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  • Newton Christmas kickoff draws hundreds

    Unseasonably warm weather helped bring hundreds of people to the annual Jasper County Courthouse Lighting celebration on Friday. The streets ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:26 pm
  • Cupples, Brock clash on future on annex building

    Conflicting opinions were on display regarding the future of the Jasper County Annex building the Nov. 21 board of supervisors meeting.Chair ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:27 pm
  • Shadows of War

    Editor’s note: Jean Jennings is a Prairie City-area resident whose brother battled PTSD following his service in the Vietnam War. This is th ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:31 pm
  • A busy day at BizTown

    On Nov. 15 Prairie City and Monroe Elementary fifth grade students went to J.A. BizTown to discover a world of economics. The students’ goal ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:29 pm
  • Red-hot Panthers hand PCM girls first loss

    KNOXVILLE — PCM girls’ basketball coach Jeff Lindsay preaches defense first when it comes to team philosophy.On Nov. 21, the defense wasn’t ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:30 pm
  • Mustang girls beat Cardinals in opener

    NEWTON — PCM’s Mustang girls passed a test of character in their 2017-18 opening basketball game. The Mustangs claimed a 55-48 win over host ...
    Nov. 22, 2017 - 12:42 pm
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  • Republicans, Democrats to host Souper Bowl chili cookoff Saturday

    The Jasper County Republicans, in cooperation with the Jasper County Democrats, are hosting a chili cookoff “Souper Bowl” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:15 pm
  • Christmas Open House at county museum

    The Jasper County Historical Museum will host its annual Christmas Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. Saturday and Sunday. The museum’s exhibits are dec ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:15 pm
  • Sweet Sounds of Christmas

    Heartland Singers Community Chorus will present “Sweet Sounds of Christmas” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood United Methodist Church, 400 NE 56th St., Plea ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:15 pm
  • PCBA to meet Dec. 4

    The Prairie City Business Association will meet at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4 at the Prairie City Library. Contact Sheryl Plate at 515-994-2619 with any qu ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:18 pm
  • A busy day at BizTown

    On Nov. 15 Prairie City and Monroe Elementary fifth grade students went to J.A. BizTown to discover a world of economics. The students’ goal was to ru ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:29 pm
  • Cupples, Brock clash on future on annex building

    Conflicting opinions were on display regarding the future of the Jasper County Annex building the Nov. 21 board of supervisors meeting.
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:27 pm
  • Shadows of War

    Editor’s note: Jean Jennings is a Prairie City-area resident whose brother battled PTSD following his service in the Vietnam War. This is the fifth pa ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:31 pm
  • Newton Christmas kickoff draws hundreds

    Unseasonably warm weather helped bring hundreds of people to the annual Jasper County Courthouse Lighting celebration on Friday. The streets in downto ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:26 pm
  • PCBA 2017 Christmas Lights Competition set for Dec. 9

    The Prairie City Business Association announced this week calls for entries in the fourth annual PCBA Christmas Lights Competition. Prairie City’s own ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:25 pm
  • “Perfectly Percy”

    PRAIRIE CITY — The Percy School House has been sitting at the Jasper/Marion County line, about a mile south of Highway F70 West for more than a centur ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:24 pm
  • INA's all-state process needs another fix

    The Iowa Newspaper Association’s annual all-state football teams were released recently. And let’s just say, things didn’t go well.
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:16 pm
  • Tales from the Santa Set

    Editor’s note: The following is the first in a holiday series on Mike Mendenhall’s nightly gig as a mall Santa set photographer this Christmas season. ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:14 pm
  • Expiration dates are just suggestions, until they’re not

    So ... a while back I fixed some beef stew and thought corn bread would be tasty along side it. I reached for a few boxes of Jiffy corn bread in the c ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:14 pm
  • Farm eggs anyone?

    I was leaning on the tail gate of the pick-up, talking on my smart phone, when there was a flurry, squawk and something gripped my shoulder like a cla ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:13 pm
  • Did the kids just out-hoity-toity me?

    I’m not sure exactly how it happened or when it happened, but it occurred to me the other day my kids speak a different language than I do.
    Nov. 22, 2017 - 12:29 pm
  • TGITG!

    Thank Goodness It’s Thanks Giving! I know, Thanksgiving is one word, but I wanted to do a spinoff of TGIF.
    Nov. 22, 2017 - 12:29 pm
  • Live from Facebook

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Oct. 13, 2016.During the height of the Apollo progra ...
    Nov. 22, 2017 - 12:30 pm
  • Boy, was I tired!

    I hosted my annual slumber party over the weekend.Once a year, I get together with four other women ...
    Nov. 15, 2017 - 1:34 pm
  • Writing is storytelling no matter the genre

    Editor's note: This column originally published Oct. 15, 2015Journalists are first and foremost stor ...
    Nov. 15, 2017 - 1:35 pm
  • Do something, even if it’s wrong

    If there’s one motto I’ve lived by all my life, and especially now that I’m a (ahem) “senior citizen” it is, “Do something, even if it’s wrong.” I oft ...
    Nov. 15, 2017 - 1:34 pm
  • Donald Adrian Ryerkerk

    Donald Adrian Ryerkerk, 91, of Pleasant Hill, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Kavanagh Hospice House in Des Moines. A memorial service was Wednesday, ...
    Nov. 29, 2017 - 12:28 pm
  • Betty Jean Krueger

    Betty Jean Krueger, 93, of Prairie City, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Prairie Vista Village in Altoona. A memorial service was Monday, Nov. 20 at ...
    Nov. 22, 2017 - 12:43 pm
  • Kermit M. DeHaai

    Kermit M. DeHaai, 91, of Monroe, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at The Cottages in Pella. A funeral service was Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Prairie City Unit ...
    Nov. 15, 2017 - 1:46 pm
  • Ramona A. Frank

    Ramona A. (Wiggins) Frank, 89, formerly of Prairie City, died Nov. 6, 2017, at Edgewater in West Des Moines, from complications of Alzheimer’s. A fune ...
    Nov. 15, 2017 - 1:46 pm
  • Wilmer J. Van Wyk

    Wilmer J. “Bill” Van Wyk, 84, of Monroe, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at Park Centre in Newton. A funeral service was Monday, Nov. 13 at the First Re ...
    Nov. 15, 2017 - 1:43 pm
  • Sandra L. Beyer

    Sandra “Sandy” L. Beyer, 64, of Prairie City, died Oct. 12, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital with her family at her side. A memorial service was Monday, Oct ...
    Oct. 18, 2017 - 9:45 am
  • Leona M. Vande Lune

    Leona M. Vande Lune, 97, of Prairie City, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Prairie Vista Village in Altoona, where she resided for two years. A funeral s ...
    Oct. 12, 2017 - 11:49 am

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