New high school, regional academy proposed to Greene County board

Chris Deal said as he was making a presentation at the Greene County Schools board of education meeting Wednesday that he was “throwing this crazy idea out and seeing if it resonates.”

His “crazy” idea seems to resonate with many who have heard it. The idea – build a new high school on Highway 30 near Highway 4, and across the school parking lot build a regional academy in partnership with Iowa Central Community College. Continue reading New high school, regional academy proposed to Greene County board

Update: Highway 30 overpass at Grand Junction

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Pouring concrete on the Highway 30 overpass at Grand Junction was delayed by two weeks of rain in the area, but the job was finally done Oct. 18.

The completion of the overpass was expected to be ahead of schedule during the very dry August and September, but with the wet October DOT officials are looking at the contracted completion date of Nov. 10. Continue reading Update: Highway 30 overpass at Grand Junction

Program details told for Courthouse 100 celebration

Nearly two years of planning will culminate Friday, Oct. 27, with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Greene County courthouse. The original event, held Sunday, Oct. 27, 1917, drew dignitaries and a crowd of 10,000.

The centennial program will begin at 2 pm, like the dedication, but it won’t be two hours long, like the dedication. Continue reading Program details told for Courthouse 100 celebration

Greene County withdrawing from mental health region

Also continuing to look at county-based public health

The Greene County supervisors made decisions about mental health and public health services at their Oct. 16 meeting.

The board voted unanimously to approve a resolution to accompany a letter of intent to withdraw from the Heart of Iowa community services region, ending many months of frustration for supervisor Dawn Rudolph, who has served on the Heart of Iowa board as the county’s representative since it was organized in 2014. Continue reading Greene County withdrawing from mental health region

Meetings next week for Hometown Teams exhibit

Planning has begun for the Hometown Teams Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit in 2018. Volunteers are coming forward to prepare displays of the history of local sports and activities related to this topic.

Two committees, the local exhibition team and the program planning team, will hold specific planning meetings to get a head start and the public is invited to get involved. Continue reading Meetings next week for Hometown Teams exhibit

Jeff golf course manager provides budget info

The Jefferson Community Golf Course has been called by some a city asset and by others a city money drain since the city purchased it in 2013.

Resident Denny Lautner is one of the naysayers. He addressed the city council at its Sept. 26 meeting, asking why an income and expense schedule is never published. “Show the taxpayers how much money this golf course makes,” Lautner said. Continue reading Jeff golf course manager provides budget info

Public invited to Ram Restaurant meal/class project

The public is invited to “An Evening with Ram Restaurant” Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Greene County High School.

The Hospitality I class is planning the upscale, three-course meal as its biggest project for the trimester. Students in the class learn about different areas of the hospitality industry including food and beverage, lodging and travel. Continue reading Public invited to Ram Restaurant meal/class project

Parakeets a highlight on second grade field trip to the zoo

For 115 second graders from Greene County Elementary and Paton-Churdan, this fall’s Beta Tau Delta-sponsored trip to the Blank Park Zoo was a “tweet love affair.” Each student entered the bird cage and stood very still as parakeets landed up close and personal on feeding sticks the youngsters held out in front of them.

As an extra treat of the day, the giraffe compound, which had been under reconstruction earlier this fall, reopened in time for each student to feed the giraffes. And the students laughed as they fed goats and watched their playful antics. Continue reading Parakeets a highlight on second grade field trip to the zoo

Peoples Bandits win scavenger hunt

Jefferson Telecom presented a check for $2,314 to local law enforcement from the Shop with a Cop fundraiser held on Oct. 7.

Jefferson Telecom staff orchestrated a mobile Scavenger Hunt in downtown Jefferson to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.
Registered teams completed tasks and challenges in order to gain points to claim first prize through an online app on their smartphone. Continue reading Peoples Bandits win scavenger hunt