Freedom Quest June 27 at Russell Park

Area families are invited to Freedom Quest Thursday, June 27, from 5 to 7:30 pm at Russell Park in Jefferson. Freedom for Youth Ministries will host the free family event with crafts, games, prizes, food and music. The evening also includes the gospel message of Jesus through fun activities.

Freedom Quest is a traveling ministry event scheduled to be in Jefferson, Greenfield, Indianola, Boone, Grinnell and Webster City this summer. Continue reading Freedom Quest June 27 at Russell Park

‘Miss Betty’ honored for 30 years of volunteer service

Betty Johnson, like many members of the Greene County Medical Center auxiliary, joined early in her retirement as a way to stay busy. A few years later, in 1989, the auxiliary needed someone to take the lead on community blood drives. Johnson accepted the role. She’s still part of every Jefferson community blood drive.

Johnson, or “Miss Betty” as the LifeServe Blood Center crew call her, was honored by LifeServe at last week’s blood drive for 30 years of volunteer service. The crew brought a certificate, a gift bag and cupcakes to celebrate Miss Betty’s three decades of volunteerism. Continue reading ‘Miss Betty’ honored for 30 years of volunteer service

BOOST committee funds $50K in 2019-20 projects

Dozens of Greene County teachers were given a BOOST just before releasing their students for the summer when they were notified that they had been awarded funds to use for the 2019-2020 school year.

Earlier in the school year, the community came together for the second annual BOOST (Bringing Optimism & Opportunity to Students & Teachers) Bash, with more than 300 in attendance. The event was a tremendous success, with net proceeds of $67,443, a 25 percent increase over the previous year’s fundraising total. Continue reading BOOST committee funds $50K in 2019-20 projects

Community Players raise $1,100 for animal shelter

Audiences enjoyed the spring production of “Death by Dessert” and helped the Community Players of Greene County raise funds for the Greene County animal shelter.

Community Players president Clay Ross recently presented Don Orris a check for $1,100, the net proceeds from the April production.

Orris is spearheading the effort to raise funds for construction of a new shelter. “We’re very grateful to the Community Players and to everyone who has supported our effort,” Orris said

Persons who want to donate to the animal shelter can take checks payable to City of Jefferson with “Animal shelter” in the memo line to city hall.

Meanwhile, watch for a casting call for a fall production of Thornton Wilder’s classic, “Our Town,” and for an announcement of a late winter musical.

GrCo Middle School tells honor rolls

Greene County Middle School principal Shawn Zanders has released the names of students on the spring honor rolls.

Students on the high honor roll with a grade point average of 3.67 or better with no grade less than a C-are:

Fifth grade – Breanna Ades, Aden Bardole, Natalee Baugh, Audriena Beadle, Adam Bills, Ebyn Carstens, Daniel Cerveny, Teagan Chisholm, Christopher Daugherty, Parker Fister, Addison Gannon, William Graham, Carter Hinote, Naphtali Hoyt, Jenna Johnson, Taylor Johnston, Ava Kegley, Brydon Kokenge, Savannah Lansman, Keegan Lawrence, Elizabeth Long, Nala Losee, Nickalus Madsen, Callie Martin, Kate Mobley, Madison Mobley, Trysten Naylor, Lila Osterson, Ella Ostrander, Carter Petterson-Hansen, Kaycee Pittman, Sophia Price, Sebastian Purdy, Jennifer Robbins, Michael Ross, Mia Russell, Rylie Saffell, Payton Scheuermann, Dylan Silbaugh, Austyn Smith, Maya Telleen, Nathan Towers, Veronica Van der Meer, Lucy Vander Linden, Joseph Warnke and Drew Wolterman.

Sixth grade – Elise Badger, Gavin Bellinghausen, Bailey Biggart, Ava Binkley, Devin Burke, Karma Butts, Makayla Byerly, Hailey Carman, Isaac Carman, Crew Conner, Adrianna Crawford, Sandra Dawson, Brent Dennhardt, Choe Dzuris, Jacob Ehrich, Emma Ewalt, Allison Fields, Lane Fields, Kayla Frederick, Kendall Freeman, Danica Goff-Hueser, Rachel Gordon, Patrick Graham, Kendall Griffin, Bryce Habben, Jacob Harmeyer, Madison Higgins, Noah Hinote, Adam Hooper, Ethan Hooper, Camden Jacobs, Taylor Kaufman, Carter Kegley, Kamden Kinne, Sophie Kirk, Elizabeth Knoll, Payton Kokenge, Randa Linberg, Daniele Madsen, Caden McCollom, Margaret Mikkelsen, Grant Miller, Violet Reedy, Pane Renwanz, Brooklyn Roberts, Gracen Scheuermann, Sadie Shannon, Ella Shipley, Emma Shipley, Rylyn Sigler, Nicholas Stream, Jocelyn Velazco, Gracie Venteicher, Addison Walker, Mason Wampler, Brooke Williams and Gavyn Winters.

