Memorial Homecoming at Pleasant Hill Church this Sunday

Speakers, a brass band, a 21-gun salute & a fried chicken potluck dinner like the pioneers had

The annual Pleasant Hill Memorial Homecoming will be held this Sunday morning, May 27, at historic Pleasant Hill Church located five miles southeast of Jefferson.
It’s a Memorial Day weekend tradition in what was one of Greene County’s early settlements. Continue reading Memorial Homecoming at Pleasant Hill Church this Sunday

Schedule change for Avenues of Flags

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The Avenues of Flags at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery and St Joseph Cemetery will be retired earlier than usual on Monday, Memorial Day.

Because of an evening schedule conflict, the Elks will begin taking down flags at 2 pm rather than the usual 4 pm. The Elks appreciate the community volunteers who help them honor deceased military veterans with the Avenues of Flags. More volunteers are always welcome.

Flags will be raised Saturday beginning at 8 am at both cemeteries.

Two weeks later Jeff council nixes house project

The Jefferson city council turned down the gift of a historic home at its regular meeting Tuesday, two weeks after directing building and zoning officer Nick Sorensen to continue working on a proposal to relocate the house to a city-owned vacant lot three blocks away. Councilman Matt Gordon was the swing vote in 3-2 decisions both times, with a handful of vocal neighbors causing him to change his vote. Continue reading Two weeks later Jeff council nixes house project

Memorial Day observances told

 

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Memorial Day will be observed Monday, May 28, around the county as follows:

St Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Jefferson – Blessing of graves, a VFW/American Legion firing squad and Taps by John Mobley IV at 9:30 am, after 8 am mass at St Brigid Catholic Church in Grand Junction.

Jefferson Municipal Cemetery – 10:45 am, with Pastor Dennis Martens of Trinity Lutheran Church giving the invocation, the Memorial Day address by Amelia Carman, music by the Greene County High School band, and military honors by a VFW/American Legion firing squad. Continue reading Memorial Day observances told

Classes of 2018 graduate

Madisyn Behrens, principal Annie Smith, Jake Berns

The ranks of high school graduates in Greene County grew by 102 last weekend, as both high schools held commencement ceremonies.

Eleven seniors graduated in the Paton-Churdan class of 2018. Valedictorian was Madisyn Behrens and salutatorian was Jake Berns. Marilyn Tilley, who has been children’s librarian at the Churdan public library since the classmates were very young, was speaker at the Saturday afternoon ceremony. Continue reading Classes of 2018 graduate

Greene Co school board ups counseling staff, works on career education

Greene County students will have more help next year dealing with turbulence in their lives and developing behaviors that maximize learning.

The board of education at its May 16 meeting approved creating an additional counseling position. The board stopped short of specifying the new position be at the elementary school, but left it to the administration and the counseling staff to determine the best way to use the new position. Continue reading Greene Co school board ups counseling staff, works on career education

Dana facing $68K street project with $61K total city budget

Dana mayor Mandy Sims is facing a dilemma many very, very small towns see – how does a town of 32 residents pay for needed maintenance and services?

Sims met with the county supervisors during the open forum portion of their meeting Monday. She reported that the street in front of Juhl Feed is “toast” and needs to be replaced. That work, along with patching other places in Dana’s streets, will cost $68,000. Dana’s entire city budget is only $61,000. She said she’s looking for extra money for the work. Continue reading Dana facing $68K street project with $61K total city budget

West central farmers faring better in soil moisture, crop progress

Wet field conditions and scattered rains limited Iowa farmers to 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 20, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Topsoil moisture levels in west central Iowa rated 1 percent short, 86 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus. Statewide the ratings were 2 percent very short, 5 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus. Continue reading West central farmers faring better in soil moisture, crop progress

School board Q & A Monday in Jefferson

Members of the Greene County Schools board of education will be available for questions and answers Monday, May 21, from 7 to 8 pm at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson.

There will not be a quorum of the board present. This is a time for the public to talk openly with board members on any topic  of interest.