Sept. 18 – Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day

The third Tuesday of September is Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day. It’s a reminder to help a friend, neighbor, or family member visit a healthcare professional.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, many people wait until they have an emergency before seeing a doctor. But regular visits to a medical professional can help recognize symptoms of diseases, prevent them from occurring, or find them early when they’re easier to treat. Continue reading Sept. 18 – Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day

Nat’l Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 16-22

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig on Friday encouraged Iowans to keep safety in mind whether working on the farm or traveling through rural Iowa this harvest season. National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 16 to 22 and the theme is “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety.”

“Fall is an exciting time with lots of activity on our farms and traffic on our rural roadways. It is important that everyone is taking the steps to ensure we have a safe and successful harvest season,” Naig said. Continue reading Nat’l Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 16-22

Enrollment at Paton-Churdan grows for second consecutive year

By not-yet-official counts, Paton-Churdan enrollment has grown by 18 students compared to last year, with 226 students this year.

Principal Annie Smith shared that information in her report at the P-C school board’s regular meeting Sept. 12. There are seven more students open enrolled at P-C from other districts, she said, and some resident students who had open enrolled in other districts opted to return to P-C. There are also new residents among the new students. Continue reading Enrollment at Paton-Churdan grows for second consecutive year

Pipeline of drugs into county is closed, Laehn says

A pipeline of drugs coming into Greene County has been closed, according to Greene County assistant county attorney Thomas Laehn.

Laehn made that announcement at the county supervisors’ Sept. 10 meeting.  “I think we’ve really had success in the last couple of months closing off the pipeline of drugs into the county, largely because of successful search warrants that were executed by the sheriff’s office and the Jefferson police department,” Laehn said. “If we can cut off that pipeline we’re going to substantially reduce crime in the county. So much of the crime in this county is rooted in drugs. I want to commend our law enforcement officers for the work they’ve done the past couple of months.” Continue reading Pipeline of drugs into county is closed, Laehn says

Wayfinding signs will be up soon

This sign was intended to be at the corner of E. Lincoln Way and Chestnut St but won’t be posted .

Wayfinding signs have arrived in Jefferson and will be installed soon by the city streets department.

The aluminum signs are large – 6 ft tall – and heavier than one person can easily move. They’ll be installed on large posts that resemble the light poles around the downtown square and on the N. Elm St overpass. The posts are break-away and set in precast 2’ X 5’ concrete caissons.

The signs were made by Prison Industries and meet all reflectivity and safety requirements.

Eighteen signs were ordered, four more than originally planned. The one pictured was intended to be placed at E. Lincoln Way and Chestnut St, but city staff has since decided it would require too much sidewalk work to install. There will be 17 wayfinding signs posted around the city. Continue reading Wayfinding signs will be up soon

County supes asked to add stop signs on E-53 at scene of fatal accident

Deb Mohr, whose son Don Daniel was killed last month on County Road E-53 at County Road P-14 last month, asked the county supervisors to consider placing a four-way stop sign at that intersection.

With her at the supervisors’ Sept. 10 meeting were Stan and Sandy Gibson of Scranton. Stan Gibson said northbound drivers on P-14 can’t see traffic coming from the east on E-53 until they’re nearly into the intersection. “That’s a bad corner. Even the highway patrol says it’s a bad corner,” Gibson said. Continue reading County supes asked to add stop signs on E-53 at scene of fatal accident

Committee working to ‘re-set’ Bell Tower Festival

Greene County Chamber and Tourism’s festival organization and planning committee has announced the 2019 Bell Tower Festival is set for June 7-9.

Since Aug. 22, a combination of past Bell Tower Festival chairs, festival committee chairs, Chamber directors and Chamber board presidents have been meeting with the present Chamber board about the 2019 Bell Tower Festival and future festivals to help re-set the organizational structure of the festival, allowing it to continue to be a success in future years. Continue reading Committee working to ‘re-set’ Bell Tower Festival

Jeff council hears update from county, okays waiving permit fee for Pillar reno

County representatives are visiting this month with city councils in Jefferson, Grand Junction, Dana and Paton. Portions of those towns are in the proposed urban renewal district necessary to use tax increment financing (TIF) revenue for the new career academy.

County environmental health and zoning administrator Chuck Wenthold spoke during the open forum at the Sept. 11 Jefferson city council meeting. Supervisor Pete Bardole was with him but did not speak. Continue reading Jeff council hears update from county, okays waiving permit fee for Pillar reno

UI Women’s Archives brings 6-on-6 presentation to Jeff Sept. 15

From the Hometown Teams exhibit | Scranton Journal photo

Small towns across the state came to a halt each winter to take in the mesmerizing game of girls six-on-six basketball. It was a sport that captivated thousands and sent scores sky-rocketing over the century mark, creating legends in the smallest of communities.

The University of Iowa Women’s Archives is celebrating the impact of six-on-six basketball in Iowa with a presentation Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 pm at the Welcome Center at Thomas Jefferson Gardens in conjunction with the local Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. Continue reading UI Women’s Archives brings 6-on-6 presentation to Jeff Sept. 15

Nov. 6 ballot includes Extension council candidates

Voters will elect five members of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Greene County Extension council from a slate of five candidates at the Nov. 6 general election.

“The council members elected this year will be involved in bringing educational opportunities to Greene County for the next four years,” Lori Mannel, County Extension director said. ISU Extension and Outreach Greene County educational programming is a cooperative effort involving local citizens, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Continue reading Nov. 6 ballot includes Extension council candidates

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