Seventh grade – Cody Allen, Kolby Angell, Nathan Ausberger, Nathan Behne, Seth Bellinghausen, Makayla Betts, Ezekiel Binkley, Graci Cooklin, Noah Cornell, Colten Finley, Tianna Gierstorf, Payton Grow, Jack Hansen, Grace Hardaway, Olivia Hoyt, Ali Lawson, Meadow Losee, Joel McAndrews, Eli Mohr, Hallie Monthei, Georgia Osterson, Ava Perrett, Izabell Purvis, JoAllyn Rowe, Brynley Ruzicka, Trey Schilling, Jennifer Solis-Aguilar, Kaylee Stalder, Cody Stephenson, Styles Truong-Harrison, Gavin Vander Linden, Kristin Wailes, and Skylar Warnke.

Eighth grade – Analynn Baugh, Brianna Blasnitz, Brian Burris, Grace Curtis, Kaitlin Fields, Gabriel Fincel, Ethan Frederick, Sadie Gilbertson, Katrina Heupel, Natalie Heupel, Ashlynne Hinners, Allee Hinote, Ilse Hooper, Emma Hoyle, Gretah Johnson, Aaron Knoll, Bella Linberg, Chad Maston, Cody McCollom, Jesse Miller, Caleb Most, Jeremiah Mozena, Addie Naberhaus, Alexa Peters, McKinley Robbins, Isabella Schroeder, Olivia Shannon, Cade Silbaugh, and Autumn Stevens.

Students on the regular honor roll earned a grade point average of 30 to 3.66 with no grade less than a C- are:

Fifth grade – Jacob Brubaker, Alivia Cornell, Becca Davis, Joseph Frantz, Kaitlyn Halterman, Britleigh Hamann, Garrett Helmantoler-Baugh, Myren Keller, Jaden Koller, Christopher Lansman, Trenton Lee, Ethan Muller, Chase Murphy, Trinity Nelson, Gavin Owens, Devin Parker, Kya Parsons, Lakota Perrett, Dash Robinson, Chance Sanderson, Eli Schroeder, Chloe Smith and Bryce Timmons.

Sixth grade – Marcus Ball, Samantha Cartwright, Chanlyn Cunnngham, Aaliya Gehling, Kenton Higgins, Ava Jablonski, Zack Kernen, Rebecca Ladd, Helena Leggitt, Haydyn Madison, Taylor McDowell, Hayleigh Rivera, Alayna Rosenow, Jaryd Rosenow, Faith Sanderson, Kaylee Schroeder, Camden Strennen, Hayden Sutherland, Logan Taylor and Aidyn Winters.

Seventh grade – Emma Acton, Logan Bellinghausen, Chase Buttler, Layne Carstens, Carson Cerveny, Audrey Delp, Gabe Ebersole, Carter Fecher, Austyn Funcke, Adison Gallagher, Broc Hamann, Trinity Hart, Paige Kokenge, Maddie McCarthy, Alannah Menz, Kelsie Rudolph, Michael Rumley, Gavin Scheuermann, Savanna Shell, Brady Stevens, Jackson Turner and Shailynne Woodley.

Eighth grade – Stephan Blasnitz, Kale Borgeson, Patrick Daugherty, Richard Daugherty, McKenzie Ehrich, Haley Grundon, Emma Halterman, Matthew Hovick, Lucas Jablonski, Joshua Janssen, ParkerLehman, Bradley Mason, Dakota Mobley, Cody Nichols, McKade Owens, Chelsea urdie,Brayden Roberts, Emma Rosenow, Kamryn Sanders, Devin Schmit, Tanner Smith JadiLyn Strennen, Mylo Taute, Paige Teeples and Jose Valezco.

Churches tell VBS plans

Churches in the county have compiled a calendar of Christian activities planned for the summer. All children are welcome at the following vacation Bible schools:

• June 17-19 – Paton First Presbyterian Church, 6-8:15 pm with a snack provided at the city park. More info: 515-968-4469. Continue reading Churches tell VBS plans