By MATTHEW REZABm.rezab@beeherald.com Jefferson City Clerk Diane Kennedy told the city council Tuesday the total city tax levy for fiscal-year 2018 will be $15.15 per $1,000 in valuation — down $0.07 from 2017.
Debris covers the floor of Pizza Ranch in Jefferson the morning of Jan. 27, 2016, following an overnight fire ruled to be arson. One year later, the building remains shuttered. A plea deal in December allowed business owner Robert Schultz (top), of Ankeny, who was deeply in debt at the time of the fire, to receive a suspended prison sentence and probation. He had faced a felony arson charge punishable by up to 25 years in prison. HERALD FILE PHOTO
By MATTHEW REZABm.rezab@beeherald.com The call came in just after midnight on Jan. 27, 2016. The Pizza Ranch in downtown Jefferson was going up in smoke.
By BRANDON HURLEY Sports Editor  sports@beeherald.com @BrandonJHurley  
Deb Geisler
Staff report DES MOINES — The Jefferson Herald’s coverage of agriculture and education was named best in the state in its newspaper class Friday by the Iowa Newspaper Association, and veteran Bee and Herald ad manager Deb Geisler was honored with the INA’s Distinguished Service Award.
Jefferson High School alum Jack Lashier has announced his retirement from the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Special to The Jefferson Herald DES MOINES — The Jefferson High School alumnus who for 12 years has served as the founding director of the Iowa Hall of Pride will step down in 2017. The announcement of Jack Lashier’s retirement came Feb. 1. The planning process has begun to find the next director.
By BRANDON HURLEY Sports Editor  sports@beeherald.com @BrandonJHurley  
Debris covers the floor of Pizza Ranch in Jefferson the morning of Jan. 27, 2016, following an overnight fire ruled to be arson. One year later, the building remains shuttered. A plea deal in December allowed business owner Robert Schultz (top), of Ankeny, who was deeply in debt at the time of the fire, to receive a suspended prison sentence and probation. He had faced a felony arson charge punishable by up to 25 years in prison. HERALD FILE PHOTO
Deb Geisler
Jefferson High School alum Jack Lashier has announced his retirement from the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Catherine H. “Katie” McCartney, 88, of Madrid, Iowa and former long-time Bagley, Iowa resident, died Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Madrid Home in Madrid, Iowa.

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