Summer may officially be weeks away, but it’s going to feel like summer this holiday weekend as high temperatures may reach record levels. According to the National Weather Service, daytime highs in Marion County will top out in the low 90s. The record high Saturday is 91 set in 1980 and Sunday’s all-time high mark in Marion County is 93 set in 1895. Heat index values will top out in the mid to upper 90s during the afternoon and early evening.
The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is returning to Newton next week after a five year absence. Bringing the wall back to Jasper County has been a priority for Doug Bishop, a member of Jasper County Veterans Alliance. Working with members of Post 111, Newton’s American Legion Hall, Bishop has wanted to bring the wall back to Newton ever since its last visit in 2013. The wall is a nearly identical replica of the famed black granite wall that stands on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.