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County to add generators to two county buildings

OBITUARIES Janet (Weir) Clemens, 64


By Ty Rushing Daily News Staff Writer


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Collin Hansen/Daily News Intern Tuesday’s election for the Newton Community School District to renew its Physical Plant and Equipment Levy went in the district’s favor as 133 people voted “Yes” on the measure.


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PPEL passes with 82 percent of vote By Ty Rushing Daily News Senior Staff Writer Although turnout was low, it was a good April Fool’s Day for the Newton Community School District as 82 percent of voters approved renewing the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. Unofficial results from the Jasper County Auditor’s Office indicate 133 people voted “yes” and just 29 voted “no.” NCSD Board of Education President Andy Elbert was relieved the measure passed and commented on the matter. “I’m glad that the community went and approved it again,” Elbert said. “It’s obviously important for our kids and our staff to continue to have the facilities to (attend) and learn in. It’s definitely needed, otherwise, the money would have to come out of the general fund and that affects the students and everybody else.” The PPEL’s passing will also alleviate some of the worry Business Manager Gayle Isaac displayed at Mon-


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Monday night’s power outage in Newton gave Sheriff John Halferty all the talking points he needed to convince the Jasper County Board of Supervisors of the county’s need for two additional generators. The generators would be located at the Jasper County Emergency Command Center and the Secondary Roads Department. Halferty said Jim Sparks, Jasper County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, had secured grant funds to pay for each individual generator. Newton-based Van Maanen Electric was selected to provide the generators at a cost of $2,994 a piece. “It’s kind of a two-fold project,” Halferty said. “We have radio towers at the county shop and at the annex building here that run the radio channels. They are repeated channels, so they require electricity or power to them at all times.” Halferty also requested, and received approval, for Van Maanen to install the county’s new generators. The generator at the EOC will be placed upon the roof, and the project will cost $3,666.33. The instillation at Secondary Roads will cost $3,158.80. After making those requests, Halferty also proposed the board consider hiring two part-time, as needed, transport officers. He said the two current transport individuals have been very busy and with his department being down two deputies, this could provide a needed service. “It’s not really adding positions,” Halferty said. “The number of transports that we have to prison or to mental commitment or substance abuse commitments sometimes come all at once.” The board approved this, and Halferty said he and Jasper County Human Resources Director Dennis Simon were drafting a plan of the job description. Simon also received approval for the hiring resolutions of a part-time SUPERVISORS See Page 5A

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day’s school board meeting, where he stressed the importance of it being renewed. “That dollar levy there (PPEL) is very important to the district,” he said. “We’re minimizing the use of sales tax for infrastructure, and we are using that PPEL money for roof replacements, boiler replacement, just an ongoing number of projects.” He went on to say the district’s maintenance staff is projecting $200,000 worth of repairs for the Berg Complex next year and the district plans on using PPEL funds for that project. The district collects between $650,000 to $750,000 annually through PPEL and uses those funds to purchase vehicles, provide facilities maintenance and update technology, as well as perform other actions. At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, the Jasper County Board of Supervisors will canvass the elections results.

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No one in Washington, D.C., is a bigger champion of the wind energy production tax credit than U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). He created the legislation that led to the incentive, which has driven manufacturing jobs felt right here in Jasper County. “Wind energy supports thousands of jobs and generates billions of dollars in investment across the country using a natural, non-polluting resource,” he said. Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee is set to take up a proposed package of “green” energy tax extension provisions — called an “extender bill” — that will not include wind energy. As the Ranking Member of the committee and former Finance Committee Chairman, Grassley is throwing his weight behind the legislation. “There’s no fair rationale for leaving wind energy out of the chairman’s mark,” he said Tuesday. “There’s a significant amount of bipartisan, bicameral support for the wind tax provisions. Just last month, 26 senators and 118 House members urged restoring the lapsed provisions.” In a brief interview last Thursday, Grassley had said he suggested senators who are opposed to any part of the extender bill should remove those parts, allowing the legislative process to move forward. He said those in support of wind energy, like himself, could then add it back in as an amendment. He’s sticking to his guns on that plan. “I’ll file an amendment and work with my colleagues to get the wind energy provisions restored in the tax extenders package moving through the Finance Committee,” he said Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Grassley joined U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) and U.S. Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) to author a commentary on wind energy. That commentary will appear in tomorrow’s Daily News on the opinion page.

Submitted Photo The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will present Nature Tots from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday for local children ages 3 to 5. The program topic will be “Root of the Matter,” and a refuge naturalist will lead participants in reading stories, going outside, making nature crafts and more. The program is free and open to the public. Nature Tots programs are educational programs designed for young learners. Lessons focus on engaging children’s senses and use hands-on and interactive activities. To register or learn more, contact Megan Wandag at (515) 994-3400 or megan The next Nature Tots program will be on Saturday, May 10.


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Janet Weir Clemens

2014, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services, with

March 30, 2014 Janet (Weir) Clemens, 64, of McCallsburg, and formerly of Colo, died Sunday, March 30,

burial to follow in Colo Cemetery in Colo. Condolences may be sent online to Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Janet and her family.

Police Blotter Newton Police Department • Mercedes D. Brinstad, 22, of Carroll was arrested on a Chariton warrant for probation violation after authorities went to 601 S. Third Ave. E. #2 at 11:25 a.m. March 25 looking for a female wanted on an active warrant. Brinstad was located and transported to the Jasper County Jail. • Churie M. Congdon, 26, of Newton and Heather D. Jackson, 20, of Newton both were charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a theft complaint at 5:15 p.m. March 25 at Walmart. Jackson attempted to flee the scene but was stopped in her vehicle, where authorities found stolen socks. Congdon was detained by store employees and found with a pair of sunglasses. The total value of the stolen items ­was $16.02.  Both women were taken to the Jasper County Jail. Jackson also was charged with possessing contraband after authorities found a baggie containing .7 gram of methamphetamine in her possession at the jail. • David L. Dugan, 24, of Newton was charged with driving while license suspended after authorities stopped him at 11:20 p.m. March 21 in the 700 block of East Sixth Street North for having an inoperable brake light. He was charged for driving with a suspended license and released to appear in court.   • Andrew J. Free, 19, of Newton was cited with failure to maintain control after authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident at 6:19 p.m. March 25. Free was traveling east in the 2200 block of First Avenue East and attempted to stop behide a vehicle ahead of him when his foot slipped off the pedal, causing him to strike the rear of the vehicle, driven by Layne D. Meyer, 46, of West Union. Meyer’s vehicle sustained an estimated $800 damage and Free’s an estimated $300 damage. • Michaela L. Harrison, 23, of Newton was cited with failure to maintain control and leaving the scene of an accident after authorities responded to an accident at 11:53 a.m. March 19. Harrison was traveling south in the 400 block of East Eighth Street South, side-swiped a parked vehicle owned by Toby L. Lusk of Newton and left the scene. Lusk witnessed the accident and provided Harrison’s license plate number to authorities. Each vehicle sustained an estimated $1,000 damage. • Jackson R. Heard, 22, of Newton was charged with possession of stolen property fourth-degree theft after authorities located him at 7:19 p.m. March 20 at his residence, 812 N. Third Ave. W. in Newton. Authorities executed a search warrant Feb. 7 at 400 N. Second Ave. E. #9 regard-

