Kindergarten teacher Kay Goshorn greets Brie Nelson at the open house and back to school night Monday evening.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
HARLAN -- Students and staff headed back to the classroom this week as the beginning of the school year got under way at Harlan Community on Tuesday, Aug. 23. 
New teachers and administration at the Shelby County Catholic School include from left: Allison Gross, second grade; Cindy Schwery, music; Bree Malone, third grade; and Josh De Weerd, principal.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
New teachers and administration at the Shelby County Catholic School include from left: Allison Gross, second grade; Cindy Schwery, music; Bree Malone, third grade; and Josh De Weerd, principal.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
Katelyn Kluver, 15, Portsmouth, performs a vocal solo in the Bill Riley Talent Search August 14.
    DES MOINES -- Highlights involving participants from Shelby County at the Iowa State Fair.
Gettys, Jr.
    HARLAN – Gene Gettys, Jr. will be the next Harlan city administrator after accepting an offer of employment from the Harlan City Council Friday, Aug. 19.
Porsche fished from Prairie Rose
    HARLAN -- A 2001 Porsche owned by Roger A. Wright, Irwin, was listed as a total loss after the parking brake failed and it rolled into Prairie Rose Lake Friday evening, Aug. 12.
Taryn Schuning, 10, Portsmouth, performs a musical theater solo on August 12.
    DES MOINES -- Shelby County area dancers performed in the Bill Riley Talent Show at the Iowa State Fair this past week.
Kindergarten teacher Kay Goshorn greets Brie Nelson at the open house and back to school night Monday evening.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
New teachers and administration at the Shelby County Catholic School include from left: Allison Gross, second grade; Cindy Schwery, music; Bree Malone, third grade; and Josh De Weerd, principal.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
Katelyn Kluver, 15, Portsmouth, performs a vocal solo in the Bill Riley Talent Search August 14.
Gettys, Jr.
Porsche fished from Prairie Rose
Taryn Schuning, 10, Portsmouth, performs a musical theater solo on August 12.
    PANAMA -- The Shelby County Trails Committee is in the early stages of planning a new bike trail that will run five miles from Panama to Portsmouth.    “We just want to get trails in the county is what it amounts to,” said Dean Kloewer, member of the Shelby County Trails committee.    The...
Kindergarten teacher Kay Goshorn greets Brie Nelson at the open house and back to school night Monday evening.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
HARLAN -- Students and staff headed back to the classroom this week as the beginning of the school year got under way at Harlan Community on Tuesday, Aug. 23. 
New teachers and administration at the Shelby County Catholic School include from left: Allison Gross, second grade; Cindy Schwery, music; Bree Malone, third grade; and Josh De Weerd, principal.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
New teachers and administration at the Shelby County Catholic School include from left: Allison Gross, second grade; Cindy Schwery, music; Bree Malone, third grade; and Josh De Weerd, principal.  (Photo by Kim Wegener) New teachers in the Harlan Community Schools L to R include:  Paula Baughman,...
    REGIONAL -- Local officials are saying the threat of Zika virus transmission in the Shelby County area and the state of Iowa is extremely low.    Yet there is a risk to Iowans when they travel to Zika-affected areas.    The continued transmission of Zika virus in the Caribbean, Central and...
Katelyn Kluver, 15, Portsmouth, performs a vocal solo in the Bill Riley Talent Search August 14.
    DES MOINES -- Highlights involving participants from Shelby County at the Iowa State Fair.
    REGIONAL -- School districts in the greater Shelby County area have begun classes for the year, and local officials are urging motorists to be on the lookout for children as they make their way to and from school.    For the third school year in Harlan, motorists are reminded of the crosswalk/...
    HARLAN – With the hiring of Gene Gettys, Jr. as the community’s new city administrator, city officials say he will have to resign as mayor.    In planning, the Harlan City Council initially voted Friday, Aug. 19 5-0 (Kolbe, Christensen, Miller, Bladt and Kroger aye; Pedersen absent) to proceed...
Gettys, Jr.
    HARLAN – Gene Gettys, Jr. will be the next Harlan city administrator after accepting an offer of employment from the Harlan City Council Friday, Aug. 19.    Gettys currently serves as Harlan mayor, and works at Shelby County State Bank as a financial officer and business development officer. ...
    EXIRA-- The Exira-EHK school board gave the final approval for the construction of a new press box at the football field located in Exira.    “The one that’s been there has been for a long, long time and safety precautions are our number one reason why [we are building a new one],” said Tom...
Inland Sea proposes salmon production facility
    HARLAN – An Ames, IA-based firm has plans to develop a salmon production facility in Harlan, bringing 10-15 jobs to the community and producing upwards of 5.3 million pounds of fish annually at its two-acre production plant to be located in the industrial park south of town.    Shelby County...
Porsche fished from Prairie Rose
    HARLAN -- A 2001 Porsche owned by Roger A. Wright, Irwin, was listed as a total loss after the parking brake failed and it rolled into Prairie Rose Lake Friday evening, Aug. 12.    Chadwick’s Towing Service was called out to remove the vehicle from the water the next day.    According to Shelby...
Taryn Schuning, 10, Portsmouth, performs a musical theater solo on August 12.
    DES MOINES -- Shelby County area dancers performed in the Bill Riley Talent Show at the Iowa State Fair this past week.

Sports

Harlan Community Varsity Football Team

 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community football team enters the 2016 season with a veteran-laden offense, a brand new defensive cast and high hopes to build on last year’s 8-2 campaign and return to the p

Family Living

Janet and Galan Johannsen
    HARLAN -- Galan and Janet Johannsen of Harlan will mark their 50th wedding anniversary on September 2. The couple celebrated with a family weekend in July in Kansas City. ...

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