Beta Tau Delta presents the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

…and Jefferson’s First Family of Jazz 

Members of Jefferson’s first family of jazz musicians, Dick, Jim and Sue Oatts, will return for an evening concert in their home town on Thursday, April 9.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The Oatts contingent will appear with New York City’s famed Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, a 16-member band that features Dick Oatts on sax and flute. The group’s director is trombonist John Mosca, husband of Nancy Oatts, a former professional sax player.

Also back for the jazz reunion will be Jim Oatts, a trumpeter who leads the Des Moines Big Band, and Sue Oatts, a Minneapolis jazz vocalist. Continue reading Beta Tau Delta presents the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Kick-off slated for local Bully Project

BullyingJeff mayor wants Greene County in the forefront

When an elementary child told Cheryl Dideriksen of being bullied on the school bus to Scranton, to the point of her glasses being broken, Cheryl and her husband Dave saw it as a call to action. They decided there’s a need for more community awareness – not just in school, but everywhere – of the prevalence of bullying, there there’s a need to reduce it. Continue reading Kick-off slated for local Bully Project

Pizza and Politics this Saturday in Jefferson

The monthly legislative forum Pizza and Politics will begin this year’s schedule on Saturday, Jan. 31,  at noon at the Pizza Ranch in Jefferson.

The forum provides chance to meet with and ask questions of our state representative Chip Baltimore and our state senator Jerry Behn. Both legislators will gives an update on the current issues being discussed at the state capitol, and field questions and concerns about issues important to constituents. Continue reading Pizza and Politics this Saturday in Jefferson

Historical Society presents ‘Judges of Greene County’

Sunday program tells stories of local judges

~by Chuck Offenburger, Greene County Historical Society

The Greene County Historical Society opens its 2015 calendar of special programs on Sunday, Feb. 1, with a 2 pm presentation on the “Judges of Greene County.” Their stories will be told in a perfect setting – the beautiful courtroom on the third floor of the historic Greene County courthouse in Jefferson.

The program is free and open to the public. Continue reading Historical Society presents ‘Judges of Greene County’

Wild Rose Casino headlines annual Midwest Partnership meeting

The success of securing Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson highlighted the 2014 year of Midwest Partnership Economic Development. The annual meeting of the four-county organization was held Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Lake Panorama Conference Center in Panora.

Sarah Gomez, executive director of MWP, reported another prolific year which included the casino construction in Greene County along with the Guthrie Center Main Street and Whiterock Conservancy trail construction in Guthrie County; AMVC new facility and growth of Quality Machine in Audubon County; and additional construction/expansion in Greene County including Hy-Vee in Jefferson, Scranton Manufacturing /New Way, Bauer Built in Paton selling to John Deere and the growth of Vaughn Bauer’s new business.  Continue reading Wild Rose Casino headlines annual Midwest Partnership meeting

Supervisors award themselves a smaller raise than other elected officials

Discuss whether the job is fulltime or part-time

It came down to board of supervisors chair John Muir to break a tie vote and award county elected officials 3 percent raises and themselves a 2.5 percent raise effective July 1. On a voice vote at the Jan 26 meeting on a motion to approve those raises, supervisors Guy Richardson and Dawn Rudolph voted in favor of the motion and supervisors Tom Contner and Mick Burkett voted against it. Muir, as chair, voted last and voted “yes.” Continue reading Supervisors award themselves a smaller raise than other elected officials

State Democratic party chair to hold forum in Jefferson

DemocratDr Andrea “Andy” McGuire, newly-elected chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, will be in Jefferson at Homestead Bakery this Friday, Jan. 30, at 7 pm to talk with fellow Democrats about the future of the Democratic party in Iowa and in the nation.

McGuire was elected by the state central committee on Jan. 17. Her visit in Jefferson is the first of many stops around the state. She will be hosted by Ted Herrick of Jefferson, a member of the Democratic state central committee. Continue reading State Democratic party chair to hold forum in Jefferson

Committee seeks 2015 Tower of Fame Award nominations

Bell Tower of Fame nominations for 2015 are being accepted now through Friday, Feb. 27, at 5 pm, announced Carole Custer, chair of the selection committee.

The award, presented during the annual Bell Tower Festival in Jefferson, honors people who have lived in Greene County at some time in their lives and who, through their outstanding international, national or state achievements in professional or personal endeavors have brought recognition to the county. Continue reading Committee seeks 2015 Tower of Fame Award nominations

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