ing stolen property and later recovered a stolen ViewSonic projector at Heard’s residence. Heard stated he was given the projector and that he thought it was stolen. He was transported to the Jasper County Jail. • Amanda L. King, 29, of Des Moines was arrested on a Polk County warrant for unauthorized use of credit cards after Newton police were called to the adult probation office at 10:35 a.m. March 25 in reference to a female wanted on a warrant. She was transported to the Jasper County Jail. • Christopher L. Loudermilk, 22, of Newton was charged with driving while license suspended after authorities stopped him at 11:30 p.m. March 23 in the 600 block of West Third Street South for having an inoperable brake light. He was charged for driving with a suspended license and released to appear in court. • Amanda R. McConnell, 33, of Newton was cited with failure to maintain control following a singlevehicle accident at 5:02 p.m. March 21. McConnell was traveling east on North Ninth Avenue West from Union Drive when her brakes went out, causing her to hit a fire hydrant. Her truck sustained an estimated $2,000 damage. The fire hydrant sustained an estimated $100 damage and a street sign pole an estimated $200 damage. • Ridge A. Weithers, 16, of Newton and Brayden M. Boock, 19, of Baxter both were charged with disorderly conduct after authorities observed them fighting at 3:28 p.m. March 22 at Woodland Park. The two were separated. Weithers was referred to juvenile court services, and Boock was released to appear in court. • Wayne W. Wheatcraft, 16, of Colfax was charged with fifth-degree theft after authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at 7:56 p.m. March 23 at Walmart. He was charged for allegedly concealing an audio converter valued at $10.57. He was referred to juvenile court services. • Kimberly S. Woody, 28, of Indianola was charged with driving while license suspended after authorities stopped her at 1:18 a.m. March 21 in the 900 block of North Eighth Avenue East for having an inoperable brake light. She was charged for driving with a suspended license and released to appear in court. A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. It is the policy of the Newton Daily News to release the names of individuals charged with a crime who are 16 and older.

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DNR offers answers on Facebook

For Thursday Ceramics 8:30 to 11:30 at the Jasper County Senior Citizens Center

Iowans with questions about spring fishing — everything from regulations to what’s biting where — can have those questions answered live on Facebook April 9. DNR fisheries supervisor Chris Larson will answer questions live from noon to 2 p.m. To ask a question, post it as a comment on the “Live Q&A” post that the DNR will post at noon that day at Questions received after 2 p.m. will be answered, but at a later time. To make sure you see the Facebook live Q&A when it is posted, make sure you “like” the DNR’s page on Facebook. Go to iowadnr and click on “like” and make sure “get notifications” and “show in news feed” are selected.

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Prairie burn April 11

Thursday Baked fish, baked beans, brussels sprouts, chilled apricots, whole wheat bread, cherry crisp and skim milk

The public is invited to watch a controlled prairie burn at 7 p.m., Friday, April 11, at the Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve. Fire is a very important management tool for Iowa’s tall grass prairies, according to Katie Cantu of the Jasper County Conservation Board, and the public is invited to witness this event. Prairie used to cover about 85 percent of Iowa’s landscape, and was periodically burned off due to lightning strikes or fires set on purpose by Native Americans. Participants are asked to arrive by 7 p.m. The Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve is located by driving north off of exit 179 (Lynnville exit) from I‑80. The preserve entrance is reached by going another mile east on the gravel road, Jacob Avenue. Meet at the east entrance. The Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve prairie and the use of fire to burn prairie will be interpreted by the Jasper County Conservation Board. Old clothing and shoes are appropriate; cameras may be desirable. In case of rain or strong winds, the burn will be canceled. Call (641) 792‑9780 or check for more information.

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Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau launches effort to reduce fatal crashes DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities are launching an effort to reduce fatal crashes on Iowa’s secondary rural roads. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau announced the effort, which began Tuesday and continues through Sept. 30, 2015. The program will focus on rural second-

ary roads in Allamakee, Marion, Webster, Fremont and Palo Alto counties. Those counties agreed to participate after an analysis of 10 years of crash data and seat belt compliance rates. Participating counties will take a threetier approach including enforcement of traffic laws, especially the

seat belt law, education about traffic laws and low-cost safety improvements in the participating counties. The safety bureau says 72 percent of fatal crashes in 2012 were on secondary rural roads. Those roads make up 79 percent of Iowa’s total roadways. Iowa had 317 traffic fatalities in 2013.

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

With the Valle Drive-In opening this weekend, what’s your favorite drive-in memory?

Trisha Guthrie

“When the kids were younger, going as a family with my husband, was something that we all really enjoyed doing.”

Dennis Wilder

Well, of course, we use to sneak people in back in the day, and I enjoyed going to the consessions to check out who all was there.”

Abi Pelelo-Ray

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“I just moved here in September, but I’m excited to go. I didn’t know they still existed until I moved here and I was so happy to find that out.”

“I remember going to Star Wars when I was a kid, and we use to play up in front of the screen.” Chris Sinclair

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Reader reacts to Sheriff Office’s new MRAP To the editor: Do you buy this load of malarkey the Sheriff ’s department needs a bulletproof, RPG-proof, mine-proof armored war machine to do police work? “It is only for emergencies” Chief Deputy Rozendaal says. That sounds like a Jedi mind trick to me. The fire department already has very capable vehicles to respond to emergencies.  This is an assault vehicle pure and simple. It is a step towards militarization of the police force. You don’t use a vehicle like this to serve the public, but to use force     against it. Shame on Chief Deputy Rozendaal for making such an obviously vague and deceptive statement. I am shocked that anyone would buy what they are trying to sell. Remember what law enforcement always says: “buyer beware.” Martin Griggs Newton

Taxpayers will foot the bill for MRAP acquisition To the editor: The Highway to hell is paved with “good intentions.” The Jasper County Sheriff Office’s acquisition of a former military MRAP seems very akin to another government agency that deals with emergencies, which purchased more than a million rounds of assault gun — oops, “personal protection device” — ammunition. It’s just something else the taxpayers have to support on someone’s whim. Steve Bookout Newton

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Diary of a caffeine addict I simply don’t understand how anyone past the age of 10 functions in the morning without the aide of caffeine. I really don’t, I can’t fathom going an entire morning with coffee. I need my brown nectar of the gods just to simply get By Ty Rushing dressed in the Daily News Senior morning and to Staff Writer be able to perform even the most basic of my job functions — like remembering what the context of an email I received two minutes ago was about when trying to explain it to my boss. As I write this, I’m only two days into the work week and I’m dragging due to the news side of the Daily News being without coffee. A few weeks ago, my surrogate sister, coworker and famed-millionaire Kate Malott got the brilliant idea to purchase a 72 pack of K-cups from Costco. For the uninitiated, K-Cups are this big coffee scam created by the Keurig Company to get you to buy their overpriced one cup at a time coffee machines. Here’s the kicker, the only thing that works in the machines are, yup, you guessed it — KCups. Name one real coffee drinker that drinks “one cup of coffee,” I bet you can’t think of a single one. Sorry, decaf people don’t count as real coffee drinkers. Anyway, as Kate’s surrogate big brother — although I’m technically younger, I’m way taller — I was disappointed that she not only bought into Keurig’s scam, but that she bought K-Cups despite the fact she nor the news side of the office owned a K-Cup machine. Her justification, for this heinous crime against my caffeine dependency, was that “It was such a good deal.” Luckily for us, and I use the term very loosely, the advertising side had a K-Cup machine, that operated about as efficiently as an ’80s VHS player, they were willing to let

