knew where I was needed last week. As much as I hate missing out on big events or not being able to cover my beats, they needed me — and my organizational skills — more in Kansas City last week. It was good seeing everyone back home, despite the circumstances. Now, I’m just trying to get back to normal and I’m sure the rest of the family is doing the same. Grandma’s back home, Brittany is back in New York, Nia is on Spring Break and Pops is taking a much-needed vacation. As for me, I’m back in Iowa, drinking coffee, contemplating more things to put on my desk and, once again, realizing you can’t always account on everything going according to plan.

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A learning experience By Sue Atkinson College Educator On Feb. 24, I met with Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck and Division of Learning Results Associate Administrator Mary Delagardelle. We agreed on most points, and as of this week some changes have been made as a result of our meeting. Brad was familiar with the 2004 Manhattan Institute teachability report that showed a closing of achievement gaps when proper curriculum and teaching methods are used, along with higher expectations for students. He has even visited some of the schools cited in the report. He was very interested in the international report from the Organization of Economic and Community Development titled “What we learn from the PISA 2012 results.” According to this report, the countries with the highest proportions of students in demographic groups U.S. educators believe to have less ability to learn are not only out-educating us but are moving away from us using these very demographic groups. This means the reports in the U.S. showing achievement gaps are really showing the extent of embedded bias, which holds back student achievement. The specific curriculum concerns of mine we discussed were: • Use of sight words, and • The claim in the Iowa Core that Order of Operations is a concept. Mary acknowledged that sight words are necessary for words not covered by the phonics rules. When I pointed out that I have no

fewer than three dictionaries with the phonics rules inside the front cover and phonetic pronunciations shown for every word – including every sight word – she said that when the rules are correct sight words are not necessary. There is confusion in the Iowa Core over the term “sight words” because of the wording. The clarification I received from Brad and Mary this week, as a result of our meeting, is that proper phonics rules do not require exercises in memorizing sight words. I learned that when Brad was an administrator at Waukee, he asked some engineers to examine the math curriculum, since concepts were removed, and they told him what I have been saying for decades (probably in more polite language): it is awful, as are the resources and materials. I asked him to please check out whether engineers thought Order of Operations was a concept (since the Iowa Core claims it to be). His response to me this week was that Order of Operations is definitely not a concept, so that part of the Iowa Core will have to have some changes. This will make a difference in the selection of materials as well as the teaching methods and applications of the concepts. I furnished for Brad and Mary another report from the OECD: a December 2013 assessment of the national Common Core math curriculum compared to global standards. Failure to meet global standards means more jobs going to individuals with better education, not a positive commentary for the middle class outlook.

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What’s Cookin’ at DMACC The high school culinary arts students at DMACC Newton Campus were introduced during the early stages of Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting. Many of the students announced their plans to continue their culinary arts training beyond high school. Bob Eschliman/ Daily News

Supervisors Continued from Page 1A In another move related to the condition of the county’s roads, the board approved a resolution throwing their support behind a measure being endorsed by the Iowa State Association of County Supervisors. ISACS is garnering support to have legislation approved on the state level to increase the amount of funds collected for the Road Use Tax Fund, which are funds used solely for roadways. Some ways ISACSC is seeking to gather these funds is by increasing

Court Continued from Page 1A Few Exceptions Use of the electronic document management system is mandatory for all judicial officers, lawyers, self-represented litigants, and other users in all cases. There will be rare instances, however, when a person cannot use the system. In a situation where the potential filer’s computer system is down or the person cannot obtain a login and password in time to meet a deadline, the court or the clerk of court can authorize a filer to submit a paper document on a one-time basis. If a filer will not be capable of using the electronic document management system throughout a particular case, the filer must move to be excused from registering to participate in the system. The party seeking to be excused must show exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances include but are

