Medical center to discontinue obstetric services

Medical Center enhancedGreene County Medical Center is leaving the delivery business. The medical center board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday morning to begin a 60- to 90-day transition period closing obstetric services at the medical center and at the Advanced Women’s Care clinic.

The move comes less than three weeks after the sudden resignation of Dr David Jaskey, OB/GYN, and less than nine months after the new inpatient portion of the medical center opened, complete with two private labor/delivery/post-partum rooms and a nursery. Continue reading Medical center to discontinue obstetric services

Greene County CSD trims $555,000 from budget

The Greene County Schools met their cost-cutting target with a little room to spare.

The settlement of the teachers’ contract was a final piece needed to hit that target. The contracts ratified by the school board May 18, with a total package increase of 2.66 percent for teachers, classified staff and administrative staff, and a 2 percent wage increase for bus drivers, put the district’s budget about $30,000 “ahead of the game,” superintendent Tim Christensen said. Continue reading Greene County CSD trims $555,000 from budget

Jefferson’s fund balance takes big hit in budget amendment

Dollar signsThe Jefferson city council on Tuesday amended the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, showing an increase in revenues of $751,000 and an increase in expenditures of $2,470,000.

The ending fund balance in the amended fund balance is $3,861,332, compared to $6,331,149 in the budget pre-amendment. That’s a 39 percent decrease. Continue reading Jefferson’s fund balance takes big hit in budget amendment

Greene County EMS receives $25K grant from Heart Association

Also gets OK to purchase new equipment with contracted services budget line

Heart attack patients in Greene County may have faster access to critically important medical care thanks to a grant from the American Heart Association (AHA).

Greene County Emergency Medical Services Inc has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the AHA for 12-lead electrocardiogram equipment as part of Mission: Lifeline, an AHA community-based initiative aimed at improving the system of care for heart attack patients throughout rural Iowa. Continue reading Greene County EMS receives $25K grant from Heart Association

Veterans air problems at Friday roundtable with Sen Joni Ernst and others

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

(from left) Sen Joni Ernst, moderator Jim Andrew, Lt Gov Kim Reynolds | GCNO photo
(from left) Sen Joni Ernst, moderator Jim Andrew, Lt Gov Kim Reynolds | GCNO photo

Veterans from around the state trekked to Jefferson Friday morning to meet with U.S. Senator Joni Ernst at a veterans roundtable in the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson. Close to 100 persons, most of whom were veterans, attended the hour-long event.

Jim Andrew, American Legion Post 11 commander, served as moderator and introduced the guests as well as selecting the veterans who made comments and discussed issues.

Ernst touched on several issues and the bills she has introduced in Congress. She especially is working on healthcare problems. “I am so glad to be here today. We must do better,” she said. Continue reading Veterans air problems at Friday roundtable with Sen Joni Ernst and others

Yankee Robinson, Mahanay tower topics of Historical Society programs

Special evening program June 2; RSVP by May 27 for meal

~by Chuck Offenburger for the Historical Society

yankee-robinsonFayette Ludovic “Yankee” Robinson was one of the best-known and highest-regarded circus owners and performers in America in the mid to late 1800s. In the early fall of 1884, when his show was touring in west central Iowa, the 66-year-old Robinson took seriously ill, spent six days lingering in a Jefferson hotel room and died.

When the local Masonic lodge buried their “brother” Robinson in the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery, “he was the most famous person to die and be buried in Greene County,” says retired newspaper editor and publisher Rick Morain, “and he probably still is.” Continue reading Yankee Robinson, Mahanay tower topics of Historical Society programs

School board discusses tardiness, use of gaming money, door security

All three topics continued to June

The Greene County school administration made good on its promise to take to the full board concerns raised at the new public forums. At the inaugural forum in April, parents raised concerns about the attendance policy as it relates to student athletes. The topic was on the board’s agenda in May. After nearly 30 minutes of discussion the board made no decisions but put it on the agenda again for June 15 meeting. Continue reading School board discusses tardiness, use of gaming money, door security

Jeff council okays park grant application, allocating Welcome Center funding to TJ Gardens

There may be an Act II of college students in Jefferson next winter taking inventory, holding public meetings and writing proposals. Just as Iowa State University College of Design students did earlier this year with their Retail Scapes projects, another group of landscape architecture students could be using Jefferson’s city parks as their study subjects. Continue reading Jeff council okays park grant application, allocating Welcome Center funding to TJ Gardens

Supervisors okay first step on courthouse dome rehabiliation

The first step in rehabilitating the large stained glass dome over the courthouse rotunda was taken Monday by the board of supervisors.

The board approved a fee proposal from Brooks Borg Skiles, a Des Moines architectural firm very familiar with the courthouse, to prepare necessary construction documents and services during the bidding phase for the job. Continue reading Supervisors okay first step on courthouse dome rehabiliation

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