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No Paper Wednesday — Happy New Year! OBITUARIES ‘Jerry’ Anderson, Jr., 79 Mary M. Jordan, 81 Suanne M. Rolader, 54 Marjorie J. Singer, 92 Marcia Thomasson, 64 Donald D. Trease, 77
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By Ty Rushing Daily News Staff Writer With the world continuing to transition to digital formats, the Newton Public Library has taken steps to ensure it can continue to provide up-todate services to its patrons. NPL was recently awarded a $1,500 Library Technology Grant from Iowa Library Services and is planning to use the funds to purchase the latest model iPad, a Kindle Fire HD and a Nook HD to ensure its staff is trained in the use of all three ereaders. “We just asked for the base amount so that we can get three e-readers. That way, we covered our bases on having all the major suppliers,” NPL Public Services Librarian Nicole Lindstrom said. “We didn’t ask for the older Kindles, because we already have training on those, and a lot of our staff have e-readers ourselves.” Lindstrom said the staff has been borrowing each other’s personal ereaders so they could try to
provide an equal amount of service for each device to patrons. “The newest editions of the tablets are too expensive for us to buy on our own to teach the public. So that’s why we requested the grant, so we can have a library set,” Lindstrom said. “They will only be used for staff development, but we will be taking them home ourselves to train with, and they won’t be going out to the public.” Although the staff at NPL tried using each other’s devices to train, Lindstrom felt this never really allowed them time to fully verse themselves in each other’s devices and thinks the grant funds will provide the solution. “The biggest benefit will be we won’t have to shuffle patrons between librarians,” Lindstrom said. “In the past, what would happen is patrons would come up with their e-reader, and some of us aren’t as trained as the other librarians (on devices). So, I would get most of them sent to me, or they would
have to make an appointment and come back later, and we would lose patrons in the shuffle. They would not come back to learn how to download an ebook or learn how to use their tablet.” Once the devices arrive, NPL expects each employee to spend a maximum of two weeks training on each device and for the entire staff to be fullytrained within the next four months. Although complete staff training is a ways away, NPL still encourages patrons to seek its assistance in learning to use e-readers and welcomes visitors at its Information Desk or via phone call at (641) 792-4108. “Our goal is to eliminate the shuffle between people and the need for appointments, so that whoever is on desk can answer any question about a tablet that they receive,” Lindstrom said. Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 7923121, ext. 426, or at trushing@ newtondailynews.com.
Annual Christmas tree pick-up next week By Daily News Staff Next week, the City of Newton will offer the free collection and disposal of Christmas trees for residential property owners. Trees should be placed at the curb on residents’ regular trash day during the week of Jan. 6-10. For the safety of those picking up the trees, and to speed up the disposal of the trees later, all tree stands, nails and metal fasteners must be removed.
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If a plastic bag is used to cover the tree while it is being removed from a residence, it must be removed and properly disposed of before placing the tree at curbside. Also during the week of Jan. 6-10, the Newton Sanitary Landfill will not charge for trees brought in. There will be a $1 charge for trees brought in before or after that timeframe. For more information about Christmas tree pick-up, call the Newton Public Works Department at (641) 792-6622.
Based on Iowa Department of Corrections records, it would appear suspicions that three relatively new residents of Newton who were recently arrested on methamphetamine manufacturing charges met while incarcerated may be accurate. Arthur William Wolcott, 51, was arrested Monday, Dec. 16, following a routine traffic stop near the Newton Community School Wolcott District’s Emerson Hough facility after it was discovered he was in possession of methamphetamine. After he was taken into custody, a further search of the car he was driving revealed what appeared to be two pipe bombs. A short time later, members of the MidPaul Lott Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant upon the home Wolcott shared with Paul Anthony Lott, 45, and Cheri Rene Lott, 54, a few blocks away. The Lotts were home at the time. The law enforcement officers discovered Cheri Lott a “one pot” meth lab, along with other methmaking materials, during their search of the home. All three were additionally charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than 5 grams of methamphetamine. After the arrests were announced, some residents wondered how Wolcott, who lived in north-central Iowa for nearly 20 years before 2011, and the Lotts, who had been residents of Oklahoma prior to 2009, could have come to live together in Newton. A few pointed to the medium-security Newton Correctional Facility. Wolcott, who previously lived in Cerro Gordo County, was convicted in July of 2011 on charges of assault and willful injury for attacking his roommate with a metal bar during a disagreement over household chores. Wolcott was sentenced to five years but was placed on parole in October of 2011. Iowa Board of Parole and Department of Corrections records both indicate he had been discharged from parole earlier this year. For all but 45 days of his incarceration, Wolcott was held at the Newton Correctional Facility and the minimum-security Newton Correctional Release Center. METH See Page 12A
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It’s presentation time. The Newton Main Street Committee has raised the funds, completed the application and got the pledges of support from people in the community saying they support for Newton Main Street. The committee has only one task left to complete before Main Street Iowa makes its decision about which towns will become the newest Main Street communities in 2014. Hawkeye Stages has
donated a bus to make the journey Jan. 16 to the Iowa Economic Development Authority office in Des Moines. “We want to fill the bus so we can show the Main Street Iowa Board why Newton is 100 percent ready to work together and utilize the Main Street Program’s approach to downtown revitalization,” Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Darrell Sarmento said. The bus will be leaving from Hawkeye Stages at 8 a.m. Jan. 16 and
Submitted Photo Hawkeye Stages has donated a bus for the Main Street Committee and local residents to travel to Des Moines for the presentation to the Main Street Iowa Board on why Newton should become a Main Street Community. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. Jan. 16.
will be back to Newton at 11:30 a.m. “Everyone will need to make a reservation to get a seat on the bus as
space is limited,” Sarmento said. “You can reserve your seat at the Chamber office.” The decisionregard-
ing whether or not Newton will become Main Street Program is slated to be released in early February.
Cowboy Church hosting New Year’s Eve service The Bar None Cowboy Church will offer a New Year’s Eve service at 5 p.m. today. Soup will be served followed by music provided by the Metz Misfits. All are welcome to attend. There will be no Thursday service at the church this week.