the state fuel tax across the board by 10 cents for no less than three years. It would also seek to increase the fee for new registrations from 5 percent to 6 percent and allocate new funding toward TIME-21, which is a state fund dedicated toward roadway projects. Jasper County Auditor Dennis Parrott said at least 60 other counties have supported the measure and the entire board openly showed support for it during the meeting. “I do support this,” board member Dennis Stevenson said. “The gas tax goes to bridge and road construction and keeping up what we’ve got.” Stevenson also said it could gener-

not limited to a litigant who does not have any access to the Internet, or who has limited access to the Internet — for example, through a local public library. Electronic Cover Sheets A filer must complete an electronic cover sheet whenever a document or group of documents is placed into the electronic document management system for filing or for electronic presentation. The cover sheet is generated by the system based on basic information provided by the filer. Different cover sheets will be generated depending on whether the document is related to a criminal or civil case or whether the document is being filed in a new case or an existing case. It is critical that a cover sheet be properly completed by the filer. Information provided on the cover sheet will ensure the document is properly routed through the system. For example, proper comple-

ate up to an additional $800,000 toward roads funding and the county’s rural roads could become a “critical” issue. Board chair Joe Brock mentioned how the tax could help the county avoid situations that other counties are in where they are borrowing money from other funds to fix road and bridge problems. “Many of our old bridges are wood piling and (other wooden material) and they are falling apart,” Carpenter said. “This would go a long ways towards replacing those bridges and it helps out tremendously.” In other business:

tion of the cover sheet will, where appropriate, ensure the document is properly routed to the correct electronic file, create a correct docket entry for the document, inform the court that expedited relief is being requested, and ensure a document is properly sealed. Deadlines Use of the electronic document management system provides a number of benefits to filers. One benefit is the opportunity to file documents outside of normal business hours. A document filed before midnight on the date the filing is due is considered timely filed. A filer is cautioned, however, not to wait until the last moment to electronically file documents as the electronic document management system may not always be available. Just as a jurisdictional deadline cannot be extended for a filer who, due to vehicle or traffic problems, arrives at the courthouse moments after

• Jasper County Human Resources Director Dennis Simon received approval for his projections of the county’s 2 percent pay raises for department heads, non-department heads and hourly employees. • The board approved an appropriations resolution that will reallocate $117,624 from the 2012-13 budget to departments or offices within the county. • Colfax Country Club received approval for a liquor license. Senior staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at

the clerk’s office has closed, jurisdictional deadlines cannot be extended for the filer who encounters system or other technical difficulties moments before a midnight filing deadline. Retention of Paper Documents Except in very limited situations delineated by these rules, the court will not retain non-electronic documents or other items as part of the court file. The rules contemplate a number of situations where paper documents containing original signatures can be scanned and then electronically filed. These rules do not require any party or any lawyer to retain documents with original signatures for any length of time. However, parties and lawyers may want to retain the documents for varying lengths of time due to statutory requirements, ethics rules, malpractice insurance requirements, and good business practices.

Public Access Use of the electronic document management system will have no effect on what documents or case files are accessible to the public and what documents or files are confidential. Any member of the general public will be able to view a non-confidential file or document by using a public access terminal located at the courthouse. There will be at least one public access terminal for viewing and filing in each courthouse. There will be no cost to view a nonconfidential file or document electronically. Privacy Protections In the past, many parties routinely provided the court with a party’s personal information whether or not the court required the information. Rules are in place to protect certain identifying information from widespread dissemination and possible misuse.


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Man’s last wish is to let his death give others life DEAR ABBY: I work in a palliative care unit in a local hospital, and I’m all too aware of how important it is to have one’s end-of-life wishes documented, notarized and on-hand in case of an emergency. I remember reading an essay that appeared in your column years ago; it eloquently described the desire of the writer that his body be used to allow others to live through organ donation. Is it part of your “Keepers” booklet? — JYNNA IN NORTH CAROLINA DEAR JYNNA: Yes, it is included. And I’m printing it for you today because it contains an important message. The author, Robert Test, was not only altruistic, but also the ultimate “recycler.” TO REMEMBER ME by Robert Test “At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped. “When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. And don’t call this my ‘deathbed.’ Call it my ‘bed of life,’ and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller lives. “Give my sight to a man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby’s face or love in the eyes of a woman. “Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain. “Give my blood to the teenager who has been pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play. “Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week. “Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk. “Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that someday a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf

