Anyone who can help with local bell ringing for The Salvation Army can contact Pastor Donna Ewert, Shelby County Community Outreach or West Central Community Action.  Above, Levi, Logan, Lauren and Lance Obrecht, children of Jill and Steve Obrecht, joined Janet Carbonell and Marian Greer-Stokes (right) with Salvation Army bell-ringing and Christmas carols.
    COUNTY -- The red kettles are showing up all around Shelby County for the 2018 Salvation Army (SA) Bell Ringing Campaign.  Officials are asking local residents to please don’t pass them by.  Every time you toss your loose change into a counter...
Jack Klitgaard, above, with his finished Eagle Scout project at Nishna Bend Recreation Area.
    HARLAN – Harlan’s Jack Klitgaard recently completed his Eagle Scout project, constructing a life-size eagle aerie exhibit to benefit Nishna Bend Recreation Area in Shelby County.    Klitgaard, the son of Dr. Don and Laurel Klitgaard and a member...
The eighth grade team includes front L to R -- Gabby Gaul, Macy Reischl, Madison Kjergaard, Vanessa Sotelo, Ava Miller and Ellie Ineson.  Back L to R -- Kaiden Milliken, Madison Pope, Steven Leinen and Brad Curren.
HARLAN -- Two Harlan Community Middle School mock trial teams will compete today-Thursday, Nov. 27-29 at the state mock trial event in Des Moines, following top showings at a regional event held November 7.    The HCMS 8th grade team garnered first...
Putting the finishing touches on the winter play recently were top L to R -- Camron Buck, Maggie Nollen, Katelyn Kluver, Macey Bendorf, Maya Kenkel, Emma Hilario, and Tim Mumm.
HARLAN -- The HCHS Drama Department will present A Good Old-Fashioned Big Family Christmas this weekend at the HCHS auditorium.    Under the direction of Kayla Weis, the comedy about how the holidays can bring out the best and worst in all of us...
	Harlan Municipal Utilities and City of Harlan crews put the official Shelby County Christmas Tree in place and strung it with lights Wednesday, Nov. 14 on the east side of the courthouse square.  The tree will light up and kick off the season at the annual holiday lighting festival slated for Saturday, Nov. 25.  The tree this year was donated by Betty Larsen.
COUNTY -- The fifth year of the holiday lighting ceremony in downtown Harlan will kick off Saturday, Nov. 24 with lots of Christmas cheer and holiday events to start the season in Shelby County.    The kick-off to the holiday season is a special one...
Harlan FFA members pictured at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway brickyard finish line.  It is a tradition for any racing champion to kiss the bricks after a victory at the speedway.  Harlan FFA members were able to kiss the bricks as well.  Pictured L to R are:  Jocelyn Mena, Abigail Jacobsen, Reanna Obrecht, Andrew Schechinger, Jack Buman, Nolan Blum, Brayton Schechinger, Alex Barrett, Hannah Tunender and Carter Wagner.  (Photo contributed)
NDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Ten Harlan FFA members traveled to the National FFA Convention and Expo on October 24-27 in Indianapolis, IN. The members attended several tours and participated in various National FFA Convention activities while on the trip. The...
	Anyone who can help with local bell ringing for The Salvation Army can contact Pastor Donna Ewert, Shelby County Community Outreach or West Central Community Action.  Above, Levi, Logan, Lauren and Lance Obrecht, children of Jill and Steve Obrecht, joined Janet Carbonell and Marian Greer-Stokes (right) with Salvation Army bell-ringing and Christmas carols.
Jack Klitgaard, above, with his finished Eagle Scout project at Nishna Bend Recreation Area.
The eighth grade team includes front L to R -- Gabby Gaul, Macy Reischl, Madison Kjergaard, Vanessa Sotelo, Ava Miller and Ellie Ineson.  Back L to R -- Kaiden Milliken, Madison Pope, Steven Leinen and Brad Curren.
Putting the finishing touches on the winter play recently were top L to R -- Camron Buck, Maggie Nollen, Katelyn Kluver, Macey Bendorf, Maya Kenkel, Emma Hilario, and Tim Mumm.
	Harlan Municipal Utilities and City of Harlan crews put the official Shelby County Christmas Tree in place and strung it with lights Wednesday, Nov. 14 on the east side of the courthouse square.  The tree will light up and kick off the season at the annual holiday lighting festival slated for Saturday, Nov. 25.  The tree this year was donated by Betty Larsen.
Harlan FFA members pictured at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway brickyard finish line.  It is a tradition for any racing champion to kiss the bricks after a victory at the speedway.  Harlan FFA members were able to kiss the bricks as well.  Pictured L to R are:  Jocelyn Mena, Abigail Jacobsen, Reanna Obrecht, Andrew Schechinger, Jack Buman, Nolan Blum, Brayton Schechinger, Alex Barrett, Hannah Tunender and Carter Wagner.  (Photo contributed)
