Exira will be one of the areas to benefit from fiber optics courtesy of METC.  Marne Elk Horn’s Jordan Jacobsen (left) & Jimmy McCarthy (right) stand beside the city sign, announcing the fiber expansion in Exira.
    REGIONAL -- In the next several years, underserved internet customers in western Iowa will be served with Marne Elk Horn fiber internet after the company completes fiber projects in the region.    The company announced today that they have...
	AHSTW Community School District employees, front row, from left: Darin Jones, superintendent; Shannon Goetzinger, guidance counselor; and Sidney Zimmerman, para-educator and BVU student. Back row, from left: Tamara Hansen, 4th grade teacher; Shona Wirich, 2nd grade teacher; Tara Lohoff, guest teacher and BVU student; Katelynn Long, 4th grade teacher; Courtney Robinson, 1st grade teacher; and Lisa Irlbeck, 2nd grade teacher.
    AVOCA -- Buena Vista University (BVU) and the Avoca-Hancock-Shelby-Tennant-Walnut Community School District (AHSTW) have united in a Strategic Partnership, working together to strengthen their communities.    This agreement allows employees of...
	Marian Greer-Stokes is encouraging local residents to volunteer for a bell-ringing shift this holiday season.
    REGIONAL -- In this charitable season, dropping a donation locally into the red Salvation Army kettle, you know your goodwill stays in Shelby County to help your neighbors in need.      The local SA committee members like Marian Greer-Stokes,...
An example of what the project will look like when completed.
   EARLING – Work has begun on a stream mitigation bank project on Mosquito Creek along the east edge of Earling, with the goal being to prevent future erosion and provide flood control for the community.    Shelby County Conservation Director Nick...
Tolga Sevimli, left, and Andrew Andersen work on the new welding equipment recently installed.
    HARLAN – A public-private partnership between the Harlan Community Schools, Harlan Education Foundation and Conductix-Wampfler has led to the creation of a new, updated welding lab at the high school with hopes to prepare students who are...
	Cathy Jensen is a Myrtue Hospice Social Worker who leads the Understanding Your Grief classes.  She says the most important aspect for individuals is that they know they can heal.
    HARLAN – Myrtue Medical Center is offering a series of grief classes designed to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for individuals to share about their experience and to learn about the grief process.    The classes are being offered...
	Exira will be one of the areas to benefit from fiber optics courtesy of METC.  Marne Elk Horn’s Jordan Jacobsen (left) & Jimmy McCarthy (right) stand beside the city sign, announcing the fiber expansion in Exira.
	AHSTW Community School District employees, front row, from left: Darin Jones, superintendent; Shannon Goetzinger, guidance counselor; and Sidney Zimmerman, para-educator and BVU student. Back row, from left: Tamara Hansen, 4th grade teacher; Shona Wirich, 2nd grade teacher; Tara Lohoff, guest teacher and BVU student; Katelynn Long, 4th grade teacher; Courtney Robinson, 1st grade teacher; and Lisa Irlbeck, 2nd grade teacher.
	Marian Greer-Stokes is encouraging local residents to volunteer for a bell-ringing shift this holiday season.
An example of what the project will look like when completed.
Tolga Sevimli, left, and Andrew Andersen work on the new welding equipment recently installed.
	Cathy Jensen is a Myrtue Hospice Social Worker who leads the Understanding Your Grief classes.  She says the most important aspect for individuals is that they know they can heal.
	Exira will be one of the areas to benefit from fiber optics courtesy of METC.  Marne Elk Horn’s Jordan Jacobsen (left) & Jimmy McCarthy (right) stand beside the city sign, announcing the fiber expansion in Exira.
    REGIONAL -- In the next several years, underserved internet customers in western Iowa will be served with Marne Elk Horn fiber internet after the company completes fiber projects in the region.    The company announced today that they have accepted the $4.5 million grant award from the Empower...
	AHSTW Community School District employees, front row, from left: Darin Jones, superintendent; Shannon Goetzinger, guidance counselor; and Sidney Zimmerman, para-educator and BVU student. Back row, from left: Tamara Hansen, 4th grade teacher; Shona Wirich, 2nd grade teacher; Tara Lohoff, guest teacher and BVU student; Katelynn Long, 4th grade teacher; Courtney Robinson, 1st grade teacher; and Lisa Irlbeck, 2nd grade teacher.
