Sax appeal: Bandleader Ina Ray Hutton was at her peak when she brought her band to Spring Lake in 1938 during the swing era, a time when some of the biggest names in music played the resort.
By ANDREW MCGINN a.mcginn@beeherald.com There’s never a bad night to be a mosquito, in Iowa, in late June.
Joe Allen, pictured with Spring Lake’s historic roller skating rink in the background, has taken over as the resident park ranger. He succeeds Pat Soukup as park ranger at Spring Lake, which now generates $160,000 annually in camping revenue. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
By ANDREW MCGINN a.mcginn@beeherald.com Joe Allen was 12 or 13 when a park ranger in Colorado saw him chasing a lizard. The ranger saw a teachable moment — kids from Iowa clearly never see lizards running wild — and told him all about it.
California dreaming: Aaron Hawn, a 1986 grad of Jefferson High School, drives for Uber in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-most populous city. He never knows who might be climbing into his car. It could be a working stiff from Watts or the ex-wife of Def Leppard’s bassist. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
By ANDREW MCGINN a.mcginn@beeherald.com When I first heard that a former Jefferson kid is now driving an Uber in Los Angeles, I automatically just assumed that every day for him must be like that scene in “Beverly Hills Cop” when Axel Foley arrives from Detroit in a dented Chevy Nova.
Joyce Frazier takes a Congregate Meal last week at the Greenewood Center. The organization that serves the meals, Elderserve, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
By ANDREW MCGINN a.mcginn@beeherald.com Jenny Davis had no idea that  a salad containing both carrots and grapes was even a thing until she started fixing meals for senior citizens.
Greene County’s Melanie Doran slows herself following the opening leg of the 4-by-100-meter relay prelims at the 2019 Drake Relays Saturday, April 27 in Des Moines. The Rams finished 89th with a time of 53.48. BRANDON HURLEY | JEFFERSON HERALD
By BRANDON HURLEY sports@beeherald.com DES MOINES - Greene County sophomore Brianna Osterson announced her arrival into the big time while simultaneously evading any type of letdown last week. 
“Lab coats scare kids,” says Dr. Holly Van de Voort, the Greene County Medical Center’s first dedicated pediatrician, so she doesn’t have one. The medical center’s new pediatrics clinic opened just as health officials at all levels nationwide are trying to combat misinformation about childhood immunizations. “It’s very frustrating that people don’t see the benefits of vaccines,” Van de Voort says. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
By ANDREW MCGINN a.mcginn@beeherald.com It would seem that in the 191-year history of the esteemed Medical College of Georgia, no one has ever been taught how to quack like a duck during an exam. Dr. Holly Van de Voort learned to quack, and also meow, all on her own.
Sax appeal: Bandleader Ina Ray Hutton was at her peak when she brought her band to Spring Lake in 1938 during the swing era, a time when some of the biggest names in music played the resort.
Joe Allen, pictured with Spring Lake’s historic roller skating rink in the background, has taken over as the resident park ranger. He succeeds Pat Soukup as park ranger at Spring Lake, which now generates $160,000 annually in camping revenue. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
California dreaming: Aaron Hawn, a 1986 grad of Jefferson High School, drives for Uber in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-most populous city. He never knows who might be climbing into his car. It could be a working stiff from Watts or the ex-wife of Def Leppard’s bassist. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Joyce Frazier takes a Congregate Meal last week at the Greenewood Center. The organization that serves the meals, Elderserve, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
Greene County’s Melanie Doran slows herself following the opening leg of the 4-by-100-meter relay prelims at the 2019 Drake Relays Saturday, April 27 in Des Moines. The Rams finished 89th with a time of 53.48. BRANDON HURLEY | JEFFERSON HERALD
“Lab coats scare kids,” says Dr. Holly Van de Voort, the Greene County Medical Center’s first dedicated pediatrician, so she doesn’t have one. The medical center’s new pediatrics clinic opened just as health officials at all levels nationwide are trying to combat misinformation about childhood immunizations. “It’s very frustrating that people don’t see the benefits of vaccines,” Van de Voort says. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD

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Floyd Clare Hunter was born to Floyd Erwin and Alice (Minor) Hunter on April 29, 1921, in Greene County on the family farm west of Churdan, and passed from this life on May 16 at Thomas Rest Haven

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