Matt Wetrich appointed to Jeff city council

Matt Wetrich

Matt Wetrich, 38, of Jefferson was appointed by the Jefferson city council at Tuesday’s regular meeting to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Dan Benitz in May.

Wetrich was the only eligible person to indicate an interest in the position. He narrowly lost a bid to unseat incumbent Lisa Jaskey in the 2015 election. After Jaskey resigned due to relocation, he again ran in a special election last November for the second ward seat but was defeated by Benitz. Continue reading Matt Wetrich appointed to Jeff city council

Greene Co Schools has tagline, new vision statement

“Greene County Schools – Expect Excellence” will be the school district’s tagline. The vision/mission statement is “promoting lifelong learners through real-world experiences.”

The board at its June 21 meeting approved the tagline and vision/mission statement along with a shortened list of values: celebrating success; collaborating across the system; building relationships; creating partnerships with parents and community; contributing to a positive culture and climate; and trying something new/innovative. Continue reading Greene Co Schools has tagline, new vision statement

Drug screening of school employees discussed

Also access to camera surveillance

Drug screening of school employees and the district’s use of surveillance cameras were topics of discussion at the Greene County Schools board of education meeting June 21.

Questions were raised by parent Heather Patrick, who said she had followed channels and was speaking to the board as a last step. She reported she had a previous discussion with superintendent Tim Christensen and was not satisfied with the results. Continue reading Drug screening of school employees discussed

Sen Ernst traveling office hours July 5

The office of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R) has scheduled traveling office hours across Iowa during July.

Representatives of Sen Ernst’s office will be available in counties across the state to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility for Social Security, veterans benefit or military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs. Continue reading Sen Ernst traveling office hours July 5

Scranton congregate meal site closing Friday

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

It’s an important service but due to a lack of attendance and funding, the Scranton congregate meal site is closing. The final day of operation is Friday, June 30.

Scranton residents will not be left without noon meal service. Jerry Boyd has agreed to pick up meals in Jefferson and deliver them to Scranton residents. Continue reading Scranton congregate meal site closing Friday

They’re here – Everything’s coming up tractors

The parking lot at Wild Rose Casino and Cobblestone Inn was a tractor show of its own Sunday evening.

Jefferson has been invaded by  tractors of nearly every decade and make for the 8th annual WHO Tractor Ride. The ride is based at Wild Rose Casino, and includes three days with drives of varying lengths for the 500 tractor enthusiasts registered for the ride. Continue reading They’re here – Everything’s coming up tractors

Wild Rose, Greene County hosting WHO Classic Tractor Ride June 25-28

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

Fans of “old iron” are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 21st annual WHO Radio Tractor Ride next week. Classic tractors from various manufacturers will arrive at Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson on Sunday, June 25. The machines, drivers and passengers will leave early each morning for the next three days on routes that will take them north, south and east before returning to Jefferson each evening.  Continue reading Wild Rose, Greene County hosting WHO Classic Tractor Ride June 25-28

Principal Van Cleave resigns

Ends months of negotiating

The Greene County Schools board of education at a special meeting Monday accepted the resignation of Intermediate School principal Maranda Van Cleave.

Included in the agreement is a settlement payment of $55,000 to Van Cleave if she has not secured or been offered regular or part-time employment by Aug. 20. Continue reading Principal Van Cleave resigns

Gem uncovered in downtown rehabilitation

Those who are watching progress of the CDBG-funded façade rehabilitation project in downtown Jefferson got a surprise earlier this week when the mansard front of 110 E. State St was removed.

Beneath the 1970s “Swiss chalet” update is white glazed brick with ornate glazed terra cotta inlays over the second story windows and at the top.

Pete Franks of The Franks Design Group, architect for the project, said he wasn’t surprised by the find, as he had crawled into the concealed space behind the mansard frame and had seen parts of the old façade up close. Still, he said he was “certainly pleased to see brilliant concealed historic building fabric ‘see the light of day.'” Continue reading Gem uncovered in downtown rehabilitation