delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:03:03 +0000 Open doors Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:00:00 +0000 By Ashley Bergner Newton Kansan It wasn't a typical Chamber ribbon cutting. It didn't take place at a local business, and it wasn't celebrating a new store or a company expansion.

However, the members of First Baptist Church in Newton wanted to celebrate the fulfillment of a long-time dream for the congregation and thank the community for its support. The Newton Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting at the church Wednesday, celebrating the completion of a major renovation project.

"It's been a long journey, [...]]]> Library tax program helps hundreds Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 +0000 By Ashley Bergner Newton Kansan "Tax Day" has come and gone, and final tax returns have been sent off to the IRS.

For Cleta Smith, it also means a chance to take a well-earned break. Smith is a long-time volunteer with the Newton Public Library's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns for low to middle income taxpayers. There is no charge for this service.

She estimates the program helped more than 800 people this year. [...]]]> Sub search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet to be finished in week Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Legacy of service Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:00:00 +0000 By Ashley Bergner Newton Kansan Janet Weaver, principal at Sunset Elementary in Newton, said everyone at school knows when long-time volunteer Stacey Musser enters the building. Her smile and positive attitude are infectious, and it's easy to see her enthusiasm for supporting education.

"Mrs. Musser is just a vital part of our school function," Weaver said. "She has such positive energy. Students and staff just positively adore her. ... She lights up a room when she comes into it."

To thank [...]]]> Meeting notices Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 City Commission to meet

The Newton City Commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 22 at Newton City Hall, 201 E. Sixth.

Agenda items include mayoral appointments, quarterly financial reports, a proclamation for public works week, a proclamation for Arbor Day, a proclamation of National Bike Month, a proclamation for National Police Week and Peace Officers' Memorial Day, a consideration for construction of a new manufacturing facility in Newton, recommendations from [...]]]> Election changes lead to public forum Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Chad Frey

Newton Kansan

State election rule changes have caused confusion among voters, and candidates.

"There is a lot of misinformation out there," said Deputy County Clerk Rick Piepho.

One of those confusing issues is just what the deadline is to switch parties for upcoming primaries. It is just one of several new requirements for voters — including showing a photo identification at the polls and proof of citizenship for new registrants. With [...]]]> Business update: US delays review of contentious Keystone pipeline Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Church to host cancer group, speaker Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:30:30 +0000 Dr. Michael Cannon, a member of the staff at the Cancer Center of Kansas, will speak at 7 p.m. April 22 at Shalom Mennonite Church, 800 E. First.  He will speak on the latest discoveries and uses of medicine to treat cancer as well as neuropathy and "chemo fog."

The talk is hosted by the Newton Area Cancer Support Group.

Dr. Cannon, a native of Wichita, graduated from Wichita State University and received his medical degree from the University Of Kansas School Of [...]]]> Avalanche sweeps down Mount Everest, killing at least 12 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 What to do this weekend: Wheat State Antique Truck Show Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Saturday the Wheat State Chapter of the American Truck Historical Association will host the 11th annual Wheat State Antique Truck Show. The show will happen rain or shine.

1. Trucks of every type

For truck lovers there will be antiques, semis, fire trucks, small trucks, custom trucks and military vehicles on display during the six hour show. Vehicles will come from Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas.

2. More than trucks

One year ago the show featured not only [...]]]> Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines jet Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:58:53 +0000 By The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles [...]]]> Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:57:56 +0000 3 protesters killed in attack on Ukrainian base Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:52:39 +0000 Morning Jolt: Evacuation order came too late for many on sinking ferry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:51:48 +0000 In the news

An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

The first instructions from the captain [...]]]> U.S. Senator visits Halstead Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Ashley Bergner Newton Kansan "Is the federal government living within the constraints of the U.S. Constitution? Is it doing the things it's allowed to do?"

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said that's the most common complaint he hears from constituents as he travels across the state. Moran spent time in Halstead Thursday morning visiting with constituents about those issues, and others, during a town hall meeting. Moran told attendees it was important for elected officials to listen to the concerns of voters. [...]]]> Bird watching Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Jenna Quentin

Newton Kansan

Sometimes we don't pay attention to what is flying right over our heads. Harvey County's current bird checklist features a whopping 320 species. These checklists name every bird ever recorded in an area, even if they were only seen once.

Harvey County has so many kinds, because of the county's “a good mix” of terrains said local birdwatcher Gregg Friesen.

“West Park woodlands are hard to beat for birdwatching, [...]]]> Today in the News: Chelsea Clinton says she's pregnant Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:59:24 +0000 News to know

Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced at a Clinton Foundation event in New York that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are "very excited" to be having their first child later this year. The former first lady says she's "really excited" about becoming a grandmother and it makes the work of [...]]]> Business update: Detroit sees more deals ahead in bankruptcy case Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:57:19 +0000 Texas town still recovering a year after deadly plant explosion Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:55:57 +0000 delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:03:03 +0000 delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:03:03 +0000