They’re here – Everything’s coming up tractors

The parking lot at Wild Rose Casino and Cobblestone Inn was a tractor show of its own Sunday evening.

Jefferson has been invaded by  tractors of nearly every decade and make for the 8th annual WHO Tractor Ride. The ride is based at Wild Rose Casino, and includes three days with drives of varying lengths for the 500 tractor enthusiasts registered for the ride. Continue reading They’re here – Everything’s coming up tractors

Wild Rose, Greene County hosting WHO Classic Tractor Ride June 25-28

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

Fans of “old iron” are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 21st annual WHO Radio Tractor Ride next week. Classic tractors from various manufacturers will arrive at Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson on Sunday, June 25. The machines, drivers and passengers will leave early each morning for the next three days on routes that will take them north, south and east before returning to Jefferson each evening.  Continue reading Wild Rose, Greene County hosting WHO Classic Tractor Ride June 25-28

Principal Van Cleave resigns

Ends months of negotiating

The Greene County Schools board of education at a special meeting Monday accepted the resignation of Intermediate School principal Maranda Van Cleave.

Included in the agreement is a settlement payment of $55,000 to Van Cleave if she has not secured or been offered regular or part-time employment by Aug. 20. Continue reading Principal Van Cleave resigns

Gem uncovered in downtown rehabilitation

Those who are watching progress of the CDBG-funded façade rehabilitation project in downtown Jefferson got a surprise earlier this week when the mansard front of 110 E. State St was removed.

Beneath the 1970s “Swiss chalet” update is white glazed brick with ornate glazed terra cotta inlays over the second story windows and at the top.

Pete Franks of The Franks Design Group, architect for the project, said he wasn’t surprised by the find, as he had crawled into the concealed space behind the mansard frame and had seen parts of the old façade up close. Still, he said he was “certainly pleased to see brilliant concealed historic building fabric ‘see the light of day.'” Continue reading Gem uncovered in downtown rehabilitation

County attorney’s office looking at software purchase

Thomas Laehn, assistant to county attorney Nic Martino, wants to make his position obsolete before his two-year contract expires.

Laehn graduated from the University of Iowa college of law in May and joined the county attorney’s office earlier this month. His job title will change to assistant county attorney after he is admitted to the Iowa bar in early fall. Continue reading County attorney’s office looking at software purchase

Cram the Cab for the food pantry June 26 – July 1

County residents should be on the lookout for a big, red tractor sitting in the parking lot at the Jefferson Fareway store the week of June 26 – July 1. This will mark the start of Greene County Farm Bureau’s second annual Cram the Cab event. The goal will be to “cram” the cab full of non-perishable food items which will then be donated to the Greene County Christian Action Resource Center. Continue reading Cram the Cab for the food pantry June 26 – July 1

New bells need some tweaking

The 47-bell carillon at the top of the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower is complete but the work isn’t finished.

Experts from the Verdin Company in Cincinnati will return to Jefferson yet this month to work on three bells “that are having issues,” county engineer Wade Weiss told the county supervisors June 12.

The bells at the top of each of the three clusters on the outside of the bell frame – the D, E-flat and F in the octave above middle C – need some work. Weiss explained that the weight of the striker in each bell isn’t quite right, causing them to ring at the wrong volume. Continue reading New bells need some tweaking

Corn, soybeans doing well

Warm and windy weather with spotty thunderstorms prevailed across Iowa during the week ending June 18, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Those isolated storms left some farmers assessing crop damage from strong winds and hail. Statewide there were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities for the week included cutting hay, spraying herbicides, nitrogen side-dressing, and re-planting. Continue reading Corn, soybeans doing well

Sculpture contest winners told

“We Are… Greene County” by Jolene Peters and Shane Olson

Voters selected “We Are … Greene County” as the winning sculpture in Jefferson Matters: Main Street’s second annual Ring Out for Art sculpture contest. The selection was made by people’s choice voting during the Bell Tower Festival June 9-10.

“We Are … Greene County” is a collaboration by Shane Olson of Churdan and Jolene Peters of Carroll. The two intended to bring together images of the county as well as its history. They used several different types of steel to convey both strength and the diversity of the people.

Olson and Peters received $2,000. All prize money for the contest was provided by Home State Bank. Continue reading Sculpture contest winners told

Landus announces multi-year plan of consolidation, growth

Reducing staff by 5 percent

Landus Cooperative recently announced and implemented Project 2020: Consolidate Then Grow, a multi-year initiative to enhance profitability and re-invest in more efficient assets on behalf of the cooperative’s approximately 7,000 member equity holders.

Landus was formed April 1, 2016, when a merger of West Central Cooperative and Farmers Cooperative was finalized. Continue reading Landus announces multi-year plan of consolidation, growth

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