girl will hear the sound of rain against her windows. “Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow. “If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all my prejudice against my fellow man. “Give my soul to God. If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.” Readers, “Keepers” is a collection of favorite letters, poems and essays that have appeared in this column over the years. It was assembled because so many readers said the items were meaningful to them and requested that they be compiled as a booklet. It can be ordered by sending your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby Keepers Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling are included in the price. It covers subjects from temptation to forgiveness, animals, children and human nature. Filled with down-to-earth nuggets of wisdom, both philosophical and witty, it’s a quick, easy read, and an inexpensive gift for newlyweds, pet lovers, new parents or anyone recovering from an illness because it covers a wide variety of subjects.







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Cardinal, Tigerhawk boys compete at UNI Dickinson Relays Newton’s Harris places third in 60-m hurdles By Jocelyn Sheets Daily News Sports Editor CEDAR FALLS — Newton’s and Colfax-Mingo’s boys opened the indoor track season Tuesday in the 2014 Boys Dickinson Relays at the University of Northern Iowa. Newton junior Deonne Harris captured the third-place medal in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.41 seconds. That was the top performance by the two area teams at the UNI Dome. “The boys ran as expected last night. With the cold weather and snow this year, last night was the second time we were able to get on a track and really run,” Newton head coach Tom Bartello said. “It was nice to get some times as a baseline to work from for this year.” Jarom Williams, Newton junior, tied for 15th in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 3 inches. Also in the event, Colfax-Mingo’s Blake Summy was 47th at 17’10”, Jake Lietz placed 59th at 16’10 1/2”, and Jimmy Abell took 74th at 15’3”.

Jocelyn Sheets/Daily News Newton junior Deonne Harris goes over a hurdle during a practice session last week. Harris and the NHS boys opened the 2014 indoor track season Tuesday at the Dickinson Relays at UNI in Cedar Falls. Harris finished third in the 60-meter hurdles.

Williams finished 33rd in the 400-meter dash in 56 seconds and Newton senior Jacob Walker was 50th in 56.58 seconds. The Tigerhawks had Lietz in 46th at 56.71, Gabe Simpson in 69th in 58.84 seconds and Abell in

103rd at 1 minute, 2.9 seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Newton’s Williams was 51st in 25.23 seconds and junior J.T. Thongvanh ran 62nd in 25.45. Summy of Colfax-Mingo was 61st in 24.41 seconds and his team-

mate Kyle Breen was 110th in 27.58. Newton junior Jacob Thomas finished 47th in the 800-meter race in 2:16.55 and senior Sean Cook was 71st in 2:21.35. Jaden Rush of ColfaxMingo placed 92nd in 2:25.59. The Tigerhawk 4x800-meter relay team finished 32nd in 9:30.14. Newton’s 4x800-meter relay team was 39th in 9:45.81. In the 4x200-meter relay race, Newton’s foursome edged out Colfax-Mingo finishing 39th and 40th, respectively. Newton’s time was 1:43.66 and ColfaxMingo posted a time of 1:44.05. Colfax-Mingo placed 32nd in the 4x400-meter relay race in 3:57.26 and Newton was 35th in 3:58.79. Newton sophomore Zakk Weatherly finished 72nd in the shot put with a throw of 36’10”. Running in the 60-meter dash preliminaries for Newton were Thongvanh, senior Brandon Fisher and junior Levi Mitchner. Fisher also competed in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries. Colfax-Mingo’s Breen ran the 60-meter dash. The Cardinal boys along with the girls are at Grinnell College Friday. The Tigerhawk boys and girls go to Central College Friday.

