Talk begins of courthouse centennial celebration

Courthouse CentennialA group is forming to begin planning a celebration of the centennial of the Greene County courthouse two years from now.

Don Van Gilder, a county secondary roads employee who is unofficially courthouse historian, got the go-ahead to begin planning from the county board of supervisors Monday. “We’re coming up on 100 years for the Old Girl, and I think it’d be appropriate to have a re-dedication and  a celebration of some kind to mark the event,” Van Gilder told the supervisors. Continue reading

Greene County Development Corp holds annual meeting

GCDC Fandel, NationChris Nation (pictured, right), regional manager of West Central Coop, began a three-year term as president of Greene County Development Corp at the group’s annual meeting Sept. 3 at Clover Hall in Jefferson. He takes the helm from Norm Fandel (left) of Midland Power. Nation said GCDC is “going at full throttle. I’m going to hold on for dear life.”

GCDC executive director Ken Paxton recapped a busy year, highlighting the work of the labor task force for its work on the Home Base Iowa Initiative and on developing local education to fill the needs of local employers; of GCDC’s role in the effort to bring Wild Rose to Jefferson and in the expansion project at Scranton Manufacturing; of the business park on the east side of Highway 4 south of Highway 30; and of a new business brochure. Continue reading

Woman author/Iraq veteran to speak Thursday at St Patrick

All I Could BeIowa author Miyoko Hikiji will read from her memoir All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 2 pm at St. Patrick Church in Cedar Township, north of Churdan.

Hikiji, of Cedar Rapids, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and was sent on more than 70 missions. She will sign books at the church afterward and also at a free veterans memorial supper at 5:30 pm in Lohrville at the community building. The supper honors those who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Churdan youth librarian Marilyn Tilley said, “This writer is an excellent speaker. I’ve heard her and we’re lucky to get her.” For of preview of her work click here: All I Could Be Continue reading

“Remembering Our Fallen” coming to Churdan

Remember Our Fallen Iowa, croppedThe poignant “Remembering Our Fallen™” display will be in Churdan at the Paton-Churdan school next Thursday, Sept. 11, through Tuesday, Sept. 16. The display features photos and information about the 89 Iowans who have been killed in military service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two programs are planned in conjunction with the display, which is being sponsored in Greene County by the Churdan public library, the P-C school, the Jefferson Rotary Club, United Bank of Iowa in Churdan and Community State Bank of Paton. Continue reading

Red Barn Home & Craft Show offers shoppers’ paradise

Red Barn craft showGreene County to be a day-trip paradise Saturday, Sept. 20.

The annual Red Barn Home and Craft Show, sponsored by Greene County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Jefferson.

The Red Barn Show has a long history as a venue with a wide variety of high quality crafts and crafters, attracting vendors and craft lovers alike. And, for the third year, the show will include a home show, featuring vendors from Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Premiere Jewelry, Scentsy and others. Continue reading

Poetry Out Loud returns to historical museum

A group of poets in Greene County has been reading, writing and reciting poetry for one another for more than a decade. On Sunday, Sept. 14, they will share original poems with the public at the Greene County historical museum at 2:30 p.m. in a program called “Poetry Out Loud.”

The Historical Society has hosted the group’s readings twice before, in 2003, to a crowd of about 75, and in August of 2013. As before, this Sunday they will read sonnets, blank verse and rhymed couplets about their lives and loves, their childhood and their old age, their friends and family, politics and social issues, climate and countryside. Continue reading

Supervisors approve first repair job to stained glass domes

Second repair is more costly

Courthouse Sm domeThe Greene County board of supervisors on Monday approved the preservation of the smaller of two stained glass domes on the courthouse room. The work is imperative, according to stained glass expert Marty Grund of The Stained Glass Store in Des Moines. His word in undisputed since the Aug. 31 wind storm that brought down tree limbs on the courthouse lawn. Following the storm, the tables under the dome in the courtroom were littered with debris that had sifted down through the dome during the storm. Continue reading

Grassley holds town hall meeting in Jefferson

Grassley 2Iowa’s longtime Senator Chuck Grassley (R) finished his 34th year of visiting all 99 counties in Iowa with a town hall meeting last Wednesday afternoon at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson. “I still sometimes, with all this effort to get out to see people, I sometimes read letters to the editor, ‘You’ve lost touch, Grassley’,” he said at the outset of the meeting.

About 50 people attended the informal meeting, during which Grassley intentionally steered clear of partisan politics. Late in the meeting, after answering questions on a wide range of topics, he was asked about the escalating situation created by ISIS in Iraq. Grassley understood that part of the question came from recent information from the intelligence community that President Obama had been briefed daily about ISIS for a year, but said he has no strategy. The President later talked about making ISIS a “manageable problem. “ “This is not a political meeting, and I don’t want to give a political answer,” Grassley said. Continue reading

Hot temperatures move crops along

USDA, NASSPrecipitation early in the week slowed fieldwork across Iowa during the week ending Sept. 7, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. West central Iowa farmers were out of their fields more than the state average, as they had 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork while the state average was 3.7 days. Average temperatures for the week were above normal aiding crop development. Disease concerns were reported in both corn and soybeans across parts of the state. Continue reading

Conservationists planting cover crops now, ahead of row crop harvest

While Greene County farmers are anticipating harvest of what has been predicted to be a record-breaking soybean crop and an excellent corn crop, some are planting as they wait to climb aboard their combines.

According to Bill Frederick, chairman of the Greene County soil and water conservation district, the number of farmers who are planting cover crops has grown significantly over the past three years, but he estimates that still, only about 10 percent farmers use cover crops as a conservation method. Continue reading

Jeff council approves incentive for Cobblestone Inn

The Jefferson city council at a special meeting Tuesday approved by a 3-2 vote an $800,000 incentive for BriMark Builders, developers of the Cobblestone Inn that will be adjacent to Wild Rose Jefferson. About 15 persons, many of them members of Greene County Development Corp, were at the meeting.

Council members Shannon Black, Lisa Jaskey and Larry Teeples voted in favor; Harry Ahrenholtz and Gary Von Ahsen voted against. Continue reading

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