Reminder: Be Weather Aware this afternoon, evening

Strong to severe thunderstorms are anticipated over portions of northern and central Iowa late this afternoon into this evening.

All types of severe weather, including large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes will be possible with this system.

Additionally, strong non-storm winds from the S/SW will occur during the late morning to evening hours ranging from 30-30 mph with gusts approaching 40 mph or more at times. Continue reading Reminder: Be Weather Aware this afternoon, evening

County okays agreement with Verizon Wireless for cellular tower at LEC

The county could see up to $159,000 over the next 25 years simply from leasing land at the Law Enforcement Center to CommNet Cellular for a Verizon Wireless tower.
The supervisors at their Sept. 17 meeting approved a land lease agreement with CommNet. The initial contract is for five years at a cost of $6,000 per year, with the contract renewing automatically for four additional five-year terms for a total of 25 years.

CommNet will pay the county $6,000 per year, with an additional one-time payment of $9,000 for the county’s equipment mounted at the top of the tower. Continue reading County okays agreement with Verizon Wireless for cellular tower at LEC

Halloween triple play becomes a grand slam with addition of concert

Families can mark their calendars now with a new addition to the Halloween triple play held annually in Jefferson.

For the past several years the Greene County Community Center staff, Greene County Chamber and Tourism and the Jefferson public library staff have collaborated to provide area children a free Halloween party at the Community Center, Trick-or-Treat Around the Square, and a storybook dramatization and open house at the library. Continue reading Halloween triple play becomes a grand slam with addition of concert

Income guidelines available for home energy assistance program

Income guidelines for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) have been announced.

Applications for the program will be accepted on a first come/first served basis at the New Opportunities Greene County Family Development Center on N. Elm in Jefferson beginning Oct. 1 for households with an elderly/disabled member, or beginning Nov. 1 for others. Continue reading Income guidelines available for home energy assistance program

Jeff public library a busy place for children (and their teddy bears)

Staff at the Jefferson public library is gearing up for several children’s programs.

The annual Teddy Bear Sleepover will be held the weekend of Sept. 22-23. Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to the library before Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1 pm. The stuffed animals will enjoy games, movies, refreshments and a sleepover, with “lights out” at midnight. Children will get sleepover pictures of their stuffed animals to see what fun they had. Stuffed animals are welcome to come in pairs if they’d like. Continue reading Jeff public library a busy place for children (and their teddy bears)

Sept. 18 – Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day

The third Tuesday of September is Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day. It’s a reminder to help a friend, neighbor, or family member visit a healthcare professional.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, many people wait until they have an emergency before seeing a doctor. But regular visits to a medical professional can help recognize symptoms of diseases, prevent them from occurring, or find them early when they’re easier to treat. Continue reading Sept. 18 – Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day

Nat’l Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 16-22

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig on Friday encouraged Iowans to keep safety in mind whether working on the farm or traveling through rural Iowa this harvest season. National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 16 to 22 and the theme is “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety.”

“Fall is an exciting time with lots of activity on our farms and traffic on our rural roadways. It is important that everyone is taking the steps to ensure we have a safe and successful harvest season,” Naig said. Continue reading Nat’l Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 16-22

Enrollment at Paton-Churdan grows for second consecutive year

By not-yet-official counts, Paton-Churdan enrollment has grown by 18 students compared to last year, with 226 students this year.

Principal Annie Smith shared that information in her report at the P-C school board’s regular meeting Sept. 12. There are seven more students open enrolled at P-C from other districts, she said, and some resident students who had open enrolled in other districts opted to return to P-C. There are also new residents among the new students. Continue reading Enrollment at Paton-Churdan grows for second consecutive year

Pipeline of drugs into county is closed, Laehn says

A pipeline of drugs coming into Greene County has been closed, according to Greene County assistant county attorney Thomas Laehn.

Laehn made that announcement at the county supervisors’ Sept. 10 meeting.  “I think we’ve really had success in the last couple of months closing off the pipeline of drugs into the county, largely because of successful search warrants that were executed by the sheriff’s office and the Jefferson police department,” Laehn said. “If we can cut off that pipeline we’re going to substantially reduce crime in the county. So much of the crime in this county is rooted in drugs. I want to commend our law enforcement officers for the work they’ve done the past couple of months.” Continue reading Pipeline of drugs into county is closed, Laehn says

Wayfinding signs will be up soon

This sign was intended to be at the corner of E. Lincoln Way and Chestnut St but won’t be posted .

Wayfinding signs have arrived in Jefferson and will be installed soon by the city streets department.

The aluminum signs are large – 6 ft tall – and heavier than one person can easily move. They’ll be installed on large posts that resemble the light poles around the downtown square and on the N. Elm St overpass. The posts are break-away and set in precast 2’ X 5’ concrete caissons.

The signs were made by Prison Industries and meet all reflectivity and safety requirements.

Eighteen signs were ordered, four more than originally planned. The one pictured was intended to be placed at E. Lincoln Way and Chestnut St, but city staff has since decided it would require too much sidewalk work to install. There will be 17 wayfinding signs posted around the city. Continue reading Wayfinding signs will be up soon

County supes asked to add stop signs on E-53 at scene of fatal accident

Deb Mohr, whose son Don Daniel was killed last month on County Road E-53 at County Road P-14 last month, asked the county supervisors to consider placing a four-way stop sign at that intersection.

With her at the supervisors’ Sept. 10 meeting were Stan and Sandy Gibson of Scranton. Stan Gibson said northbound drivers on P-14 can’t see traffic coming from the east on E-53 until they’re nearly into the intersection. “That’s a bad corner. Even the highway patrol says it’s a bad corner,” Gibson said. Continue reading County supes asked to add stop signs on E-53 at scene of fatal accident