Hawkeyes stumble into Big Ten tournament IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is likely just days away from its first NCAA tournament berth in eight years, but that’s about the last thing on the mind of its fan base. They’re wondering what happened to their beloved Hawkeyes. Iowa (20-11, 9-9 Big Ten) finished the regular season in a freefall hardly anyone saw coming. The Hawkeyes have lost five of their last six games — all after a postponement at Indiana altered their schedule — and closed with a brutal home loss to Illinois, 66-63, on Saturday night. Iowa, once a trendy pick for a long run through the postseason, somehow managed to finish with the exact same regular season record as it had a year ago when it went to the NIT. The Hawkeyes hope to start fresh on Thursday against Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. “We’ve got to get back to playing hard defensively. Get back to making the game fun,” Iowa forward Aaron White said. “We lost our swag, lost how we were playing, lost our confidence. And when you lose that, it’s not as fun. We had a phenomenal practice (Monday) and really got after it. I kind of look at this as a new season. It really doesn’t matter what happened. Clean slate and start over.”

Bullied coaches quit in northeast Iowa district INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — Bullying from some players’ parents and other critics of the program have driven two girls basketball coaches away from their coaching jobs at district schools in the northeast Iowa city of Independence. Assistant coach Rob Ratchford said Monday that he and head varsity coach Rod Conrad had endured too many menacing or irate phone calls. Ratchford said he knows that criticism comes with coaching. “You read things on social media and you try to ignore those kinds of things: People approaching you on game day and phone calls on game day, and phone calls after the game,” he told Cedar Rapids television station KCRG. But Ratchford said he couldn’t ignore the suggestions of violence. “There were threats made, you know, about wanting to fight and stuff like that,” Ratchford told Waterloo television station KWWL. Ratchford and head varsity coach Conrad decided they’d had enough, so they announced their resignations on Friday.

The Hawkeyes probably won’t have to sweat out an NCAA tournament bid. They’ve played a strong schedule that features seven road/ neutral wins and five victories over teams in the top White 50 of the RPI as of Tuesday. But there’s a big difference between making the NCAA tournament and doing something once you get there. It’s not a good sign when your own coach describes you as “fragile” following the regular season finale, which Fran McCaffery did after the Illini stunned the Hawkeyes on a 3 just before the buzzer. Defensive lapses have been a big issue for Iowa, which has allowed at least 75 points and been outrebounded in five of its last six games. Those are both signs that the Hawkeyes could use some fresher legs. But that’s not going to happen, especially after the loss to Illinois helped cost the Hawkeyes a bye in the Big Ten tournament. Even a berth in the league title game would mean four games in four days for Iowa.

“We’re not as in sync as we were, and I’m hopeful that we’ve been able to go back to some of the basic things that we needed to fix,” McCaffery said. “There’s not one thing. It’s collective. And I think the encouraging thing for us is this particular team has played excellent defense this year. And that’s what our goal is, to go back and play that kind of defense again.” For many teams, the one-and-done nature of March can erase a tremendous regular season in a single shot. For Iowa, it’s a chance to erase two weeks of misery and re-ignite a resurgence that lasted nearly all season. The Hawkeyes remain one of the nation’s deepest teams, and they’ve shown in spurts that they can play with anyone. But Iowa is undoubtedly playing worse than it did a month ago, and teams that enter the postseason in trouble typically don’t fix themselves in March. The trick for the Hawkeyes, according to White, is simply to rediscover the form that made them so dangerous to begin with. “Despite losing five of six, a month or two ago we were a top-10 team. None of that talent is gone. No one is hurt,” White said. “There’s no reason to lose the confidence that we built over the season.”

NFL free agency opens with some bold moves By the Associated Press A couple of accomplished NFL pass rushers suddenly became available when DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers were released to create room under the salary cap in two of the biggest moves at Tuesday’s start of the freeagency signing period. The Bears cut ties with Peppers, who has 118½ sacks in 12 seasons, as part of a series of moves aimed at improving their defense, including a five-year contract with former Raiders end Lamarr Houston. About 5½ hours after free agency began, one of the top players available, threetime Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, agreed to terms with the Saints. Two of the most sought-after cornerbacks also were on the move. Alterraun Verner, who had five interceptions for Tennessee last season, agreed to a four-year contract with Tampa Bay and Aqib Talib left New England for a sixyear deal with Denver.

