Community barbecue during Sept. 7 Forge grand opening

A free community barbecue will be a part of the festivities of The Forge grand opening celebration on Sept. 7. Serving for the barbecue begins at 5 pm and will continue until the food is gone. Jefferson Matters: Main Street, Greene County Development Corporation and Greene County Chamber & Tourism are involved with coordinating this important event for Jefferson and Greene County. Continue reading Community barbecue during Sept. 7 Forge grand opening

Jeff council talks about stray cats (again)

The Jefferson city council on Tuesday returned to a topic that a year ago resulted in threats of physical violence against one of its members – how to deal with unowned neighborhood cats, or feral cats as some people call them.

The discussion was sparked by an incident last Friday in which a resident on Rushview Drive, which is south of the elementary school, was bitten by a stray cat. The cat was not microchipped and was not wearing a collar. The cat was euthanized and taken to the Iowa State University veterinary college for rabies testing. The cat tested negative for rabies. Continue reading Jeff council talks about stray cats (again)

Supervisors see draft of social host ordinance

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The safety of residents in Greene County was discussed at the regular meeting of the Greene County board of supervisors on Aug. 26. County attorney Thomas Laehn presented the draft of an ordinance “regarding the provision of alcoholic beverages, prescription drugs, and controlled substances to persons under the age of 21 within Greene County, Iowa.” Continue reading Supervisors see draft of social host ordinance

Enhancing historical markers around the county

Topic of Historical Society program Sept. 6

~by Chuck Offenburger for the Greene County Historical Society

The Greene County Historical Society will meet Friday, Sept. 6, at historic St. Patrick Catholic Church, located about five miles west of Churdan.

Dale Hanaman of Rippey, the former Historical Society president, and Roger Aegerter of Jefferson, the group’s executive director, have been working on new enhancements for 21 of the historical markers long ago placed around the county. They will give a report on their work. Continue reading Enhancing historical markers around the county

Revenue Purpose Statement vote, Sept. 10

~by Tim Christensen, Greene County Schools superintendent

In the spring of 2019, the Iowa Legislature passed and Governor Reynolds signed the extension of the ‘Secure an Advanced Vision for Education” (SAVE) Fund (HF546). This SAVE extension will not be a new tax, but will simply extend the current “One Cent” sales tax that we pay on goods and services. The original fund was set to expire in 2029. The new legislation that passed will extend SAVE through 2050. Continue reading Revenue Purpose Statement vote, Sept. 10

Scranton residents ask council to allow ATVs, UTVs on streets

First it was golf carts. Now the Scranton city council has been asked by local residents for an amendment to the ordinances to allow ATVs and UTVs on the streets of the city. The request was made during the open forum of the council’s Aug. 13 meeting.

It was just a couple years ago that the council approved allowing golf carts on the streets. The ordinance restricts the streets and requires safety equipment on the carts in order to be more visible to vehicular traffic. Continue reading Scranton residents ask council to allow ATVs, UTVs on streets

DNR wants comments on future of Springbrook State Park

Open house Sept. 9 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, State Parks Bureau, is hosting an open house to collect comments on future planning and improvements at Springbrook State Park.

The open house is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 7 pm  at the Mary Barnett Memorial Library, 400 Grand Street in Guthrie Center. Continue reading DNR wants comments on future of Springbrook State Park

Cool weather slowing crop development

Rain across most of Iowa improved dry soil conditions during the week ending Aug. 25,  according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Reporters throughout the state mentioned the need for warmer weather as cooler than normal temperatures have slowed crop development. Fieldwork activities included spraying fungicides and insecticides on late planted crops and harvesting hay. Continue reading Cool weather slowing crop development

School construction still under budget, still two weeks behind

The Greene County Schools board at its Aug. 21 meeting approved a second change order on the general construction of the career academy and new high school. The change order added $49,278 to the cost of the project, but the total project cost, as of Aug. 19, is still $460,000 less than expected.

The board earlier this summer approved a change order that reduced the cost $509,200 due to less over excavation being needed than expected. Continue reading School construction still under budget, still two weeks behind

Trash carts to be delivered this week

Jefferson residents will find new blue trash carts on their property some time this week, but the carts should remain unused for another week.

A crew from Elliot Equipment will be in Jefferson this week to assemble and deliver more than 1,600 Shaefer trash carts. The trash carts belong to the city and will be stamped with a serial number. Each serial number will be recorded with its corresponding address. Continue reading Trash carts to be delivered this week

Hardin Creek fish kill included minnows and 30-pound flatheads

The extent of the fish kill in Hardin Creek is becoming more apparent.

According to Greene County conservation director Dan Towers, the kill involves 10 stream miles as the creek meanders through farm and pasture ground. As reported, the kill started near the bridge on Highway 4 north of Jefferson and continues almost to where the stream enters the Raccoon River. Continue reading Hardin Creek fish kill included minnows and 30-pound flatheads