Chloe Berns is 2019 Greene County Fair queen

Fair queen Chloe Berns | GCNO photo by Janice Harbaugh

Chloe Berns was selected as 2019 Greene County Fair Queen and will represent the county at the Iowa State Fair queen contest next month. She was selected from among four candidates Friday evening.

Chloe, the daughter of Lori and Brian Berns, will begin her senior year at Paton-Churdan High School in August. She is been active in 4-H, her church youth group, soccer, and the P-C volleyball and basketball teams. She is also a member of the P-C student council and National Honor Society.

She was crowned by 2018 Greene County Fair Queen Gina Brown. Continue reading Chloe Berns is 2019 Greene County Fair queen

Policy on public art at the courthouse grounds on supes’ agenda

‘Flight to Reality’ by Anna Modeland, an entry in the 2019 Ring Out for Art contest

The Greene County supervisors will welcome public input at its meeting next Monday on a draft policy concerning public art on the courthouse grounds and in the courthouse.

County attorney Thomas Laehn drafted a policy that prohibits public art unless it is solicited and approved by the county board of supervisors. The supervisors will also maintain “editorial control” over works of art to be placed on the grounds or in the courthouse.

The stated purpose of the policy is “to ensure that the Greene County Courthouse building and grounds are preserved in an attractive and intact condition to guarantee that the Courthouse building and grounds remain accessible to the public, and to protect the safety of Courthouse employees and visitors, while allowing for the display of public art…” Continue reading Policy on public art at the courthouse grounds on supes’ agenda

Jeff council hears update on Region XII housing efforts

The city of Jefferson has reaped significant impact from Region XII Council of Government’s work on grant-funded housing projects.

Karla Janning, housing programs coordinator at Region XII, was at the Jefferson city council meeting Tuesday for a required public hearing on the status of projects using a $280,000 Community Development Block Grant through the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Continue reading Jeff council hears update on Region XII housing efforts

E-18 to reopen soon, nine months later than anticipated

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

A road project originally planned to be finished before last fall’s harvest may finally be completed by the end of this week.

County engineer Wade Weiss reported to the county supervisors at their regular meeting Monday that work on County E-18 (130th St, or “the Paton road”) west of Paton should be completed by the end of the week. Continue reading E-18 to reopen soon, nine months later than anticipated

Pilot program for probationers now in place

A pilot project that will provide more supervision to persons placed on probation in Greene County courts began July 1.

Boone County Probation (BCP) has expanded into Greene County to provide probation services for identified charges.

The pilot project will consist of a set number of cases that will be followed until their discharge or eventual disposition. BCP will provide services consisting of monthly meetings with a probation officer, payment of an enrollment fee, follow up on court ordered requirements (for example, substance abuse evaluations, mental health evaluations, domestic abuse programs, drinking driver course) and overall case management of probationers until their probation requirements are completed. Continue reading Pilot program for probationers now in place

History comes alive at the Greene County Fair this week

Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13

~by Chuck Offenburger for the Greene County Historical Society

The Greene County Historical Society will take part in the Greene County Fair later this week with its popular “history chats” for a fifth straight year, displays of early farm life and classic ag equipment, tours and explanations of a historic one-room schoolhouse, and a free ice cream social each afternoon. Continue reading History comes alive at the Greene County Fair this week

Rippey Wind Energy donates to animal shelter

The Greene County Animal Facility recently received a donation of $1,000 from Rippey Wind Energy LLC (RWE) on behalf of its wind farm located in the southeast corner of Greene County.

RWE began commercial operations of its 50 MW wind farm in November of 2012 with twenty (20) Nordex 2.5 MW turbines capable of generating annually enough electricity for roughly 15,000 homes. Continue reading Rippey Wind Energy donates to animal shelter

Corn one week behind average, soybeans two weeks behind

While parts of Iowa experienced heavy rain, overall it was hot, dry week which allowed farmers to get fieldwork done during the week ending July 7, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Fieldwork activities included planting, harvesting hay, spraying and applying nitrogen. Continue reading Corn one week behind average, soybeans two weeks behind

Greene County Fair offers activities for all ages

[Updated with new time for fair queen coronation]

The Greene County Fairgrounds will be bustling this week as 4-H and FFA members, their families, and people of all ages who enjoy a traditional county fair enjoy the Greene County Fair.

The Fair board, led by president Connor Juergensen, has four nights of grandstand entertainment on tap for this year’s fair. Continue reading Greene County Fair offers activities for all ages

Successes touted at supervisors meeting

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

Success was the theme of the Greene County board of supervisors meeting on July 1.

Pete Russell reported the Bell Tower Festival in June was a “success and we also made money.” She said the open concept type of beer garden worked well. Russell said she’d received much positive feedback about the event and has received a request for someone to speak at the Red Oak city council about the Festival. Money to the tune of $10,000 is reportedly in the bank for next year’s event. Continue reading Successes touted at supervisors meeting

Extension office closed next week during the fair

The Greene County Extension office will be closed during the 2019 Greene County Fair, July 9-15.

“We will be moving our staff out to the Greene County fairgrounds to have everyone focusing on the Fair festivities” said Lori Mannel, Greene County Extension director. “We will be checking our phone messages several times a day, so please leave us a message at 515-386-2138.”

Mannel invites everyone to support the 4-H and FFA exhibitors at the fair.

Jefferson Matters to host free marketing workshop

Local business owners, non-profit and community organizations are invited to a free workshop on marketing Thursday, July 18, at 9:30 am at the Greene County Community Center.

Main Street Iowa (part of Iowa Economic Development) is working with Locable to conduct their 90-minute Marketing 3-4-5™ workshops in five Iowa communities. The goal: empower local businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations in the communities they support to become more effective marketers and better compete in today’s digital landscape. Continue reading Jefferson Matters to host free marketing workshop

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