Jefferson city council okays computer upgrades

Also hears GCDC update and of possible new ordinance and new fee

Jefferson residents will be able to pay their water bills using a debit or credit card by the end of the year. The Jefferson city council at its regular meeting Oct. 28 approve spending up to $20,000 for computer hardware and software updates. Although debit/credit card capability is not a prime reason for the upgrades, it will be a benefit. Continue reading

Supervisors abate property taxes for Sierra Community Theatre

Sierra Community TheatreThe Greene County board of supervisors at its Oct. 27 meeting approved abating current year property taxes of $3,278 on the Sierra Community Theatre. The theatre board has obtained non-profit status, but because property taxes are paid in arrears, taxes were owed for the year ending June 30, 2013.

Jim Daubendiek, president of the SCT board, explained to the supervisors that the board has funds for capital improvements that were garnered through fundraising, with some pledges still outstanding. The operating budget, which is covered through admissions and concessions, is set up to break even. Continue reading

Polling hours, locations told for Nov. 4 election

VoteGreene County auditor and commissioner of elections Jane Heun reminds county residents that polls will be open next Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 7 am to 9 pm for voting in the general election.

Precincts and polling sites are as follows:

  • Central – Clover Hall at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 601 E. Lincoln Way, Jefferson
  • East – St Brigid Parish Center, 602 Hager St, Grand Junction
  • Jefferson 1 – Courthouse, south assembly room, 114 N. Chestnut St, Jefferson
  • Jefferson 2 – Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 801 W. Lincoln Way, Jefferson
  • Jefferson 3 – Greene County Community Center, 204 W. Harrison St, Jefferson
  • North – Churdan Community Center, 401 Sand St, Churdan
  • West – Scranton city hall, 900 Eagle St, Scranton

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Work on court room dome progressing well

Repairs to the stained glass dome in the court room at the Greene County courthouse could be finished within the next couple of weeks, the county board of supervisors learned Monday.

Inside the cover, before dismantling | Engineer's photo
Inside the cover, before dismantling | Engineer’s photo

County engineer Wade Weiss reported that the dome was dismantled without breakage to any of the glass. The sections were taken to The Stained Glass Store in Des Moines  where they have been cleaned and re-leaded, and the craftsmen are in the process of putting the sections back together again. Continue reading

Dem gubernatorial candidate Hatch visits Jefferson

Hatch at Prairie Blue
Sen Jack Hatch

State Senator Jack Hatch, Democratic candidate for governor, met with a small group of Greene County Democrats at an informal campaign stop at Prairie Blue Sunday evening.

Hatch was born and raised in Connecticut. He came to Iowa in 1968 to attend Drake University and didn’t leave. He served in the Iowa House from 1885 to 1993 and from 2001 to 2003. He has been in the Iowa Senate since 2003. “I stayed because Iowa is a place where opportunity is available to us,” he said. Continue reading

House candidate Erickson visits Jefferson

Hatch, Morain, EricksonHans Erickson (right), Democratic candidate to represent Iowa’s 47th House district, spoke with those who also talked with gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch Oct. 26 at Prairie Blue in Jefferson. He is pictured with Hatch (center) and Democratic county co-chair David Morain (left).

Erickson is a 2004 graduate of Boone High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. Continue reading

West Central names Kucerak as new president, CEO

Current president/CEO Jeff Stroburg retiring Jan. 31  
Milan Kucerak
Milan Kucerak

RALSTON —West Central’s board of directors on Oct. 29 announced their unanimous decision to name Milan Kucerak president and CEO-elect following Jeff Stroburg’s retirement at the end of the fiscal year.

Kucerak, who has served as the company’s executive vice president of dairy and animal nutrition since 2006, will be the fourth president/CEO in the cooperative’s more than 80 year history.

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Corn harvest 16 days behind, soybean harvest four days behind

USDA, NASSAbove average temperatures and mostly dry weather allowed harvest to progress at a normal pace during the 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Oct. 26, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. A few low-lying fields remain too muddy to harvest. Activities for the week included fall tillage, manure and fertilizer application, corn stalk baling, and hauling grain. Continue reading

Public health transitions out of home care services

greene-county-medical-center2The public health department at Greene County Medical Center is in the process of transitioning out of providing home care services. Staff is working with clients in a transition over to UnityPoint at Home or another provider of the client’s choice.

UnityPoint at HomeMore than a year ago, a partnership with UnityPoint at Home began to strengthen the many home care services that have been offered for more than 25 years through public health. During this time, the partnership has allowed for centralized billing and coding processes, a move toward electronic health records for home care services and enhancement of care coordination between client, physician, hospital and home care nurse. Continue reading

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