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

Highway 30 overpass on schedule

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The Highway 30 overpass at Grand Junction is on schedule to be completed by Nov. 10, according to Jenny Hoskins, Iowa Department of Transportation resident construction engineer in Jefferson.

Godbersen-Smith Construction of Ida Grove is general contractor for the project. The company missed the April 3 start date for the overpass as the same crews were also working on the bridge over the Raccoon River on County Road N-65 for Greene County. There was concern at that time the overpass wouldn’t be complete until winter. Continue reading Highway 30 overpass on schedule

Jeff council discusses railroad quiet zones, animal shelter

The Jefferson city council meeting Aug. 8 was a showcase for grassroots politics as council members responded to residents’ concerns during the open forum. The quest for railroad quiet zones was revived at the insistence of one resident, and the council received a petition calling asking the council to make a new animal shelter a priority. Continue reading Jeff council discusses railroad quiet zones, animal shelter

P-C school election to have write-in candidate

Paton-Churdan voters will fill a seat on the board of education with a write-in candidate in the Sept. 12 school election.

Mitch Stream and Dennis Tilley, both of whom were previously appointed to the school board, are running for election to four year  terms. Eric Happe was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Steve Burrell resigned. The appointment was only until the next school election. Happe is now on the ballot to continue in that seat, which expires in 2019. Continue reading P-C school election to have write-in candidate

County conservation comes out even on recent expense, unexpected income

County conservation director Dan Towers reported bad news and good news to the county supervisors Monday.

Towers reported that the north side of a fishing riffle at McMahon Access was damaged  by high water in December 2015. The public access is on the south side, but the damage has made the riffle ineffective and there has been little fishing there since. Continue reading County conservation comes out even on recent expense, unexpected income

Temperatures, precip well below normal last week

All of Iowa experienced cooler than normal temperatures and most of the state received below normal precipitation during the week ending August 6, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities for the week included applying fungicides and insecticides, hauling grain, and haying. Continue reading Temperatures, precip well below normal last week

Plan ahead, driver’s license station closed

The driver’s license station at the Greene County treasurer’s office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11-12; Monday, Aug. 14; and Thursday, Aug. 17.

The treasurer’s office will be open for all other business.

Fire destroys older Jefferson home

A JPD officer (right) illuminates the scene as firefighters work on the east side of the house. | GCNO photo

The state fire marshal has been called to investigate a fire that destroyed a Jefferson house Thursday night.

Jefferson police officers were the first to arrive at 203 S. Oak St. The east (back) side of the house was fully engulfed in flames. Jefferson firefighters responded and extinguished the fire. Greene County Emergency Medical Services, Greene County sheriff’s deputies and Iowa State patrolmen assisted at the scene. Continue reading Fire destroys older Jefferson home