‘Barn’ dance planned for Friday in Pella An old-fashioned “barn” dance will be offered from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Pella Memorial Building, 829 Broadway St. in Pella. There will be live music and live calling. Admission is $5, with a family maximum of $20 (or pay what you can — no one will be turned away). All dances are taught, no knowledge or experience is necessary, and there is no need to bring a partner. For additional information, call (641) 275-1204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frozen Fins Ice Fishing Tournament planned Jasper County Conservation will be partnering with the Central College Fishing Club to host a Frozen Fins Ice Fishing Tournament on Jan. 25 on the Ahrens access side of Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve. Check-in will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Ahrens Access Shelter. The cost is $30 for a two-person team before Jan. 25 and $35 per team on the day of the event. Fishing will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and teams must be in line by 3 p.m. to be weighed in at the shelter. Cash prizes will be given to the top three places and will be dependent on the number of teams registered. There will also be a big fish pot teams can enter into for an additional $5. To reach the preserve, take the Lynnville exit north off Interstate 80 and turn right onto the first gravel road. Contact Greg Oldsen at (641) 792-9780 or by email at email@example.com for more information or to register a team.
Nature Tots on Saturday at Neal Smith NWR The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will offer Nature Tots from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday for children ages 3 to 5. Participants will hear stories, go outside, make nature crafts and more. The program is free and open to all. The topic will be “Walk on the Snow.” Nature Tots programs are educational programs that are especially designed for young learners. Lessons focus on engaging children’s senses and use hands-on and interactive activities. To register ask questions, contact Megan Wandag at (515) 994-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art on display at library Artwork by Sommer Kibbee of Kellogg will be on display at the Newton Public Library during the month of January 2014. The display is sponsored by the Arts Connection Inc. and is free to the public.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Marcia L. Thomasson
years at the Newton Clinic in the billing department. Marcia loved her family. She enjoyed many crafts including stained glass and cross stitching. She enjoyed watching sports and riding RAGBRAI with her boys. Marcia was a member at Com-
munity Heights Alliance Church and was a former member of the Friendly Few Club in Prairie City. Marcia died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was 64 years old. Marcia was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Lesley Dawn, in infancy; and two brothers, Robert Cline and Keith Cline. Those left to honor Marcia’s memory include her husband, Lloyd Thomasson of Newton; her sons, Scott (Katrina) Thomasson of Dallas, Texas, and Ryan
( Jackie) Thomasson of Newton; her grandchildren, Alexis, Jeremiah and Kayleigh; her sister Loretta Kono of Newton and her brother, Larry (Stephanie) Cline of Prairie City. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at Community Heights Alliance Church. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church and again immediately following the service. Memorials may be designated to the church building fund and may be left at the church or at Pence-Reese Funeral Home.
Lutheran Church. Mary was very involved with the Lutheran Church Library Association and gave workshops across the country. She volunteered in the Prairie Learning Center at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge. She enjoyed learning about the presidents,
watching baseball, tennis and football. She was a proud one stockowner of the Green Bay Packers. Most of all, Mary loved to read. Mary died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Newton Health Care Center. She was 81 years old. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Larry on Nov. 8, 2003. Those left to honor Mary’s memory include her daughter, Johanna (Randy) Morris; her son, Eric (Carey) Jordan of Newton; her grandchildren, Megan Seward, Jordan (Summer) Seward, Victoria Jordan and Brock Jordan;
a special “son” Dari Clark of Newton; her brother, Paul Hilton of Cumberland, Wis.; brother-inlaw, James “Jim” (Harriet) Jordan of Minocqua, Wis.; sister-in-law, Elizabeth “Betty” Reiderer of Ashland, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the First Lutheran Church in Newton. Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church and following the service during lunch. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pence-Reese Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Dec. 28, 2013 Marcia L. Thomasson, the daughter of Donald V. and Mildred Cora (Pender) Cline, was born March 8, 1949, in Prairie City. She graduated from the Prairie City High School with the class of 1967. On Sept. 23, 1967, Marcia was united in marriage with Lloyd Thomasson at the Methodist Church in Prairie City. Marcia had worked for a short time at the Prairie City Bank and then for 18
Mary Margaret Jordan Dec. 19, 2013 Mary Margaret Jordan, the daughter of Anton “Tony” and Clara ( Johnson) Hilton, was born Feb. 8, 1932, in Cumberland, Wis. Mary graduated from UW-Superior in 1954. She taught junior high English and worked as a librarian. In 1958, she married Lawrence Jordan and moved to Newton. Mary was the assistant librarian at the Newton Public Library, then high school librarian. She worked in the church library at First
Donald D. Trease Dec. 28, 2013 Donald D. Trease, 77, of Newton died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home in Newton. The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at the funeral home. Memorials to the Newton Elks Lodge No. 1270 may be left at the funeral home. Memorials also may be mailed to the funeral home; please add Attn: Trease Family on the envelope. Those left to honor Donald’s memory are his son, Todd (Amy) Trease of Newton; granddaughter, Molly ( Jason) Bruns of Newton; great-granddaughter, Lexi Bruns; his three brothers, twin brother, Ronald Trease of Newton, Larry Trease (Clara Trease) of Newton and Jerry (Patty) Trease of Newton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
ISU Wildlife Care Center treating pelican friends AMES (AP) — Staff at Iowa State University’s Wildlife Care Clinic are treating two pelicans after one of the birds was injured and the other stayed with him. KCCI-TV reports the clinic began treating the birds Dec. 14 after they were found at a frozen pond near Iowa City. One of the pelicans suffered an injury and had to have one wing amputated. The other bird had a droopy wing. Lacey Slutts, an intern at the center, says the birds probably stuck together to help each other. Now, they’re inseparable. Staffer Andrea Moeller says the pelicans get anxious if they’re apart. One of the pelicans will be released, but the bird with the missing wing may have to remain in captivity. Those who can donate live fish should call 515294-4009.
