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Adoption program winds down with 50+ families left
    HARLAN – The annual Christmas Adoption program is coming to a close, but there are more than 50 families still needing to be adopted this holiday season.    Dena Matthews with West Central Community Action, said it’s hoped many of the remaining families will be adopted for Christmas later this...
The hiring of anybody or hiring of anything coming out of this is going to be used only with the TLC funds. No general fund dollars will go toward TLC hires." -- Justin Wagner, HCS Superintendent of Schools
    HARLAN – The Harlan Community Schools Board of Education has approved the formation of the teacher leadership compensation (TLC) selection committee, the first step in the schools’ TLC process.    The district should be notified by March if it has been selected to receive $435,563.24 in funding...
    DEFIANCE – The City of Defiance is seeking title to three properties within the city limits that officials have determined to be abandoned.    Petitions filed in Shelby County District Court outline the following properties the city is requesting the court grant it title to:    •  Property at...
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COUNTY – A Shelby County deputy suffered bruises and abrasions after being attacked in rural Shelby County after being called to a possible car accident near Defiance Monday evening, Dec. 7.    Authorities aren’t releasing the name of the deputy, but sheriff reports said at approximately 10 p.m....
Meghan Zach, a junor at Exira/EH-K, performs with the winter guard
 Meghan Zach, a junor at Exira/EH-K, performs with the winter guard during a recent performance during halftime of a boy/girl basketball doubleheader at Elk Horn.
HARLAN – The Harlan Community Schools Board of Education Monday, Dec. 7 approved the formation of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Student Club, paving the way for the group to become an official club within the school district.    The board voted 6-0 (Kathy Mahlberg, Al Hazelton, Angela Monson,...
    HARLAN – A Harlan man has been charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance and using a racial slur directed at another individual during a second-grade Christmas vocal concert at Harlan Community High School Thursday, Dec. 3.    Kenneth James Smith, 53, faces a fine of...
Harlan Community High School senior cheerleaders Shea Ehlert, April Olmos, and Ashley Hastert (l to r) were recently selected as members of the 2015 Iowa Cheer Honor Squad.
    HARLAN -- Harlan Community High School senior cheerleaders Shea Ehlert, April Olmos, and Ashley Hastert (l to r) were recently selected as members of the 2015 Iowa Cheer Honor Squad, and performed during half-time of two of the Iowa high school football championship games at the UNI-Dome in...
Participants paid to take half-court shots at the ball game.
HARLAN -- The annual Blue Out for men’s cancer awareness and research was held Friday, Dec. 4 at Harlan Community High School, raising $9,500 for the cause. The evening included a number of activities, including a bone marrow drive.  (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
    REGIONAL – The annual Christmas adoption list has grown to 136 families desiring “adoption,” and potential donors should contact West Central Community Action soon.    Calls are being taken Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2-4:30 p.m., for persons wishing to be adopted or to adopt a family....

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