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Dressing up in western gear for Character Counts Week at the Harlan Community Elementary Schools are kneeling: Makiah Schumacher and Jackson Zimmerman.  Sitting: Japhet Kanioka, Cassey Leinen (associate) and Logos Mampembe.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
Students and faculty celebrated the week learning the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; and Citizenship.
    HARLAN – There are new guidelines involving the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Leanne Travis, HCHS Guidance Counselor, said all parents of college-aged students should be aware of the changes.    This year is the first time applicants can use information...
"We have received a lot of interest in the event through our promotions over the last few weeks and anticipate a great crowd enjoying a wonderful night of food, music and overall fun." Todd Valline, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Director
    COUNTY – Beer enthusiasts get ready for a great event this weekend.    The 2nd Annual International Beer Festival is being held Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6- 9 p.m. at the St. Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia.  This year’s event will include beer sampling, the Taste of Shelby County Appetizer...
Debbie Stendrup butters bread for a recent meal.
COUNTY – The Iowa Community Kitchen in Harlan continues to grow this year, adding a new service that is sure to be welcomed for those who wish to have a fresh hot meal every Tuesday of the month.    The community kitchen has partnered with Southwest Iowa Transit to provide free bus service to and...
    HARLAN -- The City of Harlan is in need of a tree to be donated and used as the official Shelby County Christmas Tree this year.    Anyone with a suitable tree they are willing to donate is asked to contact city hall at 755-5137.  The tree can be removed from the property by city employees and...
    HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Intermediate and Primary Schools are celebrating Character Counts Week this week, focusing on the six pillars of character:  Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Trustworthiness, Caring and Citizenship.    It’s National Character Counts Week, and the highlight of...
Shelby County Auditor Marsha Carter makes her opening statement as challenger Mark Maxwell looks at his notes before also making a statement.  Approximately 50 people turned out for the candidates’ forum Tuesday, Oct. 11 where the two discussed the issues.
    HARLAN – Challenger Mark Maxwell says he’ll bring a fresh perspective with new ideas to the office of county auditor, while incumbent and long-time auditor Marsha Carter touts her years of service, accounting background, budgeting expertise and history of cooperation, communication and success...
Lily Muenchrath tries on a fire helmet as classmate Henry Schaben (far right) waits his turn in background.  The two are students at the Shelby County Catholic School.
HARLAN -- It was Fire Prevention Week last week, and local fire departments met with students from area schools to talk about fire safety.     Firefighters from the Harlan Fire Department were guests at the schools in Harlan to not only discuss fire safety such as the stop, drop and roll technique...
    HARLAN – The City of Harlan has signed off on a project spearheaded by volunteers to implement a sound system in downtown Harlan.    The Friends of the Downtown group has worked tirelessly during the past year to fundraise and obtain grants for the project, which will see the installation of a...
    REGIONAL -- Protect yourself, your family and community this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone in your family who is six months and older.    Shelby County Public Health officials say it’s that time of year again where local residents should consider getting a flu shot.  A number...

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