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Firefighters worked Thursday morning to extinguish a fire at 501 Main St. in Earling.
    EARLING -- Fire raced through an Earling home at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Jan. 28, and while the home sustained significant damage, all the occupants were able to exit safely.  Firefighters from Earling, Panama, Westphalia, Defiance, and Harlan were on scene battling the blaze.
AHSTW Homecoming King Jacob Roush and Queen Chloe Falkena.
    AVOCA -- AHSTW Homecoming King Jacob Roush, son of Kathleen Roush and Mike Roush of Avoca, and Queen Chloe Falkena, daughter of Chad and Robin Butler of Harlan, were crowned during coronation ceremonies held Sunday, Jan. 24 at AHSTW.    The coronation ceremony had been postponed from last fall...
This year’s Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association Annual Banquet will be drive-through only Feb. 6 for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic
    COUNTY – The 2021 Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association will host a drive-through style banquet in 2021 instead of its annual in-person event in order to adhere to safety considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Annually bringing anywhere from 600-725 people together for the popular...
HARLAN -- The Harlan Community School District Board of Directors announced Friday, Jan. 22 the three finalists in its superintendent search.       Grundmeyer Leader Services has been assisting the Board with the search.  Initially a Community Stakeholder Survey was utilized; based on this data,...
COUNTY – Shelby County residents aged 65 and older are now in the next wave of coronavirus vaccinations expected to begin approximately February 1, it was announced last week.    Depending upon availability, vaccinations for those in Tier 1B can begin as early as February.  Myrtue Medical Center...
    COUNTY -- The Shelby County Board of Supervisors and Shelby County Emergency Management Commission have approved the appointment of ICAP (Iowa Communities Assurance Pool) to handle litigation efforts going forward in a lawsuit brought by a former employee.    The supervisors approved a...
	Harlan Wastewater Superintendent Steve Kenkel retired at the end of December after more than 43 years of service with the City of Harlan.  His account of the the 1993 Harlan flood is fascinating.
    HARLAN – There’s a photo in the July 16, 1993 edition of the Harlan News-Advertiser of then Assistant Harlan Wastewater Superintendent Steve Kenkel working to repair damage at the city’s water treatment plant after the community had been hit with a once-in-a-100-year flood.    Long-time Harlan...
    COUNTY – Shelby County has been notified by its recycling provider that it will no longer provide service to the recycling buildings in Earling, Portsmouth, and Irwin effective February 1.    Shelby County Engineer Brandon Burmeister confirmed Monday that the buildings will be closed.    “The...
Here, his wife, Susan, pins on his badge.
    HARLAN -- Derrick Yamada officially was sworn in as Harlan Chief of Police during a ceremony at the Harlan City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19.  Yamada takes over duties for Frank Clark, who is retiring at the end of this month after a long career with the city.    He officially begins his...
    STATE -- On Monday, Jan. 18, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) spoke with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding expected increases in vaccine allocation.    IDPH officials said they continue to be in close communication with our federal partners and we will...

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