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The Raccoon River Valley Trail Association will host a one day workshop on tourism and economic development along the trail Saturday, February 17. Read more »


The Greene County Community Foundation (GCCF) has received a $67,250 state award for countywide grantmaking and endowment building. The payment is a result of state legislation passed in 2004. That act requires that 25 percent ($16,850) of the award be placed in the community foundation's permanent endowment. The Greene County Community Foundation has been organized since Jan. 31, 2005, and its board comprises more than 30 members from throughout the county. Read more »


The year-old philanthropic organization, Empowering Adair County Foundation, has been the financial boost for 23 county projects. All Adair County communities have benefited from the grant program, according to Diane Weiland from Adair County Extension. Read more »


The 56-mile Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT) is one of 36 trails across the U.S. that have been added this year to the roster of "National Recreation Trails" recognized by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Read more »


West Central recently received an award of excellence for its communications efforts. The cooperative's 2006 Annual Report earned a first place award at the 2006 CHS Annual Meeting held in Portland, Oregon, November 30 and December 1. Read more »


Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University extension climatologist, will lead off the program for the 2007 Guthrie County Crop Fair. Taylor will speak on the weather and crop outlook for 2007. Read more »


Guthrie County Public Health Nursing Service was named to the 2006 HomeCare elite, the inaugural compilation of the most successful homecare providers in the county. Read more »


For those who have ever given thought to where Adair County's 8,200 residents might work, or how each makes a living or even, how many miles a person might drive to get to a job can now rest. The Iowa Workforce Development has gone a long way in answering some of these questions with its 2006 laborshed analysis. Read more »


Greene County Development Corporation (GCDC) purchased Cedar Lane Estates (the former Greene county home) for $75,000 at the auction last Thursday morning in the board room of the courthouse. Posession will be given Jan. 22. Read more »


The city of Jefferson is working toward improving the downtown area to remain competitive with neighboring cities. Traffic numbers have changed through downtown since U.S. Highway 30 shifted to the north side of town many years ago. The city has the opportunity to enhance its dowtown distric to shop, work, and visit. Read more »


Further Fuels LLC, the company planning to build a 100 million gallon ethanol plant north of Grand Junction, has received authorization of state tax benefits totaling $8,263,000 from the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED). Read more »


The Guthrie County Conservation Board voted unanimously recently to resurface the Raccoon River Valley Trail from Panora south to near Linden during the 2007 construction season. Read more »


While Guthrie County Hospital is expanding physically, it also is expanding its influence on the local economny. Read more »


Yes, Scranton. There really is a Santa Claus. His name was H. F. Marchant. His gift gave you the ability to update and remodel the Scranton Public Library. Now it's up to you to finalize the deal and make it a reality. Read more »


Craig Hertel, Greene county Extension education director for Iowa State University, was honored for distinguished performance and educational contributions to clientele through ISU Extension programs and active coalitions at a statewide meeting held in Ames in early December. Read more »


Mary Beth Juergens and Bill Allen from USDA Rural Development today presented a $66,351 housing preservation grant to Region XII Council of Governments (COG) on Dec. 5 to support the COG's efforts to help at least 14 very low-income homeowners make necessary repairs or eliminate health and safety hazards in their home. Read more »


There's nothing more inspiring than witnessing growth--whether it's children, crops or communities. Read more »


This is the age of technology; we now have more technological resources than we can handle and there are new ideas coming everyday. These new and improved ideas are now making their way to the West Central Valley School and everyone seems to enjoy it. Read more »


Santa will make a stop in Greenfield Dec. 24 living up to his reputation for granting wishes. But he's not the only one in the wish-granting business. A busload of young adults, studetns of Dr. Linda Niehm and Dr. Haemoon Ho of Iowa State University, made a stop in Greenfield the evening of Dec. 7 to grant some wishes for seven local business owners. Read more »


Greenfield has officially been accepted into the Horizons program. Eighteen individuals met on Friday, Dec. 8, to discuss organizing Study Circles, the first step in the project. A concern for the future of Greenfield brought together the group, composed of two students, several members of the Greenfield business community, young mothers and retired residents, together. Read more »

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