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us borrow. I hated that machine and the fact that I had to run it twice just get one full cup of coffee fueled my K-Cup hatred even more. I drink one cup at home, one on the drive to work and I usually down three to four cups in the office in the morning. So to say that I wasn’t happy with the amount of coffee our terrible, ancient, scam of a coffee maker put out is an understatement. We ran through those 72 K-Cups in about eight working days. If we purchased regular coffee in bulk from Costco, that amount can usually last up to a month. With so much stuff happening back home with my family and in Jasper County with politics and in the schools, my body has needed my usual dosages of caffeine more than ever! I have to thank God that my favorite coffee shop in the entire world, not just Newton, has been there to fulfill my coffee needs. The place I’m talking about is Uncle Nancy’s Coffeehouse in downtown on the north side of the square. I know that every time I come in there, I can depend on getting some good natured ribbing from the owner Gina, who I refer to as “Mama,” and Traci and Jenni my

favorite baristas, but most importantly — fresh and delicious cups of coffee. Mama always makes sure to let me know what new flavors she has coming in and which ones I should try first, and the ladies there seem to put up with my habit of starting random conversations about everything from “Fake Rolexes” to shouting to kids to “stay in school.” And on the rare occasions I stray away from my usual large coffee, they can usually easily convince me to add whipped cream to my drink by playing up “the yummy factor” it adds. I secretly think every Iowan is out to destroy my diet by offering me delicacies and generous portions — curse you, you cordial people. In the year-plus that I’ve been in Newton, I’ve run through at least five Uncle Nancy punch cards, which should tell you how good it is and why I’m willing to spend my hard-earned money in there. We all know I’m cheap and poor and to put this into perspective, I purchase the coffee for my apartment at Dollar Tree. Don’t get me wrong, I frequent other coffee providers in Newton, but as I tell Mama again and again, “I’m an Uncle Nancy’s boy.”

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Report reveals source of secret settlement funds

Federal investigators go inside burned building

DES MOINES (AP) — The revelation from Gov. Terry Branstad’s office that money from state agencies was used to pay secret settlements for fired workers prompted one lawmaker on Tuesday to question whether the funds have been misappropriated. Sen. Steven Sodders, D-State Center, said an outside investigation may be needed to determine whether laws were broken and charges should be filed. More than 320 state workers have entered settlement agreements since the Republican governor took office in 2011, and more than two dozen were asked to sign confidentiality agreements. The total paid exceeded $500,000. “It’s getting almost to the point with these hush money settlements where I believe we need to have a special prosecutor to come in and make it fair and determine whether there should be some criminal action to it,” he said. Five settlement agreements came from the Iowa Department of Administrative Services and were approved by the agency’s director, Mike Carroll. Money for four came from the agency’s utilities fund, while the fifth was funded by the energy program budget, according to documents provided by the agency. Three agreements

DES MOINES (AP) — Federal investigators have gotten their first look inside a downtown Des Moines building gutted by fire over the weekend. The Des Moines Register reported investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were in the building’s west side on Tuesday. That section of the building was not as badly damaged as the east portion, where flames consumed


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at the Department of Human Services were funded by the agency’s operations budget, while various accounts, including operations and discretionary funds, were used for settlements at the Department of Public Health, the Alcohol Beverages Division, The Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Workforce Development, and the Veterans Home. “I think it shows the length that these directors went to hide what they were doing,” Sodders said. “I think Iowans would say, ‘Wait a minute, you’re taking money out of the utility budget to pay these hush money deals so no one knows about it?” Hearings are scheduled this week for department directors to explain the agreements and payments, and for former employees to tell their stories. “The goal of the hearings is to shed some light on who was involved in making these secret agreements, who approved the funding, and how the Branstad administration was able to find this money in supposedly tough budget times,” said Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen, who chairs the Senate Government Oversight Committee and requested the information from the agencies. Branstad signed an executive order last week prohibiting future confidential settlement agreements. The Republican said he knew nothing about the practice until it was reported in the Des Moines Register last month. He called confidential agreements illadvised and unacceptable and said each depart-

ment independently authorized its own agreements. “There’s no mastermind behind this,” he said Monday. “These were mistakes made contrary to the policy and commitment of this administration to openness and transparency.” He noted that previous administrations also have signed confidentiality agreements. Eight settlements at the Department of Administrative Services were approved while Democratic Gov. Chet Culver was in office, according to documents released Monday by the agency. Culver said those agreements were signed as part of the state’s grievance process, strictly following state law. Under Branstad, Culver said, many of the workers were targeted to be fired under completely different circumstances. “We worked through appropriate channels and never made any secret deals,” Culver said. “He needs to stand up and take full responsibility and stop pointing fingers at everybody else. He’s in his 20th year in that office and it’s laughable for him to try to make any comparisons to our administration.” Culver was defeated by Branstad in 2010, after one term as governor. The top union official at the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees local said it’s no coincidence the restructuring layoffs purged many Democrats from the state payroll. But Branstad, who is seeking re-election in November, flatly denies politics played any role.

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entire floors. ATF spokesman John Hamm says investigators are looking for spots that might have burned hotter than others and indications of how the fire burned and what might have caused it. The 115-year-old Younkers building was in the midst of a $36 million housing project renovation when it was consumed by fire early Saturday. It had been vacant since 2005.

Iowa developer borrowed friend’s car before death IOWA CITY (AP) — A prominent Des Moines developer found dead in a scorched vehicle days after leaving federal prison had borrowed the car to check in with a parole officer and never returned, a friend said Tuesday. Iowa authorities are investigating the death of 64-year-old Bobby Joe Knapp, whose body was found Sunday in the backseat of the burnt vehicle in rural western Iowa by a farmer checking his fields. A police report re-

leased Tuesday showed that Knapp’s parole officer believed Knapp was “going to harm himself ” after his March 26 disappearance touched off a search involving local, state and federal agencies. Neil Henderson of Waukee, a lifelong friend of Knapp’s, said that Knapp remained angry about the prosecution that sent him to prison and concerned about how he would make a living. Special Agent in Charge Mike Motsinger of the Iowa Division of Criminal Inves-

Supervisors Continued from Page 1A position for the Jasper County Treasure’s Office, due to an impending retirement, and a seasonal position for the Jasper County Conservation Office. After consulting with County Attorney Mike Jacobsen, the

tigation said the cause and manner of Knapp’s death remain under investigation. He said Knapp did not have any gunshot wounds. The medical examiner is awaiting toxicology and other lab results before making a final determination, which could take weeks. “We don’t feel there is any danger to the public,” Motsinger said. Knapp left the federal prison in Duluth, Minn., on March 25 after serving more than 2½ years following his 2011 conviction for environmental violations.