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Suanne Morgan Rolader Dec. 11, 2013 Suanne Morgan Rolader, the daughter of Byron Dwight and Remona Copeland Morgan was born March 27, 1959, in Grinnell. Suanne graduated from Newton High School in 1977. She later graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in education. Soon after earning her degree, she began her career as an elementary school teacher in Texas and retired from the Mansfield Independent School District in 2012. On Sept. 27, 2000, Suanne was united in marriage with Art Rolader in Arlington, Texas. Suanne attended
First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, was active in her Sunday school class, and was an avid volunteer. She worked on providing funeral luncheons and in-home meals for those convalescing from hospitalizations. She also served in the church thrift store. Suanne enjoyed Family Sundays, a monthly gathering of her extended family in Texas for food and fellowship. Other interests includ-
Gordon L. ‘Jerry’ Anderson, Jr. Dec. 28, 2013 Gordon L. “Jerry” Anderson, Jr., 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home in Newton. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials to the Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society or Progress Industries may be left at the funeral home. Jerry, who was known by many as “Andy”, was born to Gordon Lee and Kathleen Patricia (Doyle) Anderson on June 16, 1934, in Chicago, Ill. He moved to Newton in 1950. He was united in marriage with June Vespestad on Nov. 11, 1955, in Newton. Jerry had worked in Skilled Trades for the
Maytag Company for 50 years, retiring in 2005. While there, he worked in Plant 1, Plant 2 and Plant 8. At one point in his career, he had been employed at Maytag longer than any of the employees he worked with. Many of his coworkers remembered him for always having a “Mr. Peanut” pencil in his shirt pocket. Jerry was a member of the UAW Local 997 and the Silver Wheels Car Club. He had several classic cars that he spent many hours working on. He drove his cars in several different parades, and had cruised around the entire state in his 1936 Desoto Airflow. Jerry enjoyed giv-
Marjorie J. Singer Dec. 29, 2013 Marjorie J. Singer, 92, of Iowa City, formerly of Newton, died Dec. 29, 2013, at Briarwood Health Care Cen-
ed interior decorating and the pet she shared with her husband Art, their Yorkshire terrier, Toby. Suanne died at age 54, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at her home after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her parents. A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 16, at First United Methodist Church in Mansfield. Those left to honor Suanne’s memory include her husband, Art Rolader of Mansfield, Texas; his children, Lisa Landry, Brad Rolader, Dawn Taylor and Rachel Rolader; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; her brother, Tim Morgan and his wife Sandy Morgan of Newton; and a niece, Lauren Morgan of Altoona.
ing his vehicles a loud exhaust and specialized horns. Jerry also loved trains, fishing, hunting in his younger years, tinkering with anything that had a motor, playing chess, and many varieties of music. Although Jerry had many loves, none were greater than his love for his son, Alvin. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; wife June in 2012; and his brother, Andrew John Anderson. He is survived by his “chosen son”, Alvin Collins of Newton; sisters-in-law, Ione (Manual) Vasquez of Newton and Darlene Vespestad of Texas; his nieces and nephews, Neva (Heidi) Grandstaff-Fresh of Newton, Juana (Dustin) McConnell of Newton, Manual C. (Nikki) Vasquez of Altoona, and Dominic ( Jamie) Vasquez of Newton; and his great-nieces and nephews, Tyler, Derion, Deitrek, Dominic, Mireya, Jaleea, Isiah, Tayla, Nilaya, Dale, Darla and Faith.
ter in Iowa City surrounded by close family. Online condolences can be sent to Marjorie’s family at www.gayandciha.com. Gay & Ciha Funeral Service in Iowa City is caring for Marjorie’s family and her services.
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Alcoholics Anonymous Noon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Winner’s Circle (Women’s Support Group) 6 to 7 p.m. at Hephzibah House, 721 E. Fourth St. N. Principles for Life (Single Moms’ Group) 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Community Heights Alliance Church. Kids program available. (641) 791-5355 Narcotics Anonymous 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
BETTER HOMES In the early 2000s, as energy prices rose, more states adopted or toughened building codes to force builders to better seal homes so heat or air-conditioned air doesn’t seep out so fast. That means newer homes waste less energy. Also, insulated windows and other building technologies have dropped in price, making retrofits of existing homes more affordable. In the wake of the financial crisis, billions of dollars in Recovery Act funding was directed toward home-efficiency programs.
Jasper County Community Watch 7 p.m. at YMCA Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. at Prairie City Masonic Lodge
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BETTER GADGETS Big appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners have gotten more efficient thanks to federal energy standards that get stricter ever few years as technology evolves. A typical room air conditioner — one of the biggest power hogs in the home — uses 20 percent less electricity per hour of full operation than it did in 2001, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Central air conditioners, refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, washing machines and dryers also have gotten more efficient. Other devices are using less juice, too. Some 40-inch LED televisions bought today use 80 percent less power than the cathode ray tube televisions of the past. Some use just $8 worth of electricity over a year when used five hours a day — less than a 60-watt incandescent bulb would use. Those incandescent light bulbs are being replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs that use 70 to 80 percent less power. According to the Energy Department, widespread use of LED bulbs could save output equivalent to that of 44 large power plants by 2027. The move to mobile also is helping. Desktop computers with big CRT monitors are being replaced with laptops, tablet computers and smart phones, and these mobile devices are specifically designed to sip power to prolong battery life. It costs $1.36 to power an iPad for a year, compared with $28.21 for a desktop computer, according to the Electric Power Research Institute. The Energy Department predicts average residential electricity use per customer will fall again in 2014, by 1 percent.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people’s pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher. Because of more energy-efficient housing, appliances and gadgets, power usage is on track to decline in 2013 for the third year in a row, to 10,819 kilowatt-hours per household, according to the Energy Information Administration. That’s the lowest level since 2001, when households averaged 10,535 kwh. And the drop has occurred even though our lives are more electrified. Here’s a look at what has changed since the last time consumption was so low.
