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    AVOCA --     The AHSTW Community School District is hoping to grow its endowment fund, recently reaching out to district patrons seeking tax deductible contributions to the fund, established back in 2009.    School district officials said this week the goal is to increase the fund so students...
    HARLAN -- Following no verbal or written comments or objections at the public hearing Tuesday, the Myrtue Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the tax levy rate of $1.22 per thousand taxable evaluation for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The 2016-2017 rate was $1.27 per thousand taxable...
National qualifiers include front L to R -- Molly Gubbels, Alana Monson, Ellen Keast, Haley Arkfeld, Michaela Bissen, Laura Kaufmann, Perri Carter, Taylor Andersen.  Middle L to R -- Colton Stanley, Tyler Buman, Brandon Leinen, Kyle Schmitz, Jay Swanson, Mason Peters, Kyle Knudsen.  Back L to R -- Tyler Schaben, Jon Owens, Jacob Bartley, Jonny Cheek, Andrew Shelton.  Not Pictured: CJ Schechinger.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
    HARLAN – Twenty-one Harlan Community High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) students have qualified for the national conference to be held in Orlando, FL May 10-14.    The 2017 national leadership conference, Spread Your Wings, will welcome more than 5,000 conference delegates from...
Iowa requesting small birth certificates be exchanged
    STATE – The Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Statistics is taking steps to exchange any newborn birth certificate from May, 1993 to October, 2009, where the birth certificate is a small, wallet-sized card.    The newborn birth certificate wallet cards issued during this time...
    HARLAN – Five individuals were arrested and charged with various drug-related crimes following a bust at a Harlan residence last week.    Shelby County Sheriff reports indicate that on Monday, Feb. 27 at approximately 11:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office along with assistance from the Harlan Police...
Ellen Keast and McKenna Boardman from HCHS, and Lauren Bilek of Lewis Central (L to R) at the LEAD Conference in Chicago.  (Photo contributed)
    CHICAGO, IL -- McKenna Boardman and Ellen Keast from Harlan Community High School Student Council joined thousands of other student leaders at a Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference in Chicago, IL on February 10-12.    LEAD Conferences offer experiential leadership skills...
    COUNTY – The crazy spring weather has wreaked havoc on the county’s gravel and dirt road systems, and hopes are that sunshine and warm temperatures this weekend will help the roads heal from a winter that hasn’t been particularly kind.    “Right now the roads are in tough shape,” Shelby County...
Front, from left: Alexis Irlbeck, Storm Stokes, Sidnie Burroughs and Annabel Schechinger;  Back: Steven Bailey, Lake Goetz, Rebecca Sparandeo, Tim Mumm, Reagan Hansen and Jay Swanson. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
    HARLAN – Eight Harlan Community High School speech students have qualified for state participation following outstanding performances at the district speech contest recently.    On February 25, the HCSD Individual Speech Team, under the direction of Ms. Lisa Hagemeier, traveled to Griswold High...
Paulina Vizcaino, Teya Frohlich, Lael Taylor and Adrian Irlbeck (right to left) unveiled the Buddy Bench.  (Photo by Alan Mores)
    HARLAN – Four elementary school students at the Harlan Community Schools have joined together to raise funds for a special project that will help students meet friends and have playmates during recess at the HCS Intermediate and Primary buildings.    Paulina Vizcaino, Teya Frohlich, Lael Taylor...
    COUNTY – County officials have pushed back a review of budget options until today with hopes of finalizing a 2017-18 budget plan and holding a public hearing on the budget proposal March 14.    Shelby County Auditor Mark Maxwell, who also serves as budget director, said he’s been working...

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