Valve fails as Churdan hooks to Xenia rural water

Hy-Vee donates bottled water

Churdan residents are heading into Thanksgiving reliant on bottled water for drinking, but the challenge is easier thanks to generous intervention by Hy-Vee. Greene County emergency management director Dennis Morlan said he is “deeply impressed” by the help from Hy-Vee, particularly since it was offered without being asked for. Continue reading

Jeff council okays purchase of lift for library

The Jefferson city council at its regular meeting Nov. 25 approved spending an amount not to exceed $35,000 to replace the platform lift at the public library. The lift provides handicap accessibility for the library’s basement meeting room and genealogical library.

The present lift was installed in the early 1990s. Parts are no longer available when repair is necessary. Continue reading

Community tree lighting slated for Dec. 4

Afterward, Santa will welcome children at the top of the Bell tower

The second annual Holiday Sparkle Community Christmas Tree lighting will be Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 pm in the Greene County Courthouse. The event will feature caroling, bells, reading of the Christmas story, and Sugar Plum Fairy dancers.

The highlight of the evening will be the countdown—led by Santa himself—to light the big Christmas tree in the rotunda. The first 200 visitors to the courthouse will receive a coupon for a free decorated Christmas cookie from Homestead Bakery. Continue reading

A public chat with ‘Sticks’ founder and artisit Sarah Grant

A benefit for Habitat for Humanity’s work in Greene County

Sarah Grant
Sarah Grant

One of Iowa’s best-known and most successful artists is helping Habitat for Humanity fund its work in Greene County by coming to Jefferson for a Dec. 7 public reception and a “conversation” that will be the opening event in the third annual Nativity Festival that the Habitat group sponsors.

Sarah Grant, founder and original artist of the art and furniture company “Sticks” in Des Moines, will meet the public at a free reception at Jefferson’s famous Gallup House at 2 pm that Sunday afternoon. She has agreed to be interviewed in front of the crowd by Iowa writer Chuck Offenburger, now a resident of Greene County. Continue reading

‘Let It Snow’ is theme for virtual Charity Ball

BETA snowglobe[3]If you’ve been humming “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow,” you are ready for this year’s virtual Beta Tau Delta Charity Ball. For more than 75 years, the Christmas holiday season in Greene County was kicked off with Beta Tau Delta’s annual charity ball, complete with a theme, elaborate decorations, an orchestra, and refreshments. Continue reading

Two-day Thanksgiving for city, county, state offices

Jefferson city offices, Greene County offices and state offices at the courthouse (clerk of court, Department of Human Services) will be closed Thursday and Friday for a two-day observance of Thanksgiving. Greene County employees forgo a paid holiday on Columbus Day to have the Friday after Thanksgiving as a paid holiday.

The Jefferson public library will close at 6 pm Wednesday. It will open for regular hours Friday. The Greene County Community Center will be closed Thursday but will be open its regular hours Wednesday and Friday.

Mike Couch named general manager of Wild Rose Jefferson

Mike Couch
Mike Couch

Wild Rose president and chief operating officer Tom Timmons on Monday introduced Mike Crouch, newly-hired general manager of Wild Rose Jefferson. About 35 persons, including the Grow Greene County Gaming Corp and city and county elected officials, were at the event in the south lobby of the courthouse.

Crouch comes to Greene County from southern Florida, where he is director of gaming at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Prior to working in Florida, Couch was part of the initial management team when Wild Rose Emmetsburg in 2006. He also worked for 10 years for Boyd Gaming in Peoria, IL. Continue reading

All Strings Attached to perform at St Patrick Church

St. Patrick’s Oratory, one of the few remaining country churches, will once again host a holiday musical celebration at the church west of Churdan Sunday, Dec. 7. There will be an open house from 4 to 6 pm. Then from 6 to 6:45, the Carroll symphony, known as All Strings Attached, will entertain in the intimate country setting to kick off the holiday season. The church is now handicapped accessible and there will be valet parking. Continue reading

DAISY Award to Laine Custer

DAISY Award Borgeson, CusterLaine Custer (right), a longtime public health nurse at Greene County Medical Center, was presented the DAISY Award at a ceremony attended by about 75 people Thursday morning at the medical center. She was nominated for the award by co-worker Sarah Borgeson (left).

Custer has been with the medical center’s public health department for 22 years both as a clinic nurse and as a home health nurse. She currently teaches the allied health classes offered through Greene County High School as well. Continue reading

Weiss in line for presidency of state engineers’ assocation

Greene County engineer Wade Weiss is in the succession path for to be president of the Iowa County Engineers Association. He told the board of supervisors Monday that he has been elected as secretary of the organization for the coming year. He will be vice president in 2016 and president in 2017.

He has also been nominated by the Iowa association for  the National Association of County Engineers’ Rural Engineer of the Year Award. “We’ll see where that goes,” he said about the nomination.  Continue reading

Medical center board approves enhanced logo

Medical Center enhancedLogo reflects affiliation with UnityPoint Health

The Greene County Medical Center board of trustees voted at its Nov. 20 meeting to move forward with an enhanced logo for the medical center. The trustees first discussed this at their 2014 spring retreat. The decision follows other UnityPoint Health rural affiliates, such as Guthrie County and Clarke County, in adding “An affiliate of UnityPoint Health” to their logos. Continue reading

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