Greene Co school board purchases new school site at appraised value

The Greene County Community Schools will pay $17,250 per acre for farmland on the south side of Highway 30, west of AAI/Spalding, for the new high school and regional career academy.

The agreement approved by the board of education at its April 18 meeting is to purchase 49.92 acres now at a cost of $861,120. Continue reading Greene Co school board purchases new school site at appraised value

Relay for Life is this Saturday

The 2018 Relay for Life of Greene County, with a super hero theme and “Who’s Your Hero?!” as a tagline, will be held this Saturday, April 21, at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson.

There are all sort of heroes in the fight against cancer: survivors, caregivers, those who have died of cancer, service providers, advocates, research scientists and more. There is also an important group of behind-the-scenes heroes for the Relay for Life – sponsors. Continue reading Relay for Life is this Saturday

Fundraising for new animal shelter has started

The fundraising campaign for a new Greene County animal shelter is kicking off with T-shirts for sale and a donation drive. It is coincidence that it comes at the same time as discussion about how the city of Jefferson deals with feral cats.

T-shirts have been designed by Greene County High School art students. They’re available at ShineOn Designs on the north side of the downtown square. Proceeds will go to the animal shelter. Continue reading Fundraising for new animal shelter has started

Morlan talks about ‘extremely unusual’ weather pattern in Friday storm

Also shares his favorite weather apps

Residents will likely remember for years the Friday the 13th storm that charged through Jefferson on McKinley St last week. They’ll likely continue to talk about whether it was a tornado. Greene County emergency management director Dennis Morlan, is certain it wasn’t. Continue reading Morlan talks about ‘extremely unusual’ weather pattern in Friday storm

Help offered with feral cats

News of the Jefferson police department’s handling of trapped feral cats spread last week after mayor Craig Berry mentioned a meeting with representatives from Animal Protection and Education and the Animal Rescue League.

Although some of the reaction was mean and bitter, particularly the targeting of Jefferson city council member Matt Wetrich, who represented the city in television news coverage, some was proactive and helpful. Continue reading Help offered with feral cats

Friday’s wind damage estimated at $2 million

Dagit’s auction house on W. McKinley St

The straight-line winds that went through Jefferson Friday evening caused an estimated $2 million in damage according to Greene County emergency management director Dennis Morlan.

Morlan agrees with the National Weather Service that it wasn’t a tornado that caused damage in the two blocks either side of McKinley Street from Vine St west to Grimmell Road. He explained it as an updraft-downdraft system, with warmer air rising and colliding with colder air, creating the extreme winds that sucked debris up and dropped it back down again. Continue reading Friday’s wind damage estimated at $2 million

Twisting storm causes damage in north central Jefferson

What meteorologist John McLaughlin called a “twisting storm” passed through Jefferson shortly after 6 pm last night, causing damage in roughly two blocks on both sides of the Union Pacific railroad tracks from just east of the Highway 4 overpass to N. West St.

Genesis Development, Dagit Auction, Casey’s General Store and the former Wahl-McAtee Tire and Service Center were all damaged. At Casey’s, store staff and customers took shelter in the walk-in cooler as the tornado sirens sounded.  Continue reading Twisting storm causes damage in north central Jefferson

Greene Co school board approves sale of bonds for construction project

Approves regular levy slightly less than published

Greene County school district voters got a bit of a break Wednesday after approving a $21.48 million bond issue last week that will require an additional debt levy of $2.70 (per thousand dollars of taxable valuation).

The school board at a special session April 11 approved the 2018-19 budget with a levy rate (excluding debt levy) 19 cents lower than what was published in the legal notice of the budget. That budget, which was reviewed by the board in March, called for a levy rate of $12.69 (per thousand). Continue reading Greene Co school board approves sale of bonds for construction project

It’s true – the JPD shoots cats

The proverbial cat is out of the bag – the Jefferson police department really does shoot cats.

Jefferson mayor Craig Berry reported at the April 10 city council meeting that he and police chief Mark Clouse had met earlier that day with Linn Price of Animal Protection and Education (APE) and Scott Wilson, animal welfare intervention coordinator/animal control officer for the Animal Rescue League (ARL) in Des Moines. Shooting feral cats was the topic of discussion. Continue reading It’s true – the JPD shoots cats

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