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    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.
Numbers have dwindled in recent years, and the department may be forced to close its doors if new volunteers can’t be found
    KIRKMAN – Volunteer firefighters are needed in Kirkman or the department may be forced to close.    Those words come from Captain Mike Norris, who explains this week that numbers have dwindled in recent years to a total of nine firefighters, with only three of the nine certified for qualified...
HCHS Jazz band
    HARLAN -- On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Drake University hosted its annual honor jazz band festIval.  Students performing in this event are nominated by their directors and are placed into four bands based on their grade in school.    The students attend rehearsals and master classes during the day and...
    HARLAN -- The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host its 2016 awards banquet Friday, Feb. 19 at the C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center in Harlan.    Awards to be presented include citizen/volunteer of the year, non-profit of the year, new business of the year, and business of...
 Northey takes a question from the one of the Harlan Community High School FFA students.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
    HARLAN -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was in Harlan Friday, Feb. 12 to meet with Harlan Future Farmers of America (FFA) students as part of his “Day in the District.”  Accompanying Northey in Harlan was Iowa Sen. Jason Schultz.     Besides Harlan, Northey and Schultz toured the...
    COUNTY – Elected officials in Shelby County will see a 2.5 percent raise next year following approval by the Shelby County Board of Supervisors.    Supervisors Steve Kenkel, Roger Schmitz and Charlie Parkhurst approved the raise after discussion of the county compensation board’s recommendation...
    HARLAN – The Harlan Community School District is planning for future expected losses in enrollment and the financial decreases that will come with fewer students in the classroom.    At a meeting of the board of education January 25, HCS Superintendent of Schools Justin Wagner said it’s...
    HARLAN – A committee of community members, school staff and school board members is working to develop a recommendation for next year’s Harlan Community School District calendar.    An initial meeting was held in January, and additional meetings are planned.    The committee’s challenge is to...

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