Hairball booked for RAGBRAI’s Jefferson stop

It’s official – Hairball will add its “Rock & Roll experience” to what Greene County offers when RAGBRAI overnights in Jefferson July 23.

Aaron Harn, chair of the local RAGBRAI entertainment committee, has confirmed that Hairball will perform that evening at the beer tent. The beer tent will most likely be located in the 100 block of E. State St as it was when Jefferson hosted RAGBRAI 10 years ago. Continue reading Hairball booked for RAGBRAI’s Jefferson stop

HS concert rescheduled for Tuesday

The Greene County High School concert postponed due to weather last week has been rescheduled for this Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium.

The concert band, treble choir, concert choir and jazz choir will perform in the ’80s themed concert.

All are invited. There is no admission charge.

County hires firm for first step toward urban renewal

Supervisors say they haven’t yet decided to use tax increment financing

The Greene County supervisors on Thursday voted to hire a law firm for urban renewal and economic development planning, a preliminary step toward using tax increment financing.

The supervisors voted 4-1 to hire Ahlers and Cooney, the more conservative of the two firms they talked with as they learned about urban renewal and TIF. Continue reading County hires firm for first step toward urban renewal

Petitions circulated to set school bond referendum

Cost pegged at close to $21.5 million

Organizers working toward building a new Greene County High School with an adjacent career academy on Tuesday began circulating the necessary petition to call for an election on April 3.

A bond referendum will ask for approval of an amount not to exceed $21,480,000 to build a new high school that includes a competition gym and performing arts center; to build a regional career academy; and to remodel the current high school to house grades 5-8 and administrative offices. Continue reading Petitions circulated to set school bond referendum

Iowa Central bond passes

The $25.5 million bond referendum for improvements at Iowa Central Community College was approved in Greene County, with 243 “yes” votes (60.90 percent) and 156 “no” votes (39.1 percent).

The Fort Dodge Messenger has reported the referendum was approved by 67.5 percent of voters in the 9-county Iowa Central service area.

The referendum required a 60 percent super majority for approval.


Supervisors to decide about use of TIF on Thursday

The Greene County supervisors expect on Thursday to make what may be one of the most consequential decisions for the county in decades.

The board agenda for the Feb. 8 meeting includes discussion and a decision on whether to proceed with using the 120-plus wind turbines built by MidAmerican Energy in the eastern part of the county for the basis of tax increment financing (TIF). Continue reading Supervisors to decide about use of TIF on Thursday

Drivers named in Highway 30 crash

photo courtesy of Marilyn Tilley

Updated 4:50 pm – 

Names have been released in the three-vehicle accident that closed Highway 30 east of Jefferson for about five hours earlier today.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Travis Davis, 37, of Wayland was southbound on County Road P-33 (S Ave) driving a 2018 Wilson 402H owned by Travis Davis Trucking. He was hauling hogs.  Jeffrey Mercer, 43, of Osceola was  westbound on Highway 30 approaching P-33, driving a 2000 Kenworth tanker truck hauling diesel fuel.  Continue reading Drivers named in Highway 30 crash