I met Lupe Hinch about ten years ago at a local event in Roselawn and she immediately impressed me with her wit, her humor and her smile. She is the kind of lady that always has a smile on her face and works hard to put one on the faces of all the people she meets and she meets plenty of pe…

The Purdue Extension Newton County Leadership Class visited the statehouse Feb. 8 in part of their eight-session program. Program participants were able to tour the statehouse and even got to discuss issues with Representative Doug Gutwein. On the way to Indianapolis, class members heard fro…

After reports of a county employee being arrested on felony charges made headlines last week, the Newton County Board of Commissioners discussed implementing new hiring procedures to help prevent any similar incidents from occurring in the future.

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ONARGA, Ill.—A controversial play in the final seconds prevented South Newton from getting a chance to repeat as Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament champs Friday night.

KENTLAND—South Newton got a much needed Sangamon Valley Conference win Tuesday night as the Rebels led from start to finish in a 61-41 victory over Iroquois West.

The North Newton swim and diving teams took second place at the Greater South Shore Conference meet held at Wheeler High School Jan. 14.

After coming out slow against Frontier and Watseka a couple of weeks ago, the South Newton Rebels were focused on better starts this past week, and they did exactly that in picking up wins ove…

After a sloppy first half, South Newton completely shut down Frontier and allowed the Falcons to score three points in the second half en route to a 53-19 victory Jan. 3.



EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana agency has approved $2 million to secure and demolish a public housing complex in East Chicago that residents must vacate because of soil contaminated with lead and arsenic.


CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released Census Bureau estimates show the Chicago-area's population has declined two years in a row.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Newly released Census Bureau estimates show Indiana continuing its slowest period of population growth in three decades.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Indiana Lottery's "Quick Draw Evening" game were:


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman who pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of a 1-year-old child at the unlicensed daycare she operated has been sentenced to six months in prison.


The death of two-and-a-half-month old Wheatfield infant, Ayden Zylstra has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County, Illinois Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Both men facing charges for the triple homicide in Sumava Resorts last August got new attorneys last week as both cases are likely heading to trial this summer.


A Grant Park, IL man has been arrested for the sexual battery and rape of a teenager in Newton County early last year


Former Kentland Baseball Association President Dave Schoenbeck pleaded guilty to a felony corrupt business influence charge Friday in relation to the misuse of Little League funds.

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Authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect in the robbery of the DeMotte State Bank in Morocco Wednesday afternoon.


DENVER (AP) — Colorado's second-highest court says state regulators can put more weight on protecting public health and the environment when they draw up rules for oil and gas drilling.


Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is declining to talk to union supporters about conditions at its Mississippi assembly plant.


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker says as many as 45,000 Alaskans could lose health care coverage under a Republican bill proposed in the U.S. House.


NEW YORK (AP) — Wholesale cash prices Thursday

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — The 52-year-old Briton identified as the Westminster Bridge attacker had a raft of convictions — including assault, weapons possession and public order offenses — spanning two decades, London police said.

The Kentland Town Council introduced the ordinance calling for a three-phase sewer rate increase and also passed a resolution to apply for a grant to help pay for a feasibility study for building a new fire station. All of this action occurred at the Aug. 9 town council meeting.

Gazing at eighteen pieces of mail our carrier had stuffed into the mailbox, I mused that I didn’t recall getting such quantity in one day twenty or thirty years ago. In my tractor-trailer driving days, upon returning, I rarely received this much mail in a week. But as my often-quoted favorit…