Dan Benitz
Staff report Saying he hopes his replacement “will ask questions for the betterment of the community,” Councilman Dan Benitz has resigned from the Jefferson city council, six months after he was elected. Benitz submitted a letter dated May 18 informing the city of his decision to step aside effective immediately.
Wild Rose Jefferson recently placed third in the annual People’s Choice Awards held by the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. JEFF STORJOHANN | JEFFERSON HERALD
Special to The Jefferson Herald Wild Rose Casino and Resort placed third in the second annual American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter, People’s Choice Awards.
Tyson Ruth
By JARED STRONGj.strong@carrollspaper.com The 36-year-old Jefferson man who allegedly plotted to shoot and kill police officers has been charged with five crimes in federal court, each of which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
“It needs to become part of the community again,” Peg Semke says of Pleasant Hill Church, built in 1881 near Squirrel Hollow Park. Pleasant Hill will get a new lease on life May 27-28 when Pleasant Hill Memorial Inc. and the Greene County Historical Society partner to host plein air artists and a service Memorial Day weekend. The churchyard will be open to picnickers. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
By ANDREW MCGINNa.mcginn@beeherald.com It’s one of the few surviving examples of a “church in the wildwood,” like in the hymn, at a time when Wildwood sounds like it could be the name of a new housing development in Waukee.
A front corner of the Grand Junction Public Library was struck Friday by a runaway tractor. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
By ANDREW MCGINNa.mcginn@beeherald.com GRAND JUNCTION — Barely a month into her tenure as Grand Junction’s new mayor, Teresa Lansman was tested Friday with her first crisis.
Tom Polking (left), president of the Thomas Jefferson Gardens board, shakes on a lease agreement for the Thomas Jefferson Gardens Education and Welcome Center with Ora Stevens, president of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
By ANDREW MCGINNa.mcginn@beeherald.com It will be called the Thomas Jefferson Gardens Education and Welcome Center. The journey it took to completion was only slightly less dramatic than the American Revolution.
Dan Benitz
Wild Rose Jefferson recently placed third in the annual People’s Choice Awards held by the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. JEFF STORJOHANN | JEFFERSON HERALD
Tyson Ruth
“It needs to become part of the community again,” Peg Semke says of Pleasant Hill Church, built in 1881 near Squirrel Hollow Park. Pleasant Hill will get a new lease on life May 27-28 when Pleasant Hill Memorial Inc. and the Greene County Historical Society partner to host plein air artists and a service Memorial Day weekend. The churchyard will be open to picnickers. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
A front corner of the Grand Junction Public Library was struck Friday by a runaway tractor. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
Tom Polking (left), president of the Thomas Jefferson Gardens board, shakes on a lease agreement for the Thomas Jefferson Gardens Education and Welcome Center with Ora Stevens, president of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Greene County track and field sent six boys' and girls' events to the 2017 state track and field meet May 18-20 in Des Moines. Here are some images from the weekend. 

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Floyd Kenney passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at home in Fresno, Calif. at the age of 93, following a short illness. Family and friends surrounded him.

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