The remains of the house at 1005 Main St. in Guthrie Center.
By JARED STRONGj.strong@carrollspaper.com The 12-year-old girl who died in a Guthrie Center house fire last week was sexually abused by her older brother for 2½ years before she moved from her house south of Jefferson to live with her grandmother, court records show.
Pat Schiltz
Special to The Jefferson Herald Pat Schiltz, of Jefferson, says if you weren’t yet alive in the 1950s, you probably have difficulty comprehending just how frightening and widespread an epidemic of the disease polio was back then when it swept the world.  
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.
The remains of the house at 1005 Main St. in Guthrie Center.
Pat Schiltz
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

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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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George S. “Bud” Richards passed away on May 14, 2017, in his home with his wife Dorothy, their five children and other family members at his side.

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