Randy Pryor stands in front of his corn planter in Woodbine.  Pryor said it has been a cool and wet planting season.  (Photo by Jacey Goetzman)
REGIONAL -- This planting season started with wet, rainy periods which created conditions that kept farmers from their fields. Now, they’re taking them back.
HARLAN – Iowa Gov.Terry Branstad signed into legislation this month legalizing the sale and use of commercial fireworks in Iowa, and local communities, including Harlan, are now interpreting how that will affect their towns.
HARLAN -- Next time you rent from the library, you may find more than just a story with your books and DVDs.
	Harlan Community High School’s Rebecca Sparandeo was honored as a governor’s scholar by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (right) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds (left).  (Photo contributed)
WEST DES MOINES -- Harlan Community High School senior Rebecca Sparandeo was recognized by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov.
AVOCA -- Graduation ceremonies were held at AHSTW on Sunday, May 14.
Chuck Long
HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center and Petersen Family Wellness Center will celebrate the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day (NSHFD) on Wednesday, May 31 with honored guest, Chuck Long, former Iowa Hawkeye football quarterback legen
	Randy Pryor stands in front of his corn planter in Woodbine.  Pryor said it has been a cool and wet planting season.  (Photo by Jacey Goetzman)
	Harlan Community High School’s Rebecca Sparandeo was honored as a governor’s scholar by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (right) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds (left).  (Photo contributed)
Chuck Long
	Randy Pryor stands in front of his corn planter in Woodbine.  Pryor said it has been a cool and wet planting season.  (Photo by Jacey Goetzman)
REGIONAL -- This planting season started with wet, rainy periods which created conditions that kept farmers from their fields. Now, they’re taking them back.    The temperature, along with the rain, resulted in cold, damp fields that made it impossible to plant in April. Combined with the lack of...
HARLAN – Iowa Gov.Terry Branstad signed into legislation this month legalizing the sale and use of commercial fireworks in Iowa, and local communities, including Harlan, are now interpreting how that will affect their towns.    Under the new law, Iowans may purchase consumer fireworks beginning...
HARLAN -- Next time you rent from the library, you may find more than just a story with your books and DVDs.    Amanda Brewer, the library director, decided to hide golden tickets in various library items for both children and adults to find. The tickets, upon discovery, can be exchanged for prizes...
	Harlan Community High School’s Rebecca Sparandeo was honored as a governor’s scholar by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (right) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds (left).  (Photo contributed)
WEST DES MOINES -- Harlan Community High School senior Rebecca Sparandeo was recognized by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement at the 15th annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 30 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.    The statewide...
AVOCA -- Graduation ceremonies were held at AHSTW on Sunday, May 14.    Below, the graduates spray confetti in the gymnasium following the ceremonies.  At right,  Grace Russmann, Cydney Anderson and Ashlyn Heilig (L to R) share a laugh after commencement.    A number of other commencement exercises...
Chuck Long
HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center and Petersen Family Wellness Center will celebrate the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day (NSHFD) on Wednesday, May 31 with honored guest, Chuck Long, former Iowa Hawkeye football quarterback legend.    As an official host site, the Petersen Family...
	A tree at the corner of 10th and Willow Sts. in Harlan was toppled during Tuesday’s storm.  (Photo by Jacey Goetzman)
https://youtu.be/6zTFaObJqi8     REGIONAL -- Tornadic activity trampled through Shelby County Tuesday night, May 16.    The activity, illustrated in bright, white flashes of lightning and heard in the long, low rumbles of thunder, caused damage in both Shelby and Harlan.    No one was injured,...
REGIONAL – Area seniors are gearing up for commencement this weekend. Harlan Community High School will host graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the HCHS gymnasium. Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton will host graduation on Sunday, May 21 beginning at 2 p.m. The 54 students from IKM-Manning...
The top 10 students at Harlan Community High School this year ranked by grade point average include front L to R -- Laura Kaufmann, Haley Arkfeld, Lauren Blum and Sydney Peterson.  Back L to R -- Reagan Hansen, Alan Holloway, Isaac Stitz, Ashley Petsche, Rebecca Sparandeo and Michaela Bissen.  (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
REGIONAL -- Ten students will graduate this week with the highest distinction at Harlan Community High School, ranked as the top 10 senior students at HCHS based on grade point average.    The students will be recognized during commencement ceremonies to be held Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the...
SHELBY -- The City of Shelby is seeking title to a property in Shelby it has considered abandoned.    According to a petition filed in Shelby County District Court, the property is located at 420 East St., and includes a building that is abandoned, vacant and dilapidated.  Having interest in the...
HARLAN -- Jacey Goetzman, Muscatine, recently joined the Harlan Newspapers as its summer intern.    Goetzman is a freshman studying journalism and mass communications as well as French at Iowa State University in Ames.    Goetzman said she has no specific plans after graduation, but that she does...
World champion eater Matt Stonie, shown here in the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, will be in Elk Horn this month for the inaugural Æbleskiver Eating Contest.  (Photo contributed)
ELK HORN -- World champion Matt Stonie will compete with other top competitive eaters at the first-ever Annual Tivoli Fest World Æbleskiver Eating Championship sanctioned by Major League Eating on May 27 at 2 p.m. at Tivoli Fest, held in downtown Elk Horn.    Æbleskiver are a type of round pancake...

Sports

 HCHS junior Rolly Lokange (10) fights off Panther sophomore Dale Boyer for possession. Lokange scored his first varsity goal in the second half. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)

 HARLAN -- It was a night of firsts for the Harlan Community boys soccer team Monday (May 15) as the Cyclones overcame a slow start to beat Creston 5-0 at Merrill Field.

Family Living

Betty Markham
HARLAN -- Betty Markham of Harlan marked her 95th birthday on April 17. She celebrated with her family at a luncheon on May 6 at the Harlan Golf and Country Club.    Her entire family...

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