Jefferson dancer in Bill Riley championship

Gretah Johnson, 12, of Jefferson, performs a tap dance in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 12. (Iowa State Fair/ Steve Pope Photography)

Gretah Johnson, 12, of Jefferson has earned the privilege of performing in the championship round of the 58th annual Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair Sunday.

Gretah will perform a tap solo. Hers is one of six finalist acts selected in the Sprout division for ages 2-12. The six winning acts will perform in championship at 1:30pm on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.

Sprout champions will each receive a price of $250 and will not be judged. Performers in the Senior division will be ranked and receive larger cash prizes. More than $17,000 will be awarded in the two divisions combined. This year’s contest is sponsored by Hy-Vee.

Bells ‘tweaked’ and sounding better

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The music coming from the top of the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower is noticeably better after a technician from the Verdin Company spent last Thursday adjusting the clappers on a dozen bells.

Don Van Gilder of the county engineer’s office explained the technician tightened screws on some of the clappers and measured voltages at the control panel. His adjustments included making two of the larger bells play more quietly and ending a double-strike on another bell. Continue reading Bells ‘tweaked’ and sounding better

Greene County Schools ready for a new year

School starts Aug. 23

The Greene County Schools’ youngest students won’t start their school careers at Greene County Elementary, but will instead begin at St Joseph Parish Center on N. Locust St in Jefferson.

The pre-kindergartners will eventually move to brand new classrooms at the elementary building. The addition was planned to be completed before the pre-K students’ first day of school Sept. 7, but delays have made that impossible. Continue reading Greene County Schools ready for a new year

Farmers market, concert and pep rally next Tuesday

The courthouse square in Jefferson will be a busy place for people of all ages next Tuesday, Aug. 22, with the farmers market and supper, a band concert, and a community pep rally for the fall sports season.

The farmers market will be on the east side of the courthouse from 4 to 6 pm. The season is in full swing, with a wide variety of locally grown produce, baked good, jams and jellies, custom wood pieces and more. Continue reading Farmers market, concert and pep rally next Tuesday

County moving forward on hoop building for storage

The county secondary roads department has applied for a building permit to put a hoop building on property it purchased in Scranton, county engineer Wade Weiss reported to the county supervisors Monday.

The property is located on S. Kendrick St just south of Elm St. The secondary roads crew earlier this summer finished demolition of a house that had been gutted by arson years ago and cleared out junk metal and vehicles from the property. Continue reading County moving forward on hoop building for storage

First Vision 2020 report – a microbrewery in Jefferson

The Vision 2020 project has yielded its first preliminary study on one of several ideas put at the top of the list by a steering committee – a brewery.

The report was prepared by Megan McKay of PTB Consulting. She is affiliated with Peace Tree Brewing in Des Moines.

After looking at the demographics of the county, the proximity of other breweries, and six available buildings in Jefferson, she recommended using the vacant Higgins U-Haul building at the corner of N. Wilson and Washington St as a taproom with a microbrewery license. Decades ago that building was the Jefferson city hall. Continue reading First Vision 2020 report – a microbrewery in Jefferson

Fair Foundation planning benefit auction

The fourth annual dinner and auction to raise funds for improvements at the Greene County Fairgrounds is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Clover Hall on the fairgrounds. A social hour will begin at 5 pm, with dinner at 6 pm and the auction at 7 pm.

Up for auction will be seed, chemicals, services and other agricultural and livestock supplies.  All items have been donated.  A complete auction list will be available at GreeneCountyNewsOnline shortly before the auction. Continue reading Fair Foundation planning benefit auction

Test of voting equipment Aug. 29

A public test of the voting equipment to be used in the Sept. 12 school election will take place Tuesday, Aug. 29, starting at 9 am on the third floor of the courthouse.

Testing of the OpenElect Voting Optical (OVO) scanners and OpenElect Voting Interface (OVI) machines will be done.

Public testing of the equipment is required by the Code of Iowa.

Courthouse 100 celebration set for Oct. 27

The Courthouse 100 committee invites the public to mark the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Greene County courthouse Friday, Oct. 27, with a program reminiscent of the ceremony held exactly 100 years earlier.

The committee will start the day hosting Java and Juice at 9:30 am in the rotunda. Tours of the building will be available during the day with docents at each office. Continue reading Courthouse 100 celebration set for Oct. 27

Crops struggle with continued dry weather

Most of Greene County in moderate drought

All of Iowa experienced cooler than normal temperatures with very little precipitation scattered across the state during the week ending August 13, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities for the week included applying fungicides and insecticides, hauling grain, and haying. Continue reading Crops struggle with continued dry weather

Jefferson has a new brand

Jefferson’s new logo was introduced by Jefferson Matters: Main Street program director Peg Raney at the city council meeting Tuesday.

The logo was shown as part of a branding/wayfinding proposal developed by RDG Planning and Design of Des Moines. Cost for developing the logo and writing the proposal was $10,000, with $5,000 coming from a Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant and $5,000 coming from the city’s hotel/motel tax revenues. Continue reading Jefferson has a new brand