Hatch to be in Jefferson Sunday evening

Jack Hatch
Jack Hatch

Jack Hatch, Democratic candidate for governor, will be in Jefferson Sunday, Oct. 26, from 6:30 to 7 pm at Prairie Blue, 114 N. Wilson.

The Iowa Democratic party is making an effort to have candidates and officials hold events in all 99 counties in just 24 hours. Hatch’s visit is part of that effort.

He will be available to speak with volunteers and supporters. Light refreshments will be served. All interested voters are welcome.


Small towns and bicycle tourism topic of presentation Tuesday

RRVTRRVT Association co-sponsoring a free seminar by national experts in Perry

Laura Crawford and Russ Roca, who rode more than 20,000 miles in four years of full-time bicycle touring around the U.S., say they eventually came to a realization that bicycling tourism is a perfect match for small towns across America.

And they are going to share their story, insights and expertise in a free seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 4:30 pm at the Hotel Pattee in Perry.  Leaders of communities, tourism officials and trail advocates from communities on the Raccoon River Valley Trail and High Trestle Trail are especially invited. Continue reading

Midwest Partnership initiating ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award

Highlighting the success of the small businesses throughout the Midwest Partnership region.

Midwest PartnershipThe Entrepreneur of the Year award is an opportunity to highlight and share in the success of  small businesses throughout the Midwest Partnership region. Success can be defined as significant increase in sales, securing a large contract, innovative process or entrepreneurial ideas that result in meaningful performance improvements in the firm. Success may be also from within the community, a positive workplace initiative, an example of community volunteerism and/or can simply be a unique product or service offering. The award will be given for the first time at the organization’s annual meeting on Jan. 22. Continue reading

Wild Rose Jefferson update: Construction, hotel, hiring

WR Casino stacked logo2The construction of the Wild Rose Jefferson casino and resort continues to progress despite some wet and windy weather this fall. In fact, the site preparation and construction are keeping pace with the formal schedule presented to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission earlier this month.

Tom Timmons, president of Wild Rose Jefferson, told commissioners at the October IRGC meeting, as well as in a letter addressed to chairman Jeff Lamberti, that the company expects to complete construction of the facility by Aug. 1. Continue reading

Greene County HS earns Safe School certification

Brian Phillips, Emily Gannon, Kyle Kinne with the certificate
Brian Phillips, Emily Gannon, Kyle Kinne with the certificate

Greene County High School has earned certification as an Iowa Safe School for its work to address bullying proactively.

High school principal Brian Phillips announced the certification at the Greene County school board’s regular meeting last week. According to Phillips, of 32 high schools in Iowa that received grant funding in the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools (IS3) program, only five met the criteria for Safe School certification.

“This is a really big deal,” Phillips told the school board. He said that Jefferson-Scranton/Greene County seemed to “lead the charge” in implementing the suggested plan. “Most of the time we were ahead of the state on the curve,” he said. Continue reading

County adds cyber breach insurance to its ICAP policy

Courthouse 2The Greene County board of supervisors took a proactive stance in a dealing with a problem that boards even just 10 years ago didn’t need to think about. The board at its regular meeting Monday approved spending $1,084 a year to add cyber breach protection to the county’s existing insurance policy.

Joan St Clair of MacDonald Insurance spoke with the board Monday. MacDonald Insurance is the county’s agent for its general liability insurance through the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool (ICAP), a self-insurance pool for public entities. Continue reading

Medical center staff doing enhanced infection prevention training

Was scheduled pre ‘Fearbola’

greene-county-medical-center2Infection prevention training for staff at Greene County Medical Center this week is carrying a bit more importance as Ebola has claimed national and world headlines.

The training is being conducted by Sandy Atkinson, RN, BSN, director of quality management and patient experience at the medical center. According to chief nursing executive Katie Heldt, the training was planned several weeks ago. Atkinson enhanced the training in personal protective equipment more recently. Continue reading

Supervisor candidates profiled for Nov. 4 election

Greene County voters will elect county supervisors in Districts 2 and 3 in the general election Nov. 4.

In District 2, which is primarily the northwest portion of the county, there is a three way race. Incumbent Republican Dawn Rudolph is being challenged by Democrat Kevin Fitzpatrick Sr and Independent Shane Olson.

In District 3, which primarily the southwest portion of the county, incumbent Republican Tom Contner is challenged by Democrat Randy Monthei.

While there are residency requirements for county supervisor, all voting is done at large. Voters from all parts of the county elect supervisors from each of the five districts. Continue reading

Candidate forum next Tuesday in Churdan

The Churdan public library will host a “meet and greet the candidate” event at the library, Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

The evening will begin with a brief presentation by each candidate. Following the presentations candidates will g to various locations throughout the library and guests will be able to visit with them one-on-one. Candidates for the county board of supervisors, treasurer and recorder have been invited. Continue reading

Construction class a “go” for second trimester

The construction class at Greene County High School has been resuscitated for the second trimester, although its future for the third trimester still isn’t assured.

The board of education told instructor Chuck Wenthold to move forward with the class after he reported there are seven students enrolled in the class for the second trimester, and there’s a possibility of two more. Continue reading

‘Team Iowa’ makes campaign stop in Jefferson

The Greene County GOP once again drew big names on ballot to Jefferson, hosting what State Representative Chip Baltimore called “Team Iowa” for a 30 minute meet-and-greet at the Pizza Ranch in Jefferson Monday, right before lunch. About 40 persons were there.

Gov Terry Branstad, candidate Joni Ernst
Gov Terry Branstad, candidate Joni Ernst

Gov Terry Branstad, Lt Gov Kim Reynolds and US Senate candidate Joni Ernst comprised the team.

The candidates spent more than 10 minutes working the room, greeting well-wishers and posing for pictures. Reynolds, Branstad and Ernst all spoke, delivering primarily the same messages they’ve

Rep Chip Baltimore, Gov Branstad, Lt Gov Reynolds pose for pictures
Rep Chip Baltimore, Gov Branstad, Lt Gov Reynolds pose for pictures

“We have an incredible team this year, up and down the ticket, an incredible statewide team. With your help, it’s going to be an incredible Election Day on Nov. 4,” Reynolds said. She encouraged her fellow Republicans to stay energized. Continue reading

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