Public meeting to discuss Lincoln Highway management plan

iowabyways_lincolnhighwayThe Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway, Iowa’s longest scenic or historic byway, is hosting a public meeting on Monday, Sept, 26 at 6:30 pm at the Greene County Historical Society, 219 E Lincoln Way, Jefferson.

At this meeting, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway will ask the attendees to review the conceptual plans for the corridor management plan, a long-term plan for the entire byway, which stretches from Clinton to Council Bluffs. Residents, elected officials, business owners, and people who are interested in the future of the Lincoln Highway are invited to attend this meeting. The meeting will focus on the Lincoln Highway in Jefferson, Scranton, Grand Junction and surrounding areas.  Similar meetings across the state will be held later this fall. Continue reading Public meeting to discuss Lincoln Highway management plan

Homecoming royalty crowned

Chase Juergensen, Autumn Gannon
Chase Juergensen, Autumn Gannon
Michael Kennedy, Olivia Hansen
Michael Kennedy, Olivia Hansen

Chase Juergensen and Autumn Gannon were crowned homecoming king and queen at a coronation held in the Paton-Churdan gymnasium Friday morning.

Michael Kennedy and Olivia Hansen were crowned as the Greene County king and queen at a coronation held on the courthouse steps in Jefferson. Continue reading Homecoming royalty crowned

What’s next for the bell tower?

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After most bells were taken down from the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower Wednesday, a pair of Verdin Company employees stayed at the top to begin the job of enhancing the structure to provide hangers for additional bells.

Consider the existing support structure as a “Y”, with bells hanging from each piece and where they intersect. The additional structure adds a row of hangers set vertically from the end of each piece and cross pieces around the perimeter of the “Y.”

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‘An exciting, historic day’ for Jefferson’s bell tower

pic-18-3-bells-on-trailerWednesday was a day that was long coming and won’t be forgotten by the dozens of people who passed by the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower.

Nine bells were taken down from the top of the bell tower where they’ve hung, without strikers, for 50 years. Those bells, and another 14 that were purchased since construction of the bell tower was completed in 1966 and have been on display in the courthouse, were loaded for a trip to Ohio. There they’ll be fitted with strikers. Continue reading ‘An exciting, historic day’ for Jefferson’s bell tower

Greene Co school board seeks input on next step

The failed school bond proposal was a topic of conversation at the Greene County board of education’s open forum Sept. 14, the day following the election.

Board members at the open forum were Mark Peters, David Ohrt and Mike Dennhardt. By design, a quorum of the board is not present, no action is taken, and there is no agenda. Instead, it’s a time for dialog with members of the public. Continue reading Greene Co school board seeks input on next step

GCDC holds annual meeting

GCDC’s Paxton now wants to promote tourism

Greene County Development Corporation is poised to add community development as an area of focus in the coming year, GCDC executive director Ken Paxton announced at the group’s annual meeting Sept. 14.

About 40 persons attended the gathering at the Greene Room Event Center at Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson. GCDC board president Sid Jones and treasurer Jim Ober conducted a brief business meeting before presentations began. Continue reading GCDC holds annual meeting

Laehn hired as ‘assistant to the county attorney’

Thomas R. Laehn
Thomas R. Laehn

The Greene County supervisors on Monday approved an employment contract for Thomas R. Laehn as assistant to the county attorney. Laehn will begin in the new position June 1, 2017.

Laehn will graduate from the University of Iowa college of law next May. Because he will not be admitted to practice law until he passes the Iowa Bar examination in late July, he was hired as assistant to the county attorney. After he passes the Bar exam and is admitted into the Iowa Bar his title will be changed to “assistant county attorney.” Continue reading Laehn hired as ‘assistant to the county attorney’

Scranton city officials seek support for grants for playground equipment

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Scranton city officials are working toward an updated playground at the site of the Scranton Community Center. The old equipment formerly used by the Jefferson-Scranton Schools is outdated and in need of replacement / repairs.

Numerous grant applications have been filed in an effort to raise the estimated $78,133 needed to complete the project. The grants include: Continue reading Scranton city officials seek support for grants for playground equipment

Iowa Central seeks $29.5 million bond issue

Special election is Dec. 6

(Editor’s note: The following press release is from Paul DeCoursey, director of public information at Iowa Central Community College)

iowa-central-50th-logo-final3Voters in Iowa Central Community College’s service region will be asked to approve a $29.5 million bond issue on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Iowa Central has during the past year celebrated 50 years of providing service to the region. The Dec. 6 election will “close the celebration by asking our local constituents for their help in building our future.” Continue reading Iowa Central seeks $29.5 million bond issue

New equipment will aid first response to heart attack patients

Dennis Morlan with the Lucas device
Dennis Morlan with the Lucas device

Greene County heart attack patients will have an increased chance of a positive outcome with the addition of Lucas Device Systems to two Greene County Emergency Medical Services ambulances.

The devices were purchased with funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health, with the funds contingent upon EMT and paramedic personnel receiving training on the device. That was accomplished Sept. 20 at a countywide training hosted by Greene County EMS. Dennis Morlan, owner of Greene County EMS did the training. Continue reading New equipment will aid first response to heart attack patients

Temps and rainfall both above normal

USDA, NASSAnother week of rain and storms kept producers out of the fields much of the week ending Sept. 18, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were only 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork, but farmers in east central and southeast Iowa had over 5.0 days suitable. Activities for the week included chopping corn for silage, seed corn harvest, manure application and cutting hay. Continue reading Temps and rainfall both above normal

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