4-H news

Greenbrier holds family potluck, welcomes new members

The Greenbrier 4-H club’s family potluck was held Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Presbyterian Church in Jefferson with 70 parents and member in attendance. This annual event celebrated the accomplishments of the club and its members over the last year.

Caden Etherton welcomed people, and after the meal, called the meeting to order. Sadie Gilbertson led the introduction of families, and Noble Hoyt and Sadie were the “game hosts” for the day, leading the Human Scavenger Hunt. Continue reading 4-H news

Students rake 130 yards in annual service project

Greene County High School students spent the afternoon of Nov. 4 raking leaves in Jefferson, Grand Junction and Scranton.

Students, teachers and chaperons raked 121 yards with 463 people, ate 39 dozen donuts, used 45 tarps, drank 24 cases of water, and had a fun time on a sunny afternoon with temps in the low 50s, reported teacher and project coordinator Teresa Green.

The Interact Club raked nine more yards the next day for a total of 130 yards. Continue reading Students rake 130 yards in annual service project

Winter pep rally Nov. 21

Winter sports will be celebrated at a community pep rally Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Greene County middle school gym.

Kick-off activities starting at 6:30 pm will include meet-and-greets with winter sports athletes and games and activities with boys and girls basketball players, wrestling and basketball cheerleaders, wrestlers, boys swimmers, concert and jazz band members, jazz choir members, large group speech participants, and Special Olympians. Continue reading Winter pep rally Nov. 21

Alliant gives grant to JPD

JPD chief Mark Clouse (right) accepts a check from an Alliant Energy Foundation representative.

The Jefferson police department recently received a $1,500 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation to update emergency lighting equipment in a patrol car.

According to JPD captain Heath Enns, the new lighting equipment will not only keep the officers safe in the patrol vehicle as they respond to an emergency, but it will also enhance public safety.

He thanked the Alliant Energy Foundation for enhancing the department’s safety.

Claudia Henning given West Des Moines key to the city

Claudia Henning was presented a key to the city of West Des Moines by mayor Steven Gaer (right). | photo by Warren Taylor

Editor’s note – Claudia Henning is a 1967 graduate of Jefferson Community High School

At a packed meeting Monday, Nov. 4, of the West Des Moines city council, mayor Steven Gaer presented the Key to the City to Claudia Henning, founder of West Des Moines Youth Justice Initiative (YJI).

Following the presentation, more than 150 community members came together to celebrate Henning, whose tenacious vision sparked and sustained the most comprehensive and successful diversion program in Iowa’s Fifth Judicial District. Twenty years ago, she began mobilizing volunteers and city/county organizations to restoratively engage youth and their families and victims in a web of support and accountability. Continue reading Claudia Henning given West Des Moines key to the city

Hy-Vee rolls out reusable bags with Giving Tags

Greene Co Ele to receive donations not specified for other groups

Greene County Elementary and other local charities will benefit from the purchase of Hy-Vee’s reusable bags with Giving Tags attached.

Now through the end of November, customers at the Jefferson Hy-Vee will be able to purchase distinctive giving bags with a special tag attached. Each time a customer purchases a bag, he or she can name a local non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation. That designation must be made within seven days of purchasing the bag. Continue reading Hy-Vee rolls out reusable bags with Giving Tags

DAISY Award ceremony slated for Tuesday

Greene County Medical Center will honor its 12th DAISY Award winner  Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 1:30 pm in the medical center’s main lobby .

Nominees being recognized at the Nov. 6 award ceremony are nurses Carol Love, Theresa Davis, Brenda Groves, Tammy Kiner, Allie Hamilton, Brenda Seaman, Terry Rottinghaus, Gina Geisler, Heather Kinsey, Jess Steinberg, Kim Dentlinger and Kelsey Savits. Continue reading DAISY Award ceremony slated for Tuesday

Adopt-a-Family gears up for Christmas food basket project

These boxes are packed and ready for pick up in the 2018 AAF Christmas food basket project.

Greene County Adopt-a-Family provided coats, snow pants, boots and other winter outerwear to 103 Greene County children earlier this month in its Operation Warm Hearts.

With that project completed, the Adopt-a-Family (AAF) board has turned to its Christmas campaign, with plans to distribute food baskets Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11 am to 12:30 pm at Clover Hall on the Greene County Fairgrounds. For food safety reasons, all baskets must be picked up at that time. Continue reading Adopt-a-Family gears up for Christmas food basket project

Sign ups open for GCYAA wrestling, basketball

The Greene County Youth Athletic Association (GCYAA) board reminds parents that registration for 2019 youth wrestling and basketball is now open and will close Nov. 3. Registration is online and can be completed at www.gcyaa.org. Parents will need to create a profile for youngsters who haven’t previously registered for a GCYAA program; profiles are saved for returning athletes. Continue reading Sign ups open for GCYAA wrestling, basketball