NASCAR changing qualifying after safety concerns CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Moving swiftly to address driver safety concerns, NASCAR on Tuesday banned cool-down laps and will start allowing teams to hook up cooling units to their engines on pit road — the first major changes to the popular new knockout qualifying format unveiled this season. The decisions were made during a conference call with crew chiefs. Several people who participated told The Associated Press that NASCAR initially said teams could use external fans on pit road to cool the engines. But after nearly unanimous objection, NASCAR relented on the use of cooling units. NASCAR this season moved to the knockout format that has been widely praised as more entertaining. Drivers, however, were barred from cooling their engines on pit road because using the cooling units would mean opening the hood — and once hoods are open, NASCAR inspectors would have too difficult a time policing the pits to make sure adjustments were not being made. The result? Drivers the last two weeks were slowing their cars to a crawl and cir-

NASCAR photo Crew chief Paul Wolfe (right) talks with Brad Keselowski before a NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

cling the track at slow speeds at the same time other drivers were speeding past during their qualifying attempts — sometimes 150 mph faster. Brian Vickers called it “the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done in racing” following last week’s qualifying session at Las Vegas. Crew chiefs argued during the call that teams already own cooling units and forcing them to purchase external fans was an unnecessary cost. NASCAR officials claimed engine builders preferred the use of the fans, but that theory was widely rejected on the call so NASCAR permitted the use of the cooling units as long as they are hooked up

through a flap on either side of the car. Teams can still not lift the hood of the car. Two crew members will now be permitted to service the cars, but they must be wearing helmets when cars are on the track. “The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national se-

ries events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.” The changes are in response to two weeks of driver complaints about the dangers of slow cars driving on the apron. There was even more concern this week as NASCAR heads this weekend to Bristol, where there is a decided lack of space on the 0.533-mile bullring. “It’s going to be a tough one. I think the cooling will be obviously a little bit better this week just from the fact that it’s 15 second laps, the engine temps won’t get quite as high,” Paul Wolfe, crew chief for Brad Keselowski, said earlier Tuesday. “But yeah, trying to go out and cool down at Bristol, that could be a potential issue. There’s really no room to get out of the way, unless you’re just running around on the flat part there on the apron.” NASCAR did not make a decision Tuesday on a second complaint — the practice of having cars back out of their spots on pit road at the start of each qualifying round. Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson called it “sketchy” and said “we’re going to start crashing cars just backing out, because you’ve got guys at various angles trying to back out.”

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tion of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the will whose identities are reasonably or thereafter be Wednesday, March 12, 2014ascertainable, forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the clerk of the above named district court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the later to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated this 19th day of February, 2014. Janilu F. Titus Executor of estate 125 E. Hickory Street February 24, 2014 - 5:30 p.m. North Liberty, IA 52317 Special Meeting of the Board of Address Education at Thomas Jefferson *Designated Codicil(s) if any, with Elementary School - Art Room date(s) President Andrew Elbert conRichard Hansen, vened the board to order at 5:30 ICIS PIN No: AT00003255 p.m. Attorney for executor Present: Nat Clark, Andrew ElStrever & Hansen bert, Travis Padget, Bill Perre2712 Orchard Dr., Suite B noud, and Bob Callaghan Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Absent: Sheri Benson, Donna Address Cook, and Robyn Friedman Date of second publication 12th Others Present: Brian Foster, day of March, 2014 Kristy Latta, Bill Peters, student, Probate Code Section 304 parent, and Christine Dawson March 5 & 12 CLOSED SESSION - ACTION #9271 The Board will go into closed session to conduct a hearing regarding recommended discipline PERSONAL of a student as provided by Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(e) and to NARCOTICS review or discuss records which are required by state and federal ANONYMOUS law to be kept confidential as proMeets Sunday, vided by Iowa Code Section 21.5 Wednesday and Friday (1)(a). 7:00 PM in Basement of Mr. Padget moved, Mr. Clark seconded, to go into closed session. St. Stephan's Episcopal Ayes: Nat Clark, Andrew Elbert, Church Travis Padget, and Bill Perrenoud RETURN TO OPEN SESSION BICYCLE ACTION #9272 Mr. Perrenoud moved, Mr. Clark seconded, to return to open session. Ayes: Nat Clark, Andrew Elbert, Travis Padget, and Bill Perrenoud STUDENT EXPULSION - ACTION #9273 Administration recommended expulsion for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year, and the first term of the 2014-2015 school year. Mr. Padget moved, Nat Clark seconded, that the student who was the subject of the disciplinary hearing be expelled from attendance at any Newton Community School District school, school activities, and school premises for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year and the first term of the 2014-2015 school year, with the option to apply for early reinstatement for the first term of the 2014-2015 school year, in accordance with the terms and conditions established by the Board. Legal Counsel is directed to draft the written Findings, Conclusions, and Decision consistent with the Board's deliberations, the Board President is authorized to review and execute said document, and the Board Secretary is CONCRETE directed to mail said document to the student and the student's parent. Ayes: Nat Clark, Andrew Elbert, Travis Padget, and Bill Perrenoud ADJOURN - ACTION #9274 Mr. Clark moved, Mr. Perrenoud seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 6:14 p.m. Ayes: Nat Clark, Andrew Elbert, Travis Padget, and Bill Perrenoud. March 12

