Jackson elected to Jeff city council

Darren Jackson

Jefferson voters validated the appointment of Darren Jackson to fill the vacant council seat in Tuesday’s special election.

Jackson received 303 votes, 53.44 percent of the total votes cast. Amelia Carman received 144 votes (25.4 percent), Michael A. Mentzer received 60 votes (10.58 percent), and Mark Wright received 55 votes (9.7 percent).

There were five write-in votes.

A total of 567 persons cast ballots. That’s 18.3 percent of registered voters. Continue reading Jackson elected to Jeff city council

Craig Flack speaks on behalf of River Farm Summer Bash

Editor’s note – The following press release was received from Nathanial Brown of Boone, doing business as Nathanial Brown Productions.  It is posted without edits.

JEFFERSON, IA ​– River Farm Recreation took a day off from motocross and partnered with Iowa Chill on June 22n​d​, 2019, to offer fellow Iowans a chance to gather and socialize around summer activities, food and music. Around 1300 individuals from around the state converged to the rural Greene County property for the 18+ event. Forecasts heading into the weekend predicted heavy rain for the duration of the event but attendees still poured in to brave the weather with campers in tow and their coolers full. Continue reading Craig Flack speaks on behalf of River Farm Summer Bash

Two weeks behind, but finally the crops are planted


Another wet week as showers and thunderstorms moved through the state meant Iowa farmers had limited opportunities for fieldwork during the week ending June 23, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were just 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Fieldwork activities included planting, harvesting hay, spraying and applying nitrogen. Continue reading Two weeks behind, but finally the crops are planted

Williams, Madsen tell of problems following Flack River Farm event

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

Flack’s River Farm Recreation, south of Highway 30 on P-14, was the scene on Saturday of underage drinking and injuries as people left the farm, driving while intoxicated, in order to avoid the thunderstorm that appeared Saturday night.

One man, Ron Kolbeck, 60, of Jefferson died after striking Eureka bridge over the Raccoon River on County Road E-53 Saturday night. He was seen at River Farm Recreation. Continue reading Williams, Madsen tell of problems following Flack River Farm event

Jefferson man dies after one-vehicle crash on Eureka bridge

A Jefferson man died of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on Eureka bridge west of Jefferson late Saturday night.

According to a report by the Iowa State Patrol, Ronald Kolbeck, 60, of Jefferson was eastbound on County Road E-53 west of Kirkwood Ave when he sideswiped the bridge. He continued in contact with the bridge for several feet. His 2012 Ford F250 pickup truck came to rest on the south side of the bridge against the railing. Continue reading Jefferson man dies after one-vehicle crash on Eureka bridge

Coworking firm considering Jefferson expansion

Informational session slated for June 25

Geoff Wood

Gravitate Coworking is exploring opening a location in Jefferson. Geoff Wood, founder of Gravitate Coworking, will hold an informational / Q&A session Tuesday, June 25, at 6 pm at the Welcome Center at Thomas Jefferson Gardens.

Gravitate Coworking, the largest coworking organization in Iowa with offices in downtown Des Moines and Valley Junction, is host to a coworking community of more than 1,000 members. Gravitate provides workspace for freelancers, remote workers, and entrepreneurs, providing community, collaboration and lots and lots of coffee. Continue reading Coworking firm considering Jefferson expansion

School board okays another house for construction class

Approves summer purchases, emergency operations plan; discusses graduation requirements

An addition to the local entertainment line-up is expected in the next couple of weeks.

According to Greene County Schools technology director Tim Buenz, a live webcam will be installed at the site of the new career academy and high school. Anyone interested will be able to monitor progress on the school website.

Until then, Sam Harding, owner’s rep for the project, and school superintendent Tim Christensen will provide updates. Continue reading School board okays another house for construction class

Jeff council candidates share their views

Jefferson city voters will elect someone to the city council in a special election Tuesday, June 25.

There are four candidates on the ballot – Amelia Carman, Darren Jackson, Mike Mentzer and Mark Wright.

GreeneCountyNewsOnline posed questions to the candidates about their qualifications for the council and important local topics. Their answers follow, exactly as the candidates wrote them. Continue reading Jeff council candidates share their views

School board to add $3 million in SAVE funds to building project

The Greene County Schools board plans to take advantage of the Iowa legislature’s extension of the 1-cent SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education) sales tax to beef up the plans for repurposing the current high school as a middle school.

Extending the tax beyond its original 2029 sunset allows school districts to continue borrowing against anticipated tax revenue.

According to school superintendent Tim Christensen, that will let the district “do a lot of nice things to the building,” referring to the repurposing project. Continue reading School board to add $3 million in SAVE funds to building project

School construction update

Greene County school superintendent reports a significant amount of work has been completed on the high school/career academy building site.

The building pad itself has been finished. This involved cutting down the hillside on the west side of the site and moving in fill dirt on the east side of the site to raise the level of the east side of the building pad. Interior and exterior footings have been poured for the career academy and interior block walls for the career academy are now being built. Continue reading School construction update

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