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Memorized topics of Iowa Core Math aren’t concepts By Sue Atkinson, Ph.D. College Educator Have Iowa’s K-12 educators actually read the 98-page Iowa Core Mathematics report? Who understands it from a foundational concept basis – versus the memorized topics basis used in public education and teacher training programs the last 50 years? While Iowa educators have billed this as an improvement over the national Core Curriculum, the details provided on the web site cater more to the loser of memorized topics. Iowa educators took a good national phonics curriculum based on foundational concepts and added memorized activities that have nothing to do with cognitive development, so it should come as no surprise to find they have made the same mistake with math. Iowa’s loser mathematics curriculum has forced the dumbing down of Iowa assessment tests about every four years (when 50 percent of the students could not pass them) to make it appear as if a curriculum lacking foundational concepts was actually succeeding. Iowa educators believed for the past 50 years that their no-concept cur-
riculum was working, and any failures were completely the fault of students (who have no say over curriculum content). Teacher training programs even included rationales (using their noconcept math) for why it was the students who were defective rather than the lack of foundational concepts or the lack of training to effectively teach foundational concepts. When the inflated test scores are deflated to the 41st national percentile, Iowa’s official student proficiency standard (when the 65th national percentile would be grade level), the average 2012 statewide math score for fourth graders becomes 41.69 percent, for eighth graders 39.62 percent, and for 11th graders 44.02 percent. Jasper County’s five public schools would appear as follows: Baxter • Fourth Graders: 33.39 percent • Eighth Graders: 44.52 percent • 11th Graders: 48.05 percent Colfax-Mingo • Fourth Graders: 42.41percent • Eighth Graders: 41.48 percent • 11th Graders: 45.41 percent Lynnville-Sully • Fourth Graders: 49.73 percent
• Eighth Graders: 50.87 percent • 11th Graders: 51.28 percent Newton • Fourth Graders: 39.45 percent • Eighth Graders: 34.46 percent • 11th Graders: 40.94 percent PCM • Fourth Graders: 44.48 percent • Eighth Graders: 40.35 percent • 11th Graders: 46.90 percent If anyone has deflated calculations they would like to compare (in methodology), please come forward. Iowa educators swear Iowa students were doing fine on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exams — which are not dumbed down on a regular basis like the Iowa assessment tests — until the mid-1990s. And just when did NAEP begin testing for concepts? Mid-1990s? Iowa ranks 37th in the U.S. for student math skills because some states adopted the national Core Curriculum for math (with strong foundational concepts) Iowa rejected. Because some states are figuring out what a conceptbased foundation in math looks like and can accomplish, the U.S. has “risen” to 30th internationally in student achievement on the PISA exams.
That appears to be a plateau because of states like Iowa that have adopted their own loser curriculum that continues to include memorization. Iowa educators skimming through the topics of the Iowa Core Curriculum see little difference between this and what they have been doing, a big indication of their lack of education and training in foundational concepts. According to the Iowa Core Mathematics 98-page report: “To deliver on the promise of common standards, the standards must address the problem of a curriculum that is ‘a mile wide and an inch deep’.” So why do Iowa educators continue to embrace memorized activities and call them concepts? For the past 50 years, Iowa’s public schools have utterly failed at providing a proper foundation in mathematics. That means we are on the third generation of students being taught by people who have no education or training in foundational concepts. The Bible uses an analogy of the choice of foundation: building a house on rock or on sand. What a curriculum lacking in foundational concepts has done is attempt to build on quicksand.
Letter to the Editor
Thankful for influences in own life, hoping to be positive influence To the editor: I may not make it back to central Iowa much now, but I am thankful I made it in June. I had found out my eighth-grade history teacher, Russell Clayton, had helped with the fundraising for the Lincoln and Tad statue at the Capitol in Des Moines. When I was in the area to visit my dad — and attend an Iowa Cubs baseball game with him — we found that statue. It wasn’t easy, as it was raining at the time. I graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iowa, and looking back I realized Mr. Clayton was one of the reasons why I liked History class more than most others. He made it come alive for us as he showed us artifacts. This is more fun than just reading about history. My dad is another one that gets credit for my love of history, taking me to museums and historic sites when I was young. This did include the Lincoln sites in Springfield, Ill., and nearby New Salem. Another notable visit was the Herbert Hoover museum in West Branch, which is much closer. I do try to give back when I can, pay it forward, by participating in mentoring programs where I live now in the Twin Cities. I trust that I am making a positive impact in the lives of these students much like my mentors did for me. Lyle LaRue NHS Class of 1992 St. Paul, Minn.
