Many events planned for Relay for Life

Relay for LifeMonths of planning by dozens of volunteers will culminate in the American Cancer Relay for Life of Greene County this Saturday at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson.

Relay team check-in and walking,  check-in for the Color Out Cancer 5K run/walk, luminaria sales, silent auction bidding and survivors/caregivers registration will all begin at 9:30 am.  The group photo of cancer survivors will be taken at 10 am, and the survivors/caregivers walk will be at 10:20. The Color Out Cancer run/walk will start at the Community Center at 10:30.

The official welcome will be given by chairperson Peg Raney at 11:20, Continue reading

Timmons, Lamberti talk about Greene County casino license

Soybeans will be planted at potential casino site

IRGCMany Greene County eyes were on Council Bluffs last Thursday as the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission decided the fate of an application from promoters in Linn County for Cedar Crossing Casino in Cedar Rapids. With the IRGC’s denial of that license, the fate of the Grow Greene County/Wild Rose Casino application for a license has been a topic of conversation all over the county. Continue reading

Bill to expand protective orders to family pets ready for Governor’s signature

A bill that will make it easier for victims of domestic violence to move toward a safer life for themselves and their families, including their pets, is now only one signature – the Governor’s – away from becoming law.

The Iowa House on April 15 passed HF 286 by a vote of 87-10. The Senate had unanimously passed a similar bill as SF 2118 in March. Adrienne Smith of Jefferson was a driving force behind passage of the new legislation. Continue reading

Early Learning Center at capacity, looking for more space

GCELC logoMembers of the Greene County Early Learning Center board were at the Jefferson-Scranton school board meeting April 16 to talk about what they’ve called a “growing problem.” Greene County Development Corp’s Ken Paxton called it “a potential serious problem” in his monthly report to the Jefferson city council April 22. The ELC has outgrown the space it leases at the south grade building and has a waiting list of 26 children. Continue reading

van der Meer wins Jefferson March Mania contest

Amy van der Meer

Amy van der Meer

Winners of Jefferson’s March Mania basketball contest have been announced. Out of more than 450 participants in the community, Amy van der Meer earned the most points in the contest and was awarded an iPad Mini valued at $299.

Bill Ruzicka

Bill Ruzicka

Bill Ruzicka came in second place and received a Fitbit Flex wireless activity and sleep wristband. Dustin Fouch finished in third, winning $50 in Chamber bucks. Jean Tucker won $50 in Chamber bucks in a random drawing that all contestants were eligible for regardless of standings at the end of the challenge. Continue reading

Wettest week since last June, but Iowa is still dry

Rain and cool temperatures early in the week ending April 20 continued to slow fieldwork according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures were below normal for the week, but at the end of the week temperatures started to rise. Statewide there were 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork. In west central Iowa, there were 3.9 days suitable. Activities for the week included applying fertilizer, anhydrous and herbicides, seeding and disking.

Topsoil moisture levels statewide rated 6 percent very short, 22 percent short, 65 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. In west central Iowa, topsoil moisture rated 7 percent very short, 21 percent short, 63 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus. Those figures are improved over the week ending April 13, when 52 percent of the topsoil was rated adequate.

Subsoil moisture levels statewide for the week ending April 20 rated 16 percent very short, 39 percent short, 44 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. In west central Iowa, the ratings were 22 percent very short, 43 percent short, 32 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.

Across the state, rain totals ranged from .07 inches at Rock Rapids to 4.87 inches at Pella. The statewide average precipitation was 1.52 inches, nearly double the weekly normal of .85 inches. The week ending April 20 was the wettest week in Iowa since late June. Unofficially, 1.65 inches of rain in Jefferson Sunday, April 13.

Temperature ranged from a Tuesday morning low of 12 degrees at Sheldon and Sibley to a Saturday afternoon (April 19) high of 82 degrees at Little Sioux. In Jefferson, temperatures ranged unofficially from a low of 25 degrees April 15 to a high of 85 degrees April 20. Temperatures across Iowa for the week as a whole averaged 6.2 degrees below normal. Soil temperatures at the four inch depth warmed due to warmer weather over the weekend and averaged in the 50s statewide by Sunday afternoon, April 20.

IRGC’s “No” to CR doesn’t mean it’s “No” to Greene County

Not an apples-to-apples comparison

Jeff Lamberti of Ankeny, chairman of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, says the commission’s decision not to grant a gaming license in Linn County has no bearing on a pending decision on a Greene County license.

Lamberti told Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson in an interview Friday that the commission will look at the impact of a new casino on the area, and that’s a different situation than the casino market in eastern Iowa.

Danielson and Radio Iowa share the interview, as posted to the Radio Iowa website, with GreeneCountyNewsOnline readers. Click here for the complete story:

Racing and Gaming Commission nixes Cedar Rapids casino

IRGCChair cites study on impact as reason

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on Thursday voted 4-1 against a license for Cedar Rapids Development Inc and a proposed Cedar Crossing Casino in downtown Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids application is one of two under consideration; the other is for a Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson.

The vote was taken at the commission’s regular meeting in Council Bluffs.

Commission chair Jeff Lamberti cast the last vote. He said that the Cedar Crossing application “passed with flying colors” in terms of the impact, the support of the community, and the jobs. “We simply don’t have anything to complain about with respect to what was submitted to us. Quite frankly, I don’t think there’s anything else the applicants could have done to improve the quality of the proposal,” Lamberti said. Continue reading

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