Food, craft vendors told for Scranton Sesqui

All are invited to graze through the day at Scranton Sesqui Saturday, June 29.

Food vendors will provide a wide variety of items including leg of lamb, lamb burgers, egg rolls, sliders, chicken & rice, Highland Philly cheesesteak, hamburgers, pulled pork, bacon mac & cheese, brisket, burnt ends, pulled chicken, pulled pork, corn on the cob, nachos, gyros, hot dogs, mini donuts, pretzels, slushies and ice cream. Jams, jellies, pies, cookies, juice and jerky will also be available for purchase. Continue reading Food, craft vendors told for Scranton Sesqui

Farmers take advantage of drier weather

Iowa farmers finally got the dryer weather they were looking for with 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending June 9, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is the first time this season farmers had more than 5.0 days suitable for field work. This allowed farmers to plant corn and soybeans, cut hay, and spray fields with nitrogen.
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School construction update

Site work at the new Greene County High School and Career Academy is proceeding more easily this week with drier weather.

Preparing the site includes creating a storm water retention area on the southwest corner of the school site. Meanwhile, vocational ag students have planted corn on 22 acres that won’t be used until funds are available for an athletic complex.

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Absentee voting open for Jeff special election.

Absentee voting is now open for the Jefferson special election slated for June 25.

Ballots are available in the county auditor’s office at the courthouse from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Amelia Carman, Darren Jackson, Michael A. Mentzer and Mark Wright are running to fill a vacant council seat.

The winner of the special election will serve until Dec. 31, 2021, the expiration of former council member Teeples’ term.

Winners told in Bell Tower Festival competitions

The 40th Bell Tower Festival included several friendly competitions.

Young performers took advantage of an opportunity to be on stage and compete for a chance to be on the Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair. Performers came from Jefferson, Cherokee, Gowrie, Harlan, Urbandale and Bayard.

Winning in the Sprout division for ages 2-12 was 10-year-old vocalist/pianist Norah Otis of Urbandale. Brooklyn Miller, 11, of Gowrie placed second with an acro dance solo, and Kaycee Pittman, 11, of Jefferson placed third with a lyrical acro dance. Continue reading Winners told in Bell Tower Festival competitions

Bell Tower of Fame Award to pharmacy entrepreneur Charlie Porter

2019 Bell Tower of Fame Award recipient Charlie Porter and Carole Custer, award chair

The 40th Bell Tower Festival opened Friday evening with the presentation of Bell Tower of Fame Award to Charlie Porter, a native of Jefferson and one of the founders of Medicap Pharmacies.

This isn’t the first time Porter has been lauded in his hometown. Porter, a 1965 Jefferson Community High School graduate, was homecoming king and king of the Charity Ball. Porter was MVP, honorary captain and Hustler of the Year for the Ram basketball team his senior season. Continue reading Bell Tower of Fame Award to pharmacy entrepreneur Charlie Porter

High-powered delegation in Jeff to announce rural scholarship program

~by Noah Rohlfing for The Scranton Journal

A “Silicon Prairie” in Iowa might not be a crazy thought anymore.

At least, that’s the hope of a group of investors and collaborators who debuted a high school development scholarship geared towards the training of students in future high-demand technological fields at a press conference in the rotunda of the Greene County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading High-powered delegation in Jeff to announce rural scholarship program

Bell Tower Festival, ‘Retro with a Twist’

The 40th Bell Tower Festival this weekend is themed “Retro with a Twist” for good reason. The festival has been planned not by Greene County Chamber and Tourism, but by a committee of volunteers headed by Pete Russell. Starting with nothing but good ideas, the committee solicited donations for start-up funds, hoping the 2019 festival will be profitable and provide funding for a 2020 festival. Continue reading Bell Tower Festival, ‘Retro with a Twist’