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Cast members who will present May Day Melodies Sunday in Elk Horn include front L to R -- Tony Buman, Keith Bauer, Dallas McDermott, Maggie Buman, Katie Burchett and Sam Buman.  Second row L to R -- Clarence Coenen, Clark Ahrenholtz, Seth Johannsen, Pastor Keith Menter, Rya Eck, Lee Burchett, Deb Miller and Pat Crosley.  Back L to R -- Sharon Davidson and Kay Johannsen (by piano), Sharon Donlin, Tom Potts and Terry Crosley.
    COUNTY – Keith Bauer remembers the days when the Western Iowa Arts Association performed full-blown Broadway musicals.    Oklahoma and The Music Man.  Those were some awesome productions.    They used to rehearse and perform in the old St. Michael’s Church in Harlan, the same building that...
    HARLAN – Two Harlan Community School Board members recently attended the National School Board Association convention in Boston, MA, at a cost of $4,713.96 to the school district.    HCS Superintendent of Schools Justin Wagner confirmed that board president Kathy Mahlberg and board member Joni...
Nonprofit representatives receiving grant awards.
    COUNTY – Grants totaling $107,719.12 were awarded last week to Shelby County nonprofit agencies by the Shelby County Community Foundation.       Nonprofit representatives receiving grant awards. 1st row, left to right: Jim Crawford, Portsmouth Fire Department; Dena Matthews, West Central...
    HARLAN – It’s not official policy, but it doesn’t look right and shouldn’t happen.    Those words come from some Harlan City Council members who agreed last week to develop a policy that eliminates providing alcohol free of charge for city employees at a city event such as the city’s annual...
Terry Cox, Harlan City Administrator
    HARLAN – Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox admitted last week that he wrongly submitted a reimbursement request for a hotel room that was provided to him for free, and he’s now facing some serious questions from city officials who are further investigating Cox’s expense reports.    Harlan...
HCHS HOSA students headed to nationals include L to R -- Julia Sorfonden, Cheyenne Wright, Maddie Bak, Amanda Birks and Allison Bruck.  Back L to R -- Instructor Nancy Osborn, Courtnee Hicks, Natina Mitchell, Kristen Ferry, Clare Klein, Dakota Schaben and Daytona Wehr.  (Photos contributed)
    HARLAN – Eleven HOSA-Future Health Professional students from Harlan Community High School have qualified for nationals following successful showings at the state conference held last month in Des Moines.    HCHS Chapter Advisor Nancy Osborn said the students will head to Nashville, TN in June...
Harlan natives Megan Euchner (left) and Sarah Olson are spearheading a scholarship in memory of fallen ISU classmate.
    Gone, but not forgotten.    An on-campus group aims to sculpt a lasting legacy for a fallen student in the form of a memorial scholarship.    Aptly named the “Emmalee Jacobs Memorial Scholarship,” it stands in memory of the student whose life was lost in a hit-and-run accident in December for...
The sign is located across from Hy-Vee near Sorensen Equipment and the Cenex gas station.
 (Photo by Alan Mores)
    HARLAN -- Shelby County Emergency Management and the Harlan Fire Department recently placed this new sign in Harlan to alert the public of the current fire danger rating.  The sign is located across from Hy-Vee near Sorensen Equipment and the Cenex gas station.    Similar signs have been placed...
    HARLAN - The Shelby County Encore Concert series will be hosting its last concert on Sat., April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. The program will feature the Alex Meiner Band.    “We are ending our 30 year run due to lack of membership,” 30-year event chairman Steve Lawson said.
    HARLAN – The Harlan Community Schools Board of Education has reached an agreement with the Harlan Education Association, calling for a 3.13 percent package increase for teacher staff next year.    HCS Board members Lonnie Muxfeldt, Amy Rueschenberg, Angie Monson and Al Hazelton approved the...

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