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    ELK HORN -- Trevor Miller has been named the new superintendent at the Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton School District effective July 1.  He replaces Dean Schnoes, who announced his retirement earlier this school year.    Miller currently is the elementary principal in the Perry Community School...
Citizen of the Year Stan Jens with his wife, Michelle.  (Photo by Lori Christensen)
    HARLAN – Elk Horn’s Stan Jens was honored as the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s citizen of the year Friday night, Feb. 19 at the group’s annual banquet.    Approximately 100 turned out Friday to honor Jens, the mayor of Elk Horn, and other award winners at the event.  The...
Breaking Cylence is the high school show choir group
ARLAN – Kandy Hester always had show choirs in the schools where she taught.      That makes 26 years of teaching the music and dance choreography that so many high school musicians have found attractive.    So it was without question that when Hester arrived in Harlan back in 2013 that she’d give...
    HARLAN – Harlan Library Director Michael Burris has submitted his resignation effective April 1.    Burris announced February 8 that he has accepted the executive director position at the Lincoln County Library System in Kamrar, WY.  He has been the director of the Harlan Library for eight...
    HARLAN --  The City of Harlan has signed off on an agreement that will provide forgivable loan dollars to the developer of a memory care unit to serve the community.    The council Tuesday approved a resolution that provides the loan and land to Hansen House, LLC in exchange for the creation of...
HARLAN  >>>  One of Iowa’s Happiest Cities!
HARLAN – Harlan residents are among the happiest in the state, according to a new study published this year, and based on the community’s economy, crime factors and even weather.    HomeSnacks.net is a website that combines recent data, videos and thoughts about local culture.  It gathers data to...
Harlan FFA 2015-2016 Officer Team: front row: Co-Secretary Kenzie Mumm, President Jacob Koke, Vice President Logan Peters, Co-Reporter Kelsey Schaben; back row: Advisor Justine McCall, Advisor James Shughart, Sentinel Megan Owens, Co-Secretary Jamie Schechinger, Treasurer Aaron Johannsen, Co-Reporter Lauren Blum. Photo courtesy Jacobs Photographic
    HARLAN -- The Harlan FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 20-27. This year’s theme is Amplify! and it embraces more than 85 years of FFA traditions, courtesy Jacobs Photographic. More than half a million members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and...
    DEFIANCE – The former city clerk of Defiance was sentenced in Shelby County District Court last month to probation, community service and restitution after pleading guilty to second-degree theft for misappropriation of city funds.    Shelby County District Court Judge Kathleen A. Kilnoski...
    DES MOINES - Harlan Newspapers Sports Editor Mike Oeffner garnered third place in the weekly newspaper class category for best sports pages in the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) annual awards ceremony Feb. 5.    His award winning entries fell behind perennial national winner, the Sheldon N’...
A sun dog appeared in the eastern sky Tuesday morning, Feb. 9.
A sun dog, or parhelia, is created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere.  Not seen very often, it appeared in the eastern sky Tuesday morning, Feb. 9.

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