Click It or Ticket campaign May 20-June 2

Memorial Day and the traditional beginning of summer are quickly approaching. Unfortunately, with the increase in summer traffic we will also see a rise in traffic crashes and fatalities.

Last year there were four traffic fatalities on Iowa roadways over the Memorial Day weekend; four deaths that may have been prevented.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017 there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationwide. A majority of those lives could have been saved if they had been wearing seat belts. Continue reading Click It or Ticket campaign May 20-June 2

‘Active’ weather coming

The National Weather Service warns that numerous rounds of thunderstorms are possible through early next week. Severe storms and locally heavy rainfall are possible, with large hail and damaging winds being the primary threat.

Storms are predicted to develop mainly after 7 pm and along and north of Highway 30. Hail as large as golf balls may fall in some places. The strongest storms are expected late Friday afternoon and evening. However, rain will redevelop over all of central Iowa Monday and Tuesday Continue reading ‘Active’ weather coming

Supes hear cost to repair RRVT bridge

Also get briefed on proposed housing in Jefferson

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County supervisors got information they’ve been waiting for since ice took out a bridge over the Raccoon River on the Raccoon River Valley Trail in March.

Conservation director Dan Towers reported at the May 13 supervisors meeting an estimate of $250,000 to repair 70-foot section of the bridge and another $150,000 for the needed pilings. The estimate was provided by engineering firm WHKS & Company of Mason City. Continue reading Supes hear cost to repair RRVT bridge

Jeff council ready to sell $2.4 million in bonds

The Jefferson city council at its regular meeting Tuesday voted unanimously to borrow $2.4 million through a general obligation bond issue. The bonds will be sold at the council’s June 10 meeting so the bond issue can be closed by June 30, the end of the city’s fiscal year.

Accordng to Tim Oswald of Piper-Jaffray, the city’s financial advisor, the bond issue will increase the city’s bonded indebtedness to $7 million. The city’s debt capacity is $12.75 million. Continue reading Jeff council ready to sell $2.4 million in bonds

First Reunion Rendezvous part of Bell Tower Festival

All past and present Scranton, Jefferson, Jefferson-Scranton and Greene County teachers are invited to join the class reunions held during the Bell Tower Festival June 7-8.

This year a new event, Reunion Rendezvous, will take place on the north side of the courthouse immediately after the Bell Tower Festival parade. Reunion Rendezvous will be the place for classmates to meet up and enjoy the afternoon together with Deal’s hard cider and live music. Continue reading First Reunion Rendezvous part of Bell Tower Festival

Medical center hires new administrative officer

Greene County Medical Center has recently hired Heather Paris as chief administrative officer and chief financial officer.

Paris has a long history of hospital administration work. She was chief executive officer at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, a rural affiliate of UnityPoint Health in ae City, from 2014-2016. From 1997 to 2013, she was chief financial/information officer at Monroe County Hospital and Clinics in Albia. Continue reading Medical center hires new administrative officer

Cold and rain slowing planting

Fieldwork activities were limited as rain across the state held Iowa farmers to just 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 12, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Iowa farmers remain hopeful for warmer conditions as below normal temperatures continued to slow crop emergence across the state.

Topsoil moisture levels across Iowa rated 1 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 32 percent surplus. Levels in west central Iowa were 81 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus. Continue reading Cold and rain slowing planting

Rotary’s highest award to Jacque Andrew

Jacque Andrew (left), recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award, and her husband Jim Andrew.

Jacque Andrew of Jefferson received Rotary International’s highest award, the Service Above Self Award, at the Rotary District 6000 conference in Des Moines May 4.

Andrew is one of only 75 Rotarians across the globe to receive the award this year. The award recognizes Rotarians – no more than 150 per year out of 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide – who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. The award recognizes Rotarians for humanitarian service, rather than their service to Rotary International.

In presenting the award, Rotary District 6000 governor Tom Narak called Andrew “an inspiration to others… Throughout her life, she has demonstrated passion and skill for service and in developing others to help them grow in their potential to serve.” Continue reading Rotary’s highest award to Jacque Andrew

Apprenticeships part of career academy welding program

Christensen encourages telling students and parents of the opportunities available

Greene County school superintendent Tim Christensen knows building a career academy doesn’t ensure students will come. He began recruiting students last Wednesday at a presentation that included representatives of many of the employers who hope to hire career academy graduates. Continue reading Apprenticeships part of career academy welding program

Market to Market Relay returns Saturday

GCNO file photo

For organizers of Market to Market Iowa, the relay race from Jefferson to Des Moines, the hospitality of Jefferson residents is more important than a missing bridge over the Raccoon River. The race will go on this Saturday as in the past six years, with a short detour added.

Market to Market follows the Raccoon River Valley Trail to Des Moines. When ice on the Raccoon River took out a 100-year-old bridge north of 260th St, the route for the race was in jeopardy. Continue reading Market to Market Relay returns Saturday