Special clinic slated for back-to-school immunizations

The Greene County public health department is offering a special evening immunization clinic Wednesday, July 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The clinic is focusing on the required immunizations needed for students entering kindergarten, 7th or 12th grade in August.

The clinic will be held at the public health office in the lower level at Greene County Medical Center. Persons who want more information can call 515-386-3228.

Gina Brown selected as fair queen

2018 Greene County Fair Queen Gina Brown

Gina Brown will represent Greene County at the Iowa State Fair queen contest next month. Gina was selected from a field of six candidates as the Greene County Fair queen Friday.

She will begin her senior year at Greene County High School in August. She is an 8-year member of the Greenbrier 4-H club, a 2-year member of the 4-H Young Leaders, and a 3-year member of FFA.

She is also a member of the National Honor Society. The contestants answered questions drawn from a jar as part of the contest. To a question of her proudest accomplishment in high school, Gina answered she is most proud of being inducted into NHS because of the high academic standard and the personal traits required of members. Continue reading Gina Brown selected as fair queen

Things not to miss at the fair

The Greene County Fair  offers something for everyone, from lamb wrestling at the 4-H/FFA sheep show and young girls with little cows,  to chainsaw sculpture west of the Fair office.

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It’s Fair Week in Greene County

It’s Greene County Fair time. The festivities began Tuesday and will continue through Monday.

The fairground has a new look with two new barns constructed this spring that will house the beef exhibits. One is a completely enclosed barn for all the lead beef animals, right next to the showring. The other one, located just south of there, is an open-sided building for all the penned animals including pens-of-three and the herdbuilder projects. Continue reading It’s Fair Week in Greene County

City council handles RAGBRAI matters at very short regular meeting

The Jefferson city council handled all agenda items in 5-1/2 minutes at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The council approved a fireworks permit for the RAGBRAI® performance of Hairball July 23 at the intersection of E. State and N. Chestnut St. Council member Matt Wetrich, who is also one of the executive co-chairs of the RAGBRAI committee, said Hairball has done its act “a gazillion times” and that the permit is needed for on-stage pyrotechnics, not aerial fireworks. “I assume it’s a safe, comfortable thing to do,” he said. Continue reading City council handles RAGBRAI matters at very short regular meeting

Storytelling, ‘old iron,’ country school lessons – and ice cream

The Historical Society at the Greene County Fair

~by Chuck Offenburger for the Greene County Historical Society

The Greene County Historical Society joins in at the Greene County Fair later this week with two days of storytelling in “history chats,” displays of classic farm equipment and the humble accessories of early rural life, tours and explanations of a historic one-room schoolhouse, and a free ice cream social late each afternoon. Continue reading Storytelling, ‘old iron,’ country school lessons – and ice cream

Corn, soybeans both a week ahead of normal crop year

Warm weather and drier conditions allowed Iowa farmers 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 8, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Activities for the week included herbicide and fungicide applications, detasseling seed corn and harvesting hay.

Topsoil moisture levels statewide rated 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Levels in west central Iowa rated 84 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Continue reading Corn, soybeans both a week ahead of normal crop year

Plan your day carefully – There’s a heat advisory

A heat advisory is in effect for Greene and several Iowa counties from 1 to 8 pm today, Wednesday.

High humidity and temperatures in the 90s are expected, causing a heat index of 100-105 degrees.

Heat illnesses are possible for persons who are active outside this afternoon. Older persons and children are particularly susceptible.

Visit forecast.weather.gov for more information.