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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

By |January 10th, 2017|

Earlier this year, the Newton Public Library launched a new program, “1000 Books Before Kindergarten”. It is a nationwide program in which many public libraries are participating. The program’s purpose is to encourage parents and caretakers to make daily reading with their child a habit.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is […]

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Get to Know Director of Planning and Zoning Erin Chambers

By |January 10th, 2017|

Erin Chambers has worked for the City of Newton for the past 10 years- first as the City Planner, then as the Director of Planning and Zoning. Erin also serves on the Executive Board for the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association. She earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M. A. in […]

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Get to know the Newton American Legion

By |November 21st, 2016|

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and […]

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Discover your new favorite store in downtown Newton

By |July 7th, 2016|

Newton’s downtown square has a history dating back to the 1800s, and since that time has been home to a wide variety of shops and boutiques. Here are a few of our current favorites from our historic downtown Main Street District to help get you started shopping:

•The Farmer’s Wife (home decor)
•Silverado Jewelry (handcrafted jewelry)
•Relics (antiques […]

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Celebrate the Fourth of July in Newton!

By |June 27th, 2016|

Visit Newton to celebrate the Fourth of July!

9:30 a.m. 4th of July Parade: The Newton Chamber of Commerce is hosting Newton’s annual 4th of July Parade. This year’s parade theme is “Salute to Presidents.” The route will begin at Newton DMACC Campus, head east down 1st Avenue, turn north at E 4th St, and head west on […]

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2016 Iowa Speedway Schedule

By |May 31st, 2016|

Get to know Newton at the fastest short track on the planet! Here is your 2016 Iowa Speedway Racing and Entertainment Schedule:


June 18: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200

June 18: NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series featuring Buckcherry

June 19: NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol 250

July 9: ARCA Racing Series 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores

July 9: NAPA […]

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Main Street Cash Mob

By |February 16th, 2016|

Newton Main Street cash mob to besiege District retailer with $20 bills

Newton Main Street has planned another cash mob for the lunch hour on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The cash mob will meet at the Newton Main Street office (113 1st Ave. W.) at noon. At 12:15 pm, a member of Main Street’s Promotions committee will draw […]

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The future of Newton parks

By |January 22nd, 2016|

Staff members of the Public Works Parks and Grounds Division often receive the question “What do you do in the winter?” Winter is certainly a less hectic time, but with so many upcoming improvement projects, there is still plenty to do! Check out our list of upcoming improvements.

Aurora Park: Kids will be excited to hear […]

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Newton VS Newton creates an Iowa VS Kansas showdown

By |October 12th, 2015|

Newton, Iowa, are you ready? It’s time to prove that Newton, Iowa is the best Newton around.

Today marks the start of the Newton vs. Newton Challenge, a series of contests designed to foster community pride and have fun with a little friendly rivalry between Newton, Iowa and Newton, Kansas. The challenge will run from Monday, […]

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