Registration open for Greene Leadership 2020

Every three years Greene County Extension organizes an adult professional development program that builds dynamic leaders. Greene Leadership 2020 focuses on maximizing individual strengths and skills that translate to enhanced professional development and increased community involvement. Beginning March 5 for four consecutive Thursdays, this year’s workshops will cover a variety of topics. Continue reading Registration open for Greene Leadership 2020

Neese joins medical center board of trustees

Medical center board of trustees chair Jim Schleisman (left) welcomes Katherine Neese.

Katherine (Kate) Neese was sworn in as Greene County Medical Center’s newest trustee at the board of trustees meeting Jan. 23. Neese is currently filling an unexpired term, left vacant when Judy Sankot retired from the board in November 2019.

Neese lives in Grand Junction with her husband and helps manage their family-owned business, Neese Inc. She previously worked at the medical center for 22 years and is a licensed nurse. “I’m proud of this hospital,” said Neese. “I appreciate the professionalism here and the care they provide.” Continue reading Neese joins medical center board of trustees

Buttigieg, Sanders do well in Greene County, Warren not so well

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN, the last candidate to visit Greene County before the Feb. 3 caucus, was the pic of 112 of the 339 Democrats – 33 percent – of the Democrats who caucused. He and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were the only candidates to be viable in all seven of the county’s precincts. Buttigieg and Sanders came out of the caucus in first and second place. Continue reading Buttigieg, Sanders do well in Greene County, Warren not so well

Trump sweeps GOP caucus

President Donald Trump received 132 of the 133 votes cast at Greene County Republican caucuses.

William Weld received one vote in the West precinct. Votes for Trump were Central, 20; East, 20; Jefferson 1, 14; Jefferson 2, 15; Jefferson 3, 26; North, 22; and West, 15.

Supes get feedback on using TIF for GC Early Learning Center

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

Some county residents wasted no time in letting the supervisors know their thoughts on the idea of using tax increment financing (TIF) revenue for a proposed new Greene County Early Learning Center. Supervisor Mick Burkett, at the Jan. 30 regular meetings, said “We’ve all had calls about TIF.”

Board chair John Muir quoted an email from a resident: “We worry about precedents being set as large sums continue to be used in Jefferson with these funds.” Continue reading Supes get feedback on using TIF for GC Early Learning Center

Prairie Lakes AEA names new chief administrator

Dr Susie Mead

The Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency board of directors has selected Dr. Susie Meade as its next chief administrator.

The Prairie Lakes AEA board began its search for a new chief administrator after Jeff Herzberg announced his resignation effective June 2020. Herzberg, who has served as the chief administrator since 2010, plans to return to the classroom as a teacher/coach. Continue reading Prairie Lakes AEA names new chief administrator

Jeff council okays increased share of dispatch cost

The city of Jefferson will increase its share of the cost of police and emergency dispatch with the approval at the Jan. 28 council meeting of a new 28E agreement with Greene County.

The city until the current fiscal year paid a nominal fee to the county toward the cost of dispatching for the Jefferson police and fire departments. Those services are housed at the Law Enforcement Center with the dispatchers being county employees. Sheriff Jack Williams, since taking office three years ago, has worked toward bringing the city’s share more in line with the percentage of call volume for city services. County attorney Thomas Laehn and city attorney Bob Schwarzkopf formulated the agreement. Continue reading Jeff council okays increased share of dispatch cost

County may consider TIF for new Early Learning Center

Tax Increment Funding (TIF) was proposed to partially fund a new Greene County Early Learning Center at the regular meeting of the Greene County board of supervisors on Jan 27.

ELC board co-presidents Jacque Andrew and Bill Monroe, treasurer Donna Sutton, and director Cherie Cerveny updated the board on the proposed building of a new childcare facility near the present middle school and current ELC. The group had previously presented information to the board during their request for annual funding. Continue reading County may consider TIF for new Early Learning Center

Visit Rippey for the Bike Ride to Rippey Feb. 1

Rippey will welcome the 43rd BRR (Bike Ride to Rippey) event on Saturday, Feb. 1. Always weather dependent, there may be as many as 2,000 riders dressed in winter biking garb or outlandish crazy costumes.

Rippey will bring out the welcome mat for these hardy souls by offering beverages, including adult beverages, roast beef sundaes, a baked potato bar, and tempting sweets to replenish the calories burned on that northwest 12-mile trip. Non-riders are also welcomed to partake in the food and observe the frivolity. Continue reading Visit Rippey for the Bike Ride to Rippey Feb. 1

Dems tell caucus locations

Democrats across the state will gather next Monday evening for the Iowa Caucus, the first hurdle of Democratic presidential candidates for the 2020 election.

The Democratic caucus is open to everyone, but only registered Democrats will be able to participate in candidate selection and other business of the evening. Voters who are not registered as Democrats can change their voter registration at the county auditor’s office or at a caucus site on Caucus Night. First-time voter registration will also be available. Continue reading Dems tell caucus locations

County GOP tells caucus locations

Greene County Republicans will hold caucuses Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 pm.

The precinct caucuses will:
• Conduct Presidential poll
• Elect Republican residents of the precinct to the Greene County central committee
• Elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Greene County Republican convention
• Propose and vote on platform planks to send to the county convention. Continue reading County GOP tells caucus locations