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2013 was literally a ‘new year’ for me Even as I type this, I have to ask myself, “Is it really about to be 2014?” It almost seems unreal. 2013 was literally a “new year” for me: new career, new city in a new state, new friends, new adventures, new skills and a ton of new experiences (walking tacos, tubing, bonBy Ty Rushing fires, dating Iowa women and Iowa Daily News Staff Writer and Iowa State games just to name a few). Most people are averse to such drastic changes. But for me, it made Chapter 26 of my life story one of the most interesting. This last year, I feel like I accomplished more than most people have in their lifetimes. I’ve rubbed elbows with entertainers and politicians. I met a lot of great people and families. I got to hear a ton of American history from the men and women who made it happen. Think about this. How many people have interviewed, interacted with and wrote about servicemen and women from every major conflict from World War II to today’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? Not many, but I’ve had that honor
and privilege. I’ve talked repeatedly about how much I love history, and this job is better at giving me a chance to relive it than any book or encyclopedia would ever be able to. I’ve heard about everything from life as a farm kid during The Great Depression to how kids, who weren’t born yet, view the events of 9-11. The more than 20 reporter’s notebooks I’ve filled up here in Newton contain these moments and hundreds more like them. If a person, other than me, can decipher my chicken-scratch handwriting, they will be both entertained and fascinated by the stories of the people of Jasper County within those pages. Beyond work, though, 2013 was far better socially than I could have ever expected. When I chose to come to Newton, I knew I was leaving behind my entire family, my friends (most of whom I’ve hung out with since either elementary or middle school), a job I had been at for all of my adult life and a relationship that was growing more serious by the day. It was big decision to make, but in the end, I would do it again without hesitation. I’ve been adopted by new families. I met new friends and the old ones have come up for visits. I’m a lot happier at
this job versus my previous warehouse job and although I’m still single, I’ve had both ups and down exploring the dating scene in this region. There was a moment, my second day here, where I was alone in my new apartment and said to myself, “What did I just get myself into?” That first week in Newton, last January, still plays fresh in mind. Before moving here, I had assumed I would have a limited social life, (I had seriously underestimated how much fun there is to be had in Iowa), but still took precautions to keep that under wraps from my coworkers. I chose an apartment away from the Daily News’ unofficial building of choice, Bristol Square (six coworkers have lived there since I’ve been here), because I was worried I would be the youngest guy in the newsroom and my older coworkers would judge me for my social habits. When I walked in the office that first day and saw other people in their 20s, I was pleasantly surprised and instantly found connections and begin forming the foundation of the group that is currently known as the “Younger Professionals.” By the time Friday rolled around, more than half of our entire building went out together and I realized: • Iowa has a night life,
• my coworkers are professionals, but still know how to have fun, and • this was going to be an interesting and fun year. As the year has progressed, we’ve found more likeminded people in the community, who work hard and party harder, as we continue to expand our little social group. As great as 2013 was for me, both personally and professionally, it’s kind of scary to think 2014 could be even bigger. Opportunities for great stories will be everywhere in Newton. We have an entire city rebranding its identity. There is an effort to label Newton as a Main Street Community and the downtown as a historical district. Big changes are coming to and around Iowa Speedway, and economic development efforts are continuing to make moves. Senate and gubernatorial candidates are sure to be stomping in Newton. I’m very curious to see what one full year of our current school board and new superintendent working together will bring. And, I’d like to see what the “Red Shirts” will pull off to complete the expanded veteran’s memorial on the courthouse lawn. Prepare yourself, because 2014 promises to shake things up. Contrary to what most folks believe, I’m a firm believer in that change is good.
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New Year’s message 2014 Happy New Year to all my family and friends. We’re always looking forward and moving forward in life. In a day or two, we get back to playing basketball, swimming, wrestling and bowling here in the Newton area. 2014 holds By Jocelyn Sheets Daily News all the promSports Editor ise we each deserve in life. But nothing is free. We have to work at it. My parents taught me that as I grew up and I’m still learning how to work for what I deserve and along the way help others. You don’t step on or over others to move forward. I grew up on Walt Disney movies with the “Wonderful World of Disney” on television. One of those movies was “Pollyanna” staring Haley Mills. Pollyanna has the “glad game” and exclaims there are more than 800 glad passages in the Bible and with God telling us to be glad that many times, He wanted us to be glad, happy, believing not just in Him, but in each other. I don’t know if there are more than 800 glad passages in the Bible. I do know to trust in God and in my faith as a Christian. We don’t always get what we want but He provides what we need in life. “(Love) Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; (Love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things; endures all things..... And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7, 13 These are two of my glad passages from the word of God. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phillippians 4:13. So as we go into a new year with renewed hope and promise, look to the glad passages and know He is always with you and with me. I’m always here for all of those of you who need help. I pray for all in the world, even those who have not been good in my life because Jesus Christ instructed us to do so. I serve an awesome God! Recently, I was watching “Coach Carter,” the truth-based story of a high school basketball coach who locked out his undefeated basketball team during the season because many of the players were failing in the classroom. One of the poignant scenes in the movie comes near the end when a young man, who had come and gone and come back to the team, stood up and answered Coach Carter’s earlier question “what is your deepest fear?” The player recited a poem by Marianne Williamson. Don’t be afraid to shine, lead and help others because by doing so it allows others to shine, lead and help move this world forward to a better place. I leave you with that poem. Our Deepest Fear By Marianne Williamson Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness That most frightens us. We ask ourselves — Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small Does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking So that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, As children do. We were born to make manifest The glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; It’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.
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Hawkeyes prepare for Outback Bowl IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — For senior stars like James Morris and B.J. Lowery, Iowa’s first game of 2014 will be their last for the Hawkeyes. That’s why the preparation for the Outback Bowl against LSU was as much about Iowa’s youngsters as it is about the Tigers. It’s the Big Ten against the SEC on Wednesday afternoon in the 2014 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Iowa takes on LSU (9-3) at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is at noon. Though the Hawkeyes should be one of the most experienced teams in the Big Ten next season, they’ll still have holes to fill. Iowa will need three new starting linebackers, a couple of defensive backs and a few starting offensive linemen among other needs. For the Hawkeyes, finding replacements for those who helped key a resurgent 8-4 season has already begun. Iowa, like most teams, is using much of its practice time ahead of its bowl game to get its inexperienced players primed for bigger roles in 2014. “There’s always an advantage of bowl practice because you get to work the young guys,” Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis said. Iowa will return most of its skill positions players, linemen and quarterback Jake Rudock next season. But Davis pointed to freshman wide receiver Derrick Willies and running back LeShun Daniels Jr. as two players who’ve shined in practice over the past few weeks. Willies, who is being redshirted this season, is a 6-foot-4 native of Rock
Rudock Island, Ill. with a track background — and the Hawkeyes always seem to be on the lookout for more explosive players on the outside. Iowa’s coaching staff didn’t wait long to take the redshirt off of Daniels this season, even though the Hawkeyes have three quality backs in juniors Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock and sophomore Jordan Canzeri. Daniels has rushed for 142 yards on 35 carries. If Daniels keeps progressing like he has since arriving in Iowa City he might get a lot more carries in 2014. “He’s a very good running back — and we’ve got a lot of them on this team,” Weisman said. The Hawkeyes will be forced to start at least five new players in the back of their defense next season — including all three linebackers. Iowa will lose Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens — who’ve formed one of the nation’s best
Texas Tech wins Holiday Bowl SAN DIEGO (AP) — Davis Webb helped end Texas Tech’s unsightly five-game losing streak while making sure the Red Raiders’ seniors had a great sendoff. The freshman threw for 403 yards and tied a Holiday Bowl record with four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech raced to a 37-23 victory over No. 16 Arizona State on Monday night. Webb tied the record set by BYU’s Jim McMahon in 1980 and matched by Kansas State’s Brian Kavanagh in 1995 and Texas’ Major Applewhite in 2001. “When Coach told me I was going to start, there
was nothing but joy,” Webb said. “I told myself that I was going to make sure that I was going to send the seniors out right. We came prepared. We leaned on each other and we showed that today. “It’s pretty exhilarating right now. I’m so proud of this team,” he added. The Red Raiders (8-5) won for the first time since beating West Virginia on Oct. 19. Arizona State (104) lost its second straight. Webb completed 28 of 41 passes. He threw touchdown passes of 18 and 21 yards to Jakeem Grant, 1 yard to Rodney Hall and 23 yards to Bradley Marquez, all in the first half.
