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Alvin Heller, middle, is the last World War II veteran from the Portsmouth American Legion.  He was presented this bottle of whiskey recently by the Legion post.  Heller is pictured with fellow veterans Leo Hawn (left), Earling, a Korean War veteran, and Bob Kuster, Persia, Korean War veteran.
PORTSMOUTH -- The bottle of Seagram’s 7 whiskey has been on display at the Portsmouth American Legion for decades, saved for the last remaining World War II veteran from the post.    That veteran so happens to be Alvin Heller, who couldn’t have been more surprised when Legion members from Post #547...
First grader Georgia Sonderman painted the word love on a rock.
    HARLAN -- During Catholic Schools Week, SCCS students painted kindness rocks to be placed in and around the six Catholic parishes.
    HARLAN -- Interviews of the three finalists for the Harlan Community Schools superintendent position will be held Thursday, Feb. 11 in Harlan.    Interview teams will start at 11 a.m. and run through roughly 7 p.m., with a school board meeting holding a closed session meeting following at 7:30...
Brock Kenkel giving the snow shoes a try
    HARLAN -- Pre-schoolers at the Shelby County Catholic School got the chance Friday to try out their snow shoeing skills.    Shelby County and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Naturalist Christina Roelofs said she brings the program to the area schools for exercise, fun, and to show students...
	Those in the 75 and older age group now can be vaccinated in Shelby County.  Alva Mages got her vaccine last week from Lori Hoch.
    COUNTY --  Educators and persons aged 75 and older are receiving their first COVID-19 vaccinations this week as local public health officials said Phase 1B of the vaccination program is getting under way in Shelby County.    Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine began last week in Iowa.      The...
LEASA STARK BROUILLARD
     HARLAN -- The year was 2006, and Leasa Stark Brouillard and her family moved back to Harlan, to care for her father who had cancer. After his passing, Brouillard thought, “oh boy, now what?”    It had been years since the Harlan resident had practiced pottery, but an initiation by fire, as she...
Second graders Luella von Ahsen (left) and Brylee Knapp, work on a STEM activity called needle felting, which is the process of transforming wool into 3D objects using a barbed needle.
    HARLAN – Shelby County Catholic School, along with other Catholic schools across the nation, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 31-February 6.    Catholic Schools Week is an annual observance meant to highlight the value of Catholic education and its contributions to communities and...
    COUNTY – The well-being of Shelby County children continues to be better than average, according to the National Kids Count Initiative sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.    Comparatively, Shelby County’s children fare better than their counterparts across the state and nation, report...
KYLE GORDON   United States Army Band
    WASHINGTON, DC – Harlan native Kyle Gordon was part of history in the making Wednesday, Jan. 20, performing with the U.S. Army Band Pershing’s Own, the premier band of the U.S. Army, at the inauguration ceremonies for President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.    He’s come a long way...
COUNTY – Shelby County, through its representative Iowa Communities Assurance Pool (ICAP), on Friday, Jan. 22 settled a lawsuit with a former employee for $860,000.    Kellie Paschke, West Des Moines, attorney for Jason Wickizer, confirmed this week that Shelby County, the Emergency Management...

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