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    HARLAN – Parking changes may be forthcoming for some streets in Harlan to comply with the International Fire Code as it pertains to safe clearance distance for emergency vehicles that may be responding to a call in the community.    The Harlan City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 4...
Auditor Candidates
    COUNTY -- The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hosting a candidates forum Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Harlan Community High School auditorium.    Shelby County Auditor candidates incumbent Marsha Carter (D-Defiance) and Mark Maxwell (R-Harlan) will discuss the issues and...
    “We have been tracking threats that have been made against schools across the country by individuals dressed in clown attire.    “We take these threats seriously and any students attempting to dress as clowns or scare others using clown attire will face consequences.    “We have been in touch...
Phil and Sandy Hammann, co-authors of the national best selling book, will be at the Harlan Library Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. to give a presentation on the horrific story of the 1973 Gitchie Manitou mass murders.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
    REGIONAL – A terrified voice cried out in the night.  “Who are you? What do you want?”    The sound of snapping twigs closed in on the five teenagers enjoying an evening around a glowing campfire at Gitchie Manitou State Park. The night of music and laughter had taken a dark turn. Evil loomed...
	Mary Cownie, director, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, addresses the group in Harlan before project overviews begin.
    HARLAN – Local economic development officials entertained a group from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Wednesday, Sept. 28 in a two-way exchange of ideas, information gathering and connections that is hoped to further develop communication between Shelby County and the state office.    ...
Congratulations!
King Brandon Trevino
Queen Brooke Nelson
Congratulations!King Brandon TrevinoQueen Brooke Nelson
Pirate Bug
Photo courtesy Dr. Laura Jesse, Iowa State University
    REGIONAL – You’ll definitely feel them before you see them.  Those little black bugs which seem to have more teeth than they do body, swarming through the air in the early fall evenings just before dark, causing distress for anyone who may be gardening, attending a ball game or just out for a...
Steen Metz
    ELK HORN -- On the evening of Thursday, October 6, Nazi concentration camp survivor Steen Metz will speak to an open audience at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church beginning at 7 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow his 45-minute presentation. There is no admission charge.    Metz was a...
Pictured are front L to R -- Jay Swanson, Kobe Livengood and Olivia Renze.  Middle L to R -- Julie DuVal, Kelsey Schaben and Tanya Bruck.  Back L to R -- Joshua Cheek and Sydney Petersen.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
Harlan Community High School celebrated homecoming week this week with a series of dress-up days.  Tuesday was Generation Day, and these students and teachers got in the spirit.  Underclassmen dressed up as babies while upperclassmen and teachers dressed up as older individuals.
Portsmouth Native Jen Davidson wins Skydiving World Championships
    CHICAGO, IL -- Portsmouth native Jen Davidson won gold in female 4-way formation skydiving at the 2016 World Parachuting Championships this month at Skydive Chicago. This marks the first time the United States brought home the world championship title in this event.    The world championships...

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