Easons honored by Genesis Development

The large conference room at Genesis Development in Jefferson was renamed the Eason Room in a ceremony Friday afternoon in honor of Helen and Wilbur “Curly” Eason of Scranton. The ceremony, which was attended by about 35 persons, was a surprise for the Easons. They had been asked to come talk with legislators about services for adults with special needs. The legislators were there – Rep Chip Baltimore and Sen Jerry Behn were both in attendance – but the reason for the meeting was not what the Easons thought.

Genesis board president Phillip Nelson honors Helen and Curly Eason
Genesis board president Phillip Nelson honors Helen and Curly Eason

Helen and Curly Eason were instrumental is starting Genesis Development 40 years ago, first as the Jefferson Sheltered Workshop, located at Clover Hall at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Their daughter Genie was their motivation. They saw a need for services for Genie, who was a high achiever on the Down Syndrome spectrum, and other persons with special needs, after high school graduation. Continue reading

Board to provide funds for Scranton Manufacturing via GCDC

Money will not come from Dreyfus funds

The Greene County board of supervisors agreed Monday to fund $10,000 for the Scranton Manufacturing project through Greene County Development Corporation, but the money won’t come from the county’s Dreyfus funds. Instead, the board committed to provide $5,000 in funds each of the next two years, with the source within the county budget not specified. Continue reading

State tournament T-shirts available

RamOrder forms for Greene County Ram softball state tournament T-shirts are available at Peoples Trust & Savings Bank offices in Jefferson, Scranton and Grand Junction.

The order will be closed Thursday morning at 9 am. Cost of the T-shirts is $12.


Greene County’s 4-H State Fair exhibitors

Judging of non-livestock 4-H exhibits kicked off the Greene County Fair last week.

State Fair and 4th graders4-H members whose exhibits were selected to be displayed and judged at the Iowa State Fair next month are (front, from left) *Eliot Schilling, *Amie Schroeder, Joe Thompson, Jaron Thompson and *Isaac Andersen; (second row, from left) Lydia Leggitt, Hannah Curtis, Kara Betts, Catherine Burbank, Avery Bardole, Allison Dudley and *Nathan Black; (third row, from left) Kate Sandage, Abby Badger, Taylor Hardin, Hannah Gunn, Isaiah Losee, Gwen Black and Haley Hall; and (back row, from left) Kami Badger, Jack Schilling, Jared Marshall, Sean Kenan, Lucas Fisher, Arthur Bardole and Emily Heupel. Continue reading

Newest downtown residents not particularly welcome

Turkey vultures atop the Mahanay Bell Tower | photo by Susan Forkner
Turkey vultures atop the Mahanay Bell Tower | photo by Susan Forkner

While Jefferson and Greene County are working to lure new residents, there is a group of new residents who are not welcome. The Greene County secondary roads department has taken action to move them along, but it’s up for debate whether the effort has made a difference.

The residents: turkey vultures. They aren’t new to town. For years they’ve used a cellular tower east of the high school to keep an eye on the Raccoon River Valley Trail. They’ve moved “uptown,” though, and they’re not so welcome surveying the town from the top of the Mahanay Bell Tower. People have seen as many as 30 turkey vultures perched on the steel framework for the bells. It’s not that they’re large and black and scary looking that has people talking about them. It’s the mess they leave below, on the courthouse plaza, on the outdoor furniture outside the bell tower, and on the bell tower itself that has made them unwelcome residents. Continue reading

Farmers finally have a good week for fieldwork

USDA, NASSPrecipitation and temperatures were below normal in Iowa last week, and farmers took advantage of that, harvesting more than 30 percent of their alfalfa hay acreage. Statewide there were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. West central Iowa farmers had 5.8 suitable days. Continue reading

Sheriff’s office, JPD tell sTEP activity

The Greene County sheriff’s office and the Jefferson police department worked special Traffic Enforcement Projects (sTEP) July 1-7.

Sheriff’s deputies report making one arrest for operating while intoxicated (OWI) during that time. Deputies issued 18 citations for speeding, one for a stop sign violation, one for driving with a suspended license, and three other citations. Continue reading

Ground broken for Wild Rose Jefferson

Planning to open late next summer

Green balloons floated to the north on an Iowa breeze and there were more smiles than bubbles in the champagne served at the ground breaking ceremony for Wild Rose Jefferson Thursday afternoon.

About 200 persons were present, standing on rich Iowa soil that until Monday was planted in soybeans. Wild Rose Jefferson will be open by late next summer, according to Tom Timmons, president of Wild Rose Jefferson.

Tom Timmons
Tom Timmons

Timmons served as emcee for the short program, which was preceded and followed by music from the Town & Country Band. “Where but in Iowa can you come to a town like Jefferson and have a band playing?” Timmons asked.

Along with many elected officials and members of Grow Greene County Gaming Corp, Timmons introduced Dr Mike Richards and Gary Kirke, Wild Rose vice chairman and chairman/founder respectively. “Thank you for choosing us to be your operator. We won’t let you down,” Kirke said. “It’s going to be great for your community forever and ever… It’s a great day for you all and it’s a great day for us.” Continue reading

Jeff city council acts on utility extension and wage increases

Refers chicken request to planning & zoning commission

~by Denise O’Brien Van

The Jefferson city council took the first step to extend water and sewer service to the Wild Rose Jefferson site at its regular meeting Tuesday evening. The council also discussed urban chickens and office staffing, and awarded pay raises to department heads.

Council approves initial work for water and sewer work: The city council approved a $153,500 contract with MHF Engineering for “beginning to end” engineering services for extension of water and sewer service to the northwest intersection of Highway 4 and U.S. 30. Continue reading

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