board voted again on the Prairie City annexation project to clear up the legal description of the lands being annexed in the resolution. The measure was originally approved during the Feb. 11 meeting. Senior staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at


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Woman in relationship can’t resist flirting with other men DEAR ABBY: I have been with my current boyfriend for a year and a half and I love him dearly. However, I often find myself drawn to other guys who I know are nothing but trouble. It never goes further than simple flirting, but I still feel guilty for doing it when I’m in a relationship. How do I keep myself from temptation? — HARD TO RESIST DEAR HARD TO RESIST: Temptation to do what? To involve yourself with a man who is nothing but trouble? A way to discourage that would be to ask yourself how you would feel if you lost your boyfriend. That would be a high price to pay for acting immaturely. However, if you’re asking how to overcome the IMPULSE, my advice is to have an honest conversation with yourself about why you feel the need. Most of the women (and men) who act this way are constantly trying to prove to themselves that they are attractive. If this could be you, then start working on your self-esteem, because if you don’t, I predict you’ll ruin a good relationship. DEAR ABBY: I’m in my 50s and overweight. I work hard, eat three meals a day and am — more or less — healthy except for sore feet after work. I’m aware of the medical warnings. Who isn’t? But I have decided to accept myself as I am, relax and be happy. For years I have been hard on myself for not being slim. This is me in my 50s. I don’t expect myself to be slim like I was in my 20s. Now I can smile, breathe easier, have a good time, and finally buy the new clothes I have put off buying until I was thinner. My new spirit is weightless

and my new attitude has made my life more meaningful. Any thoughts? — LIVING FREE AT LAST DEAR LIVING FREE: Only this, that we all have choices to make about our health, what is important to us and how we want to live our lives. You have made yours, and at this point it appears to have been the right one for you. May it ever be thus. DEAR ABBY: My husband has a paralyzing fear of driving over bridges. It interferes with our life together. He is otherwise healthy, but will not see a therapist for this problem. We have been married for 27 years. I am 63 and he is 67. I am very sad that our life is so limited. Any advice? — LANDLOCKED IN VIRGINIA DEAR LANDLOCKED: It would be interesting to know how your husband developed this phobia. But because he refuses to do anything about it and you feel restricted, consider traveling with another companion.







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Daily News No Woods UConn, Notre Dame headline at Masters women’s NCAA Final Four Top golfer has back surgery By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer

Tiger Woods chose surgery to heal his ailing back over a quest for another green jacket, announcing Tuesday that he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career. Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting Woods him for several months, knowing the surgery would keep him from Augusta National next week for the first time since he was a senior in high school. The No. 1 player in the world is a four-time Masters champion. “After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided in consultation with my doctors to have this procedure done, Woods said. “I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters. WOODS See Page 8A

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer UConn and Notre Dame have been on a collision course all season for what would be an unprecedented national championship game. Now the two unbeaten teams are each one victory away from a showdown in Music City. Standing in the way of that historic matchup are Maryland and Stanford. “If they just wanted a Connecticut-Notre Dame showdown, what’d they make us do this for?” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer quipped. The Cardinal will face the topseeded Huskies while the Irish will play the Terrapins on Sunday in the Final Fourin Nashville, Tenn. Both games are rematches from earlier in the season. Connecticut, which has won 44 straight games, advanced to the national semifinals for the seventh straight season. The Huskies won the national championship last year and are trying to win a record ninth title after beating Texas A&M in the regional finals. “It’s not easy to beat anybody at this time of the year because everybody is playing their best basketball,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “We beat a pretty good team ..., and I’m proud of my team. I thought we were really, really good when we needed to be really, really good.” Like the Huskies, the Irish have been to four straight Final Fours. They are the sixth school to reach the national semifinals in four consecutive years, joining UConn, LSU, Stanford, Louisiana Tech and Tennessee. “It means so much to our program. I think it’s a statement,” McGraw said. “When Skylar (Diggins) came in, I think people expected that we would be in the Final Four, and then when Skylar graduated I don’t think

anyone expected that we’d be back in the Final Four. So I think it says a lot about this team.” The Irish’s chances of winning their first national championship since 2001 took a big blow when forward Natalie Achonwa tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in the regional final victory over Baylor. “We still believe,” McGraw said. “She got us to this point, now somebody else has to finish it.” Achonwa was third on the team at 14.9 points per game, but the Irish will miss her most on the boards since she led the Irish in rebounding with 7.7 per game. The Terps advanced to their first Final Four since winning the national championship in 2006. “There was a lot of deja vu the last couple days,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “It brings back special memories from 2006. Really, the teamwork is the same, when you talk about your players and your staff and support staff, very similar to ‘06 in terms of just being lined up together.” Frese doesn’t mind that all the talk seems to be about the two unbeaten teams. “I love it. It’s par for the course,” she said. “We’ll just try to fly under the radar and be who we are. Nobody expected us to be able to pull off this upset. It’s easy to say that a team should win on their home court, but this team just keeps believing and they just keep staying grounded, and we’ll just continue to be true to ourselves.” Maryland will have a chance to avenge an 87-83 loss to Notre Dame in late January. Both Stanford and Notre Dame advanced winning regional finals at home, while Maryland had to go into Louisville before 14,002 to move on. WOMEN See Page 8A

PCM girls’ golf team, track teams ready for 2014 By Jocelyn Sheets Daily News Sports Editor

Jocelyn Sheets/Daily News Members of the 2014 Prairie City-Monroe girls’ golf team are (left to right) Abby Van Haaften, Cassidy Van Veen, Breanna Maher and Kelsey Van Veen.

MONROE — With seven state qualifiers back, Prairie City-Monroe’s girls have a solid nucleus for the track team while the Mustang boys’ track team is under the guidance of a new head coach. The PCM girls’ golf team has three returners and one newcomer for 2014. The Mustang track teams kick off the 2014 outdoor season this week. The girls ware at Albia Tuesday and boys open at Roland-Story Friday, April 4. Both squads go to North Polk Tuesday, April 8. Girls Golf Seniors Cassidy and Kelsey Van Veen lead the Mustang girls’ golf team. Both girls were letter winners a year ago. Sophomore Abby Van Haaften was a new golfer last year. They are joined by freshman Breanna Maher. “All of the girls have some previous golf experience, so that is a big asset to our team,” said Val Edwards, PCM golf coach. “This group is very competitive, which will help us as the season progresses. We’re hoping the weather starts to cooperate to get in some quality practice rounds before our first meet.” Edwards said she expects the Van Veen sisters to be the top two golfers for the team with their experience. Van Haaften has a year of experience

Jocelyn Sheets/Daily News Members of the 2014 Prairie City-Monroe boys’ track team are (left to right), front row, Skyler Koder, Matt Chizek, Glenn Gillespie, Troy Vittetoe, Zach Uhlenhopp, Tyler Townsend; middle row, Chase Kuecker, Ricky Reeve, Keith Sutton, Ronnie Marshall, Connor Warrick, Jordan Knowles, Leevi Telfer, Trenton Howard; back row, Ethan Webb, Tyler Dredge, Luke Greiner, Logan Gillman, Tyler Foster, Gunnar Davis, Austin Sneller, Mark Bruxvoort. Not Pictured: Maverick McAtee, Chris Ellens, Andreas Vargas.