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TRUST NOTICE IN THE MATTER OF THE TRUST: Donald E. Barton Revocable Trust To all persons regarding Donald E. Barton, deceased, who died on or about 2nd day of January, 2014. You are hereby notified that Helen C. Barton is the trustee of the Donald E. Barton Revocable Trust, dated the 10th day of January, 2005 and First Amendment dated May 23, 2011. Any action to contest the validity of the trust must be brought in the District Court of Jasper County, Iowa, within the later to occur of four (4) months from the date of second publication of this notice or thirty (30) days from the date of mailing this notice to all heirs of the decedent settlor and the spouse of the decedent settlor whose identities are reasonably ascertainable. Any suit not filed within this period shall be forever barred. Notice is further given that any person or entity possessing a claim against the trust must mail proof of the claim to the trustee at the address listed below via certified mail, return receipt requested, by the later to occur of four (4) months from the second publication of this notice or thirty (30) days from the date of mailing this notice if required or the claim shall be forever barred unless paid or otherwise satisfied. Dated this March 7, 2014 Donald E. Barton Revocable Trust Helen C. Barton, Trustee PO Box 1051 Newton, IA, 50208 Mark A. Otto, ICIS PIN#: AT0005939 OTTO LAW OFFICE PLLC Attorney for Trustee 123 W. 2nd St. N., PO Box 1356 Newton, IA 50208 Address Date of second publication 19th day of March, 2014. March 12 & 19 THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT JASPER COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Esthermae L. Strand, Deceased Probate No. ESPR036462 NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR, AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS To All Persons Interested in the Estate of Esthermae L. Strand, Deceased, who died on or about February 2, 2014: You are hereby notified that on the 19th day of February, 2014, the last will and testament of Esthermae L. Strand, deceased, bearing date of the 3rd day of August, 2012, was admitted to probate in the above named court and that Janilu F. Titus was appointed executor of the estate. Any action to set aside the will must be brought in the district court of said county within the later to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the will whose identities are reasonably ascertainable, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the clerk of the above named district court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the later to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated this 19th day of February, 2014. Janilu F. Titus Executor of estate 125 E. Hickory Street North Liberty, IA 52317 Address *Designated Codicil(s) if any, with date(s)

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The events of the day won’t feel epic or life changing, and yet there will be fun pops of interest as the Leo moon plays cosmic street performer to Neptune, Venus, Uranus and Pluto. Each planet has a different reaction to the entertainment, and we will follow suit, laughing, crying or applauding the day’s drama. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 12). In the next seven weeks, you’ll beautify your home surroundings and get organized. You’ll be ready for the demands of May, which are all positive opportunities to increase the flow of love and money through your realm. Much good comes of focusing on what you love most and excluding all that distracts you from that. Capricorn and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 22, 14, 9 and 1. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You get the feeling that you are being given a choice in what you do, but that the choice is one of default. You want to shake whatever controls are on you. Good news:

