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    HARLAN – Thirty-seven community members, Harlan Community School District staff members and HCSD board of education members gave unanimous approval to a school calendar proposal that will be brought to the board of education for formal vote.    Those words come from HCS Superintendent of...
Team A includes front L to R -- Laura Kaufmann, Irelynn McMurphy and Haley Koch.  Back L to R -- Wren Koch, Kenzie Goshorn, Alexis Irlbeck, Jacob Bartley, Reagan Hansen and Ellen Keast.  (Photo contributed)
HARLAN – For the first time in school history, three teams have qualified for the state mock trial competition to be held in Des Moines March 28-29.    The top four teams from regional competition move on to state, and Harlan Community High School earned 2-0 records at regionals, qualifying them...
The cast includes Roger Davidson, narrator; Rob Kloewer/Mike Bentzen as Nathaniel; Charlie Parkhurst as Matthew; Chuck Smith/Mike Weatherill as James the Lesser; Mike Thraen as James; Jim Hansen as Andrew; Mike Cain/Dave Stafford as Judas; Rick Schaben as Philip; Grant Christensen as Thaddeus; Charlie Trailer as Thomas; Eric Jones/Dave Stafford as John; Pat Shelton as Simon; Clark Ahrenholtz as Peter; and Gene Gettys as Jesus.
    HARLAN – A dramatization of The Living Last Supper is being presented by First United Methodist Church, Harlan, at various locations in the region this month.    The first performance was Sunday, March 13 at Altamont Baptist Church in Harlan.  Next up is a Sunday, March 20 performance at...
    HARLAN -- The Harlan Newspapers’ Annual Home, Garden & Living Show is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20 in Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Harlan.    Approximately 2,000 people attend the free event each year, which runs 4:30-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.    This year’s show...
    HARLAN – The number of sections of elementary classrooms in the Harlan Community Schools next year will be reduced as part of overall cost-saving measures, as well as anticipated lower enrollment numbers in PreK-5th grades.    Total cost savings to the district will be approximately $581,013.05...
    HARLAN – The Harlan Community School District has learned this month it has been selected to receive $435,563.24 in state Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) monies, to be utilized next year to fund educational processes including putting teachers in coaching roles, providing mentoring...
	AHST’s top bakers who earned first place in the bakery division at the IWCC Culinary Contest March 7 include L to R -- Holly Hatch, Anna Bauer and Cassie Renfeld.  (Photo contributed)
    AVOCA – Three culinary students from AHSTW High School earned top honors last week at Iowa Western Community College’s Culinary and Baking Competition March 7.    Held for area family and consumer sciences high school students, the AHSTW group of Holly Hatch, Cassie Renfeld, and Anna Bauer...
An example of a rural uncontrolled intersection.  Shelby County has roughly 40.
    COUNTY – With warmer weather and the first signs of spring arriving this month, soon there will be increased traffic on the roadways, including the rural roads in Shelby County.    The Shelby County Engineer’s Office and Iowa County Engineer’s Association are reminding motorists this week to be...
    HARLAN – Harlan property owners will see a decrease in their tax levy this year as part of a proposed budget approved by the Harlan City Council Tuesday, March 8.    A public hearing on the proposed $8.32 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year was held Tuesday with no comments from the...
	Kerry is a 1979 graduate from HCHS and son of Dr. Earl and JoAnn Boltinghouse. He currently resides in Montgomery, TX with his wife Mallory and youngest daughter Autumn. Lisa is a 1984 graduate from HCHS and daughter of George and Karma Petersen. She currently resides in Highlands Ranch, CO with son Jacob and daughter Taylor.  (Photo contributed)
    DENVER, CO -- Out of the more than 10,000 plus pilots at United Airlines, only two are Harlan natives. On February 11, Captain Kerry Boltinghouse and First Officer Lisa (Petersen) Christensen operated a Boeing 737 on United Flight #1727 from Denver, CO to Tucson, AZ, and Flight #1138 back to...

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