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Local News 1.30.2018

Residents of Newton get ready – RABGRAI is coming to town!  This past Saturday evening, Newton was named one of the overnight stops for RAGBRAI 2018 at the annual route announcement party in Des Moines. According to city officials, this is the first time the town of about 15,000 was chosen to host the statewide trek since 2006.  The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa’s route will pass through Jasper County this year, traveling 428 miles through Iowa.  The seven-day trek, which begins July 21, is scheduled to stop in Newton Wednesday, July 25. Bikers will travel 59 miles from Ames to get to town. They will then ride about 69 miles to Sigourney after the overnight stay.

Knoxville high school students will have a bit more time to get to class Tuesday through Fridays – starting today school will start at 8:05am, instead of 8:00am – Mondays stay the same with a late start of 10:00am.  The change came about as the result of discussions taking place in the Student Advisory Group, which meets several times a month to talk about issues affecting students.  The group found a way to push the school start time back by 5 minutes without altering the amount of instructional time used during class periods. A survey that was created by the Student Advisory garnered over a 65% approval rate from the students to make the change to the new school start time.

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