Task force suggests Chamber promote tourism; city council stalls

The Jefferson city council at its April 14 meeting received a recommendation from a special task force in support of the Greene County Chamber’s efforts to promote tourism, but responded with more questions and no answer about the future use of hotel/motel tax revenues.

Angie Pedersen, chair of the Chamber’s tourism committee, reported to the council on the work of a task force called together three months ago to determine whether it should be the Chamber or some other group to promote tourism. The task force met in February and March in order to meet a 90-day deadline for forming a recommendation. Continue reading Task force suggests Chamber promote tourism; city council stalls

New Fashion Pork plans expansion in Cedar Township

Will add 1,600 head in gilt development building

Big pork will get bigger with a planned expansion at a New Fashion Pork facility on County Road N-58 (the Greene/Carroll County line) at 160th St in Section 31 in Cedar Township.

The Greene County board of supervisors at its April 13 meeting reviewed the master matrix scoring for the expansion at the former Elite Pork site. There are not close neighbors to the site, and members of the media were the only persons at the scoring. Continue reading New Fashion Pork plans expansion in Cedar Township

School calendar for 2015-16 includes a break in March

Greene County students will have a full week of spring break if the board of education approves the most recent draft of the calendar for 2015-16.

The proposed calendar names Aug. 20-21 as work days for teachers and Monday, Aug. 24, as the first day for students. The calendar does not list any full days for teacher professional development (no school for students), but it does continue 1:45 dismissals every Wednesday as in the past two years. Continue reading School calendar for 2015-16 includes a break in March

Tour of Empty Buildings is Thursday and Saturday

Morain paintingThe Jefferson Matters: Main Street board, Greene County Development Corp executive director Ken Paxton and business owners are gearing up to put their best feet forward Thursday and Saturday for the Empty Building Tour in Jefferson’s historic downtown district.

Six buildings are listed on the tour: 205 N. Wilson, 215 N. Wilson, 100 N. Wilson, 101 N. Chestnut, 200 E. State St and 212 E. State St. Rick Morain (pictured, painting) owns one of the buildings on the tour. Continue reading Tour of Empty Buildings is Thursday and Saturday

It’s time to order luminarias for Relay for Life

RFL - Greene County_CS5Even with a daytime format, luminaria will still be part of the Relay for Life of Greene County. Luminaria chairman Shirley Stapleton explained that the decorated bags, honoring a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who has lost the battle to cancer, will decorate the walking track at the Greene County Community Center during the Relay.

A ceremony will be held at the close of the Relay at 2 pm, all names of those honored will be read. Brenda Roberts will be vocalist at the touching ceremony. Continue reading It’s time to order luminarias for Relay for Life

Wet weather slowing farmers in new growing season

USDA, NASSWet conditions continued to slow down fieldwork in Iowa during the week ending April 12, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Statewide there were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Producers in west central Iowa had 2.6 days suitable.

Parts of Iowa experienced snow during the week and cool soil temperatures remain a concern.  After a slow start, farmers in northern Iowa continued to apply anhydrous, while applications in the southern two-thirds of the state were winding down. Continue reading Wet weather slowing farmers in new growing season

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