First Rock the ARC a big success

Guitarist Peg Raney opened the talent show
Guitarist Peg Raney opened the talent show

The inaugural Rock the ARC netted more than $3,750 for the Greene County Christian Action Resource Center, the ARC. The fund drive culminated Sunday afternoon at RVP~1875’s History Boy Theatre with a Rock the ARC talent show featuring dozens of young dancers, vocalists of all ages, local poets and some good jokes. Sue Wind served as emcee for the event, which was put on for a full house. Continue reading

Greene County certified enrollment down, Paton-Churdan’s is up

Greene County and Paton-Churdan have released their certified enrollments for the current school year. The certified enrollment is a computation based not on how many students are in attendance, but on how many students are residents of a district. Students who open enroll out to another district are counted, but students who live in another district and open enroll in are not part of the certified enrollment. Continue reading

Mayor proclaims Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson

Domestic violence ribbonJefferson mayor Craig Berry at the city council’s regular meeting Oct. 14 proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson.

Berry noted that one out of four women is a victim of domestic violence during her lifetime, and he noted a need for continuing collaboration between the Jefferson police department, ACCESS, the residents to help in situations of need. “By proclaiming October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I want the citizens of Jefferson to know that their police department is doing an outstanding job when they become aware of domestic violence. But, without the community’s involvement in being aware of this particularly serious crime, these abuses will continue to occur,” Berry said.

Help for those in domestic violence situations is available by calling ACCESS at 515-292-0500 or the JPD at 515-386-2136.

Ernst making campaign stop in Jefferson;

Branstad, Reynolds accompanying

Joni Ernst
Joni Ernst

Joni Ernst, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, will be at the Pizza Ranch in Jefferson next Monday, Oct. 20, at 11:15 am to meet and greet voters.

Gov Terry Branstad and Lt Gov Kim Reynolds are scheduled to accompany her.

The public is invited.

Medical center capital campaign reaches $3 million mark

capital_campaignThe “Investing in Tomorrow’s Care” capital campaign at Greene County Medical Center has reached $3 million, or 75 percent of the original $4 million goal, announced medical center Foundation director Hollie Roberts on Tuesday.

Since February, Roberts has been working with Justin Tolan, chief fundraising advisor for the consulting firm Amperage (formerly ME & V), and a capital campaign steering committee made up of community members to raise awareness and funds for the capital campaign. John Gerken and Rick Morain are co-chairs of the committee. Continue reading

Hy-Vee plat okayed; includes small parcel to be sold

The Jefferson city council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening approved the plat of survey for the site of the new Hy-Vee grocery store on W. Washington St.

On the east side of the plat is a quarter-acre parcel. The small piece will be handled as a parcel by itself, with its own access to the street and its own utilities. City administrator Mike Palmer said the smaller parcel is being sold separately. That is the location that some knowledgeable people have said will be the new location for McFarland Clinic Jefferson, although no official announcement has been made by either McFarland Clinic or Hy-Vee. Continue reading

Palmer, Berry talk about Jefferson local option sales tax

All voters in Greene County, except for those who live in the town of Churdan, are being asked to renew the current 1-cent local option sales and service tax, LOSST, at the Nov. 4 general election.

Jefferson city administrator Mike Palmer talked with the county board of supervisors Monday about the importance of the LOSST to the Jefferson city budget. The task was “like preaching to the choir,” Palmer reported to the Jefferson city council Tuesday. Continue reading

Planning under way for circus-themed Bell Tower Festival

Bell Tower Big Top coming to Jefferson June 12-14

Bell Tower Big TopPlanning for the 2015 Bell Tower Festival, slated for June 12-14, has begun. About a dozen people attended an initial planning meeting Monday at the Greene County Chamber office. Discussion focused on ways to renew and enlarge the festival.

The theme for the 36th annual festival will be “Bell Tower Big Top” – a circus theme.

Toni Linberg, chair of the Chamber events committee, headed up the meeting. There is still plenty of room for volunteer organizers, whether they be seasoned Bell Tower Festival veterans or new people with new ideas. Continue reading

Rural residents asked to renew LOSST

CourthouseThe Greene County board of supervisors hopes that rural residents will see the benefits of the 1-cent local option sales and service tax (LOSST) and vote to renew it at the Nov. 4 general election. All county officials stress that it’s not a new tax, but a renewal of an existing tax. The funds now must be used for rural property tax relief and “rural betterment.” Under the language of the renewal, the funds must be used for rural property tax and “any other lawful use.” Continue reading

Holz challenging incumbent Lawson for county treasurer job

Greene County voters will select from two candidates for county treasurer in the general election Nov. 4. The Scranton Journal shares with GreeneCountyNewsOnline readers the information and answers provided by candidates Kristi Holz (R) and Donna Lawson (D).

Krisit Holz
Kristi Holz

Kristi Holz (R) – Holz received her B.S. in animal science and M.S. in agricultural education from Iowa State University. She lives in Rippey and is a farmer.

She is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Master Gardeners, and Greene County GOP Central Committee.

Holz is married to John H Berg and has a son, Luke Edwards, and a stepson, John H Berg II.

Donna Lawson
Donna Lawson

Donna Lawson (D) – Incumbent Lawson graduated from Jefferson High School and has taken certified banking classes and certified educational classes. She lives in Jefferson and is currently serving as Greene County Treasurer.

She is treasurer for the Democratic Central Committee and is a member of BPO DOES #196, Beta Sigma Phi, Ingleside Club, and Jefferson Garden Club.

Lawson and her husband Ed have two children, Robert and Denise (Kennedy), and five grandchildren. Continue reading

Information about Iowa judges, retention election available online

DES MOINES — Iowa voters can find information about the professional qualifications and background of every judge on the Nov. 4 retention ballot at the Iowa Judicial Branch website—

The 2014 Iowa Voters Judicial Directory contains biographies of each of the judges on the ballot. These biographies include information about each judge’s background and education, career, and professional and community activities. The directory also contains information about Iowa’s judicial retention elections, as well as factors voters may want to consider when deciding whether to retain a justice or judge. Continue reading

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