School levy rate to decrease slightly for 2019-20

Board also discusses student farming, IJAG, and fulltime grounds keepers

The proposed Greene County Schools budget for 2019-20 shows a slight decrease in the levy rate from the current year. The Greene County school board heard a presentation on the budget by superintendent Tim Christensen at its March 13 work session, and then set a public hearing on the budget during the regular meeting. Continue reading School levy rate to decrease slightly for 2019-20

Greene County school board preparing for a canine student

Conner Allender introduces Cecil to the school board.

Last month the Greene County Schools board of education updated its policy regarding international exchange students. This month, the board approved the first reading of a policy regarding another sort of student – a four-legged student.

Approving the policy will open the school doors to Cecil, a dog-in-training to serve a wounded military veteran through the Puppy Jake Foundation (PJF). Cecil’s trainer is sophomore Conner Allender.

Conner has completed all the trainer training the PJF requires. She made a brief presentation to the school board during the open forum at the March 13 meeting. She also introduced Cecil, a yellow lab who is only 8 weeks old. Continue reading Greene County school board preparing for a canine student

Enrst slates town hall meeting in Dallas County

Sen Joni Ernst (R)-IA

Senator Joni Ernst will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, March 21, at 8 am at the ADM high school auditorium. The meeting is open to the public and Ernst will take questions.

The town hall meeting is the first of four stops that day on a 99-county tour. Other stops in Marion, Monroe and Mahaska counties are not open to the public.

Secondary roads battling weather’s impact on gravel roads

The county secondary roads crew is already planning to work this weekend to reclaim gravel roads after what engineer Wade Weiss called “the non-perfect storm.”

The crew spent most of Wednesday trying to clear ice from crossroad pipes to help ditches, and placing signs warning drivers of water over the road. Wednesday afternoon Weiss estimated there were 40 places marked, but he said that wasn’t all of them. Continue reading Secondary roads battling weather’s impact on gravel roads

Supes OK FY20 budget on 3-1 vote

Treasurer moving funds to net more interest

After a public hearing with no comments from the public, the Greene County supervisors approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (begins July 1, 2019) on a 3-1 vote. Supervisor Tom Contner voted against the budget; supervisor Peter Bardole was absent.

The resolution approving the budget followed a resolution to approve the compensation schedule for county elected officials. Per the recommendation of the compensation board, elected officials will receive salary increases ranging from 8.62 percent for the auditor to 2.96 percent for the treasurer. The supervisors will receive a salary increase of 3.6 percent, about $1,000 per year. Continue reading Supes OK FY20 budget on 3-1 vote

Jeff council okays 2019-20 budget, handles two downtown building matters

The Jefferson city council will decide at its March 26 meeting how to proceed with filling the vacancy on the council created by the resignation of Larry Teeples last week.

Mayor Craig Berry advised the council at its Tuesday meeting that the council must appoint someone by May 5 or decide to hold a special election to fill the vacancy. If the council appoints someone, that person would serve until the November general election. At that time, voters would elect someone to complete Teeples’ term, which expires at the end of 2021. Continue reading Jeff council okays 2019-20 budget, handles two downtown building matters

Pediatrician joins medical center clinic staff

Dr Holly Van de Voort

Greene County Medical Center’s pediatrics clinic opens Monday, April 1, with newly-hired pediatrician Dr. Holly Van de Voort.

CEO Carl Behne noted that “bringing on a full-time pediatrician will fill a service that has long been missing in Greene County for area families. This will give them the much needed close-to-home care for newborns to teens.”

Van de Voort said she is “enthusiastic about bringing comprehensive medical care for newborns, toddlers, children and adolescents to Greene County.” Continue reading Pediatrician joins medical center clinic staff

Human slavery, trafficking topic of Sunday program

“Shedding Light on Human Slavery & Trafficking: Effects on societies, cultures, labor and the environment” is the topic of a presentation Sunday, March 23,from 2 to 3:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

Kevin Schwendinger  will be the presenter. Schwendinger is a educator/presenter and cyclist, and an associate of the Tri-State Coalition Against Human Slavery & Trafficking in Dubuque.

During the fall of 2018 he completed a 650 mile trek  from Omaha/Council Bluffs to Milwaukee, WI, engaging others in conversation on the social justice issue of human slavery and trafficking.

All are welcome  to attend the presentation.

Charge of extortion against former council member Teeples dismissed

A charge of extortion against Larry Teeples, 77, of Jefferson was dismissed Tuesday in Greene County district court. The Honorable Joseph B. McCarville dismissed the Class D felony charge against Teeples in granting a motion for dismissal by Greene County attorney Thomas Laehn.

Court costs were assessed to the state. Continue reading Charge of extortion against former council member Teeples dismissed