You will only be manipulated insofar as you permit it. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Everyone needs some degree of certainty about life, and you usually need less than others. That’s why it’s hard for you to understand why someone close to you seems to long for you to behave predictably. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The reason people sometimes tease those they like in a special way is because it is easier to elicit irritation than affection. The one who pays attention, even if that attention is annoying, is crushing on you. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You can tell quite a bit about people by the way they put themselves together, but it’s nothing compared to what you learn when you hear them speak. As your sign mate Ben Jonson said, “Speak that I may see thee.” CANCER (June 22-July 22). Looking back on this day, the obvious best part will be the inspired

folly you endeavor with a friend. So when someone says, “Want to come along?” join in the fun.

in, though some of that learning still needs to be claimed. Own your experience.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Passion is a flash pot — surprising, surging bright and disappearing just as quickly as it came. Bonded, committed love takes longer to catch on, and it burns longer, too.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll have your choice of friends and allies. If you choose someone with a strong work ethic, you’ll build something together. If you choose someone with a strong pleasure ethic, you’ll enjoy life together.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’d rather quietly observe today than express yourself. You’re not trying to exercise great self-control or to weave a mystery, for that matter, but that’s the effect as you focus on studying others. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you can’t seem to figure out how to get what you want in the moment, it won’t be smart to stick around and try different tactics. Instead, remove yourself, get some perspective and come back. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You know more now than you give yourself credit for. You’ve learned the most from the hard situations you’ve been

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You are not afraid of making mistakes and prefer to make your own. That is why you can hold back from offering advice when people so obviously need it but won’t ask for it and likely would only be annoyed by it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18). In order to be creative — and you will need to be creative in order to solve today’s problems — the two sides of your brain must work together. Read out loud to get the hemispheres communicating. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Church Briefs

Newton UCC host denominational panel

Local churches celebrate the beginning of Lent season with Ash Wednesday By Zach Johnson Daily News Staff Writer Last Wednesday, many churches celebrate the beginning of the Lent season with Ash Wednesday. According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Many churches hold a special service to celebrate Ash Wednesday, and one of the traditions of the sermon is to make a cross on the forehead of each member of the congregation. The holiday is always 46 days before Easter, which means Ash Wednesday can be celebrated as early as Feb. 4 and as late as March 10 according to the calendar. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes (formally called The Imposition of Ashes) on the foreheads of adherents as a celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. The process of burning the ashes is placing the palms from the previous

The Newton Congregational United Church of Christ will host an educational panel about the different denominations of churches at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at the church, located at 308 E. Second St. N. in Newton. The event will explore five of the mainline denominations (United Church of Christ, Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Evangelical Lutheran Church) with a panel of clergy from each of these denominations. It will explain the churches similarities and differences. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Colfax church offers evening Lenten services

Zach Johnson/Daily News Retired pastor David Raymond teaches the Rev. Jessica Petersen the proper way of burning ashes for Ash Wednesday. Many churches in the local community held Ash Wednesday services last week in celebration of the beginning of the Lent season.

year into a foil tray. The ashes after being burned are crushed down by using a spoon then scooped out into a jar. Some pastors will try to use a filter to transfer the ashes from the tray to the jar by using a window screen. The ashes are mixed with an extra virgin olive oil to keep a thicker form to be able to make a cross on the forehead of each member of the congregation. “It’s a monotonous task to complete, but to finally be able to know the proper way of creating the ashes for this ma-

jor service is a great skill to have,” Congregational United Church of Christ the Rev. Jessica Petersen said. Petersen was taught the proper burning of the ashes by former pastor David Raymond, who was the former pastor of Congregation United Church of Christ in Newton. “I remember not knowing the proper way of burning the ashes for Ash Wednesday, so I found out from a pastor who taught me,” Raymond said. “It was great to pass on this skill to

another young pastor.” The tradition of Ash Wednesday is practiced by multiple Christian denominations, which include Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Anglicans, Presbyterians, and some Baptist denominations. Many pastors base the service off of the scripture in the Bible, Genesis 3:19 — “For dust you are and to dust you shall return”. For more information and traditions of Ash Wednesday as it comes to individual denominations consult the pastor in your local church.

