Bill Kearney
    HARLAN – The 96-member Harlan Community Cyclone Marching Band is gearing up for state contest this weekend, with a 2:30 p.m. performance time at Glenwood High School on Saturday, Oct. 19.    It’s the annual Iowa High School Music Association...
Four generations of the Petersen family gathered for the dedication of the Vern and Wilmer Petersen Wildlife Management Area in Shelby County back in 1993.
    IOWA -- In 1993, four generations of the Petersen family gathered for the dedication of Vern and Wilmer Petersen Wildlife Management Area in Shelby County.    Wilmer Petersen had donated an expanse of grassland and ponds in western Iowa to the...
Kristi Pederson with the Harlan Volunteer Fire Department speaks about fire safety to students in Mrs. Andersen’s kindergarten class at the Harlan Community Primary School on Monday, Oct. 7. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
    HARLAN -- Fire department volunteers were at the area schools all week offering fire safety tips as part of Fire Prevention Week. Also shown is volunteer Patrick Gaul. 
Hatcher
    HARLAN – A Harlan man has been charged in Shelby County District Court with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.    Dillen Brandyn Lee Hatcher, 27, 1712 8th St., faces up to 50 years in jail on the class B felony charges against him.    ...
At a recent football game, McKenna Larsen and Braeden Parker show their Spartan loyalty helping the crowd stand up and cheer for the home team.
    EXIRA -- The Exira Elk Horn-Kimballton band and flag corps have been helping lead Spartan spirit during the football and volleyball games this season. 
    Jessica Christensen shows her ghoulish spirit during a performance at halftime with the band and flags at a recent IKM-Manning football game.  The band’s presentation this year is Fright Night, and the group is performing at a number of contests.
Bill Kearney
Four generations of the Petersen family gathered for the dedication of the Vern and Wilmer Petersen Wildlife Management Area in Shelby County back in 1993.
Kristi Pederson with the Harlan Volunteer Fire Department speaks about fire safety to students in Mrs. Andersen’s kindergarten class at the Harlan Community Primary School on Monday, Oct. 7. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
Hatcher
At a recent football game, McKenna Larsen and Braeden Parker show their Spartan loyalty helping the crowd stand up and cheer for the home team.
    HARLAN -- The Shelby County Historical Museum is excited to announce the opening of the newly-renovated Military Exhibit Hall. The exhibit hall will open to the public at 2 p.m. on November 11 with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, all are invited to attend.    The Military Exhibit...
Bill Kearney
    HARLAN – The 96-member Harlan Community Cyclone Marching Band is gearing up for state contest this weekend, with a 2:30 p.m. performance time at Glenwood High School on Saturday, Oct. 19.    It’s the annual Iowa High School Music Association contest, where the band will be vying for a Division...
COUNTY – Shelby County Auditor and Election Commissioner Mark Maxwell said this week that ballots for the general election are late to arrive.    Maxwell said this year there was a condensed period of time from the election certification deadline to the first day ballots can be issued, which was...
    COUNTY -- Shelby County Community Chest has kicked off its annual fund drive with hopes of raising $35,000 this year for local organizations.    Shelby County Community Chest raises funds for local non-profit agencies which provide valuable services to youth, for area residents and to...
Four generations of the Petersen family gathered for the dedication of the Vern and Wilmer Petersen Wildlife Management Area in Shelby County back in 1993.
    IOWA -- In 1993, four generations of the Petersen family gathered for the dedication of Vern and Wilmer Petersen Wildlife Management Area in Shelby County.    Wilmer Petersen had donated an expanse of grassland and ponds in western Iowa to the state for wildlife and people to enjoy. His son, H...
    HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center Board of Trustees has given approval to contract with Shive-Hattery Architecture to work on the design work for the proposed renovation of the north visitors’ entrance and the third floor old pharmacy area at MMC.        MMC CEO Barry Jacobsen said DaVita...
Kristi Pederson with the Harlan Volunteer Fire Department speaks about fire safety to students in Mrs. Andersen’s kindergarten class at the Harlan Community Primary School on Monday, Oct. 7. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
    HARLAN -- Fire department volunteers were at the area schools all week offering fire safety tips as part of Fire Prevention Week. Also shown is volunteer Patrick Gaul. 
    HARLAN – The sewer base rate in Harlan likely will increase in 2020 under a proposal being considered by the Harlan City Council.    Any increase requires an ordinance change – three readings, and if approved, a $2 per month increase, from $8 to $10, would be implemented July 1, 2020.    City...
Hatcher
    HARLAN – A Harlan man has been charged in Shelby County District Court with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.    Dillen Brandyn Lee Hatcher, 27, 1712 8th St., faces up to 50 years in jail on the class B felony charges against him.    According to court documents, Hatcher allegedly was...
    HARLAN – Harlan city employees will not be allowed to use vaping products on city property or in city vehicles under a proposal being considered by the Harlan City Council.    The Harlan City Council this month unanimously approved updating the employee handbook to include the vaping language...
At a recent football game, McKenna Larsen and Braeden Parker show their Spartan loyalty helping the crowd stand up and cheer for the home team.
    EXIRA -- The Exira Elk Horn-Kimballton band and flag corps have been helping lead Spartan spirit during the football and volleyball games this season. 
    HARLAN -- Harlan residents could soon have chickens living in their neighbor’s back yard, should a proposal being given consideration by the Harlan City Council be approved.    The Harlan City Council has directed staff to develop guidelines and restrictions as well as a permit application...

Sports

 AHSTW senior Joey Goins (21) carries the fooball as Earlham’s Chris Hipsley (55) and Grant Carter (54) look to make the tackle. (Photos by Kim Wegener)

 AVOCA (Oct. 4) -- Earlham senior Caleb Swalla rushed for 231 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries Friday night as Earlham won its fifth straight game with a commanding 47-10 victory at AHSTW.

Family Living

    SIBLEY, IA -- Shelby County native Rose Marie Jensen will mark her 90th birthday on October 10. Her family is requesting a card shower in her honor. Cards will reach her if sent to...

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