and Edwards looks for good scores from Van Haaften. “Breanna comes in with quite a bit of experience, having played with her dad and older brothers, PCM grads Brady and Brooke Maher,” Edwards said. “Our goal is to repeat as Heart of Iowa Conference champions, break our 9-hole and 18-hole records again and get to the state golf meet. These are lofty goals, but these four girls work hard and I expect them to step up to the challenge.” The Mustang girls open in their home course Tuesday, April 8, at Gateway Recreation in Monroe. Edwards said the team will travel to a couple of new courses this season in Edmundson, Oskaloosa and Cedar Point in Boone for the conference meet. “Seven of our 12 meets are 18-hole meets. I’m looking forward to a fun and competitive season with this group of girls and a new assistant coach, Brad Hill,” said Edwards, who is in her 15th year with the PCM golf program and her fifth year as head coach. Boys Track Eric Karr takes over the reins of the PCM boys’ track team. Karr finished his second season as PCM’s head cross country coach in the fall. Karr was a national qualifier as a runner for Simpson College. “This season is all about building the program with tons of teaching how to run, jump, and throw,” Karr said. “I’m trying to instill my passion for the sport in them. They graduated two state qualifiers and we don’t have any state meet experience back on the team this season.” Karr is assisted by Joel Grier, who was the longtime PCM girls coach. Grier works mainly with the throwers on the team. Seniors Matt Chizek, Glenn Gillespie, Zach Uhlenhopp and Troy Vittetoe return. Chizek comes off a strong cross country season to lead the distance runners in the 800 and 1,600 meter races. Uhlenhopp and Vittetoe are expected to contribute on the track in the 200, 400 and 800-meter races. Gillespie competes in the shot put and discus along with juniors Jordan Knowles and Connor Warrick. Other juniors are Hayes Applegate, Skyler Koder, Ronnie Marshall, Maverick McAtee, Ricky Reeve, Keith Sutton, and Tyler Townsend. Sophomores on the team are Gunnar Davis, PCM See Page 8A

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PCM: Spring sports kick off the season Continued from Page 7A Tyler Dredge, Tyler Foster, Logan Gilman, Trent Howard, Austin Sneller, and Andreas Vargas. Freshmen on the team are Mark Bruxvoort, Chris Ellens, Luke Greiner, Chase Kuecker, Leevi Telfer, and Ethan Webb. “It’s looking like the 400, 800, and 1600 may score us some points. Throwers and jumpers are getting better, and I expect some points from them, too,” Karr said. “My only concern is the low number of students out for track. It’s going to take some time, but this program will be successful.” Girls Track The Mustang girls are loaded for bear under second-year head coach Bridget Martin. PCM qualified for nine events at the state meet and seven girls from that group are back for the 2014 season. “We are very excited about the upcoming season. We have a great balance of sprints, distance, and field events this year. The experience our upperclassmen bring to this team has been very beneficial for our newcomers,” Martin said. “We have had a lot of our upperclassmen step up and be great positive leaders for the team.” Heart of Iowa Conference champions returning for the PCM girls are seniors Abbi Gilson in the discus and Lexi Kain in the 400-meter dash and junior Rachel Peter in the 800-meter run. Gilson was the conference runner-up in the shot put. Gilson qualified for the state track meet in shot put and discus while Gilson went in the 400, the 400-meter hurdles and as a member of the

Jocelyn Sheets/Daily News Members of the 2014 Prairie City-Monroe girls’ track team are (left to right), front row, Mallery Downey, Emily Hugen, Lexi Kain, Abbi Gilson, Rachel Gulling, Jayci Vos; middle row, Kayla Jennings, Ashley Van Gorp, Morgan Novak, Katie Vande Wall, Rachel Peter, Kenzie Clarke, Taylor Burns; back row, Tatum Schnug, Kiara Kapplemann, Grace Telfer, Kaylee Townsend, Courtney Van Houweling, Rachel Freland, Rachel Stafford. Not pictured: Sierra Littrell.

4x100-meter relay team. Peter went to state in the 1,500 and 3,000 meter races. The Mustangs return their statequalifying 4x200-meter relay team of juniors Mackenzie Clarke and Courtney Van Houweling and sophomores Emily Hugen and Ashley Van Gorp. Clarke and Hugen were on the 4x100meter relay team with Kain. Van Houweling and Van Gorp went to state on the 4x400-meter relay team. Martin said freshman Rachel Stafford qualified for state in cross country in this past fall, and hoping Stafford will make an impact in the distance

races. Junior Rachel Gulling is a newcomer, who is expected to contribute in the hurdles and short sprints. Martin said the freshman class as a whole is very talented in both the sprint and distance events, and will be contributors for the Mustangs right away. “Our team dynamics and atmosphere has been very impressive. The girls have done a nice job staying positive and working together as a team through tough workouts. We are really focusing on the big meets in May this year (conference, districts, and state). The Heart of Iowa conference is a tough one in track and field, and

Women: Maryland, Stanford in Final Four too Continued from Page 7A “We had them at home and let it slip away,” Maryland star Alyssa Thomas said. “We’re a different team now and looking forward to the matchup.” Reaching the Final Four was about the only thing missing from Thomas’ stellar career. While it’s her first trip

to the big stage, fellow AllAmerican Chiney Ogwumike has the Cardinal back in the national semifinals for the sixth time in seven years after beating North Carolina 7465. Stanford was eliminated in the regional semifinals by Georgia last season, ending a streak of five straight trips to theFinal Four. Now Ogwumike has the Cardinal back in the national

semifinals and trying to win their first championship since 1992. The Cardinal have had their chances, losing to Tennessee in the 2008 championship game and to Connecticut for the 2010 title. Stanford also lost to UConn in the 2009 national semifinals, to Texas A&M in the 2011 semis and Baylor in the same round the following year.

Woods: Pinched nerve in back puts No. 1 golfer off course for another Green Jacket Continued from Page 7A “It’s a week that’s very special to me,” he said. “It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.” The Masters gets the highest television ratings of any golf tournament, and Woods commands most of the attention, even though he last won a green jacket in 2005. He won his first Masters in 1997 when he set 20 records, from youngest Masters champion at 21 to his 12-shot margin of victory. “I know Tiger has been working very hard to return to form, and as I have said many times, Tiger has a lot of years of good golf ahead of him,” Jack Nicklaus said. “I hate to see him robbed of some of that time by injury. But we all know he is doing what is in the best interest of his health and future. I wish him well on a speedy recovery.” Nicklaus played 154 straight majors for which he was eligible until he missed the 1998 British Open because of an ailing left hip that he had replaced a year later. Nicklaus rarely had injury problems in compiling 18 professional majors, the record that Woods wants. Woods has been stuck on 14 majors for six years. Woods has had four surgeries on his left knee, and now his biggest concern is his back. He has been coping with back issues since last summer: a twinge in the final round of the PGA Championship and spasms in the final round of The Barclays that caused him to fall to his knees. Then, they returned with alarming regularity recently in Florida. He withdrew after 13 holes in the final round of the Honda Classic with what he described as lower back pain and spasms. Woods shot the highest final round of his career at Doral a week later when he said his back flared up again in the final round. He skipped the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he was the two-time defending champion, to rest his back and do everything possible to be at Augusta National next week. “Tiger was gracious in keeping us updated

