ABC Award to Peg Raney

Peg Raney accepts the 2017 ABC Award from 2016 award recipient Gary Von Ahsen

Peg Raney, in accepting the 2017 Above and Beyond the Call (ABC) Award Friday evening, saluted all previous recipients of the award. “I am shocked and honored. I know who has received this honor before for many years, and I admire every single one of them. To be counted among those who have that kind of respect really means a lot to me,” she said through tears.

One of the nominations described Raney as “a gentle leader with a skill that makes people want to step up to the plate and join her on the train of success.” Another nomination form described her as “a kind and caring, knowledgeable leader in the community.” Continue reading ABC Award to Peg Raney

David Weaver of rural Rippey is candidate for Iowa House

David Weaver

David Weaver, a 1988 East Greene graduate, on Wednesday announced his candidacy for the Iowa House, District 47. Weaver, a Democrat, is the first to announce his candidacy for the seat now held by Chip Baltimore of Boone.

Weaver lives in the southwest corner of Boone County in the Ogden school district. His mailing address is Rippey. He is a fulltime farmer with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in library science. Prior to returning to the family farm 12 years ago, he worked at the Augustana College and Grinnell College libraries. He also spent two years teaching English in Japan. Continue reading David Weaver of rural Rippey is candidate for Iowa House

Engineering work for RR quiet zone proposed

The latest thinking on creating a railroad quiet zone in Jefferson is that all four Union Pacific railroad crossings could be left open and modified with supplemental safety structures at a cost of about $350,000. City engineer Jim Leiding of Bolton & Menk named that figure as a “ballpark estimate” as he presented a proposal for consulting services to the city council’s street committee Tuesday. Continue reading Engineering work for RR quiet zone proposed

More space, not necessarily more books, is wish for Jeff library

George Lawson leads discussion

Long range planning for the Jefferson public library was the purpose of community forums held Tuesday in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.

Library director Jane Millard introduced library consultant George Lawson. Lawson served as a reference librarian and then director of the Ames public library before becoming a library planning consultant. He has done planning studies for more than 500 libraries in 14 states.

His work for the Jefferson library is funded by a grant from the State Library of Iowa. Continue reading More space, not necessarily more books, is wish for Jeff library

Supes to consider salaries, continue looking at TIF

The county supervisors will hold the first Thursday meeting of the year tomorrow. The board generally meets Thursday mornings during January and February, in addition to the regular Monday meetings, to keep the budget process moving.

The agenda includes consideration of the compensation board’s recommendation of a 2.5 percent salary increase for all elected officials. The supervisors can accept the recommendation or decrease the amount, as long as they decrease it the same percentage for every elected official. They can also separate their own salaries from the recommendation. Continue reading Supes to consider salaries, continue looking at TIF

‘Arch Alley’ concept shared

Plans to create “Arch Alley” in the alley north of State St off the courthouse square were shared with the Jefferson city council’s street committee Tuesday.

Arch Alley is intended to make a “space into a place.” Artist Dave Williamson, a 1966 Jefferson High School graduate and the brother of Deb McGinn, chair of Jefferson Matters: Main Street’s Tower View Team, has been developing the project for the past four or five months. He has already held two meetings gathering input on design. Continue reading ‘Arch Alley’ concept shared

Camping in the county increases for third year

Use of county parks for camping continues to increase, with  revenue now at $180,000, county conservation director Dan Towers told the county supervisors Monday.
This is the third year revenue has grown, with receipts up 19 percent in 2015, up 8 percent in 2016, and up another 19 percent in 2017. Camping revenue for 2017 was $167,000, with an additional $13,000 in revenue from the two Spring Lake cabins. Prior to 2015, revenue was about $105,000 annually. Continue reading Camping in the county increases for third year

Items of interest on city committee agenda

The Jefferson city council’s water/sewer and street/sanitation committees will meet Tuesday, Jan. 16, at noon in the council room at the municipal building at 220 N. Chestnut St.

The agenda includes items of ongoing interest in the community including an update on a railroad quiet zone, the E. Lincoln Way entry to the city, and a walkway to Greenewood Road. Continue reading Items of interest on city committee agenda

School cancelled, schedule update

Greene County and Paton-Churdan schools are closed Monday.

The Greene County seventh and eighth grade baskeball games are postponed to Friday, Jan. 19, at 4:30 and 5:45 pm in the middle school gym.

The basketball Mega Night in Winterset has been postponed to Monday, Jan. 22. Game times will be 4:30, 6 and 7:30 pm.

Wrestling season will resume Tuesday with practice at 4 pm. The wrestling meet at Guthrie Center (ACGC) is cancelled.


Source of funding for new gym to be told soon

An announcement will be made in the next two to three weeks of the source of private funding for a new gymnasium as part of the proposed Greene County High School and regional academy.

At a meeting held Wednesday in Grand Junction to gather community input on the proposal, school board member Dr Steve Karber, who has spent considerable time sharing information about the proposal, first said taxpayers should “have faith” that private funds would be available, but then said the source will be known in the next two to three weeks. Continue reading Source of funding for new gym to be told soon

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