DNR investigating Hardin Creek fish kill

The Iowa DNR i was in Greene County early this evening investigating a fish kill in Hardin Creek about two miles east of Jefferson in Greene County. (Click here for Google map.)

Local USDA Service Center staff noticed the dead fish while stream sampling in the area.
DNR has little information yet. The fish differ in size and species, and the affected area is at least three miles long. The source and extent of the fish kill are still under investigation. Continue reading DNR investigating Hardin Creek fish kill

Special school election Sept. 10 on use of SAVE funds

Voters in the Greene County School District will cast a ballot on the revenue purpose statement (RPS) to authorize spending revenues from the state 1-cent Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) sales tax.

The special election is slated on Tuesday, Sept. 10, with polls open in Grand Junction, Jefferson and Scranton from noon to 8 p.m. Click here for the legal notice of election. Continue reading Special school election Sept. 10 on use of SAVE funds

‘Museum party’ to welcome centennial military convoy

~by Chuck Offenburger for the Greene County Historical Society

The Greene County Historical Society is hosting a “museum party” this Saturday, Aug. 24, to help welcome those coming to Jefferson on the re-enactment of the trans-USA 1919 military vehicle convoy.

The historical museum at 219 E. Lincoln Way will be open for its normal Saturday visitor hours from 9 am. to 12 pm. Then it will be re-opened from1 to 4 pm for the special “museum party.” Continue reading ‘Museum party’ to welcome centennial military convoy

Regular city, school election is Nov. 5

Nominations open Aug. 26 – Sept. 19

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

Changes made by the Iowa state legislature have combined the regular school and city elections in 2019. Rather than electing school board members in September and city officials in November as in past years, voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5, to elect both school board members and city officials. Continue reading Regular city, school election is Nov. 5

County supes have ‘quiet’ meeting

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

It was a quiet morning Monday for the Greene County board of supervisors with two supervisors absent and no controversial topics to consider.

Supervisors John Muir, Pete Bardole, and Tom Contner discussed Bardole becoming a liaison between the board and Jefferson Matters: Main Street’s Tower View Team when board assignments are made at the first of the year. Continue reading County supes have ‘quiet’ meeting

Amazing Race for Charity-Greene County slated for Sept. 7

The blind man’s water challenge in the 2018 Amazing Race  | GCNO file photo

The second Amazing Race for Charity – Greene County will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, in downtown Jefferson. The chosen charity for all the proceeds is the new proposed animal facility for Greene County.

Pre-registration is suggested through the website at www.amazingraceforcharitygc.com with teams of two competing with good-natured challenges – physical, mental and new experiences. There is a limit of 50 teams. Staff at Greene County Chamber & Tourism and Jefferson Matters: Main Street can assist with registration.

Teams are encouraged to dress up in costume to add to the atmosphere. Check in time is 9 am at the Mahanay bell tower. The VFW post at 109 N. Chestnut St is offering a breakfast from 8 to 10 am with free-will donations going to the animal facility. Continue reading Amazing Race for Charity-Greene County slated for Sept. 7

Jeff council hires female police officer, park and rec director

Ashley Wilson

The Jefferson police department has a female patrol officer. Ashley Wilson started work at 6 am this morning, Aug. 14, after the Jefferson city council approved her hiring at its Aug. 13 meeting.

This is Wilson’s first job in law enforcement, although she grew up hearing conversations about police work as her father was the Hardin County attorney. Her most recent employment was with the Postal Service as a clerk.

She will attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in January. Continue reading Jeff council hires female police officer, park and rec director

Supes okay change in insurance broker, correct property tax bill errors

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

Business was fairly routine at the county board of supervisors meeting Aug. 12. Only three supervisors were present – Peter Bardole, Tom Conter and chair John Muir. Supervisors Dawn Rudolph and Mick Burkett were absent.

The board took action to correct a billing error for property taxes, unanimously approving tax abatement for 45 parcels. The parcels were billed for property taxes although they are tax exempt. Because of the billing mistake, a formal abatement of taxes was required. A list of the organizations and parcels is available in the auditor’s office. Continue reading Supes okay change in insurance broker, correct property tax bill errors

New committee assignments, routine business for Jeff council

Per the mayor, the police committee will function better without a council member

The Jefferson city council will no longer have a member on the city’s police committee.
Committee appointments are made by mayor Craig Berry. Committee assignments are made at the first meeting of the year, but assignments were changed to reflect Larry Teeples’ resignation from the council and Darrin Jackson’s election to the vacancy. Continue reading New committee assignments, routine business for Jeff council

Hazardous waste collection Saturday

A free hazardous waste collection is slated for Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 to 11 am on the north side of the courthouse square. The event is for Jefferson residents only.

Items that will be accepted include aerosol cleaners and paints; ammonia-based cleaners; antifreeze; batteries (only rechargeable); fertilizers; fluorescent light bulbs (cfls); gasoline and kerosene; oil, lead-based paint; stains, varnishes; metal polishes, rust removers; thermometers and thermostats (mercury); pesticides; petroleum adhesives; and used oil filters. Continue reading Hazardous waste collection Saturday

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