of his condition and making us aware of his decision,” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said. “We wholeheartedly offered our best wishes for his immediate and long-term recovery.” Woods said he had a microdiscectomy for the pinched nerve, performed by neurosurgeon Charles Rich. A microdiscectomy is a type of minimally invasive spine surgery to relieve pressure and pain caused by a herniated disc. Operating through a small incision in the lower back, surgeons remove small disc fragments that are pressing against spinal nerves. Recovery can take several weeks and doctors typically advise against bending and twisting the back until patients are completely healed “This is frustrating,” Woods said. “But it’s something my doctors advised me to do for my immediate and long-term health.” His website said repeating the motion of a golf swing can cause problems with a pinched nerve, and that the injury could have become worse if he had continued to play. Woods said he hopes to return to golf this summer, though he could not say when. It’s possible he could at least start chipping and putting in three weeks. He will have to wait until the U.S. Open — maybe longer — to resume his quest to match Nicklaus in the majors. Woods won his 14th major at the 2008 U.S. Open on a badly injured left leg that required seasonending surgery two days after his playoff win at Torrey Pines. He has not won another major since then. This would have been the 20th straight Masters for Woods, dating to 1995 when he tied for 41st as the U.S. Amateur champion. He missed the British Open and PGA Championship in 2008 after knee surgery, and the U.S. Open and British Open in 2011 to heal more injuries in his left leg. But he never missed the Masters, even after the scandal in his personal life at the end of 2009. Even though he hasn’t won the Masters in nine years, he had only finished out of the top 10 one time, in 2012.

we are hoping to do some big things at this year’s conference meet. As always, we will be taking things one meet at a time; hoping to continue to improve at each meet,” Martin said. Other members of the team are juniors Grace Telfer and Kenzie Clarke; sophomores Morgan Novak and Kiara Kapplemann; and freshmen Jayci Vos, Tatum Schnug, Katie Vande Wall, Kaylee Townsend, Sierra Litrrell, Kayla Jennings, Mallery Downey and Taylor Burns. (Editor’s Note: the PCM boys’ golf team and the PCM soccer teams will be previewed later.)

Major League Baseball Major League Baseball At A Glance The Associated Press (All Times CDT) American League East Division W L Pct GB Baltimore 1 0 1.000 — Tampa Bay 1 1 .500 ½ Toronto 1 1 .500 ½ Boston 0 1 .000 1 New York 0 1 .000 1 Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 1 0 1.000 — Cleveland 1 0 1.000 — Detroit 1 0 1.000 — Kansas City 0 1 .000 1 Minnesota 0 1 .000 1 West Division W L Pct GB Seattle 2 0 1.000 — Houston 1 0 1.000 ½ Texas 1 1 .500 1 Oakland 0 1 .000 1½ Los Angeles 0 2 .000 2 Tuesday’s Games Houston 6, N.Y. Yankees 2 Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 2 Texas 3, Philadelphia 2 Seattle 8, L.A. Angels 3 Cleveland at Oakland, ppd., rain Wednesday’s Games Kansas City at Detroit, 12:08 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m. Cleveland at Oakland, 2:35 p.m., 1st game Boston at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Texas, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Houston, 7:10 p.m. Cleveland at Oakland, 8 p.m., 2nd game Seattle at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games Kansas City (Ventura 0-0) at Detroit (Sanchez 0-0), 12:08 p.m. Minnesota (Hughes 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 0-0), 1:10 p.m. Boston (Doubront 0-0) at Baltimore (Chen 0-0), 6:05 p.m. Toronto (Morrow 0-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 0-0), 6:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Nova 0-0) at Houston (Oberholtzer 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Elias 0-0) at Oakland (Chavez 0-0), 9:05 p.m. Friday’s Games Baltimore at Detroit, 12:08 p.m. Milwaukee at Boston, 1:05 p.m. Minnesota at Cleveland, 2:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 3:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.

Texas at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Houston, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Oakland, 9:05 p.m. National League East Division W L Pct GB Miami 2 0 1.000 — Washington 1 0 1.000 ½ Atlanta 1 1 .500 1 Philadelphia 1 1 .500 1 New York 0 1 .000 1½ Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 1 0 1.000 — St. Louis 1 0 1.000 — Milwaukee 1 1 .500 ½ Chicago 0 1 .000 1 Cincinnati 0 1 .000 1 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 3 1 .750 — San Diego 1 1 .500 1 San Francisco 1 1 .500 1 Arizona 1 3 .250 2 Colorado 0 2 .000 2 Tuesday’s Games L.A. Dodgers 3, San Diego 2 Miami 4, Colorado 3 Texas 3, Philadelphia 2 Atlanta 5, Milwaukee 2 Arizona 5, San Francisco 4 Wednesday’s Games Atlanta at Milwaukee, 12:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m. Colorado at Miami, 6:10 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati, 6:10 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Mets, 6:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Texas, 7:05 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 8:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 9:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games Chicago Cubs (Hammel 0-0) at Pittsburgh (W.Rodriguez 0-0), 11:35 a.m. St. Louis (Lynn 0-0) at Cincinnati (Bailey 0-0), 11:35 a.m. Colorado (Morales 0-0) at Miami (Turner 0-0), 11:40 a.m. Washington (Zimmermann 0-0) at N.Y. Mets (Wheeler 0-0), 1:10 p.m. San Francisco (Lincecum 0-0) at Arizona (Arroyo 0-0), 2:40 p.m. Friday’s Games Atlanta at Washington, 12:05 p.m. Milwaukee at Boston, 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m. Arizona at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, 3:10 p.m. St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m. Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 6:10 p.m. San Diego at Miami, 6:10 p.m.

Redskins sign DeSean Jackson WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins made their biggest move yet of the offseason Tuesday night, adding threetime Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson less than a week days after the dynamic playmaker was released by the rival Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson’s publicist tweeted that Jackson was signing with the Redskins following two

