Supervisors agree to fund art on the Raccoon River Valley Trail

The Greene County board of supervisors on Monday approved $22,000 funding for public art promised last May in support of a grant application by a free-standing “public art committee” to the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ Iowa Great Places program.

The funds will be paid over three years, with half coming from the Conservation Reserve fund (into which camping receipts are placed) and half coming from the Louis Dreyfus discretionary fund. The vote on the motion was 4-1, with supervisor Tom Contner dissenting. The motion was written “not to exceed” in hopes that other fundraising will be done. Continue reading Supervisors agree to fund art on the Raccoon River Valley Trail

Competition gym included in school building proposal

First in a series – Competition gym

Voters in the Greene County Community School District will be asked at the regular school election Sept. 8 to approve a $20 million bond issue for construction to create a campus for grades 5-12 at the current high school site, and to add classroom space at the elementary school. Total cost of the project is $22.8 million. The levy rate would increase $2.70 (per thousand dollars of taxable value). Continue reading Competition gym included in school building proposal

Boone County jailer hired as JPD officer

Blayne Sunstrum
Blayne Sunstrum

Blayne Sunstrum will join the Jefferson police department as a patrol officer. The city council approved his hiring at the July 28 meetings.

Sunstrum is an Ogden High School graduate and earned an associate degree in criminal justice. He has worked as a jailer in Boone County for 1-1/2 years and as a reserve officer in Boone County.

He will start training in the Hawkeye Community College law enforcement program Aug. 31, Jefferson police chief Dave Morlan said. Continue reading Boone County jailer hired as JPD officer

Hot August Night returns Aug. 13

HAN motorcycles
Hot August Night 2014 | GCNO file photo

Plans are underway and more than 160 exhibitors have already registered for the 2015 edition of Hot August Night, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 8 pm around the courthouse square in Jefferson.

Committee members, Greene County Chamber staff and volunteers invite people of all ages to spend the evening admiring all types of cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors parked around the square and on adjoining streets. Continue reading Hot August Night returns Aug. 13

GOP candidate Huckabee coming to Jefferson Thursday

Gov Mike Huckabee
Gov Mike Huckabee

GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will host campaign events across Iowa on Thursday, July, 30. At the conclusion of this trip, Gov. Huckabee will have made stops in 33 of the 99 counties in Iowa this year.

Huckabee will hold a “Huckabee Huddle” at 2:30 pm at the Pizza Ranch in Jefferson.

Preceding his Jefferson appearance, he will hold a Huckabee Huddle at noon at Prime Time, 217 State St, Guthrie Center. He’ll finish the day at 5:30 pm at the Calhoun County GOP family picnic at the Rockwell City public library and community center.


Santorum coming to Jefferson Sunday

Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania will hold “coffee and conversation town hall meeting Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2:30 pm at Greene Bean Coffee, 202 N. Wilson in Jefferson.

The visit is one of 12 visits on a three-day campaign swing through northwest and north central Iowa. The trip includes competing in the Rockwell City celebrity remote control car race at Sweet Corn Daze Saturday in Rockwell City and a “faith and religious liberty town hall meeting” following Sunday mass inn Pocahontas.

Area soybeans, hay ahead of state

USDA, NASSA dry start with rain near the end of the week allowed Iowa farmers 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 26, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Activities for the week included cutting hay, aerial fungicide application to corn, and herbicide and insecticide application to soybeans. There were reports of crop stress due to the hot, dry weather, as well as weed problems in soybeans. Continue reading Area soybeans, hay ahead of state

Reminder: Thursday deadline for school board nomination papers

The deadline for filing nomination papers for the September 8 school board election is Thursday, July 30. Jane Heun, Greene County auditor, oversees the election of directors from Greene County and Paton-Churdan Community School Districts. The papers must be signed and returned to the school board secretary of the respective district by July 30.  Continue reading Reminder: Thursday deadline for school board nomination papers

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