linebacker trios — and junior Quinton Alston, sophomore Travis Perry and freshman Reggie Spearman will likely get the first crack at replacing them. “It’s exciting for me to know that those guys have another whole offseason, another summer to continue to improve. So, I think the future is bright,” Morris said. The secondary will also be a bit unsettled heading into the offseason with Lowery and safety Tanner Miller set to graduate. Defensive coordinator Phil Parker mentioned sophomore Sean Draper and redshirt freshman Maurice Fleming as among the young backs who’ve improved in recent weeks, adding that the coaching staff has toyed with playing sophomore Jordan Lomax at both cornerback and safety during bowl preparations. Lomax was in line to start at cornerback this season. But Lomax got hurt and was soon overtaken by talented freshman Desmond King. “What he does best is he works hard and he gives you 100 percent,” defensive coordinator Phil Parker said of Lomax.
Ducks rout Texas in Alamo Bowl SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Mack Brown came to Texas in 1998 and told a frustrated fan base to “Come early, be loud and stay late.” Sixteen years later, many obeyed him again one last time, sticking around even after another pummeling in an underachieving season. Now they’ll find out what the post-Mack Brown era holds. The Longhorns don’t want it to resemble this: Getting crushed by No. 10 Oregon 30-7 in the Alamo Bowl on Monday night in the worst postseason loss of Brown’s run at Texas. The blowout was a final reminder of why Brown is resigning after 16 seasons at
Texas, which he led to a national championship in 2005 but couldn’t pull out of mediocrity and disappointment in recent years. He led the Longhorns off the field for the last time with his arm slung around his wife, flashing the “Hook ‘em Horns” sign before disappearing into a tunnel to a chorus of cheers. The BCS-snubbed Ducks (11-2) dominated throughout — even though their famously high-powered offense scored just one touchdown and repeatedly settled for field goals. Quarterback Marcus Mariota had 386 total yards and Oregon returned two interceptions for touchdowns, spoiling Brown’s farewell.
Five NFL coaches already ﬁred in 2013 fallout By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer It didn’t take long. Barely 12 hours after the NFL’s regular season ended, five head coaches were unemployed. Fired on Monday were Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano. The Cleveland Browns didn’t even wait that long, dismissing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after just one season on the job. Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls in Denver in the 1990s, spent four seasons with the Redskins and was 24-40. Frazier had a little more than three seasons with the Vikings to compile an 18-33-1 mark, and Schwartz coached the Lions for five seasons, finishing 29-52. Schiano only got two years with the Buccaneers, going 11-21. He had three years and $9 million left on his contract. Tampa Bay also fired general manager Mark Dominik. “It’s tough for the players to see your coaches go. You never want to see anybody get fired,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “Me personally, I haven’t had any, consistently, in my career. Third head
coach, going on my fifth year and three head coaches. Add up everybody, it’ll be six D-line coaches.” The Buccaneers, who also have fired the likes of Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, hired Schiano out of Rutgers in 2012 and went 6-4 before losing five of their last six games. They dropped their first eight games this season and finished 4-12. One coach allegedly on the hot seat was retained: Rex Ryan, who has one more year on his contract, is staying with the New York Jets after a surprising 8-8 record in his fifth season at the helm. While some of the fired coaches might have seen it coming, Chudzinski certainly didn’t despite going 4-12 and losing his final seven games and 10 of 11. “I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired,” said Chudzinski, who grew up a Browns fan. “I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be. It was an honor to lead our players and coaches, and I appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. I was more excited than ever for this team, as I know we were building a great foundation for future success.” As the coaching searches begin, agents will float the names of their clients —
Penn State’s Bill O’Brien seems to be the hottest candidate and has interviewed for Houston’s vacancy. The Texans (2-14), who own the top choice in May’s draft after losing their final 14 games, released coach Gary Kubiak late in the season. Whoever gets hired in each place will face mammoth rebuilding projects. Overall, the six teams seeking new coaches went 24-71-1. Shanahan had one season remaining on a five-year contract worth about $7 million a season. He blamed salary cap restraints for part of the Redskins’ collapse from NFC East champion in 2012 to 3-13 and eight consecutive losses. Washington was hit with a $36 million salary cap penalty over two seasons for dumping salaries into the 2010 uncapped season, and Shanahan said it prevented the team from pursuing free agents it had targeted. But his real undoing, along with the poor records in three of his four seasons, was a contentious relationship with star quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3 did not speak with the media on Monday. Frazier took over for Brad Childress in Minnesota for the final six games of 2010. He got the Vikings to the playoffs as a wild card last
season, riding an MVP year from running back Adrian Peterson. But he never solved the Vikings’ quarterback situation — three QBs started in 2013 — and the defense, Frazier’s specialty, ranked 31st overall and against the pass. “It’s a harsh business,” safety Harrison Smith said. “As a player, we all love coach Frazier, as a coach, as a man. You can’t meet a better guy. And also as a player, we didn’t make enough plays on the field. So you just feel like you let him down a little bit.” The Lions were considered an underachieving team the last two years under Schwartz. After a 6-3 start this year in a division where the Packers and Bears lost their starting quarterbacks for lengthy periods, Detroit fell apart down the stretch. It lost six of its last seven. He had two years and almost $12 million remaining on his deal, signed after the Lions hired him to fix a team that went 0-16 in 2008. “From where we were in 2008 to where we are now it’s a big difference,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “We owe a lot of that to him. He’s a really smart guy and helped us get to where we are. Obviously, we didn’t win as many games as we needed to or as we should have this year.”
