Another BRR in the books

BRR 3An estimated 1,000 bicycle riders circled through Rippey Saturday as part of the 39th annual Bike Ride to Rippey – BRR – hosted by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce.

Temperatures were in the upper 20s with a cold, damp fog as the ride started. The roads, Dallas County and Greene County paved roads, were clear of snow but the shoulders were not. Many cyclists opted for fat tire bikes, giving them more tread on the road. Continue reading Another BRR in the books

No pay raises for county supervisors next year

Two percent for other elected officials

The Greene County supervisors after much deliberation decided by a split vote to award 2 percent raises to other county elected officials but no raise to themselves.

The supervisors at their Feb. 1 meeting took up the recommendation of the compensation board. That board had recommended raises of 2.5 percent for all elected officials, including the five supervisors. Continue reading No pay raises for county supervisors next year

Grand Junction Community Center opens with festive event

About 200 Grand Junction and area residents gathered Saturday evening to cut a ceremonial ribbon and celebrate completion of Grand Junction’s new $1.2 million community center. As people saw the completed project, “awesome” and “amazing” were the most frequently heard words.

Watch a tour filmed by Pat Boberg at the open house.

Community center committee chair Diane Wise served as emcee at a program that saluted those involved with the ambitious project. Continue reading Grand Junction Community Center opens with festive event

Winter Storm Kayla smacks Greene County

Greene County is digging out Wednesday from Winter Storm Kayla, a huge storm that hit most off the Midwest. For many Greene County residents, the battle is on two fronts – gravel roads that are impassable and power outages.

The storm, which volunteer weather observer John Beltz reports dropped 6.5 inches of heavy snow, started Monday night. An intermission Tuesday afternoon let the secondary roads crew achieve dry pavement on paved roads Tuesday afternoon, but they weren’t able to tackle the 750 miles of gravel roads, county engineer Wade Weiss said. Continue reading Winter Storm Kayla smacks Greene County

More hogs coming to the county

Iowa Select Farms heard the Greene county supervisors’ request to provide a closure plan for a proposed CAFO expansion and answered “no.”

The supervisors at their Jan. 28 meeting approved a letter to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources recommending that the building permit to expand Hawker Farms IV’s Churdan Finisher Farm site be granted, but with a notation in the letter of Iowa Select’s refusal to comply with their request. Continue reading More hogs coming to the county

Midwest Partnership celebrates successful year of economic development

~by The Scranton Journal

Midwest Partnership, the four-county economic development corporation, highlighted continued success in recruiting and retaining businesses in Greene, Guthrie, Audubon and Adair Counties at their annual meeting held at the Lake Panorama Conference Center on Thursday evening, Jan. 28.  Continue reading Midwest Partnership celebrates successful year of economic development

Greene County included in questionable campaign tactic

Edited Tuesday at 5:45 pm

At least one Greene County precinct in the Republican caucus was hit with what Dr Ben Carson’s campaign has identified as a “dirty trick” attributed to the campaign of Sen Ted Cruz.

The Carson campaign alleges that the Cruz campaign sent messages were  sent  via Twitter and email immediately before the start of the caucuses saying that Carson was dropping out of the race. The Cruz campaign has denied the allegation. Continue reading Greene County included in questionable campaign tactic

Trump tops Cruz by two votes in Greene County

With all seven precincts reporting results in the GOP caucuses, Greene County Republicans favored Donald Trump by just two votes, 164 to 162.

GOP caucuses a straw poll of presidential preference; the vote is not binding on delegates to the county convention. Per the caucus rules, participants were allowed to speak on behalf of a candidate, with each candidate limited to three minutes of talk and two supporters.

Tallying in results from the east precinct, which were available on the GOP website two hours later than the rest,  Trump edged Sen Ted Cruz by two votes, 164 (30 percent) to 162 (29.7 percent). Continue reading Trump tops Cruz by two votes in Greene County

Local Democrats pick Clinton

~by Denise O’Brien Van, special to GreeneCountyNewsOnline

More than 200 Democrats from Jefferson’s three precincts showed up Monday evening at Greene County High School to help begin the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The majority of Democrats in all three precincts went for Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders made a good showing. Martin O’Malley didn’t get one delegate to the Democrats’ county convention which names delegates to the state convention, where delegates to the July National Democratic Convention will be chosen. Continue reading Local Democrats pick Clinton

County crews ready for storm

Greene County engineer Wade Weiss assured the county supervisors Monday morning that the secondary roads department is ready for whatever Winter Storm Kayla brings.

All department employees are available for work except one, and someone is on call to cover that position. The crew has the oversized snow blower ready for use, although it hasn’t been needed in five years. Continue reading County crews ready for storm

Relay for Life of Greene County marks World Cancer Day Feb. 4

Relay for LifeCommittee prepares for 20th annual Relay event, shares good news on U.S. cancer survival rates

The Relay for Life of Greene County, alongside the American Cancer Society, is marking World Cancer Day this Thursday, Feb. 4, with the good news of “20 in 20” and highlighting local ways to celebrate, remember, and fight back. Continue reading Relay for Life of Greene County marks World Cancer Day Feb. 4

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