City on the rise: Engravings of Jefferson made the London Illustrated News in 1869 after Canadian astronomers trekked to town to witness a total solar eclipse. The mosquitoes that summer welcomed them with open arms.
By MIKKI SCHWARZKOPF Special to The Jefferson Herald Jefferson hosted three astronomers from the University of Toronto way back in 1869, when the county was mostly prairie and the new railroad stopped here. The astronomers’ later report was surprisingly eye-opening and, well, funny.
By JARED STRONGj.strong@carrollspaper.com
By MATTHEW REZABm.rezab@beeherald.com Jefferson City Clerk Diane Kennedy told the city council Tuesday the total city tax levy for fiscal-year 2018 will be $15.15 per $1,000 in valuation — down $0.07 from 2017.
Debris covers the floor of Pizza Ranch in Jefferson the morning of Jan. 27, 2016, following an overnight fire ruled to be arson. One year later, the building remains shuttered. A plea deal in December allowed business owner Robert Schultz (top), of Ankeny, who was deeply in debt at the time of the fire, to receive a suspended prison sentence and probation. He had faced a felony arson charge punishable by up to 25 years in prison. HERALD FILE PHOTO
By MATTHEW REZABm.rezab@beeherald.com The call came in just after midnight on Jan. 27, 2016. The Pizza Ranch in downtown Jefferson was going up in smoke.
By BRANDON HURLEY Sports Editor  sports@beeherald.com @BrandonJHurley  
Deb Geisler
Staff report DES MOINES — The Jefferson Herald’s coverage of agriculture and education was named best in the state in its newspaper class Friday by the Iowa Newspaper Association, and veteran Bee and Herald ad manager Deb Geisler was honored with the INA’s Distinguished Service Award.
City on the rise: Engravings of Jefferson made the London Illustrated News in 1869 after Canadian astronomers trekked to town to witness a total solar eclipse. The mosquitoes that summer welcomed them with open arms.
Debris covers the floor of Pizza Ranch in Jefferson the morning of Jan. 27, 2016, following an overnight fire ruled to be arson. One year later, the building remains shuttered. A plea deal in December allowed business owner Robert Schultz (top), of Ankeny, who was deeply in debt at the time of the fire, to receive a suspended prison sentence and probation. He had faced a felony arson charge punishable by up to 25 years in prison. HERALD FILE PHOTO
Deb Geisler

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Catherine H. “Katie” McCartney, 88, of Madrid, Iowa and former long-time Bagley, Iowa resident, died Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Madrid Home in Madrid, Iowa.

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