Holiday ‘housekeeping’ at GreeneCountyNewsOnline

GreeneCountyNewsOnline readers everywhere, of all ages, are invited to submit holiday items to share in updates in the next couple of weeks. Favorite memories, family traditions, a unique holiday picture, recipes, original poetry, or even just a greeting in lieu of Christmas cards are all welcome. Even a child’s drawing could be scanned and then posted to GreeneCountyNewsOnline. “During the holidays we celebrate the friendships and events that making living here special, and that’s what GreeneCountyNewsOnline seeks to do year round – to celebrate and nurture our Greene County community,” GCNO publisher Victoria Riley said. Continue reading Holiday ‘housekeeping’ at GreeneCountyNewsOnline

Sale of Rippey property, early retirement on school board agenda

City of Rippey may become owners of gym to be used by school

The Greene County school board at its regular meeting tonight (Dec. 17) will look at a much different idea for the sale of the former Rippey school property than was first proposed.

The new plan calls for the city of Rippey to own not only the vacant lot on which the 1921 three-story portion of the school stood, but also the gymnasium that was renovated for continuing use as a practice and sub-varsity game venue. Continue reading Sale of Rippey property, early retirement on school board agenda

All are invited to Chamber’s annual meeting Jan. 12

Chamber Logo WebGreene County Chamber and Development invites the public to attend the 2014 annual meeting Monday, Jan. 12, at the Elks lodge in Jefferson. Social time begins at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:15. The agenda includes a wrap-up of 2014 and information about current projects, including the Welcome Center. New board members will be introduced, and the recipient of the  2014  Above and Beyond the Call volunteer recognition award will be announced. Continue reading All are invited to Chamber’s annual meeting Jan. 12

Habitat for Humanity names associate director

Jeff Lamoureux
Jeff Lamoureux

Jeff Lamoureux of Jefferson has been named the first associate director for Habitat for Humanity of Boone and Greene Counties, and will soon open an office in Jefferson to support their local low-income home repair and construction efforts.

Lamoureux has previously served the city of Jefferson as park and recreation director for 10 years and is coming to Habitat from the same position he currently fills in Perry. He also has recent experience in business-to-business and consumer sales. Continue reading Habitat for Humanity names associate director

Paxton updates supervisors on economic development projects

Iowa State University students could ride a shuttle to work at a part-time job in Jefferson if a project of Greene County Development Corporation comes to fruition.

GCDC executive director Ken Paxton told the county board of supervisors Monday that he is working with Region XII Council of Governments to implement the shuttle service. Region XII has  busses available that it would like to utilize. Paxton said students would work at either Hy-Vee Grocery or Wild Rose Jefferson. Continue reading Paxton updates supervisors on economic development projects

Supervisors hear Chamber’s plans for Welcome Center

GreeneCountyNewsOnline file photo
GreeneCountyNewsOnline file photo

Greene County Chamber of Commerce president Ben Yoder talked with the county board of supervisors Monday to update them on the Welcome Center and to ask them to think about what role the county should play in promoting tourism as a local industry. He asked the supervisors to consider writing letters, both personally and as a board, expressing to the Jefferson city council their support of the Welcome Center and of the Chamber as taking the lead in tourism. Continue reading Supervisors hear Chamber’s plans for Welcome Center

P-C students to complete survey on teacher performance

Paton-Churdan students will have a chance to express their views about their teachers in a survey designed by middle school students with the help of principal Annie Smith.

Smith told the Paton-Churdan board of education at its regular meeting Dec. 10 that the surveys are one way to promote continuous improvement of the staff. The online survey will provide information without students’ names attached. Continue reading P-C students to complete survey on teacher performance

More winners in Christmas Certificate give-away

Contributed photo
Contributed photo

The third drawing in the Greene County Chamber’s Hometown Holidays Christmas Certificate give-away was held Monday, Dec. 15. Winners were (seated, from left) John Schoening, who registered at Peony Chinese Restaurant, and Kim Meyer of Jefferson, who registered at The Printer’s Box. A winner who registered at Hy-Vee Drugstore was not available for the photo.

Pictured with them are (standing, from left) Chantalle Long of Peony Chamber executive director Chris Henning, and Jean Feldmann of The Printer’s Box. Continue reading More winners in Christmas Certificate give-away

Grand Junction receives $220,000 grant for Community Center

GJ Community CenterConstruction of a new Grand Junction Community Center is much closer with the approval Wednesday of a $220,000 Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant from the Vision Iowa board. “Today was a banner day for Grand Junction,” Diane Wise said Wednesday. She has been a driving force behind the project.

The grant application was for $250,000 of a total project cost of $1,158,736. The grant is contingent on raising $30,000 to complete fundraising within 90 days.  “We will continue to aggressively seek funding to meet their challenge,” Wise said. “Now would be a great time for those interested in our project to send their donations.” Continue reading Grand Junction receives $220,000 grant for Community Center

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