Minor injuries were reported after a livestock trailer struck a Department of Transportation road crew truck late Wednesday morning on Highway 163 near Pella. The accident was reported around 11:30 a.m. near mile marker 40 on Highway 163; according to Iowa State Patrolman Brad Cubit the DOT truck was driving half on the shoulder and half on the highway when it was struck by the livestock trailer traveling northbound. The truck had its lights on and warning devices when it was hit, he continued. Both the DOT employee and the livestock trailer driver were taken to Pella Regional Health Center as a precaution. Cubit estimates that there were roughly 1,200-1,500 weaner pigs on the trailer. Some were lost in the accident, but officials are not sure how many.
At a time when Americans are more divided than ever the chairs of Jasper County’s Republican and Democratic parties have formed an unlikely alliance. Working together to combat hunger in Jasper County, the two groups will hold their first ever “Souper Bowl” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army, 301 N. Second Ave. E., Newton. Republican Chair Thad Nearmyer and Michelle Smith, the chair of the Jasper County Democrats couldn’t be more different. Despite those nagging differences, both of them wanted to come together to support the county.