North Raccoon Wildlife Area is largest playground in the county

The same week that Scranton residents are justifiably proud of building a new playground, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is touting another playground nearby – the North Raccoon Wildlife Area.

“The North Raccoon Wildlife Area just might be the biggest playground in Greene County. But rather than teeter-totters and swings, this playground offers excellent deer hunting, turkey, dove and rabbit hunting, river access and sandbar camping, bird watching, hiking and more,” wrote DNR wildlife biologist Josh Gansen in the Aug. 1 Iowa Outdoors, a weekly collection of news articles from the DNR. Continue reading North Raccoon Wildlife Area is largest playground in the county

Sports medicine contract to 21st Century Rehab

21st Century Rehab was recently awarded the Greene County school district’s sports medicine coverage contract for the upcoming school year. 21st Century Rehab also had the contract last year. Deb Morton, 21st Century Rehab director, noted, “We are proud to be involved in the local community by supporting the health and well-being of our student athletes.” Continue reading Sports medicine contract to 21st Century Rehab

Students invited to compete in cyber security contest

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Monday a new cyber training partnership between the SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security) Institute and the State of Iowa.

High school juniors, seniors, community college and college students are encouraged to participate in CyberStart, an online game of discovery, and compete against students in six other states for $650,000 in scholarships.
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Veterans serving supper during Hot August Night

Anyone looking for a close, convenient, and comfortable place to feed a family during Hot August Night next Thursday, Aug. 10, is invited to the VFW hall on the east side of the courthouse square for walking tacos.

The veterans are serving walking tacos with all the works from 4:30 to 6:30 pm during the Hot August Night Auto, Truck, Motorcycle, and Tractor Show. Continue reading Veterans serving supper during Hot August Night

TJG, Chamber topic of Community Conversation

The Aug. 3 Community Conversation at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson will feature updates from the Thomas Jefferson Gardens and the Greene County Chamber of Commerce. Board members from both groups will share activities and goals of their groups.

Fellowship with snacks will begin at 5 pm, with the discussion at 5:30 pm. There is no charge. All are welcome.

Get ready to Ruckus this weekend

Toby Keith

Toby Keith headlines Saturday night

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal/Bayard News Gazette

It’s time for River Ruckus! The ninth annual Guthrie River Ruckus hits the Guthrie County Fairgrounds in Guthrie Center with a vengeance this weekend. An estimated 17,000 fans are anticipated to purchase tickets and listen to three nights of country music entertainers on July 27 – 29.

The fairgrounds have never looked better with grass mowed and trimmed and buildings painted and spruced up to prepare for the onslaught of guests. The campgrounds are expected to sell out as many folks stay on the grounds to enjoy the entire weekend of music and activities. Continue reading Get ready to Ruckus this weekend

Hardaway, Heupel receive state 4-H project awards

Greene County 4-H members Samantha Hardaway and Emily Heupel were among 50 Iowa 4-H members to receive 2017 state 4-H project awards. These 4-H youth are recognized as the top winners in their project areas across the state. Hardaway received a state award in the dog project and Heupel in the citizenship project.

The awards are given to youth who have exhibited mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area. Each youth recipient also received a $100 monetary award from Glen and Mary Jo Mente of Ames and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Continue reading Hardaway, Heupel receive state 4-H project awards

Greene Co senior to attend Girls Nation

Haley Hall as she introduced state auditor Mary Mosiman

Haley Hall, a senior at Greene County High School, will be among the 98 girls at the prestigious American Legion Girls Nation in Washington DC July 22-29.

She was selected for that honor at Iowa Girls State on the Drake University campus June 18-23. Two girls were selected from 270 applicants to represent Iowa at Girls Nation.

Girls Nation provides young women leaders experience with how the federal government works. They are “senators” in a mock legislature, hold a national convention, and elect a president and vice president. They will spend a day on Capitol Hill meeting with their Congressional delegation. A highlight of Girls Nation is often meeting the president. Continue reading Greene Co senior to attend Girls Nation

Scranton Telephone Company plans open house

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

There have been many changes in the telecommunications industry. Scranton is fortunate to be served by their own independent telephone system. To celebrate the changes, Scranton Telephone Company is hosting an open house on July 26. The company invites customers to join them to gain information about its services and meet the staff. Continue reading Scranton Telephone Company plans open house