Sign up for youth baseball/softball ends March 8

The Greene County Youth Athletic Association (GCYAA) board reminds parents that registrations for youth baseball and softball will close March 8. Online registration is available at www.gcyaa.org. Parents can create a profile and enter information only once; information will be saved for future registrations.

Registration fees are $40 per play with a $10 discount for each additional ball player in a family. Age ranges are: T-ball, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten; minor league, grades 1-2; American League, grades 3-4; and Major League, grades 5-6. Continue reading Sign up for youth baseball/softball ends March 8

Northeast Jefferson residents wake up to boil advisory

The Jefferson water department worked through the night repairing a broken water main in the northeast residential area of the city. Some residents are in a boil advisory  Saturday morning.

According to public works director Dave Morlan, water superintendent Tom Schilling  learned at 3:40 Friday afternoon of a water main break on N. Cedar St just north of Perry St. A city crew responded immediately. Continue reading Northeast Jefferson residents wake up to boil advisory

Meet your Legislators slated for Saturday

Representative Phillip Thompson and Senator Jerry Behn will meet with constituents and share information of the current legislative session Saturday, March 2, at 11 am at the Welcome Center at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens in Jefferson.

The Iowa legislative session is at the half way mark, and both Thompson and Behn will make comments and answer questions from constituents. Continue reading Meet your Legislators slated for Saturday

Jeff mayor wants pay raises for himself, council members

Two weeks after seeing the 2019-20 budget proposal with no excess revenue, Jefferson mayor Craig Berry suggested pay raises for himself and city council members.

The mayor currently receives $2,400 per year in compensation. City council members received $30 for each regular or special council meeting they attend, not to exceed $1,000 per year. (There are 11 regular meetings per year.) The mayor and city council members do not receive city employee benefits. Continue reading Jeff mayor wants pay raises for himself, council members

Supervisors okay 99th hog CAFO in the county

Also agree to pass a resolution to review the master matrix

The Greene County board of supervisors will recommend the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approve the construction permit for the 99th hog CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) in the county. That decision came Monday after a 45-minute public hearing on Bardole Finisher, a 4,999-head, two-unit CAFO proposed to be built in Section 5 of Washington Township west of Rippey. Continue reading Supervisors okay 99th hog CAFO in the county

Historic buildings don’t scare Nick Sorensen

Historical Society program Sunday afternoon, March 10

~by Chuck Offenburger for the Greene County Historical Society

The phone calls and even visits from leaders of other small towns across Iowa come often now for officials of the city government and the Jefferson Matters: Main Street program. They want to know how Jefferson is successfully saving and redeveloping the 100-plus-year-old buildings around its courthouse square. Continue reading Historic buildings don’t scare Nick Sorensen

Jefferson Matters: Main Street updates city council

Editor’s note – The name of Tony Sims’ business has been corrected to Middle of Nowhere Studio.

Members of the Jefferson Matters: Main Street board previewed what’s to come when they provided their quarterly update to the Jefferson city council Tuesday.

Jefferson residents are asked to get accustomed to new names, some of which are old, for some downtown buildings. The Jefferson Matters design committee has taken it upon itself to change the names of buildings where design work is being done. Continue reading Jefferson Matters: Main Street updates city council

Township budget hearings

Townships will hold public hearings on their FY19 budgets as follows:

Bristol – Monday, March 4, at 1 pm in the boardroom at the courthouse. Clerk Justin Durlam.

Kendrick -Tuesday, March 5, at 9 am in the boardroom at the courthouse. Clerk Doris White.

Franklin – Tuesday, March 5, at 10 am in the boardroom at the courthouse. Clerk Carla Offenburger.

Eumenical worship, soup supper slated for March 10

Persons of all faith denominations are invited to gather for an ecumenical Lent worship service Sunday, March 10, at Central Christian Church, 108 N. Elm, in Jefferson.

The worship service will begin at 6:30 pm with Pastor Bobby Palmer preaching. An offering will be taken for renovations at the new Action Resource Center (ARC) food pantry. The Greene County Clergy Association has set $15,000 as the goal for the offering. Continue reading Eumenical worship, soup supper slated for March 10

School calendar adjusted to make up missed school

Greene County school superintendent Tim Christensen said Tuesday that Monday’s snow day will be “made up” by eliminating the early dismissals on April 24, May 1, and May 8. The early-outs for May 15 and May 22 have already been taken off the calendar to make up other time missed from school.

Schools must have 1,080 hours of instruction to meet Iowa Department of Education requirements.