Memorial Day observances slated around the county

Franklin Township Cemetery  |  GCNO file photo
Franklin Township Cemetery | GCNO file photo

Americans will pause to remember the brave men and women who have given their lives in defense of our nation, from the Revolutionary War to the worldwide war on terrorism on Memorial Day, May 25. Observances are scheduled around the county as follows:

Jefferson: The Floyd Brown American Legion post and David M. Mosher VFW post will conduct a brief ceremony at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery at 9:30 am with a firing squad and John Mobley playing “Taps.”

The service at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery will begin at 10:45 am with Jefferson mayor pro tem Shannon Black as emcee. Members of the Jefferson fire department will raise the flags. Music will be provided by the Greene County High School band, with Mobley and Jack Schilling playing “Taps.” Blake Halligan will read his essay “What the Flag Means to Me.” Lt Barb Labate, US Navy-Ret, will give the Memorial Day address. Continue reading Memorial Day observances slated around the county

Greene County to help fund defense against DMWW lawsuit

Source of funds not yet decided

The Greene County board of supervisors will provide funds for the legal defense of Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac counties against a lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Water Works, but it has not been determined where the funds will come from.

The supervisors on Monday unanimously approved a resolution calling for $5,000 a year for up to three years to be paid to the Iowa Drainage District Association. The IDDA will place the money in a fund to be disbursed to the three counties as requested to pay Belin McCormick Law Firm which, according to the resolution, is “to represent the interests of all drainage districts in Iowa.” Continue reading Greene County to help fund defense against DMWW lawsuit

City is given vintage commercial building

Plan is to repair the building and sell it

205 N. Wilson west sideThe city of Jefferson now owns the commercial property at 205 N. Wilson, immediately north of Angie’s Tea Garden. The family of Bud Nelson, owner of the building, recently gave the city the building, along with $5,000 for needed repairs.

Jefferson city administrator Mike Palmer said it is the goal of the city to complete needed repairs within that $5,000 budget, and then market the building. Continue reading City is given vintage commercial building

P-C graduates comparatively large class

P-C val, salPaton-Churdan High School graduated 17 students on Sunday, the largest class in recent history. The class grew in numbers in the past two years, with some students moving from other districts looking for a smaller school to provide more individual attention.

Jake Carey (left) was valedictorian and Garion Consier (right) was salutatorian. Both had grade point averages higher than 3.97, with only three-hundredths of a point separating them. They’re pictured with principal Annie Smith.

Greene County HS graduates 80 students

Commencement exercises for the Greene County High School class of 2015 were held Sunday afternoon at the middle school gymnasium. Greene County board of education president Ashley Johnston presented diplomas to 80 graduates.

GR Co Commence NealFollowing tradition, class president Dan Neal made brief comments. He noted that he and his classmates have been given an education and the tools to succeed, and he suggested, “Let’s not be the generation that is remembered as being too busy texting, tweeting and snapchatting to notice that we need to do something about clean water.” Continue reading Greene County HS graduates 80 students

Probable cases of avian influenza identified in Sac, Calhoun counties

First case in a county neighboring Greene County

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding May 18 to two probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Sac and Calhoun counties.  With the new announcements, there are now 62 cases of the disease in the state. HPAI has been found in 15 counties, primarily in northwest Iowa. Calhoun is the first county adjacent to Greene County in which the disease has been found. Continue reading Probable cases of avian influenza identified in Sac, Calhoun counties

Veteran’s memorial dedication planned at historic Dillavou Cemetery Monday

~by Lora Koch, The Scranton Journal

Dillavou1It will be a special Memorial Day at one of the most historic cemeteries in the area when the new veteran’s memorial is dedicated. Not only is Dillavou one of the oldest cemeteries with the largest contingent of Civil War veterans in the area, it is located in a peaceful and picturesque country setting just a few miles northeast of Ralston.

Dillavou Cemetery Association director Connie Bock explained the new veteran’s memorial. “The old veteran’s memorial was a wooden structure that served us well for 25 years,” said Bock. “The glass was leaking around the wood structure. The bottom had rotted and a tree was holding it up. Our veterans deserve better than that.”  Continue reading Veteran’s memorial dedication planned at historic Dillavou Cemetery Monday

Gravestone of Civil War veteran to be dedicated

~by Valerie Ogren, Greene County Genealogical Society

Isaac Ford tombstoneAfter the passing of 109 years, the gravestone of Isaac H. Ford will be dedicated Saturday, May 30, at 1 pm in the Junction Township Cemetery.

The dedication will be performed by the honor guard unit known officially as Company “A”, 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry, and called colloquially “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles.” Since 2013 this unit has been honored to have served as the “Tomb Guard” at the tomb of President Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, IL. It will be under the command of 1/Lt. David M. Lamb and attired in full Civil War uniform. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Continue reading Gravestone of Civil War veteran to be dedicated


 “Every hero has a story”

Summer reading 2015 kidsIt’s time for summer reading programs for children and teens at the Jefferson public library. “Power up with books and join us for…Kaboom!…games… Zap!… contests…Splat! …movies, and…Wham!… prizes.  We’ll be doing that and more,” said children’s librarian Terry Clark. Continue reading BAM! POW! READ!

P-C board discusses transportation

Okays sharing transportation director, nixes any discussion of opening borders to buses

The Paton-Churdan board at its May 7 meeting approved an operational sharing agreement for a transportation director with Greene County Community Schools.

The Greene County board at its April meeting had suggested that if the schools were to share a transportation director, this would be an opportune time for a committee of board members and administrators to look at the existing transportation agreements. Currently, Greene County buses are not allowed to pick up open enrolled students who live in the P-C district, and vice versa. Greene County board members Mark Peters, Sam Harding and Ashley Johnston were appointed to the committee. Continue reading P-C board discusses transportation

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