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    IRWIN – An Irwin Christmas Market is planned for Saturday, Dec. 10, offering a variety of events to celebrate the holiday season.    The market will run from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. that Saturday, and will include everything from a breakfast and craft fair to a tree lighting ceremony and the arrival of...
Harlan Municipal Utilities and City of Harlan crews put the official Shelby County Christmas Tree in place and string it with lights Wednesday, Nov. 16 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. 26.
Christmas Highlights! •  Lighting Ceremony, 5-8 p.m., with Santa!, Sat., Nov. 26, downtown Harlan•  Julefest, Fri.-Sat., Nov. 25-26, Elk Horn & Kimballton, Danish Celebration!•  Magical Night of Fun!, Sat., Nov. 26, Avoca, 3-7 p.m., Holidays on Main!•  Irwin Christmas Market, Dec. 10, 8 a.m.-8...
First on the scene was the Harlan Police Department, and an officer was able to use a fire extinguisher to put out the initial fire before firefighters arrived.
    HARLAN -- Harlan firefighters and police quickly extinguished a small camper fire at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15.    Harlan Fire Chief Roger Bissen said authorities were called to the fairgrounds at approximately 4:45 p.m.  An individual was actually sleeping in the...
    COUNTY – The general election is over, and in reflection it’s interesting to note how some Shelby County voters chose to cast ballots for not the candidates, but for write-ins they saw as more qualified than those on the ticket.    Shelby County Election Commissioner Marsha Carter said it isn’t...
Help Bring Back CHRISTMAS CITY To Harlan
    HARLAN – A fund drive that will help light up Harlan like it used to be in the 1960s has been established, with hopes of continuing the tradition of making Harlan the Christmas City.    With the help of several donors, the community has purchased white lighted garland and ribbon for the light...
Annual Christmas Adoption Program now under way
    REGIONAL – Needy families will get some help from generous donors this holiday season as part of the annual Adopt-A-Family Christmas program in Shelby County.    The Christmas season is just around the corner and a few families already are signed up for adoption.    Since the program was first...
    The Harlan Newspapers, Hy-Vee and Keast Auto Center have again teamed up to sponsor a coloring contest for children in Pre-K thru 2nd grades. The winning entry and artist will be featured on the cover of this year’s Holiday Greeting issue Dec. 20 and Dec. 23. Look inside today’s paper for...
A lone reader of the Bible on the courthouse square in Harlan Friday, Nov. 11.
    HARLAN -- A historical Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon made a stop in Shelby County Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12, parked on the courthouse lawn with volunteer readers silently reading scripture.    The Shelby County Board of Supervisors approved the event being held in front of the...
Participating in the award presentation this month were L to R -- Gene Gettys, Jr.; Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad; Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds; Justin Wagner, Jane Smith, Ruthanne Grimsley, Jani Sorfonden and Todd Valline.  (Photo contributed)
    DES MOINES -- Harlan was presented a Healthy Hometowns powered by Wellmark award at the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative Bringing it Home conference on Nov. 1. The award recognizes Harlan for their dedication and accomplishments toward meaningful health improvement initiatives in their...
Local veterans present the colors.
    Students and staff in the Harlan Community Schools paid tribute to veterans during programs Thursday, Nov. 10 at the high school and elementary schools.  The 2016 Veterans Day program was titled Casting Light on the Camouflaged. 

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