Grand Junction Community Center organizers seek county support

The existing Community Center would be razed and a new facility built to the west
The existing Community Center would be razed and a new facility built to the west

Diane Wise and Larry Pote spoke with the Greene County board of supervisors Monday about the effort to build a new community center in Grand Junction. The current building is dilapidated and unsafe; it is slated to be demolished next spring.

Wise told the supervisors the project steering committee has already submitted grant applications with assistance from Region XII Council of Governments, and she asked the supervisors to “come on board” with the project. Continue reading

Greene Co school registration is Monday

Back to schoolAll Greene County students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th will register for the 2014-15 school year next Monday, Aug. 4, from 8 am to 7 pm at the high school in Jefferson. Parents should be prepared with home, work and cellular phone numbers and emergency contact information.

Book fees this year are as follows, with fees for students eligible for reduced cost meals in parentheses: K-TK, $30 ($12); grades 1-3, $40 ($16); and grades 4-12, $45 ($18). Children who qualify for free meals pay no book fees.

Parents can save time by completing school registration and other required forms ahead of time and taking them to registration. Click here for the required forms: Greene County CSD registration

Application forms for reduced fees and school supply lists are also available at the link.

School starts for students Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Jeff council, county supervisors discuss LOSST language

The Jefferson city council and the Greene County board of supervisors are both discussing the language for a request on the Nov. 4 ballot to extend for another 10 years the current 1-cent local option sales and service tax, the LOSST. Both groups hope to make the language as unrestrictive as possible, while giving taxpayers some assurance it will be spent wisely. Continue reading

Bill Sorenson to share history of AAI

Historical Society hosts the program on Sunday

~by Chuck Offenburger

There are many different kinds of history to consider, and this Sunday the Greene County Historical Society will present a program on some important economic development history for this area.  Bill Sorenson, founder of American Athletic Inc., will use his personal collection of historic photographs and his own recollections to salute the company’s 60 years of business here. Continue reading

Farmland leasing workshop set for Aug. 7

Pre-registration deadline is Aug. 6

The annual Greene County Extension farmland leasing workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 3:30 pm at the Greene County Extension office meeting room in Jefferson.  The workshop will be facilitated by ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialist Shane Ellis and will include topics like updated land value and cash rental rate surveys, types of farmland lease arrangements, determining fair cash rents, writing and terminating a farm lease, and how to find other information from ISU Extension related to farm leases. Continue reading

Class slated for loved ones of those with mental illness

NAMIFamily members and “significant others” of persons with a chronic mental illness are invited to participate in the 12-session Family-to-Family Education Program sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The course will be held Mondays from 7 to 9:30 pm beginning Sept. 8, at St Joseph Parish Center in Jefferson. There is no charge for the course, but pre-registration is required so materials can be prepared. Continue reading

Home canning, freezing topic of workshop

Registration deadline this Friday, Aug. 1

A workshop for individuals interested in learning more about home food preservation will be held Monday, Aug. 4, from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Greene County Extension office meeting room.  Sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach – Greene County, “Preserve the Taste of Summer” will help participants learn the methods to safely preserve produce from their gardens. Continue reading

Corn and soybeans ahead of average growing season

USDA, NASSWest central Iowa leads the state in corn in the silking stage, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Eighty-five percent of the state’s corn acreage was at or beyond the silking stage as of Sunday, just over two weeks ahead of the previous year and almost one week ahead of the five year average. Ninety-four percent of the corn in Iowa was that, with central Iowa right behind with 93 percent. Corn in northwest Iowa is lagging, at only 72 percent in the silking stage.

Statewide, 78 percent of the corn was reported in good to excellent condition. Continue reading

Rams win 10-3 over East Marshall for third place in class 3A

The Greene County Ram softball team, with players from all corners of the county, placed third in the class 3A state tournament with a win Friday afternoon over the Mustangs of East Marshall, 10-3. Ram pitcher Marissa Promes was named to the all-tournament team.

photo by Mike Ketelsen, Ketelsen Photography
photo by Mike Ketelsen, Ketelsen Photography

Members of the team are (front, from left) Hannah Cooklin, Kayla Mobley, Hannah Promes, Tiffany Promes, Emily Chirstensen, Laurin Lyons and Carleigh Paup; (middle, from left) Emma Saddoris, Tressa Rasmussen, Bailey Godwin, Makenzie Dennhardt, Sydney Koch, Katelynn Hagen and Emma Tilley; and (back, from left) coaches Tiffany Promes and Tom Kennedy,  player Hannah Onken, and coaches Greg Ruth and Jennifer Kennedy.

It was the Rams’ first-ever appearance in the state tournament. Their only defeat in the tournament was a 4-1 loss to Clarke Community (Osceola). The Clarke Lady Indians topped Bondurant-Farrar 7-6 to win the championship.

Final placings in the 3A tournament are, from first to eighth place, Clarke Community, Bondurant-Farrar, Greene County, East Marshall, Mid-Prairie (Wellman), Cedar Point-Urbana, Spirit Lake and West Burlington Notre Dame.

Read all the details of the Rams’ game under the Sports tab!

Rams lose 4-1 in class 3A semifinal game

RamThe Greene County Rams played a late night state tournament semifinal game against the Lady Indians of Clarke Community School in Osceola and lost 4-1. The game was scheduled to start at 7:30 pm, but didn’t get underway until 11, due to a three hour rain delay.

Lady Indian pitcher Libby Bemis had a dozen strike outs for the game. The Lady Indians had won their quarterfinal game Monday against Spirit Lake by a convincing 13-0 score in just three innings.

The complete story is under the Sports tab.

Generous contribution makes Bell Tower admission free for youngsters

“Every young person, especially those in Greene County, needs to know the story of the Mahanay Carillon Tower, experience the breathtaking ride to the top, and see the magnificent view from the observation deck, “ says Carole Custer, president of the Bell Tower Community Foundation.

And Jim Daubendiek and the Jefferson Telephone Company Charitable Trust agreed. For the rest of this tower’s season, daily from 10 am to  4 pm through Labor Day, and then on weekends in September and October, all youngsters aged 18 and under will get free admission to the top of the tower, compliments of funding by the trust. Continue reading

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