Webcam installed at school construction project

It may be short on plot and character-building but the story playing out from the northwest corner of Jefferson will have a great (although predictable) ending.

A webcam has been installed at the site of the new career academy and high school. Anyone interested can visit the school district’s website at any time and click on the link to the webcam. Continue reading Webcam installed at school construction project

Supes okay policy limiting public art on county property

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The gallery was packed at the Greene County board of supervisors meeting on July 15 during discussion of the draft of a public art policy. Members and supporters of the Tower View Team were present as well as interested citizens of the county.

The public art policy drafted by county attorney Thomas Laehn had been published during the prior week and several people addressed the board with questions concerning the implementation of it. There was general agreement of the necessity for various groups involved with public art to work together with the board to equitably and legally develop art as tourism. Continue reading Supes okay policy limiting public art on county property

Income guidelines told for school meal program

The income guidelines for reduced price and free meals for the 2019-20 school year have been released by the Iowa Department of Education.

Children in a household of four will be eligible for free meals if the household income is less than $33,475  per year. They will be eligible for reduced price meals if the household income is less than $47.638 per year.

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Iowa heating up and drying out

It was a dry week in Iowa that allowed farmers 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 14, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was the most days suitable for fieldwork this season. The recent dry weather helped farmers catch up on fieldwork activities. However, there were many comments that areas in Iowa now need rain to help crops continue to move along. Continue reading Iowa heating up and drying out

Chloe Berns is 2019 Greene County Fair queen

Fair queen Chloe Berns | GCNO photo by Janice Harbaugh

Chloe Berns was selected as 2019 Greene County Fair Queen and will represent the county at the Iowa State Fair queen contest next month. She was selected from among four candidates Friday evening.

Chloe, the daughter of Lori and Brian Berns, will begin her senior year at Paton-Churdan High School in August. She is been active in 4-H, her church youth group, soccer, and the P-C volleyball and basketball teams. She is also a member of the P-C student council and National Honor Society.

She was crowned by 2018 Greene County Fair Queen Gina Brown. Continue reading Chloe Berns is 2019 Greene County Fair queen

Policy on public art at the courthouse grounds on supes’ agenda

‘Flight to Reality’ by Anna Modeland, an entry in the 2019 Ring Out for Art contest

The Greene County supervisors will welcome public input at its meeting next Monday on a draft policy concerning public art on the courthouse grounds and in the courthouse.

County attorney Thomas Laehn drafted a policy that prohibits public art unless it is solicited and approved by the county board of supervisors. The supervisors will also maintain “editorial control” over works of art to be placed on the grounds or in the courthouse.

The stated purpose of the policy is “to ensure that the Greene County Courthouse building and grounds are preserved in an attractive and intact condition to guarantee that the Courthouse building and grounds remain accessible to the public, and to protect the safety of Courthouse employees and visitors, while allowing for the display of public art…” Continue reading Policy on public art at the courthouse grounds on supes’ agenda

Jeff council hears update on Region XII housing efforts

The city of Jefferson has reaped significant impact from Region XII Council of Government’s work on grant-funded housing projects.

Karla Janning, housing programs coordinator at Region XII, was at the Jefferson city council meeting Tuesday for a required public hearing on the status of projects using a $280,000 Community Development Block Grant through the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Continue reading Jeff council hears update on Region XII housing efforts

E-18 to reopen soon, nine months later than anticipated

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

A road project originally planned to be finished before last fall’s harvest may finally be completed by the end of this week.

County engineer Wade Weiss reported to the county supervisors at their regular meeting Monday that work on County E-18 (130th St, or “the Paton road”) west of Paton should be completed by the end of the week. Continue reading E-18 to reopen soon, nine months later than anticipated