Winner told in Ring Out for Art contest

‘Embrace Change’ by Jolene Peters

“Embrace Change”

Jolene Peters repeated as first place winner in the people’s choice voting in the third annual Ring Out for Art sculpture contest held as part of the Bell Tower Festival.
Peters received $2,000 from contest sponsor Home State Bank for her colorful sculpture, “Embrace Change.” Last year, “We Are Greene County,” which Peters and Shane Olson created together, was awarded first place. Continue reading Winner told in Ring Out for Art contest

Update on wayfinding, city-owned buildings, E. entryway

New wayfinding signs will be in place before RAGBRAI® comes to Jefferson July 23, city administrator Mike Palmer told the county supervisors in his quarterly update Monday. The signs will be on break-away posts set in a 2’ X 5’ caisson. Prison Industries is working on the signs now.

Signs have been taken down from the former Pizza Ranch building after the Pizza Ranch corporation said another franchisee would not be coming to Jefferson. The city is in the process of hiring a contractor to remove the decorative front to expose the original storefronts. Palmer said the inside still smells of smoke “but it’s not too bad.” Continue reading Update on wayfinding, city-owned buildings, E. entryway

Delinquent tax sale slated for Monday

County treasurer Donna Lawson and her staff will hold the annual county tax sale Monday, June 18, at 9 am in the board room at the courthouse.

This year’s tax sale will take place without the worry of the 2017 sale. As of late Tuesday, there were 114 parcels listed on the sale with a total of just more than $54,400 in unpaid taxes. Taxes on 30 parcels have been paid since the legal notice of the sale was published a week ago. Continue reading Delinquent tax sale slated for Monday

Corn, soybeans doing well

While hot and dry conditions allowed many farmers to get caught up on fieldwork, others could do nothing but watch it rain during the week ending June 10, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities for the week included hay harvest, wrapping up planting for the year and post-emergent weed and fertilizer applications. Continue reading Corn, soybeans doing well

Plan ahead – driver’s license station closed next week

The driver’s license station at the Greene County treasurer’s office will be closed the week of June 18-22. It will re-open Monday, June 25. The treasurer’s office will be open for all other functions.

Also, the treasurer’s office will close at 4 pm on Friday, June 29, for the annual cash count at the end of the fiscal year.

38th annual Bell Tower Festival under way


Terry Ric

The 38th annual Bell Tower Festival opened Friday evening in Jefferson, with Terry Rich, 1970 Jefferson High School graduate and now president and CEO of the Iowa Lottery, receiving the Bell Tower of Fame Award.

The festival’s opening ceremony began with Wendy Vander Linden playing the National Anthem on the Mahanay Memorial Carillon. Greene County Chamber and Tourism president Mike Holden was emcee, and festival steering committee chair Emily Neese spoke briefly.

Carole Custer presented the Bell Tower of Fame Award. She noted Rich’s Greene County roots and his work for the Blank Park Zoo and the Iowa Lottery. He is an entrepreneur and author, having published “Dare to Dream, Dare to Act” two years ago. Continue reading 38th annual Bell Tower Festival under way

Supervisors nix ‘Beer Fest Across Greene County’

RAGBRAI® riders will find no roadside “watering holes” in Greene County. The county supervisors on Monday denied a temporary class B permit for Backpocket Brewing. The company wanted to open a beer tent July 23 on Highway 25 five miles south of Scranton.
The supervisors’ reasoning involved public safety. “You’ve got free enterprise, but you also have to look out for safety,” supervisor Pete Bardole said. “Law enforcement is going to be stretched thin that day.” Continue reading Supervisors nix ‘Beer Fest Across Greene County’

Impact Award to Chuck and Carla Offenburger


Carla Offenburger, Jerry Roberts, Chuck Offenburger

Chuck and Carla Offenburger were presented with the Greene County Impact Award Sunday at a ceremony in the courthouse rotunda. About 30 friends and relatives attended the afternoon event.

Jerry Roberts served as emcee. The Offenburgers have lived in Greene County 14 years; they’re the ninth recipient of the award. “We’re so blessed to have so many people who participate on a countywide basis,” Roberts said. The award is given to a person or group whose service has benefited not just one community, but all of Greene County. Continue reading Impact Award to Chuck and Carla Offenburger