‘Find Your Super Power’ at Relay for Life April 27

All area residents are challenged to “Find Your Super Power” at the 2019 Relay for Life of Greene County. This year’s event to benefit the American Cancer Society is slated for Saturday, April 27, at the Greene County Community Center.

“We had so much fun with our Super Hero theme last year we wanted to bring it back,” said event leadership team chair Tori Riley. “We all have super powers that we find at different times in our lives. Too many people have found them when they had to battle cancer or helped a loved one in the fight. Doctors, nurses, and researchers have super powers, too, so we’re celebrating super powers but working toward the day they aren’t necessary as often.” Continue reading ‘Find Your Super Power’ at Relay for Life April 27

Supes will ask for review of master matrix, but only with Farm Bureau’s okay

As Greene County is on the verge of hitting triple digits in the number of hog confinements, it has become apparent that although the supervisors are willing to ask the legislature to review the master matrix, their request will come only after it’s blessed by the local Farm Bureau. Continue reading Supes will ask for review of master matrix, but only with Farm Bureau’s okay

Informal probation will get a little more formal with pilot project

County attorney Thomas Laehn and sheriff Jack Williams hope to take the proverbial bite out of crime by putting more teeth into the informal probation assigned to an increasing number of offenders.

After hearing a presentation Monday by Diane Hinderaker, director of the non-profit Boone County Probation, the supervisors are primed to approve a one-year pilot project involving 20 offenders, starting July 1. After a year, the program will be evaluated for use with all offenders on informal probation. Continue reading Informal probation will get a little more formal with pilot project

The long arm of Greene County law reaches to Ohio

Greene County attorney Thomas Laehn is continuing his effort to let people know that Greene County isn’t a place to run afoul of the law.

Not only are offenders more likely to serve time behind bars than before Laehn took over as prosecutor in January, but at least one offender who thought he could bypass prison time has learned differently. Continue reading The long arm of Greene County law reaches to Ohio

Bike trail bridge collapses after being rammed by ice

photo by Dan Towers

Dan Towers gives his eye-witness account

“It could always be worse, but that’s bad enough right there,” Greene County conservation director Dan Towers said Monday as he shared pictures with the county supervisors of the collapsed bridge over the Raccoon River on the Raccoon River Valley Trail south of Jefferson. Continue reading Bike trail bridge collapses after being rammed by ice

School levy rate to decrease slightly for 2019-20

Board also discusses student farming, IJAG, and fulltime grounds keepers

The proposed Greene County Schools budget for 2019-20 shows a slight decrease in the levy rate from the current year. The Greene County school board heard a presentation on the budget by superintendent Tim Christensen at its March 13 work session, and then set a public hearing on the budget during the regular meeting. Continue reading School levy rate to decrease slightly for 2019-20

Greene County school board preparing for a canine student

Conner Allender introduces Cecil to the school board.

Last month the Greene County Schools board of education updated its policy regarding international exchange students. This month, the board approved the first reading of a policy regarding another sort of student – a four-legged student.

Approving the policy will open the school doors to Cecil, a dog-in-training to serve a wounded military veteran through the Puppy Jake Foundation (PJF). Cecil’s trainer is sophomore Conner Allender.

Conner has completed all the trainer training the PJF requires. She made a brief presentation to the school board during the open forum at the March 13 meeting. She also introduced Cecil, a yellow lab who is only 8 weeks old. Continue reading Greene County school board preparing for a canine student

Enrst slates town hall meeting in Dallas County

Sen Joni Ernst (R)-IA

Senator Joni Ernst will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, March 21, at 8 am at the ADM high school auditorium. The meeting is open to the public and Ernst will take questions.

The town hall meeting is the first of four stops that day on a 99-county tour. Other stops in Marion, Monroe and Mahaska counties are not open to the public.

Secondary roads battling weather’s impact on gravel roads

The county secondary roads crew is already planning to work this weekend to reclaim gravel roads after what engineer Wade Weiss called “the non-perfect storm.”

The crew spent most of Wednesday trying to clear ice from crossroad pipes to help ditches, and placing signs warning drivers of water over the road. Wednesday afternoon Weiss estimated there were 40 places marked, but he said that wasn’t all of them. Continue reading Secondary roads battling weather’s impact on gravel roads

Supes OK FY20 budget on 3-1 vote

Treasurer moving funds to net more interest

After a public hearing with no comments from the public, the Greene County supervisors approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (begins July 1, 2019) on a 3-1 vote. Supervisor Tom Contner voted against the budget; supervisor Peter Bardole was absent.

The resolution approving the budget followed a resolution to approve the compensation schedule for county elected officials. Per the recommendation of the compensation board, elected officials will receive salary increases ranging from 8.62 percent for the auditor to 2.96 percent for the treasurer. The supervisors will receive a salary increase of 3.6 percent, about $1,000 per year. Continue reading Supes OK FY20 budget on 3-1 vote

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