County property tax levy rates to decrease again

th9PTQFOXXThe Greene County board of supervisors will hold a public hearing next Monday morning on a proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16 that decreases the levy rate for another year, but board chair John Muir has a warning. “We’re happy with the budget, but there will be a time we can’t continue to decrease the levy. Land values have helped in lowering levy rates, but when land values decline, we’ll have to raise the levy,” Muir said. Continue reading County property tax levy rates to decrease again

Wild Rose to open temp office next week

Wild Rose Jefferson (new)Wild Rose Jefferson will open its temporary office next Monday, March 2, to assist with construction, hiring and preparation for the opening of the $40 million casino and events center. Wild Rose has leased the office and warehouse space at 300 Microsoy Drive. The office will initially will be staffed by Mike Couch, general manager of Wild Rose Jefferson, and Mike Wiederin, the facilities manager.  Continue reading Wild Rose to open temp office next week

Community anti-bullying campaign launches

Shining a light on bullying

The launch Saturday of the Bully Project In Greene County, BIG, put a community focus on bullying and how we respond to it. The event was attended by 26 persons including State Senator Jerry Behn, Greene County sheriff Steve Haupert and board of supervisors chair John Muir, Jefferson police chief Dave Morlan and mayor Craig Berry, and Greene County school superintendent Tim Christensen. Greene County school board member Dr David Ohrt was one of the speakers. Local pastors, Greene County Extension staff and interested members of the community attended. Continue reading Community anti-bullying campaign launches

A year late, but the Jefferson Hy-Vee is open

Hy-Vee opening 1The long-awaited Jefferson Hy-Vee store opened Tuesday at 6 am with less than a handful of customers outside but dozens of smiles and high fives inside.

Steve White of Churdan and Ray Walzer of Jefferson were the first through the door and they were headed not for groceries, but for breakfast at the Market Café. White explained that he has done road construction all over the state, and that he and his co-workers eat at the Hy-Vee restaurants often. Continue reading A year late, but the Jefferson Hy-Vee is open

Work on infrastructure needed for casino continuing

The Jefferson city council at its regular meeting Feb. 24 approved the low bid of Scharnweber Inc of Toledo to complete the water and sanitary sewer extension to the Wild Rose Jefferson site.

According to city engineer John Milligan, five bids were submitted ranging in cost from
$697,789 to more than $1 million. The pre-bid estimate for the project was $800,000. Continue reading Work on infrastructure needed for casino continuing

Branstad tours Power Lift on 99 county tour

Branstad at Power LiftGov Terry Branstad (right) was the guest of Power Lift owner and CEO Jeff Conner (left) when he toured the Power Lift manufacturing facility in Jefferson Feb. 18. Branstad each year visits all 99 counties in Iowa; the Jefferson visit was part of that effort. Branstad toured Van Diest Supply Company in Webster City prior to his Jefferson stop. He planned to finish the day with a visit to the Pella Corporation facility in Carroll. Continue reading Branstad tours Power Lift on 99 county tour

160 acres added to available hunting ground

Newly acquired land outlined
Newly acquired land outlined

Greene County conservation director Dan Towers received official notification last week that the county has received a $229,250 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Habitat Stamp grant program. The grant is the large portion of funding for the purchase of 160 acres of timber along the North Raccoon River in Section 30 of Washington Township, southwest of Rippey. Continue reading 160 acres added to available hunting ground

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