    AVOCA -- Buena Vista University (BVU) and the Avoca-Hancock-Shelby-Tennant-Walnut Community School District (AHSTW) have united in a Strategic Partnership, working together to strengthen their communities.    This agreement allows employees of AHSTW, as well as eligible family members of full-...
	Marian Greer-Stokes is encouraging local residents to volunteer for a bell-ringing shift this holiday season.
    REGIONAL -- In this charitable season, dropping a donation locally into the red Salvation Army kettle, you know your goodwill stays in Shelby County to help your neighbors in need.      The local SA committee members like Marian Greer-Stokes, Salvation Army Committee Member and Special Project...
An example of what the project will look like when completed.
   EARLING – Work has begun on a stream mitigation bank project on Mosquito Creek along the east edge of Earling, with the goal being to prevent future erosion and provide flood control for the community.    Shelby County Conservation Director Nick Preston said the conservation board, City of...
Tolga Sevimli, left, and Andrew Andersen work on the new welding equipment recently installed.
    HARLAN – A public-private partnership between the Harlan Community Schools, Harlan Education Foundation and Conductix-Wampfler has led to the creation of a new, updated welding lab at the high school with hopes to prepare students who are interested in future technical careers.    “We are...
    HARLAN – Myrtue Memorial Hospital has put on hold a cafeteria/gift shop renovation project due to higher-than-estimated bids received for the project.    Myrtue Chief Executive Officer Barry Jacobsen said bids were upwards of $390,000 over the estimate, so he’s not recommending the board of...
    COUNTY – Shelby County is moving forward with a $2 million project to purchase radios and pagers for emergency, law enforcement and fire department communications.    The Shelby County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Nov. 16 approved a proposal to proceed with the project, and is expected to...
    COUNTY – The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Harlan Community and Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton Schools, Myrtue Medical Center Behavioral Health and Southwest Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services, will implement a school resource officer program committed to...
	Cathy Jensen is a Myrtue Hospice Social Worker who leads the Understanding Your Grief classes.  She says the most important aspect for individuals is that they know they can heal.
    HARLAN – Myrtue Medical Center is offering a series of grief classes designed to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for individuals to share about their experience and to learn about the grief process.    The classes are being offered twice a year, and are geared toward adults who have...
    PARADISE, CA – Omaha native Lizzie Johnson, the daughter of Steve and Rose Johnson and granddaughter of Louis Rosman, Harlan, has released a book chronicling one of the most devastating wildfires in California history.    Paradise:  One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire is earning...
Photo Highlights......
	Holidays on Main will feature a Bethlehem Walk up Main Street to the live nativity scene, shown above, located next to the Post Office in Avoca.
    AVOCA -- Downtown Avoca is celebrating a Holiday Hoedown on Saturday, November 27th from 3-7 p.m. to celebrate Holidays on Main, and everyone is invited!  This holiday event offers food, fun, prizes, and unique entertainment for all ages.      The afternoon with start with a vendor/craft fair...

Sports

Teagon Kasperbauer, HCHS, jr.
First Team All-State
(Photos courtesy of Leah Marie Photography; Todd Danner, Denison Bulletin-Review; and AHSTW Schools)

 DES MOINES (Nov. 23) -- The Harlan Community football team capped a phenomenal season last Friday by winning the program’s 13th state title at the UNI-Dome.

Family Living

    HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Library is having its annual used book sale August 9-September 4 during regular business hours.  All proceeds from the sale go to fund the...

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