days of meeting with coaches and officials. Jackson set career-highs with 82 catches for 1,332 yards last season for the NFC East champion Eagles, but Philadelphia tried to trade him and then cut him last week amid reports of offthe-field concerns. Jackson issued a statement denying he was associated with street gangs.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING CITY COUNCIL OF NEWTON, IOWA Notice is hereby given that the Newton Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a Public Meeting at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, April 7, 2014 in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 101 W. 4th St. S., on the following: Zoning Map Amendment: Proposal to rezone 2216 S 12th Avenue W to R-2: One and Two Family Dwelling District. Any individual may file written comments and/or be heard at said hearing. Additional information can be obtained from the Planning and Zoning Department, 1700 N. 4th Ave. W., Newton, Iowa, (641) 792-6622. April 2 NOTICE OF FORFEITURE OF REAL ESTATE CONTRACT TO: Tyler Gilbert and Kendra Gilbert (aka Kendra Rhodes) 716 E. 5th St. S., Newton, IA 50208 You and each of you are hereby notified: (1) The written contract dated August 2, 2013, and executed by Tracy LeeAnn Chamberlain as vendor, and Tyler Gilbert and Kendra Gilbert as vendees, for the sale of the following described real estate: Lot Forty-one in Block “C” in Community Heights, an Addition in the City of Newton,Jasper County, Iowa, as appears of record in Plat Book D, Page 28 in the Office of the Recorder of said County. (Locally known as 716 E. 5th St., Newton, IA 50208) has not been complied with in the following particulars: (a) February 1, 2014 installment ........................................$600.00 (b) March 1, 2014 installment ........................................$600.00 (c) balance $50.00 late fee December 1, 2013............ $20.00 (d) balance $50.00 late fee January 1, 2014................ $20.00 (e) failure to transfer water bill to Buyer's name (f) insurance coverage lapsed 02/16/2014 ............................Total $1,240.00 (2) The contract shall stand forfeited unless the parties in default, within 30 days after the third (3rd) publication of this notice in the newspaper, shall perform the terms and conditions in default, and in addition pay the reasonable costs of serving this notice. (3) The amount of attorney fees claimed by the Vendors pursuant to Section 656.7 of the Code of Iowa is $50.00 (not to exceed $50.00). Payment of the attorney fees is not required to comply with this notice in order to prevent forfeiture. Adam D. Otto, Attorney ICIS PIN No: AT0009064 Address: 123 W. 2nd St. N. PO Box 1356 Newton, IA 50208 (641) 792-7000 Attorney for Tracy LeeAnn Chamberlain, Vendor Date of Third Publication April 9, 2014. March 26 and April 2 & 9

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FIREWOOD FOR Sale: Oak, Hickory, Elm, and other hardwoods, split or whole pieces, available for camping, backyard pits, or fireplaces. Also will be available for next fall/winter, will deliver. Vintage CB Midland 23 channel 1976, fire stick with it $25. 641792-4664. FOR SALE: Remodeling, have a 2012 all white, over-the-range mount microwave, like new $100. 641-792-6580. FOR SALE: Sleeper Sofa. Great condition sleeper sofa. Mattress is 60”W & 70”L. Sofa frame is 86” wide. Smoke free, and non pet home. No kids in the home. $200.00 OBO 641-792-9367 GOLF CLUBS Sale, 700 steel antique and modern clubs to choose from. Most $10 and under. Come browse weekends. 641673-2366. GOLF CLUBS- Tour Edge Gradhite Shaft reg. Flex 3 and 6, 21° degree + 30° degree $30 for both. 641781-1308. HARLEY DAVIDSON Pearl White Helmet, new in bag, size XLG, have papers $75. Child deluxe security gate extra wide, metal $35. 2 Cabinets, one hanging with 2 shelves and one free standing with 2 shelves $5. each. 7924441. LOVE SEAT/SOFA BED, in excellent condition,with flexsteel springs, no children, no pets, pastel green, make an offer. Kimbal Broadway Electric Organ, in excellent condition, make an offer. Large size Westbend electric bread maker, has been used very little, make an offer. 7924214. NEW LEATHER Brahma Boots, rugged, size 10 ½. $65. 787-0208. PATIO SWING, 3-cushion with canopy, metal frame, perfect condition, neutral colors. $125. 792-0605. PULL TYPE Golf Cart $15. 792-3339. ROUND, WOOD dining room table. $75.00. 787-0208.





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VINTAGE SHEET Music, large collection, all types of music, 40's through 70's. Includes White Christmas, Oklahoma, For Once in My Life, and many more. Some suitable for framing. $1 to $2 each. 641-7912220. WEAR EDGE for 8' blade . Steel pipe, cable, rod, angle & channel iron. Concrete planters. 8 Bolt 16.5” truck wheels with tires. Steel mail box post. 4 Steel legs for hunting stand. 641-793-2955.

MUSCLE AND Fitness Magazines, in top shape, from 2012 & 2013. $3 a piece or $28 for all. 7870208.

1976 Cutlass Supreme 350 OLDS Auto. Fresh rebuild on motortrans. 65,000 miles on car, Charcoal grey with red interior. Call 515-729-3073 or 641-521-1588. $3,800.00

2007 CHEVY COBALT, RED, 121,2112 MILES. IN GREAT SHAPE. PERFECT FOR ANYONE WANTING A FABULOUS RUNNING CAR WITH UNBEATABLE GAS MILEAGE. WE ARE ONLY SELLING BECAUSE OUR FAMILY IS GROWING AND WE UPGRADED TO A LARGER VEHICLE. ASKING $4,000 OBO. CALL (409) 789-3825 2008 SUNSET Creek by Sunny Brook, 27' travel trailer, 12' slide out, walk in shower, regular size bed, sofa, and table make into a bed. 2 platform rockers and TV included, electric front jack, good condition, $12,000. Call 641-7924935


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1997 FORD Conversion Van. Heavy ½ ton, great for towing. New front end and front tires. Runs great. $2400. 515-778-2792 1999 ARCTIC Cat 4wheeler ATV, like new, runs great! $1950. 641831-3821. No calls after 8 pm. 3310 GEHL Skid Steer Loader. New Honda 24 horse power engine , with 80 hours, 54 inch bucket, counter weight, tire chains. 515-205-6786.

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TWO Taurus SHO's. 1993 Ford Taurus SHO: 81200+ one owner miles. Manual 5 speed overdrive transmission. All options except sunroof. Ultra red crimson color. Very clean, good to excellent condition. Included owners manual, Ford repair manual, Chiltion repair manual, purchase papers, repair records, original floor mats, and 1993 magazine articles. Vehicle is ready to drive anywhere. 1995 SHO: Parts car with lots of good parts. Bad engine and automatic transmission. Good Body, glass, wheels, and more. Asking $4900 for both cars. 641791-2220.

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Astrograph Wednesday, April 2, 2014

To rebel against those who nurture and raise us is a natural step in life’s cycle. Children grow and fly from the nest. Workers learn enough to become the boss. With the Aries sun at a terse angle to Jupiter in Cancer, there is tension around the maternal forces in our lives. Mercury and Saturn form a trine in support of this process.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 2). You’ll often leave room for serendipity, and she won’t disappoint you. She’ll tickle your funny bone, introduce you to odd characters and send you on a delightfully pointless ride. Next month brings a source of family pride and an exciting relationship development. June and September are about turning a big profit. Cancer and Capricorn people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 31, 20, 4 and 14. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Because you get along with others so well, you’ll be able to leverage your relationships to get what you need and strike

upon mutually beneficial arrangements.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll feel slightly indulgent, but that won’t stop you from luxuriating in self-care today. By taking excellent care of yourself, you are giving something special and precious to your loved ones: you at your best. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). A relationship will have you adjusting your expectations again. It doesn’t mean you were wrong before; it just means you’re changing with the times. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Nagging is immature, but often the people who rely on this style of communication are in committed relationships and are old enough to know better. You’ll now be inclined to distance yourself from nagging influences.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You make room for the people you want in your life, and so does everyone else. If you feel like you have to nudge your way

into someone’s life, or if someone is doing that to you, it’s not a good match right now. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). In some sense, you’ll have to face the music. You’d rather do this sooner than later. Maybe it won’t be as smooth and graceful as you’d like, but it will be done with, and then you can move on to a happier tune. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People who don’t know the real you but love an idea they have about you are giving you a love you can’t feel. When you show the real you, you increase your chances of having true love in your life. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ve had many ties with people. Some have tested you, and others have taught you. You’re wiser for all the people you’ve known, which is why you’ll see that today’s relationship opportunity is a good one. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your best is good enough. Your worst

isn’t so bad. All the work you’ve done has counted toward something. You only need to keep going to live the truth of these statements. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Too many routine days in a row will make life speed by. You can pull the reins on time and slow down the hours by engaging in a brandnew experience. It all starts by saying “yes.” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18). The information you’ve gathered in the past few days will be put to good use. For instance, now that you know how the person who came before you went wrong, you’ll be sure to get that part right. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Many people are happy that you’re in a situation you enjoy, and yet talking, tweeting or posting about it too much will quickly change that. It’s a good time to keep your life semi-private. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM

