Ora Stevens watches last week at the Uptown Cafe as another plate heads out to a table. Stevens and partner Nhan Nguyen, owners of Homestead Coffee & Bakery, recently bought the venerable Jefferson diner. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
By ANDREW MCGINNa.mcginn@beeherald.com The Uptown Cafe is that kind of place where you don’t need KCCI to tell you how much snow we’re supposed to get, or how much rain just fell.
Andrew Lee Jensen
Staff report A Jefferson man who began serving a five-year prison term for theft on Dec. 28 escaped Friday night from the Greene County Jail, but was found several blocks away inside a camper.
Oscar-winning actress and progressive activist Susan Sarandon listens to a question Wednesday at Homestead Coffee and Bakery during a visit to Jefferson in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. “I’m so thrilled and terrified about this election,” she said. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
By ANDREW MCGINNa.mcginn@beeherald.com At 74, is Bernie Sanders too old to be elected president?
A city employee Wednesday works to turn the water off at Pizza Ranch following an overnight fire. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
By ANDREW McGINNa.mcginn@beeherald.com Jefferson firefighters still weren’t sure at daylight Wednesday what caused an overnight fire that left the Pizza Ranch scorched.
Sara Weaver, daughter of Jefferson’s Randy Weaver, has found her calling as an author and speaker since her family’s 11-day standoff with federal agents at Ruby Ridge in Idaho.
By ANDREW McGINNa.mcginn@beeherald.com Back in the summer of 1983, longtime Bee & Herald columnist Fred Jess wrote in his ever-innocuous “Etc.” column of a chance meeting with a Jefferson native in the men’s room of a Clear Lake restaurant.
By MATTHEW REZAB Jefferson Herald staff In advance of an impending application for a Community Development Block Grant to spruce up building facades downtown, the Jefferson city council last week unanimously approved a set of non-binding downtown building design guidelines.
Ora Stevens watches last week at the Uptown Cafe as another plate heads out to a table. Stevens and partner Nhan Nguyen, owners of Homestead Coffee & Bakery, recently bought the venerable Jefferson diner. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
Andrew Lee Jensen
Oscar-winning actress and progressive activist Susan Sarandon listens to a question Wednesday at Homestead Coffee and Bakery during a visit to Jefferson in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. “I’m so thrilled and terrified about this election,” she said. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
A city employee Wednesday works to turn the water off at Pizza Ranch following an overnight fire. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD
Sara Weaver, daughter of Jefferson’s Randy Weaver, has found her calling as an author and speaker since her family’s 11-day standoff with federal agents at Ruby Ridge in Idaho.

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Sara Blosser Melson, 97, a longtime Jefferson resident, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2016 in Silverdale, Washington, with family by her side.

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