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Commuting and email traffic bring out woman’s worst DEAR ABBY: Have you any advice for how a person can handle mornings better? No matter what I do, I start off every work day irritated and grumpy. I love the mornings, and even get up early so I can enjoy sitting with my coffee and relax before heading out the door. But as soon as I get out into traffic, I’m immediately in a bad mood. Then, sitting down at work and facing all the emails that come in from my global associates — usually about some emergency that is plopped in my lap — puts me in more of a foul mood. I actually like my job, despite what it sounds like. I just hate starting off every day like this. Telecommuting is not an option for me. What can I do? — MS. GRUMP IN DENVER DEAR MS. GRUMP: OK, so you’re fine until you leave the house. Many people who find morning rush hour to be nerve-wracking find it calming to listen to audio books or music during their commute. If that doesn’t help you, and it is feasible, consider using another form of transportation that’s less stressful. And when you arrive at work, take a little time to decompress before turning on your computer, whether it is with meditation or deep-breathing exercises for the first 10 or 15 minutes. Both can do wonders for a person’s outlook. DEAR ABBY: A cute little girl lives up the street from my husband and me and attends the same church we do. A few years ago we taught her in a Sunday school class. At the time, she developed a crush on my husband. We both laughed about it then and thought it was sweet. Fast-forward three years, and it’s not so sweet anymore. It’s downright awkward. She runs up to my husband multiple times while we’re at church, while ignoring me. Last Sunday, she turned to me as she did it and announced, “He’s mine!” I stood there thinking, “Uh, no — he’s MINE.” I know this jealous reaction may seem silly and I’m trying hard not to feel this way, but it felt like I was fighting over my husband with an 8-year-old. He is aware of her crush and how I feel about it, but
he doesn’t want to hurt her feelings. Her mother knows about the crush, and we shared a laugh early on. What can I do? Would speaking to the girl’s mother help? What should I say? Or would it make things more awkward? — NO LONGER AMUSED IN OGDEN, UTAH DEAR NO LONGER AMUSED: The cute little neighbor girl is no longer 5. Three years is a long time for a child to hang onto a crush. Because her behavior bothers you, tell her mother you find it excessive at this point and ask her to tell her daughter she’s getting too old to act that way. It’s the truth, and your husband should back you up. DEAR ABBY: I thought I’d share my own New Year’s resolution with you. For the past 25 years I have made the following resolution: Each day I will ask myself, “What is the kindest, most loving thing I can say or do at this particular moment?” I invite your readers to consider this. — WAYNE IN PUYALLUP, WASH. DEAR WAYNE: I consider it a refreshingly positive way to start a day, and I’m sure others will agree and add it to their list of New Year’s resolutions. Thank you for sharing it. CONFIDENTIAL TO MY READERS: A word to the wise: If you plan to toast the New Year tonight, please appoint a designated driver. And on this night especially, designated drivers should remember to drive defensively. To one and all, a happy, healthy New Year! — LOVE, ABBY
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Public Notices TRUST NOTICE IN THE MATTER OF THE TRUST: Lyle Jay and Edith Jay Revocable Living Trust Agreement To all persons regarding Lyle Jay, deceased, who died on or about 26th day of October, 2013. You are hereby notified that Susanne Fales is the trustee of the Lyle Jay and Edith Jay Revocable Living Trust Agreement, dated the 1st day of October, 2006. 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 18th day of November, 2013. Susanne Fales, Trustee 207 E. Main St. Mingo, IA 50168 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 Mark @ ottolawers.com Date of second publication 7th day of January, 2014. December 31 & January 7
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10 GALLON Fish Tank with stand, filter & hood, like new. $40. GE Washer. $125. 4-foot strip Light Fixtures. $20 each. Dale Jr 1:64 Collectible Cars. $15 each. Antique “Gerrard” Fruit Crate. $15. 515-3137803. 14 FT ALUMINUM Fishing boat and trailer, Johnson 6 HP gas motor, bow mount foot controlled trolling motor, hand controlled trolling motor, depth and fish finder, swivel seats, hand crank bow mount anchor. $1,800. 641-792-0378. Leave message. 2- 17” Pathfinder Sport, 265/70/17. $75. 641-7922039. 20 GALLON Aquarium with stand, includes: heater, pump, filter, plants, gravel, and 10 fish. $75. 792-8231. 20” TORO Snow Blower, good condition. $200. 641521-3311. 3-D SCULPTURE Puzzle. A whole different dimension in puzzles. “ The Eternal Woman”. Create a unique art form layer by layer. Stacks to 12 to 13 inches tall. Contests bass, 189 puzzle layers, 4 piece stacking pole, double stick tape, rubber reet and instruction. Gift quality. Never opened, still in original shrink wrap. Like new. Original price $33.95, Now $5. Great deal! Wonderful parent-child project, or for adult, or older child who enjoys a challenge. 641791-2220. 6 INCH Ice Auger, with extra blades. $25. 792-7923. GE WASHER. $125 or OBO. Vintage Hot Wheels, Stop-N-Go set. 4-foot Strip Light Fixtures. $20 each. Peanuts Cartoon Character Glasses. $7 each. 515313-7803. HOHNOR ACCORDIAN 70+ years old, good condition. $60. Erica Hohnor Diaonic Accordian, like new, button. $400 or OBO. 641-259-2599. LEG PRESS Machine, 1000 lb weight capacity, cost over $1,200 new, a bargain at only $275. 7911995. RUUD GAURDIAN 40 gallon water heater, installed in 08', replaced due to remodeling. Perfect working order. $125. Call or text: 641-831-3527. WHITE 5, Snow Boss 500 Snow Blower, full size, runs good. $175. 2 Single Beds, with frames,1 with case headboard. $40 and $50. 787-0208. TORO LEAF Blower, bag and intake attachment, used twice, like new. $55. 792-8249.
