The city of Newton is celebrating the millennium with a time capsule that’ll be sealed New Year’s Eve, and opened in 50 years. Newton millennium committee spokesman Curran Cotton says the capsule is special because of the involvement of the young people in the community.Fourth, fifth and sixth graders will load the capsule and they’ve also pledged to come back to open the capsule on New Year’s Eve 2050. Cotton says the capsule contains items from 50 different sources in Newton.The capsule will be placed in the atrium of the Newton City Hall until it’s opened in 50 years.
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A prisoner who escaped from the Audubon county jail has been captured in Polk County. 30-year old John Gaines was found hiding in a crawl space of a house in Altoona around 12:30. Polk County officials say they received a tip on Gaines’ location. Gaines broke out of the Audubon County Jail Sunday and stole a squad car that was found wrecked Monday in Dallas County.Audubon County Sheriff Bill Shaw says Gaines’ sentencing hearing for a conviction on drug and child endangerment charges will be held Monday as scheduled.Shaw says Gaines will be held in maximum security where he will be locked down and let out only long enough to take a shower each day.
While it’s legal for Iowa cities to ring in the year two-thousand with the bang of fireworks, it’s still against the law for individuals to set them off. State officials are warning Iowans to use common sense if they’re going to welcome the new year with the illegal and dangerous noisemakers.While fireworks are legal in Missouri, Assistant Iowa Fire Marshal George Howe says two other neighboring states, Nebraska and South Dakota, are making exceptions to allow some fireworks this weekend only — but NOT Iowa. Howe says people who are caught breaking the law will be punished.Not only are there legal issues involved in the use of fireworks, there’s also a serious safety threat. It’s been very dry across Iowa during recent months and open burning was widely banned, though Howe says the snow has diverted some concern.At the peak, 87 of Iowa’s 99 counties had bans on open burning in effect just a matter of weeks ago. All but two bans have been lifted — they’re still in effect in the city of Estherville & for Montgomery County.
Is a dog’s life worth risking human lives? Police & fire crews in Davenport say “no” and animal lovers are upset.Saying it was too dangerous, authorities refused to try & rescue a dog that eventually drown Tuesday in the icy Mississippi River.
Texas-Pan American outscored Northern Iowa 10-4 in the final two minutes of the game to down the Panthers 74-68 Wednesday night in college basketball action. U-N-I committed 20-turnovers in the game and coach Sam Weaver says that was a big factor.Weaver says the Panthers also hurt themselves at the free throw line. They shot only 68-percent.Weaver says the Panthers did not make the plays it takes to win on the road.
The Drake women open the Missouri Valley Conference race tonight on the road to take on Bradley. The Bulldogs have won four straight games and coach Lisa Bluder says her team has a lot of confidence heading into the league race.Bradley has struggled at times but Bluder says they have been good at home.Bluder says the Bulldogs look to start quickly.
Two Iowa cities ranked very high on a new list of American cities considered the best for raising children. Cedar Rapids ranked number-three out of 112 cities on the “Kid Friendly Cities Report Card”.Tim Cline is spokesman for Zero Population Growth, the group which compiled the report card. He says they looked at things that impact kids such as teen pregnancy rates and he says Cedar Rapids did well in all areas. Seattle ranked first, Baltimore was last. Omaha came in at number-16. Other factors that determined the rankings included: infant mortality rates, dropout rates, crime, unemployment and air pollution. Cline says Des Moines also ranked toward the top of the nationwide list — at number 18.Cedar Rapids & Des Moines were the only two Iowa cities that made the report card as their populations exceed 100-thousand. For more information on the survey and a complete list of cities, go to www.zpg.org on the world wide web.
Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer says federal authorities are hamstrung in their ability to track international terrorists planning attacks in the U-S.Bauer says if he’s elected President, he’d undue many of the restrictions which have been placed on C-I-A operatives trying to find out about terrorist plots.Bauer appeared Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Newton which drew just 10 people.Bauer is the only presidential candidate who plans to campaign in Iowa this holiday week.Bauer appeared at a forum in Iowa City yesterday afternoon. He has stops scheduled today in Keokuk (a 7am chamber of commerce breakfast), Washington (a 10am stop at Winga’s restaurant), Fairfield (1:30pm town hall meeting), Ottumwa (3pm town hall meeting), and Centerville (7pm town hall meeting).
Iowa State University is offering farmers a free planning service to plot operations for the coming year. I-S-U economist Mike Duffy says the service provides farmers with a computer analysis of their operation.He says the analysis can be an important tool in plotting the future course of a farm operation.Duffy says this is a good time to do the analysis as farmers already need to pull all the financial records together to do their income taxes.The analysis normally costs 25 dollars, but Duffy says some special funding now makes it free.Farmers can call their local extension office to sign up.
The Washington high school girls basketball team wrapped up a tournament in Gillete, Wyoming today with a one and two mark and seventh place finish.Washington is the defending class 3A state champion and coach Monte Davis says his team gained a lot from playing in the tournament, including the three games of experience.