Pope’s Franciscans kick-start fundraising effort ROME (AP) — Pope Francis’ namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, founded his order of mendicant friars in the 13th century after receiving a calling from God to “rebuild my church.” Some 800 years later, St. Francis’ followers are rebuilding his church in the ancient tradition of door-to-door begging that St. Francis championed — but with a very modern twist. With interest in things Franciscan at an all-time high, the friars who run the San Francesco a Ripa church in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood launched a Kickstarter online fundraising campaign Tuesday to try to raise $125,000 for the restoration of the tiny cell where St. Francis stayed when he came to Rome to see the pope, The Associated Press has learned. Rather than ask for funding from the Italian government, which owns

the church and is responsible for its upkeep, the friars decided on this more democratic crowd-funding initiative, thinking it more in keeping with the Franciscan tradition of seeking alms for just what they need, spreading the faith as they beg and making sure the poor are the priority. “It seemed important to us, very Franciscan even, to say that today perhaps public money should be destined to more urgent things, more important things like social issues that are affecting Italy and Europe at large,” said the Rev. Stefano Tamburo, the 43-year-old guardian of the sanctuary who is spearheading the campaign. Kickstarter is one of dozens of crowd-funding websites that have sprung up in recent years to let people raise money for specific projects, with the catch being that the money is re-

turned to donors if the target isn’t met in a certain time frame. Kickstarter campaigns have included Spike Lee movies, funky restaurants, arts projects and business startups. Since it was founded in 2009, more than $1 billion has been pledged for 136,000 projects, though only about 44 percent of them were successfully completed, according to Kickstarter’s website. The Franciscan renovation calls for a thorough cleaning of the plaster walls of the tiny cell where St. Francis stayed above the sacristy. The walls have been caked in centuries of candle wax and soot and are crumbling in places. “We want to provide a high-quality service, not just open the doors but explain how Francis lived in this place, and how this place can speak to us about St. Francis today,” Tamburo said.

The Howard Street Christian Church, located at 101 N. Locust St. in Colfax, is hosting a series of Sunday evening services for Lenten this spring. The schedule is as follows: Sunday, March 16, Loynachans from Winterset; Sunday, March 23, bluegrass music performed by Highway Home; Sunday, March 30, Headin Home from Colfax; Sunday, April 6, bluegrass music performed by Fine Line; and Sunday, April 13, The Ambassadors from Des Moines. A coffee time will begin at 5:15 p.m. prior to each concert, which will start at 6 p.m. A free will offering will be accepted.

Primetimers to host potluck Monday Community Heights Alliance Church ministry “Primetimers” will host a potluck meal scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in the gathering room of the church, located at 2500 S. 13th Ave. E. in Newton. The program will be given by Pastor and singer/songwriter Dave Winchester, of Des Moines. Potluck hosts will include: EIla Guthrie, Freda DeGreef, Dean Shore, Letitia Shore, Keith Schwartz and Jan Houser. Later in March, Primetimers will host its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 27 at Giovanni’s, 2020 First Ave. E. in Newton. Registrations are required by March 23.  Community Heights Alliance Church family and friends are welcomed.   

Annual McCann Lenten fish fry Friday The annual Lenten fish fry dinners will be at 5 p.m. each Friday at McCann Center. Fried and baked fish are available along with green beans, baked potato and dinner roll with the trimmings. The Monsignor TJ McCann Council of the Knights of Columbus serve fish meals each Friday during lent through April 11. In addition, the Sacred Heart Youth Group provides homemade desserts for a good will offering.

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