Local Faith & Religion

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Church Briefs

UCC hosts discussion about sexual assault

Newton churches band together to show ‘God’s Not Dead’ By Zach Johnson Daily News Staff Writer Three years ago, popular Christian music group The Newsboys proclaimed a message with it’s 15th studio album and second album with their new lead singer, Michael Tait. The message came with a powerful sound. My God’s not dead He’s surely alive He’s living on the inside Roaring like a lion “I remember hearing ‘God’s Not Dead’ on the radio, turning it up on the stereo, thinking this is a great song,” Our Savior Luthern Congregational President Randy Ervin said. Two years after the song released, moviegoers were introduced to a movie trailer featuring actors Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain and cameo appearances by the Newsboys “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson, which brought the movie “God’s Not Dead” to life. “I had the chance to see the trailer and thought it looked like a great movie.” Randy was asked to give the message at his church on a Sunday awhile back and used the message of the song and trailer. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to tell my experience with ‘God’s Not Dead,’” Ervin said. “I talked with Dawn [Bleeker] at Capitol II Theatre about bringing the movie to the theater. I found we weren’t able to get the movie because of studio requirements,” On Monday night, Capitol II announced on its Facebook page that it will be able to get the movie for one week. Eleven church sponsors came together to show their financial support to get “God’s Not Dead” on the Capitol II Theatre’s big screen. “What a blessing to have churches and congregations supporting not only the theater but also to have the conver-

Newton Congregational UCC will host an educational discussion raising awareness about sexual assault from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. today at the church. Kelly Ziemann of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault will present and lead the discussion. Ziemann currently serves as the Iowa CASA Prevention/Education Coordinator and has been working in the violence against women movement since 1996. She served as a legal advocate for domestic violence survivors, the assistant supervisor of an emergency shelter and as the housing and economic justice coordinator for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The church is located at 308 E. Second St. N. in Newton. 

Evangelical Lutheran women set spring event

Submitted Photo Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) seeks wisdom and guidance from his Pastor Dave (David A.R. Wright) in the movie “God’s Not Dead”. Capitol II Theatre will have the movie “God’s Not Dead” for one week starting Friday.

sation about God that all of us should be prepared to have,” Ervin said. “It shows how strong the Christian community is in Newton.” “God’s Not Dead” has been in the top five at the box office since opening two weeks ago, despite being released to a limited number theaters across the country and being compared to movies that have opened internationally. “In a world where movies have became mostly about sex, violence and drugs, its great to see a movie about God,” Congregational United Church of Christ pastor, the Rev. Jessica Petersen said. “I wasn’t shocked. I think it’s a message people want to hear with all of the controversy we have today,” Ervin said “I have heard from many different families who have come back to church on Sunday and said ‘I want to see it again and bring more people to the movie.’ Kevin Sorbo did a great job with the movie and even though Dean Cain played a bad guy, he did good too. It’s just great to see a movie you can take everyone to go see.” Many members of the Christian community in Jasper County and Newton have seen “God’s Not Dead” and have had

experiences in faith and family life after seeing the movie. “My son Eli has never been one wanting to attend church on Sunday morning,” Newton mom Melinda Burgess said. “He went to see ‘God’s Not Dead’ with friends of our family. I remember talking with him, once he got home, to see how the movie was, and he said, ‘I texted you after the movie.’ I was watching some of the younger kids and didn’t get a chance to see his text message. I looked at my phone and in capital letters it said, ‘GOD’S NOT DEAD.’ “Eli told me it doesn’t mean that he will be attending church all the time,” Burgess continued. “It was just great to know that something in today’s media was able to give my son an experience that I’ve been wanting him to have.” Many critics of the movie have pointed out that it seems to be another “cookie cutter” Christian movie and that it depicting a “good versus evil” stand point about God. “It’s not a ‘good versus evil’ or ‘cookie cutter’ Christian movie,” Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Pastor Steve Bundy. “I feel that it’s simply stating let’s sit down and talk this out. The class-

room in the movie is filled with different perspectives, while Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) wants to end the conversation, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) is wanting to sit down and have the conversation.” “I think things are being taught in many schools, including Newton schools,” Ervin said. “The message is clear this movie states that to push off Christianity is simple. The movie, the plot and discussion in the movie makes it stand on it’s own.” Bundy is a graduate of University of Kansas and recalls the days of defending his faith. “I remember the days of attending the University of Kansas, being strong in my faith, yet having a stronger presence of atheists and those who were hostile to God,”Bundy said. “I thought the movie did a great job in how college many people are asked to check their faith at the door.” The movie will play at the Capitol II Theatre for one week starting April 4 and ending on April 10. The show times for “God’s Not Dead” can be found at and on the Capitol II Theatre Facebook page or by calling the Capitol II at (641) 792-3549.

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Cluster 2 will hold its spring gathering on Saturday, April 5 at St. John’s Lutheran, 1224 East St. in Grinnell. The program will be presented by Jane Johnson of Newton about teaching children different ethnic backgrounds how to real and sing music.  Those attending should contact Teresa Ziegenmeyer at (641) 236-8103 or at

Glory Road performs at Des Moines church Popular southern gospel quartet Glory Road will be performing at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Grand View Lutheran Church, 2930 E. 13th St. in Des Moines. A freewill offering will be taken and light refreshments will be served. The concert is part of the LaVern and Evelyn Larson Concer Series. For more information, call (515) 266-8074.

Grinnell Christian Church hosts concert Grinnell Christian Church will host a Southern Gospel concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at 1331 Hobart St. in Grinnell. David and Kris Garms, with six of their eight children from 8 to 21 years, will be performing uplifting styles of gospel music, including Southern Gospel, gospel bluegrass, original songs and traditional hymns. The Garms family from Braham, Minnesota play a wide variety of instruments. No tickets will be required, and a free will offering will be taken. Call Ken Crandall for more information at (641) 236-3900.

Sacred Heart hosts Lenten fish fry on Friday Sacred Heart Catholic Church will host a fish fry dinner starting at 5 p.m. Friday at McCann Center, 1115 S. Eighth Ave. E. in Newton. The meal includes baked potato and sides. Cost is $8 for individuals ages 13 to 54, $3 ages 8 to 12 and $7.50 for individuals 55 and older. Many wonderful desserts available with a goodwill offering. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

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