NEWTON — A new flag is flying on Main Street in Newton, the winner of a community contest that had been in the works for more than 5 months.
Black with gold railroad tracks and wheat heads, the flag, created by businessman Robert Palmer, owner of Back Alley Pizza and former owner of Norms, and minister Brandon Eck, of The Gathering Church, won a contest created by the Newton Flag Committee. That committee was under the advisement and approval of Newton city commissioners. The goal of the new flag contest was to create unity as well as create an official Newton flag that will be available for public use.
The city committee hosted three community meetings to receive input from community members regarding the town history, symbolism and traits that they feel are imperative in representing Newton in flag form.
From there, a design contest was created. There were 65 designs submitted. Those were posted ot a Facebook page, in city hall and in the front windows of the Carriage Factory Gallery for a public voting process in August. The top 12 designs from the public voting were reviewed by a committee who made the final selection.
The committee will present the flag to the Newton City Commission for approval at the Oct. 13 city commission meeting in City Hall to formalize the decision.