Grand Junction wraps up sesqui celebration

 Cookout, history program, time capsule ceremony, Trunk-or-Treat slated for Saturday

Grand Junction will wrap up its 2019 Sesquicentennial festivities this weekend with a time capsule ceremony, historical presentation and community cookout on Main Street from 3-5 pm.
Set up for the town’s annual Halloween Trunk or Treat will follow on Main Street at 5 p.m. with “trunk or treating” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Grand Junction Fire and Rescue will host its popular Halloween Safe House at the fire station during Trunk or Treat. Continue reading Grand Junction wraps up sesqui celebration

Progress in Jefferson may help county’s bond rating

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County board of supervisors heard a glowing report from Ken Paxton, Greene County Chamber and Development, on the county’s premier national status in the rural technology revolution at its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 21.

Paxton reported Greene County is “Ground Zero in the US for rural technology.” Across the country, large computer firms are wanting to move out of large population areas to find and develop technology talent in rural areas. The Forge, located in Jefferson, is a prototype for how this can be done, according to Paxton. Continue reading Progress in Jefferson may help county’s bond rating

Rotary to host candidate forum Oct. 29

The Rotary Club of Jefferson will host a public forum Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Greene County elementary cafeteria for candidates in the Nov. 5 school and city election.

Greene County school board candidates Randy Lebeck, Steve Fisher and John McConnell, Jefferson city council candidates Sean Sebourn, Matt Wetrich and David Sloan, and Jefferson mayor candidates Matt Gordon and Craig Berry all plan to attend. Rick Morain will serve as moderator. Continue reading Rotary to host candidate forum Oct. 29

City reduces trash pick-up to three days

The implementation of automated trash collection has allowed the city of Jefferson to consolidate trash pick-up into three days.

Beginning Oct. 30 – next Wednesday – residents in the northeast section of Jefferson will have their trash collection day moved from Thursdays to Wednesdays. The usual Wednesday route will still be serviced on Wednesday as well. With the change, all residents north of Lincoln Way  will have their residential garbage pickup up on Wednesday.

Residents are reminded to have their trash containers curbside by 6 am.

New Way Trucks expanding to Mississippi

New Way Trucks, Inc., the Scranton-based refuse truck manufacturer, announced Monday that it will expand operations to a 152,000-square foot facility located at 1 Wolverine Drive in Booneville, MS. Initially titled ‘Project Wolverine’, New Way Trucks has worked closely with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to secure this strategic site. The project will initially create 100 jobs. Continue reading New Way Trucks expanding to Mississippi

Absentee/early voting open for Nov. 5 school, city elections

Absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 school and city elections are available now at the Greene County auditor’s office at the courthouse.

Ballots can be requested by mail until Oct. 25; ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Nov. 4. Voters can also cast an absentee ballot in person at the auditor’s office during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Voters in the Greene County and Paton-Churdan school districts will elect school board members. Voters in all county towns will elect mayors and city council members. Click here for a list of candidates.

Greene County school enrollment may be stabilizing

Greene County Schools superintendent Tim Christensen shared what he called “the bad and good news” of enrollment with the school board at its regular meeting Oct. 16. The “bad” is that the student count is down 8.89 K-12 students from last year. The good news is the pre-kindergarten enrollment is up six fulltime equivalents, or 12 students from last year’s class. That bodes well for next year’s kindergarten enrollment.

Open enrollment numbers are also good, with the number of students open enrolling out to other districts down 25.6. “We made some good strides in terms of open enrollment. That’s very positive. That translates to money staying in the district that was sent out,” Christensen said.

The enrollment counts were done Oct. 15 and are preliminary at this time. Continue reading Greene County school enrollment may be stabilizing

Jefferson city-wide clean-up is this week

Fall clean-up is slated for this  week, Oct. 21-24, in Jefferson.

Pick up will be done in each neighborhood on the regular garbage day. Materials must be separated: metal with metal, wood with wood, garbage with garbage, yard waste, etc.

If items are not sorted, they will not be picked up. Scrap metal should be cut into lengths not longer than 5 feet to be picked up at no charge. As always, brush should be stacked in arm load piles with the butt ends facing the street.

Tires or toxic waste will not be taken. Continue reading Jefferson city-wide clean-up is this week

Healthcare policy topic of program at Thomas Jefferson Gardens

Healthcare policies  is the topic for the first in an intermittent series of educational public policy presentations hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Gardens board.

Carl Behne, chief executive officer at Greene County Medical Center, will be the presenter Monday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 pm at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens and Welcome Center on the southeast corner of the courthouse square in Jefferson. Continue reading Healthcare policy topic of program at Thomas Jefferson Gardens

Keep recycling!

The loss of Genesis Development as a processor of recyclable material may be good news for county residents.

According to Jefferson council member Matt Wetrich, who serves as a member of the Greene County Recycling Agency, county residents will see no changes in recycling in the near future. Continue reading Keep recycling!

Supes hear of heroism, lower crime rate

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County board of supervisors heard a riveting story of heroism at its regular meeting Monday. County sheriff Jack Williams told of a water rescue last week after a vehicle went into Buttrick Creek with a woman in danger of drowning. Deputy sheriff Shane Allen and Churdan fireman Nate Byerly rescued her with support from emergency medical services. “They went above and beyond,” said Williams. Continue reading Supes hear of heroism, lower crime rate

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