New classrooms likely won’t be ready for start of school

Speculation about progress on the addition to the Greene County elementary building is over. “Obviously anybody who’s got two eyeballs knows construction isn’t going as fast as we’d like it,” school superintendent Tim Christensen said at the regular school board meeting Wednesday night. “There’s nothing definite, but it doesn’t look like it will be done Sept. 7.” Continue reading New classrooms likely won’t be ready for start of school

Turmoil in Scranton

Controversy over law enforcement, Community Center

~Courtesy of The Scranton Journal

 A large contingent of Scranton area residents attended the city council meeting July 11, sitting through more than two hours of routine business before getting to the two issues of major interest: law enforcement in Scranton and the Scranton Community Center board. (See a post from July 12 about law enforcement in Scranton)

At the heart of the Community Center matter was the appointment of two board members. Mayor Randy Winkelman in June had not reappointed Dawn Rudolph or Doug Hawn, two volunteers that the citizens know and respect for the never-tiring efforts that were key to the modernization and upkeep of the Community Center. Continue reading Turmoil in Scranton

Casino payments to county, city of Jefferson tallied

Wild Rose Jefferson paid out more than $140,000 to Greene County and the city of Jefferson during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.

Greene County treasurer Donna Lawson reported to the county supervisors on Monday that payments to the county from the casino were $140,136.23 for the fiscal year. That amount is one-half of 1 percent of the gross gaming revenue at the casino. Continue reading Casino payments to county, city of Jefferson tallied

Vision 2020 moving forward

Members of the Vision 2020 committee are expecting preliminary recommendations from the Community 360 planning group by the end of the month.

Ken Paxton, Greene County Development Corporation director, reported to the county supervisors Monday that the Vision 2020 project team has focused on the smaller towns in the county. The team has met with more than 100 community leaders, businesses, city council members, young employees and residents and others. Continue reading Vision 2020 moving forward

Cooling center at TJ Gardens Education & Welcome Center

GCNO photo

The Thomas Jefferson Gardens board invites the public to use the Education and Welcome Center at the gardens as a cooling center during this unusual heat wave.

Persons looking for respite from the extreme temperatures and high humidity are welcome Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Depending on weather, the Education and Welcome Center may be available Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm as well. Continue reading Cooling center at TJ Gardens Education & Welcome Center

Downtown storefront restoration on schedule

Architect Pete Franks studies the bare façade at Addie’s.

The storefronts in downtown Jefferson will eventually be restored, although the project to date looks to be more about demolition than restoration.

Jefferson city administrator Mike Palmer and Jefferson Matters: Main Street program director Peg Raney have both made that reminder in updates they’ve provided to various groups recently.

Palmer explained to the county supervisors that it’s a small crew that is tearing off storefronts. Each building is evaluated then, and the plans are adjusted as needed. For example, it was determined the front of Muir Embroidery needs structural steel added.

After plans are set, masons, glaziers and painters will come in. Continue reading Downtown storefront restoration on schedule

Supes table increasing employee life insurance

The Greene County supervisors tabled until March a proposal to increase the term life insurance benefit now offered to employees.

Terry Lang, agent for the county’s employee insurance, asked the supervisors to consider increasing the benefit to $10,000 paid at the death of an employee’s spouse or child. The policy now pays $5,000 at the death of a spouse and $2,500 at the death of a child. Continue reading Supes table increasing employee life insurance

Laehn’s job title changes next week to ass’t county attorney

Thomas R. Laehn

Thomas Laehn, assistant to the county attorney, will have a change of title sooner than anticipated.

Laehn reported to the county supervisors Monday that under a new rule of the Iowa judicial branch’s Office of Professional Regulation, he can practice law as soon as he completes the Iowa Bar examination. He will take the Bar exam next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Thursday he can assume the full duties of assistant county attorney. He will be able to prosecute any criminal case. Continue reading Laehn’s job title changes next week to ass’t county attorney

Gwen Black is Greene County Fair queen

Gwen Black, 2017 county fair queen

Gwen Black was crowned Greene County Fair queen Friday evening. She will represent the county in the Iowa State Fair queen pageant as well as present trophies and ribbons at county fair events.

She was selected by a panel of judges from Beta Tau Delta sorority. The selection was made based on prior interviews with the judges and answers to questions drawn randomly during the contest.

Along with the chance to compete for college scholarships at the State Fair, Black received a $500 scholarship from Humboldt Mutual Insurance. Humboldt Mutual is awarding similar scholarships at seven county fairs this summer. Carol Durbin of Kingsgate Insurance in Jefferson made the presentation. Continue reading Gwen Black is Greene County Fair queen

It’s Fair Week in Greene County

~The Scranton Journal

Judging of 4-H static exhibits kicked off the fair Tuesday morning. | GCNO photo

The Greene County Fair is under way with free entertainment, fun and games for youngsters, grandstand entertainment and livestock shows for the 4-H and FFA youth of the county. Click here for the complete schedule.

Headlining the grandstand entertainment is the Grand River Rodeo on Friday night. The action begins at 7 pm and will conclude at dusk with fireworks. Continue reading It’s Fair Week in Greene County

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