Pedaler’s Jamboree on RRVT Saturday and Sunday, with overnight in Jefferson

Pedalers-Jamboree-2015-logoThe Raccoon River Valley Trail will be the site of a major new event on this weekend with the initial “Pedaler’s Jamboree” taking place. The ride – a rolling music festival of sorts – will begin in Waukee on Saturday and ride to Jefferson via the north loop for an overnight visit. Most bicyclists will camp at the Greene County Fairgrounds and the trailside campground there.

The bicyclists will return to Waukee via the south loop on Sunday. Continue reading Pedaler’s Jamboree on RRVT Saturday and Sunday, with overnight in Jefferson

Dinner, auction to benefit fairground infrastructure Sept. 8

Fair, hog building
New swine barn built this year

The Greene County Fair Association hopes to repeat the success of last year’s dinner and ag auction. The event raised more than $110,000 for the construction of a new swine barn at the fairgrounds.

This year’s dinner and ag auction will raise money for Phase Two of the project, a similar 72’ X 135’ barn to replace a pair of aged sheep barns.

The benefit is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Clover Hall at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Jefferson. A social hour will begin at 5 pm, with a barbecue dinner at 6 and an auction of ag products at 7. Continue reading Dinner, auction to benefit fairground infrastructure Sept. 8

Medical Center opens new expansion

GCMC moving 1Last Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29, were busy days at Greene County Medical Center. With a great amount of coordination and literally dozens of staff members participating, acute nursing and many outpatient services were moved to their new spaces by Saturday afternoon.

Staff at the new visible and accessible emergency room started seeing patients Friday at about 4 pm, and by Friday evening all inpatients were sleeping in their brand new private rooms. Continue reading Medical Center opens new expansion

Supervisors approve Franklin Township hog expansion; Healy to retire

The number of hogs in Franklin Township will increase in the coming months. Following a sparsely attended public hearing Monday, the Greene County board of supervisors recommended to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approval of a construction permit for Burton Davis, doing business as Davis Hog and Grain.

The project is an expansion of an existing confinement feeding operation located on County Road P-30 at 315th St. The second building will increase capacity to 4,900 head. Continue reading Supervisors approve Franklin Township hog expansion; Healy to retire

Bell tower starts prepping for 50th anniversary with Community Foundation grant

The Bell Tower Community Foundation was the recipient of a Greene County Community Foundation grant in the spring of 2015.

In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower in 2016, the grant requested funding for updates of furnishings needed in the lobby area. Continue reading Bell tower starts prepping for 50th anniversary with Community Foundation grant

Extension slates workshop on retirement planning

Extension money jarAre you expecting to retire within the next 10 years?  You will be making lots of decisions, and many questions may arise: When should I claim Social Security? My friend bought an annuity – is that a good idea?  How can I keep up with inflation? What are required minimum distributions? Most importantly, you may be asking: How can I be sure my funds will last my entire life? Continue reading Extension slates workshop on retirement planning

Rain slows fieldwork

USDA, NASSAlready saturated fields along with heavy rains on Friday limited fieldwork in the state to 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Aug. 30, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Activities for the week included cutting hay and silage, as well as harvesting oats. Scattered reports of sudden death syndrome and white mold in soybean fields were received.

Topsoil moisture levels statewide rated very short, 6 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Levels in west central Iowa were 2 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Continue reading Rain slows fieldwork

Hotel/motel tax use sent back to committee

Chamber provides alternate criteria

The outcome of discussion at the Aug. 25 Jefferson city council meeting of the use of hotel/motel tax funds won’t be known until the end of September. After an hour of discussion mayor Craig Berry referred the matter back to the committee he had appointed last March to develop criteria for an application to receive the funds, which are earmarked for the promotion of tourism and convention business. Continue reading Hotel/motel tax use sent back to committee

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