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Katelyn Kluver, 15, Portsmouth, performs a vocal solo in the Bill Riley Talent Search August 14.
    DES MOINES -- Highlights involving participants from Shelby County at the Iowa State Fair.
    REGIONAL -- School districts in the greater Shelby County area have begun classes for the year, and local officials are urging motorists to be on the lookout for children as they make their way to and from school.    For the third school year in Harlan, motorists are reminded of the crosswalk/...
    HARLAN – With the hiring of Gene Gettys, Jr. as the community’s new city administrator, city officials say he will have to resign as mayor.    In planning, the Harlan City Council initially voted Friday, Aug. 19 5-0 (Kolbe, Christensen, Miller, Bladt and Kroger aye; Pedersen absent) to proceed...
Gettys, Jr.
    HARLAN – Gene Gettys, Jr. will be the next Harlan city administrator after accepting an offer of employment from the Harlan City Council Friday, Aug. 19.    Gettys currently serves as Harlan mayor, and works at Shelby County State Bank as a financial officer and business development officer. ...
    EXIRA-- The Exira-EHK school board gave the final approval for the construction of a new press box at the football field located in Exira.    “The one that’s been there has been for a long, long time and safety precautions are our number one reason why [we are building a new one],” said Tom...
Inland Sea proposes salmon production facility
    HARLAN – An Ames, IA-based firm has plans to develop a salmon production facility in Harlan, bringing 10-15 jobs to the community and producing upwards of 5.3 million pounds of fish annually at its two-acre production plant to be located in the industrial park south of town.    Shelby County...
Porsche fished from Prairie Rose
    HARLAN -- A 2001 Porsche owned by Roger A. Wright, Irwin, was listed as a total loss after the parking brake failed and it rolled into Prairie Rose Lake Friday evening, Aug. 12.    Chadwick’s Towing Service was called out to remove the vehicle from the water the next day.    According to Shelby...
Taryn Schuning, 10, Portsmouth, performs a musical theater solo on August 12.
    DES MOINES -- Shelby County area dancers performed in the Bill Riley Talent Show at the Iowa State Fair this past week.
    REGION -- While the summer started off with heavy rains and many concerns amongst farmers, according to professionals, the weather did not have a long term affect on the growing season.    Mike Witt, Iowa State University Outreach and Extension crop specialist, explains that crops are moving...
	Participants went on a walking tour through town to discuss bikeability and walkability as it relates to the Blue Zones project initiative.  (Photo contributed)
    HARLAN -- On Tuesday, Aug. 2, Dan Burden gave a presentation about why active transportation makes sense on behalf of the Blue Zones Project sponsored by Wellmark.    The basement of the library was filled of various community members curious about the walkability and bikeability of Harlan.    ...

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