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    COUNTY -- Gene Gross, Chair of the Shelby County Community Foundation, announced that approximately $114,600 in grant funds are available for Shelby County nonprofit organizations and that applications are due no later than February 1, 2017.    Application procedures, fact sheets, and a link to...
    REGIONAL – Farmland values in Shelby County and surrounding counties dropped considerably for the third straight year, according to a survey released this month by Iowa State University.    Shelby County’s farmland values dropped 7.18 percent from $8,288 per acre to $7,693 per acre from 2015 to...
Owner of The Buck Snort restaurant hopes to build in Harlan
    HARLAN – Small business development along Highway 59 south of the Settle Inn hotel took a step forward this month as city officials in Harlan move to re-plat the lots to allow for future development, including the possibility of a new restaurant, The Buck Snort.    The Harlan Personnel and...
  Over the holiday weekend seven windows were broken out of vehicles parked on the street in various locations in Harlan according to the Harlan Police Dept.  The total damage to all vehicles is in the area of $3000.  It appears that at least some of the vehicle windows were possibly broken out by...
    HARLAN -- A group of community leaders has formed a new nonprofit in the area to address initiatives in Harlan and Shelby County.    Community and Rural Initiatives, Inc., known as CARI, will work closely with city and county governments, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry,...
    COUNTY – Auditor-elect Mark Maxwell will take on the duties of budget director when he takes office January 1, appointed by the county’s board of supervisors Tuesday, Dec. 20.    The move follows much discussion the past few weeks about who will serve in that capacity.  The supervisors had a...
    COUNTY – Outgoing Shelby County Auditor Marsha Carter and outgoing sheriff Mark Hervey received high praise from the county’s board of supervisors this week, who thanked both for their long-time service to the citizens.    Hervey and Carter’s reigns will end December 31.  Supervisor Chairman...
Monahan
    REGIONAL – Father Paul Monahan, a priest who served as principal at St. Albert High School in Council Bluffs and who served parishes in southwest Iowa including Shelby County, has been found guilty by a judge of five counts of invasion of privacy.    A bench trial was held November 28-30, and...
Rowland
    HARLAN – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas gifts has been arrested and charged with allegedly stealing packages off a doorstep thanks to the quick thinking of a Harlan homeowner who wasn’t going to let a third package be taken from his home this holiday season.    Jeffrey Allen Rowland, Sr., 50,...
Kaitlyn Christensen with Santa Claus
    ELK HORN -- Kaitlyn Christensen brought a catalog when she visited Santa Claus in Elk Horn to make sure he knew what she wanted for Christmas this year. She is the daughter of Tracy Christensen of Kimballton.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)

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