Scranton library board seeking new member

The H. F. and Maude E. Marchant Public Library in Scranton is seeking a volunteer to serve on the library board of trustees. The library board is composed of five members who serve as a policy-making body and guide the development of Library services.

Terms on the board are three years (or less if filling a vacancy). The board meets on the second Monday of the month at 6 pm. Current library board members are Cheryl Robson, Dustin Gustoff, Bob McKnight, and Molly Ritter. Continue reading Scranton library board seeking new member

Extension slates workshop on farm succession

Farm succession is the topic of a two-night workshop hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in September.

The program is designed to provide an overview of farm succession planning. Topics will include language of estate planning, setting goals, implementing your plan, gift and estate taxes, and having “the family conversation,” along with providing resources  participants can use for future planning. Continue reading Extension slates workshop on farm succession

Construction update: Career academy, high school

Due to favorable weather conditions, work on the new high school and career academy is progressing very well, reports Greene County school superintendent Tim Christensen

Persons who drive past the site will see the exterior walls for the career academy have been set. Work is now being done to set the steel that will form the structure for the roof. Work is also being done on underground utilities that will service the career academy. In the next month concrete floors will be poured and roofing the career academy will begin. Continue reading Construction update: Career academy, high school

Iowa getting drier, corn and beans still two weeks behind

Iowa farmers continued to experience abnormally dry field conditions across most of the state during the week ending Aug. 11,according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Fieldwork activities included spraying fungicides and insecticides and harvesting hay and oats. Continue reading Iowa getting drier, corn and beans still two weeks behind

Centennial military convoy to pass through Jefferson

A convoy of historic military vehicles will pass through Jefferson Saturday, Aug. 24, on a trek marking the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army’s transcontinental route along the then-new Lincoln Highway.

The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway, managed by Prairie Rivers of Iowa, is welcoming the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) to Iowa. Continue reading Centennial military convoy to pass through Jefferson

Hot August Night is Thursday

GCNO file photo

A favorite summer event for many returns Thursday, Aug. 8, as Greene County Chamber and Tourism hosts the annual Hot August Night. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors will be on display from 4:30 to 7 pm around the downtown square.

Prizes will be awarded in each category and a Spirit Award will also be presented. There will be a $200 cash prize for the car club with the most vehicles entered in the show. Continue reading Hot August Night is Thursday

Supes get jail inspection report, discuss next step for TIF

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County jail is “very good for its age,” but there are extensive problems with the layout of the building that can’t be corrected.

That’s what the county supervisors were told Monday when Delbert Langley, a jail inspector with the Iowa Department of Inspections, reported on his annual inspection. The supervisors have heard the same the last several years. Continue reading Supes get jail inspection report, discuss next step for TIF

Forge preparing for ‘massive’ Sept. 7 opening

~by Noah Rohlfing

The Forge in Jefferson is starting to come together.

As Linc Kroeger enters the building from a back entrance, work can be heard being done on the second floor of the building, with drills whirring and hammers pounding. On the ground floor, things are quiet for the time being. Chris Deal, a Jefferson native who is part of the project, said they hope for the base construction to be done by early August. Continue reading Forge preparing for ‘massive’ Sept. 7 opening

Iowa getting drier, crops still two weeks behind

Another dry week across most of the state allowed Iowa farmers 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Aug. 4, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork activities included moving grain, spraying fungicides and insecticides, and harvesting hay and oats.

Topsoil moisture condition across Iowa was rated 5 percent very short, 26 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Areas in 41 counties throughout Iowa were rated as abnormally dry according to the Aug. 1, 2019 U.S. Drought Monitor. Topsoil moisture in west central Iowa rated 6 percent very short, 17 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Continue reading Iowa getting drier, crops still two weeks behind

Delaney, Warren campaigning here this week

Democratic presidential candidates John Delaney and Elizabeth Warren will visit Greene County this week.

John Delaney, David Weaver  | GCNO file photo

John Delaney will discuss the economics of soybeans and cover crops with farmers and interested voters Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 9 to 10 am, at the farm of David and Emily Weaver, 1769 B Ave, east of Rippey.

This will be Delaney’s third visit, with previous campaign stops in Jefferson a year ago and in Churdan in March.

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, Aug. 8, at RVP~1875 in Jefferson. Doors will open at 1:15 pm and the event will begin at 2:15. The event is free and open to the public. Admission will be first come, first served. Persons with accessibility needs are encouraged to email iowa [at] elibethwarren [dot] com with the subject line “Accessibility Needs” to accommodations can be made.

Flack gets zoning exemption for sequel event

River Farm Summer Bash- The Sequel will proceed this Saturday as planned, with the correct zoning for the event.

County zoning coordinator Chuck Wenthold granted River Farm Recreation owner Craig Flack a two-day exemption to the current agricultural zoning when the board of adjustment was unable to set a meeting date to consider Flack’s request. According to Wenthold, the zoning coordinator has that authority when the board can’t meet to respond to a time-sensitive request. Continue reading Flack gets zoning exemption for sequel event