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Shown here ready for the AHSTW prom grand march were L to R -- Matthew Herrera, Kelsi Cornejo, Ryann Portch and Brayton Tuma.
    AVOCA -- Prom-goers at AHSTW wouldn’t let one of the strongest mid-April storms in history rain or snow on their special evening Saturday night, April 14.  Strong storms that brought heavy rain, wind, hail and even some area twisters rolled in on Friday.  On the back side of that storm was...
    COUNTY – License plates with the new Iowa plate design are now available through local motor vehicle departments, including the Shelby County office, officials announced this week.    The design, a city and country reboot, represents an updated and more visually compelling representation of the...
    HARLAN -- An official from the Essentia plant east of Harlan said Thursday, April 12 his company is working on the issue.    In a statement, John Abell, a representative from the plant, said, “We have been in contact with the DNR and the Shelby County Environmental Department and also with the...
    REGIONAL – Outstanding debt obligations for local governmental agencies decreased slightly in the past year, bucking the state trend that saw an overall increase in debt, according to a report released by the state treasurer’s office.    Shelby County saw it’s total debt obligations drop from $...
    COUNTY -- There will be a contested race for county supervisor this year.    Incumbent Roger Schmitz, Democrat, is being challenged by newcomer Darin Haake, Republican.  Both will appear on the primary ballot in June, and both will move on to the general election in November representing their...
    HARLAN -- The final legislative briefing of the year will be held Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry atrium, 1901 Hawkeye Ave. in Harlan.    This event is sponsored by Farm Sweet Farm of Harlan.  The public is invited to attend and learn more...
Jack Buman (left) and Tyler Buman clean up a rock area around a home.
    COUNTY -- Harlan Community High School students spread out across the school district Wednesday, April 11 as part of their annual Community Service Day.  Freshmen-seniors helped clean up homes, parks, etc. as part the event.    Temperatures had rebounded from an unseasonably cold April to more...
    HARLAN – The City of Harlan has plans to issue $1.5 million in capital loan notes to finance a number of community projects, including improvements to the sewer plant and J.J. Jensen Park.    The Harlan City Council has approved resolutions in support of the authorization of loan agreements for...
    On page 4A of today’s Harlan News-Advertiser is a letter to the editor from Lori Minor, referencing the sexual abuse allegations against former Harlan Physician Dr. Wing-Tai Fung.  Minor was the victim who was the subject of a Rekha Basu article, and group of articles, chronicling the alleged...
    HARLAN – Another couple of weeks have gone by and still no answers to why, on occasion, Harlan stinks.    For about a month, winds out of the south and east have drawn an unpleasant odor into town, allegedly from the Essentia plant east of Harlan.  Most recently, the smell permeated the town on...

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