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    DES MOINES -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has awarded a number of area fire departments grants to aid their efforts in protecting Iowans and their property from wildfires.    Local departments receiving 50 percent cost share grant monies include Elk Horn, Harlan and Irwin.    The...
	Hazelton, board member for the HCS district, was honored Nov. 19 as IASB Board Member Jon Rowen (right) presented Hazelton with a certificate for completing the IASB Better Boardsmanship requirements.
    DES MOINES -- The Iowa Association of School Boards recognizes that learning and leadership on the part of school board members makes a difference at the board table and for students.    At IASB’s 70th Annual Convention on Nov. 19, Harlan Community School Board member and IASB District 4...
Nonprofit representatives receiving grant awards, 1st row from left to right:  Marvin Leinen, Portsmouth Vol. Fire Depart.; Lisa Riggs, Danish Windmill; Alissa LaCanne, City of Elk Horn; Dena Matthews, WCCA; Connie Lehan, Friends of Harlan City Parks.  2nd row:  Tom Heinrich, Earling Fire & Rescue; Lynn Gaskill, Irwin Fire & Rescue; Nate Buman, Sh. Co. Historical Museum. Back row: Sh. Co. Comm. Foundation Board Members Todd Argotsinger, Gene Gross (Chair), and Allan Hjelle (Vice Chair).
    COUNTY -- The Shelby County Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $34,340 this fall, awarded to Shelby County non-profit agencies.    With these grants, the foundation has distributed nearly $1.8 million in grant funds and scholarships over the last 15 years.
Shown here practicing their parts are third-graders Brett Heese and Lauren Gaul, dressed as Frosty and Mrs. Frosty.
    HARLAN -- Students from the Shelby County Catholic School at St. Michael’s Center will be presenting their Christmas program Monday, Dec. 7 in the school gym.  The program at 7 p.m. follows the anticipatory 5:30 p.m. Mass in the church for the Holy Day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception...
    HARLAN -- The Annual Harlan Community Blue Out for men’s cancer awareness and fundraising will take place tonight, Friday, Dec. 4 at the Harlan Community High School girls/boys basketball doubleheader.    The theme for this year’s Blue Out is ‘Blue’s Clues, It’s Male Time!’      There will be a...
    HARLAN -- The City of Harlan has filed a petition in Shelby County District Court last month, seeking title to an abandoned property located at 910 Court St.    According to court documents, the defendants are Stephen R. Nichols, owner of the property; and others who may have an interest in the...
    REGIONAL – Needy families are getting some help from generous donors this holiday season as part of the annual Adopt-A-Family Christmas program in Shelby County.    The list has grown to 87 families desiring “adoption,” and potential donors should contact West Central Community Action. Calls...
    ELK HORN -- Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO) is seeking applications from low to moderate income homeowners in the City of Elk Horn.    Income-qualified homeowners who live in the target area may be eligible to receive a five year forgivable loan to provide housing repairs. 
American Legion/VFW retire colors
    HARLAN -- The Harlan American Legion Posts 150 and VFW Post 941 performed a Flag Retirement Ceremony (Dignified Disposal of Unserviceable Flags) at the Lawrence and Pam Rold acreage east of Harlan on October 17.    The ceremony pays proper respect to flags that have become unserviceable after...
Holiday Lighting Contest begins
    COUNTY -- The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with the Harlan Municipal Utilities, Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative and MidAmerican Energy, are sponsoring a holiday home lighting contest this season.    Winners will be awarded $100, $50 or $25 in...

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