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Baxter’s police chief, city clerk and EMS director resign
In the past two weeks, three city employees in Baxter submitted resignations, leaving the mayor and council to pick up the pieces and fill vacant positions. Baxter City Council held a special meeting Feb. 16 to approve the resignations of police chief Bill Daggett and city clerk Katie Wilson, who have both asked to be released from their 30-day clause. The EMS director, Randi Gliem, voluntarily resigned from her position on Feb. 5, according to minutes from past meetings.
Newton unlikely to make changes to school calendar until after winter
School was cancelled five times in January, but administrators of the Newton school district say there should be enough hours to absorb those missed days and the two, two-hour delays. Current rules for the calendar would have students make up those days until June 3, but if hours are met that could change.
Sgt. Tracy Cross announces campaign for Jasper County sheriff
Sgt. Tracy Cross of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office announced this past week on Facebook that he will be running for sheriff. Current sheriff John Halferty has indicated this will be his last year holding the elected office, and he is likely to retire from law enforcement. When Cross announced his campaign, he said the sheriff’s office has a long, rich history of strong leaders who have paved the way for those who are called into leadership.
Smoke City BBQ owner’s military values inspire menu and business model of Newton restaurant
Justin Lambert has been retired from the Iowa National Guard for some time, but the 17 years, seven months and 14 days he dedicated to the state agency has amounted to experience he never thought would apply to his latest professional pursuits as a civilian: operating his first-ever barbecue restaurant in Newton.
PCM’s Wheeler brings back state wrestling hardware
DES MOINES — PCM sophomore Tucker Wheeler was ranked in the top six of Class 2A’s 144 pounds for most of the season. So when other grapplers in Wheeler’s bracket at the state wrestling tournament saw him listed as the 12th seed, they most likely were not happy about it.
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