Deal’s Orchard to host PFI field day

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Chris and Tracy Deal and their family will host a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day Thursday, Sept. 13, from 9 am to noon at Deal’s Orchard.

Deal’s Orchard is a fourth-generation apple orchard near Jefferson operated by Chris and Tracy Deal, Benji Deal, and their parents Jerald and Cindy Deal. The first apple trees were planted at Deal’s Orchard in 1917.

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House candidate Weaver plans two Greene County events

David Weaver

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David Weaver, Democratic candidate for Iowa House District 47, has planned a pair of meet-and-greet events next week.

Weaver will meet with current and retired educators Thursday, Sept. 13, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Greene County Welcome Center and Thomas Jefferson Gardens at 201 E. Lincoln Way in Jefferson. Continue reading House candidate Weaver plans two Greene County events

Criminal justice process topic of info session

The criminal justice system and its processes is the topic of an informational panel discussion slated for Thursday, Sept. 6, on the second floor of the Jefferson municipal building.

The event is coordinated by the Greene County Coalition Against Domestic Violence to educate the public on the criminal justice process. The coalition has determined there are misunderstandings of how the legal system works. The goal is to shed light on the steps in the criminal justice system, the roles of each component in the system, and who fills those roles. Continue reading Criminal justice process topic of info session

Little time to ‘make hay’ as rain slows farmers

Widespread rainfall meant Iowa farmers had just 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sept. 2, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Activities for the week included cutting hay, chopping corn silage, and moving grain.

Topsoil moisture levels across Iowa rated 4 percent very short, 6 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 21 percent surplus. Levels in west central Iowa rated 2 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 26 percent surplus. Continue reading Little time to ‘make hay’ as rain slows farmers

Reynolds, Ag Sec Perdue host ag roundtable at Landus Cooperative

Area farmers participate in discussion on trade, RFS and more

Farmer-members of Landus Cooperative on Thursday posed questions to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue in a roundtable hosted by Governor Kim Reynolds held at the cooperative’s Ames headquarters.

Perdue was joined by Reynolds as well as Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg; Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Mike Naig; and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Julie Kenney. Continue reading Reynolds, Ag Sec Perdue host ag roundtable at Landus Cooperative

Candidates told for county posts in Nov. 6 election

The last deadline for filing nomination papers for the Nov. 6 general election has passed.

Persons who will be listed on the ballot for county partisan offices are:
• District 2 supervisor – Republican Dawn Rudolph, Democrat Patti Naylor
• District 3 supervisor – Republican Tom Contner, Democrat Melissa Frederick
• County attorney – Libertarian Thomas Laehn
• County recorder – Democrat Marcia Tasler
• County treasurer – Republican Katlynn Gannon-Mechaelsen, Democrat Donna Lawson  Continue reading Candidates told for county posts in Nov. 6 election

Jeff council warned of potential lawsuit

Also hears impact of RAGBRAI® visit

Retired Greene County businessman Dick Finch put Jefferson city council members on notice that if they approve a building permit for construction west of Wild Rose Casino that drains onto property he owns nearby, he’ll sue the city.

Finch spoke during the open forum portion of the council’s regular meeting Aug. 28. He was referring to a request made at the previous meeting by Tom Timmons, president of Wild Rose Casino, that the city build a frontage road to allow more commercial development west of the casino. Developers Bob Drees and Vaughn Bauer own property there and would like to build a truck stop. Continue reading Jeff council warned of potential lawsuit

School will use local banks as depository for bond sale proceeds

The Greene County Schools board of education met in special session early Wednesday morning to finalize more details of the issuance of general obligation bonds for construction of the new high school.

The board reviewed documents prepared by Ahlers & Cooney law firm, and the approved a resolution to appoint Bankers Trust Company of Des Moines as the paying agent, bond registrar and transfer agent (appointed by the bond issuer to perform services on the issuer’s behalf). Continue reading School will use local banks as depository for bond sale proceeds

Iowa State carillonneur to perform on Mahanay carillon Saturday

Dr Tin-Shi Tam, university carillonneur at Iowa State University

A special carillon concert to conclude the Tower Tunes Live summer series will be performed Saturday, Sept. 1, at 11 am by Iowa State University carilloneur Dr Tin-Shi Tam and five of her students.

When the Mahanay Memorial Carillon was expanded to 47 bells from 14 in May of 2017, the Bell Tower Community Foundation hoped to host professional carilloneurs. Continue reading Iowa State carillonneur to perform on Mahanay carillon Saturday

County supes conduct no business but hear several reports

The Greene County supervisors had no business listed on the agenda for the regular meeting Monday but heard updates from county staff and reports of meetings attended.

Supervisor Pete Bardole reported attending the first meeting of the city of Jefferson’s comprehensive planning committee, the Greene County Chamber and Tourism board meeting, a meeting of Bell Tower Festival committee chairs to begin thinking of the 2019 festival, and a meeting of the Bell Tower Community Foundation. Continue reading County supes conduct no business but hear several reports