Allen, Byerly honored for valor

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County board of supervisors presented certificates of valor to deputy Shane Allen and Churdan firefighter Nate Byerly at the regular meeting on Oct 28.

Board chair John Muir and sheriff Jack Williams recognized Allen and Byerly for rescuing a motorist whose vehicle had gone off the road into swollen Buttrick Creek on Oct 10. The two swam to the vehicle and pulled the driver from the swirling, cold water, saving her life at significant risk to themselves.

Pictured are (from left) county sheriff Jack Williams, deputy Shane Allen, Churdan firefighter Nate Byerly, and board chair John Muir | photo by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnlne

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City, school election Tuesday

Polls open 7 am – 8 pm in seven precincts

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to cast ballots in the City and School elections. The polls will be open  from 7 am until 8 pm in seven locations around the county.

Absentee ballots can be voted at the Greene County auditor’s office now during regular office hours: 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday through Monday, Nov. 4. Continue reading City, school election Tuesday

Nativity displays needed for upcoming festival

Save the date – December 8

Area residents displayed their nativity sets. | GCNO file photo

At some point in childhood, many kids don a blue shawl or fake beard and act out the nativity scene in front of doting parents and grandparents. Whether performed by children, set up as little figurines in a home or installed as a life-size tableau in front of a church, these scenes are a staple of the Christmas holidays. Continue reading Nativity displays needed for upcoming festival

Rotary to host candidate forum Oct. 29

The Rotary Club of Jefferson will host a public forum Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Greene County elementary cafeteria for candidates in the Nov. 5 school and city election.

Greene County school board candidates Randy Lebeck, Steve Fisher and John McConnell, Jefferson city council candidates Sean Sebourn, Matt Wetrich and David Sloan, and Jefferson mayor candidates Matt Gordon and Craig Berry all plan to attend. Rick Morain will serve as moderator. Continue reading Rotary to host candidate forum Oct. 29

Jeff council hears updates on many things

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Jefferson city council met Tuesday, Oct 22, and heard updates on automated trash pick-up, recycling, and the animal shelter.

Public works director Dave Morlan reported the automated trash pick-up system has proven to be more efficient according to time and tonnage studies, so Wednesday and Thursday routes are being combined starting Nov 1. The current Thursday route will be picked up on Wednesdays. Continue reading Jeff council hears updates on many things

The Varceis Club and other great women’s clubs

Greene County Historical Society meets Nov. 1 at Scranton

~by Chuck Offenburger for the Historical Society

The Greene County Historical Society will dip into some real rural Iowa culture in its meeting and program on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Scranton United Methodist Church.

Journalist Chuck Offenburger of rural Cooper will share some details from a column he has written about the history and current status of women’s clubs in Greene County. Then he will introduce a skit by members of the almost-legendary “Varceis Club” of Scranton, who’ll act out some of the 70 years of club history. Continue reading The Varceis Club and other great women’s clubs

World Polio Day, Oct. 24

Rotary Clubs around the world are marking Oct. 24 as World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. Great progress against the disease has been made since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And Rotarians remain committed to the end. Continue reading World Polio Day, Oct. 24

Grand Junction wraps up sesqui celebration

 Cookout, history program, time capsule ceremony, Trunk-or-Treat slated for Saturday

Grand Junction will wrap up its 2019 Sesquicentennial festivities this weekend with a time capsule ceremony, historical presentation and community cookout on Main Street from 3-5 pm.
Set up for the town’s annual Halloween Trunk or Treat will follow on Main Street at 5 p.m. with “trunk or treating” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Grand Junction Fire and Rescue will host its popular Halloween Safe House at the fire station during Trunk or Treat. Continue reading Grand Junction wraps up sesqui celebration

Progress in Jefferson may help county’s bond rating

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County board of supervisors heard a glowing report from Ken Paxton, Greene County Chamber and Development, on the county’s premier national status in the rural technology revolution at its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 21.

Paxton reported Greene County is “Ground Zero in the US for rural technology.” Across the country, large computer firms are wanting to move out of large population areas to find and develop technology talent in rural areas. The Forge, located in Jefferson, is a prototype for how this can be done, according to Paxton. Continue reading Progress in Jefferson may help county’s bond rating

City reduces trash pick-up to three days

The implementation of automated trash collection has allowed the city of Jefferson to consolidate trash and curbside recylcing pick-up into three days.

Beginning Oct. 30 – next Wednesday – residents in the northeast section of Jefferson will have their trash collection day moved from Thursdays to Wednesdays. The usual Wednesday route will still be serviced on Wednesday as well. With the change, all residents north of Lincoln Way  will have their residential garbage and recycling pickup up on Wednesday.

Residents are reminded to have their trash containers and recycle bins  curbside by 6 am.