    HARLAN -- Harlan Community school patrons will head to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 11 to cast ballots on a number of issues, including a proposed $28.5 million bond issue as well as renewal votes for the district’s physical plant and equipment levy and instructional support levy.    Polls will be...
	Anyone who can help with local bell ringing for The Salvation Army can contact Pastor Donna Ewert, Shelby County Community Outreach or West Central Community Action.  Above, Levi, Logan, Lauren and Lance Obrecht, children of Jill and Steve Obrecht, joined Janet Carbonell and Marian Greer-Stokes (right) with Salvation Army bell-ringing and Christmas carols.
    COUNTY -- The red kettles are showing up all around Shelby County for the 2018 Salvation Army (SA) Bell Ringing Campaign.  Officials are asking local residents to please don’t pass them by.  Every time you toss your loose change into a counter kettle, or stuff a few bills into a red Salvation...
    HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center provides $2,018,066 in community benefits to Shelby County, according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services.    Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care.    Along with...
    REGIONAL – For the first time in years all families and individuals who have asked for assistance thus far via the annual holiday adoption program were adopted at one point last week, but officials say a few more signed up and fortunately there still is time for more needing assistance to sign...
    HARLAN – The Harlan Community Schools Board of Education on Monday, Nov. 19 voted 6-0 to appoint an independent investigator to review allegations and concerns regarding HCS Superintendent Justin Wagner.    In a rare open session involving personnel issues, the board discussed the appointment...
    HARLAN – Larry Hopp was one of five individuals who spoke in support of Harlan Community Schools Superintendent Justin Wagner during the public comments portion of a Monday evening meeting of the board of education, and he also called out the Harlan News-Advertiser, and specifically managing...
Jack Klitgaard, above, with his finished Eagle Scout project at Nishna Bend Recreation Area.
    HARLAN – Harlan’s Jack Klitgaard recently completed his Eagle Scout project, constructing a life-size eagle aerie exhibit to benefit Nishna Bend Recreation Area in Shelby County.    Klitgaard, the son of Dr. Don and Laurel Klitgaard and a member of Harlan Boy Scout Troop 90, logged more than...
    HARLAN -- Harlan Community school patrons will head to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 11 to cast ballots on a number of issues, including a proposed $28.5 million bond issue as well as renewal votes for the district’s physical plant and equipment levy and instructional support levy.    Polls are open...
    REGIONAL – Shelby County voters will be able to cast ballots Tuesday, Dec. 11 in a bond referendum being proposed by Iowa Western Community College, with proceeds used to finance replacement of the steam heating system on the Council Bluffs campus.    The $11.5 million bond issue will be held...
    REGIONAL -- Shelby County and southwest Iowa farmers have about 13 percent of their corn yet to be harvested on average, due to a wetter than normal fall that put the harvest season behind average by about four days.    According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service report...
The eighth grade team includes front L to R -- Gabby Gaul, Macy Reischl, Madison Kjergaard, Vanessa Sotelo, Ava Miller and Ellie Ineson.  Back L to R -- Kaiden Milliken, Madison Pope, Steven Leinen and Brad Curren.
HARLAN -- Two Harlan Community Middle School mock trial teams will compete today-Thursday, Nov. 27-29 at the state mock trial event in Des Moines, following top showings at a regional event held November 7.    The HCMS 8th grade team garnered first place and the seventh grade team took second place...
Putting the finishing touches on the winter play recently were top L to R -- Camron Buck, Maggie Nollen, Katelyn Kluver, Macey Bendorf, Maya Kenkel, Emma Hilario, and Tim Mumm.
HARLAN -- The HCHS Drama Department will present A Good Old-Fashioned Big Family Christmas this weekend at the HCHS auditorium.    Under the direction of Kayla Weis, the comedy about how the holidays can bring out the best and worst in all of us will have three performances -- Friday-Saturday, Nov...

Sports

 Cyclone senior Anna Ahrenholtz (53) scores a second-half basket over Treynor senior Noel James. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)

 TREYNOR (Nov. 26) -- For the third year in a row, the Harlan Community girls basketball season has begun with a double-digit loss to one of Class 2A’s state powers.

Family Living

Renae and Derick Frederick
    PORTSMOUTH -- Renae Arkfeld and Derick Frederick both of Randolph, NE exchanged marriage vows on August 11, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Portsmouth. Father David...

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