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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
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The Sagittarius moon at the start of the day is a party animal who plans on doing some damage to the tail end of 2013. Then the responsible Capricorn moon takes over, and so does our sense of duty. The afternoon quickly fills with work efforts, last-minute errands and enough diligent activity to tire many people out long before the ball drops.
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 31). A rivalry heats up in January inspiring you to do what it takes to be the top competitor. Ask for help before you need it, and put yourself in an advantageous position. In February, you’ll make a presentation and gain the respect and influence you need to make a move. A transportation upgrade is featured in March. Gemini and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 44, 22, 18, 30 and 35.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you know that you are in the right, it’s rather easy to stay cool, calm and collected. That’s why you don’t trust those who get overly excited about problems.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will do what you want to do, what you have to do and what is needed. You won’t do what you are told. Are you
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Every time you say yes to something, you’re saying no to something else. You’ll use this to your advantage by filling
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Should old acquaintances really be forgotten? No. But you also shouldn’t feel badly if you don’t tend to them again. Keeping good memories of a person is a way to value that person’s existence.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You feel that if you get more it’s because you give more. Compassion is important, too, but right now it’s more important that you tend to your responsibilities. Do what you said you would do.
up your schedule with the kinds of things you love to say yes to so there won’t be room for anything else. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Does feeling right seem more important than doing right? Either your bodily intelligence is more evolved than your mind, or your mind is being heavily tempted by a lower agenda. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The 80/20 rule states that the bulk of your results come from a mere 20 percent of your actions, though you may beg to differ. It seems that everything you do today counts in a big way. You’re on to something. CANCER (June 22July 22). Your motives are pure; that’s not the trouble. The trouble is that you have a motive at all. Aiming for one particular outcome makes it impossible for you to roll with what’s going on in the moment. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your social stars shimmer and wait with baited
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Jasper County FSA holding committee election By Ty Rushing Daily News Staff Writer Ballots are now available for farmers and ranchers who are eligible to vote for who represents Local Administrative Area 3 for the Jasper County Farm Service Agency. The elections are put on the by the Jasper County FSA, which represents the local connection between farmers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Howard Bond is seeking re-election in LAA 3 and Wade Boehm is his challenger. LAA 3 represents the Clear Creek, Independence, Poweshiek, Sherman, Washington, Mound Prairie and Des Moines townships on the county committee. Both Bond and Boehm are residents of rural Colfax and Bond specializes in growing different varieties of corn. Boehm has grown corn and soybeans and raised livestock and has served as a farm coordinator for DMACC’s agriculture program. Jasper County FSA Executive Director Katie Kramer explained the importance of these elections and of the role of being a com-
mittee member. “County committee members are a critical component of the operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level,” Kramer said. “Farmers and ranchers who serve on county committees help with the decisions necessary to administer the programs in their counties. They work to ensure FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.” Kramer said FSA committees operate within official regulations that are designed to carry out federal laws. Committee members have valuable influence with the USDA and Kramer talked about some of the impact they have. “Mostly all decisions made by the local COC would affect producers at the local level,” Kramer said. “The decisions would be approving or disapproving applications, hearing appeals, or determining ‘good faith’ for compliance issues. All of these decisions are contained in our executive session minutes and not available to the public due to privacy act laws.” The committee meets the
third Wednesday of every month, but Kramer said as a result of a more limited budget, a monthly meeting may be skipped if there isn’t a lot of program material on the agenda. For a farmer or rancher to be an eligible voter, he or she must participate in or cooperate in a county FSA program. Producers who are younger than the legal voting age may vote if they supervise or conduct a majority of the farming activities that take place on their land. Ballots were originally sent in November but contained errors. New ballots were mailed on Dec. 20. Corrected ballots can be turned in at the FSA located at 709 First Ave. W. or mailed with a postmark no later than Jan. 17. The winner of the election will take office on Feb. 18, and members whose terms were set to expire on Dec. 31 will be extended to Jan. 31 due to the ballot error. Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at email@example.com.
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The Lotts were arrested in August of 2010 outside Le Mars for allegedly operating a “rolling methamphetamine lab” in the back of a moving truck stolen from Colorado. Their arrests led to the break-up of a large, Colorado-to-Iowa drug trafficking ring that resulted in the arrests of nearly two dozen Iowans on drug-related charges. Cheri Lott was convicted in December of 2010 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. She remained at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville until she was granted parole in November of 2011. Paul Lott was convicted in January of 2011. He, too, spent all but the first few weeks of his incarceration at the NCF and CRC in Newton. According to IDOC Assistant Director Fred Scaletta, while the two men were not housed in the same area of the medium-security NCF, both were housed together during two separate periods at the minimum-security CRC. “[They] were housed together at CRC in the same dorm from Nov. 3, 2011, to June 30, 2012, and again from July 4, 2012, to Oct. 22, 2012,” he said. A dorm is an open living area at the CRC where anywhere from 30 to 80 inmates will reside while awaiting parole. The Lotts had not yet been discharged from their parole. They have been additionally charged with parole violations while being held in the Jasper County Jail to await trial on their latest charges. All three are currently being held in the jail in lieu of bond and are scheduled to appear in Jasper County District Court on Monday, Jan. 13, for pretrial conferences. According to online court records, all three are scheduled to go to trial Wednesday, Feb. 12. Wolcott faces a Class B felony charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a Class D felony charge of felon in possession of a firearm and a serious misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. The Lotts are each facing a charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, three counts of possession of controlled substance, and a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. All three are being represented by courtappointed attorneys. Wolcott is represented by Richard Phelps. Paul Lott is represented by Steve Addington. Cheri Lott is represented by Jane Odland. Daily News Editor Bob Eschliman may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 423, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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