Tarah Devlin-Lawler
    HARLAN -- Tarah Devlin-Lawler is the newest member of the Harlan Community Schools Board of Education, taking the oath of office Monday, Dec. 3 at a meeting of the board.    Devlin-Lawler was appointed to the board following the resignation of...
	Anyone who can help with local bell ringing for The Salvation Army can contact Pastor Donna Ewert, Shelby County Community Outreach or West Central Community Action.  Above, Levi, Logan, Lauren and Lance Obrecht, children of Jill and Steve Obrecht, joined Janet Carbonell and Marian Greer-Stokes (right) with Salvation Army bell-ringing and Christmas carols.
    COUNTY -- The red kettles are showing up all around Shelby County for the 2018 Salvation Army (SA) Bell Ringing Campaign.  Officials are asking local residents to please don’t pass them by.  Every time you toss your loose change into a counter...
Jack Klitgaard, above, with his finished Eagle Scout project at Nishna Bend Recreation Area.
    HARLAN – Harlan’s Jack Klitgaard recently completed his Eagle Scout project, constructing a life-size eagle aerie exhibit to benefit Nishna Bend Recreation Area in Shelby County.    Klitgaard, the son of Dr. Don and Laurel Klitgaard and a member...
The eighth grade team includes front L to R -- Gabby Gaul, Macy Reischl, Madison Kjergaard, Vanessa Sotelo, Ava Miller and Ellie Ineson.  Back L to R -- Kaiden Milliken, Madison Pope, Steven Leinen and Brad Curren.
HARLAN -- Two Harlan Community Middle School mock trial teams will compete today-Thursday, Nov. 27-29 at the state mock trial event in Des Moines, following top showings at a regional event held November 7.    The HCMS 8th grade team garnered first...
Putting the finishing touches on the winter play recently were top L to R -- Camron Buck, Maggie Nollen, Katelyn Kluver, Macey Bendorf, Maya Kenkel, Emma Hilario, and Tim Mumm.
HARLAN -- The HCHS Drama Department will present A Good Old-Fashioned Big Family Christmas this weekend at the HCHS auditorium.    Under the direction of Kayla Weis, the comedy about how the holidays can bring out the best and worst in all of us...
	Harlan Municipal Utilities and City of Harlan crews put the official Shelby County Christmas Tree in place and strung it with lights Wednesday, Nov. 14 on the east side of the courthouse square.  The tree will light up and kick off the season at the annual holiday lighting festival slated for Saturday, Nov. 25.  The tree this year was donated by Betty Larsen.
COUNTY -- The fifth year of the holiday lighting ceremony in downtown Harlan will kick off Saturday, Nov. 24 with lots of Christmas cheer and holiday events to start the season in Shelby County.    The kick-off to the holiday season is a special one...
Tarah Devlin-Lawler
	Anyone who can help with local bell ringing for The Salvation Army can contact Pastor Donna Ewert, Shelby County Community Outreach or West Central Community Action.  Above, Levi, Logan, Lauren and Lance Obrecht, children of Jill and Steve Obrecht, joined Janet Carbonell and Marian Greer-Stokes (right) with Salvation Army bell-ringing and Christmas carols.
Jack Klitgaard, above, with his finished Eagle Scout project at Nishna Bend Recreation Area.
The eighth grade team includes front L to R -- Gabby Gaul, Macy Reischl, Madison Kjergaard, Vanessa Sotelo, Ava Miller and Ellie Ineson.  Back L to R -- Kaiden Milliken, Madison Pope, Steven Leinen and Brad Curren.
Putting the finishing touches on the winter play recently were top L to R -- Camron Buck, Maggie Nollen, Katelyn Kluver, Macey Bendorf, Maya Kenkel, Emma Hilario, and Tim Mumm.
	Harlan Municipal Utilities and City of Harlan crews put the official Shelby County Christmas Tree in place and strung it with lights Wednesday, Nov. 14 on the east side of the courthouse square.  The tree will light up and kick off the season at the annual holiday lighting festival slated for Saturday, Nov. 25.  The tree this year was donated by Betty Larsen.
Architect Matthew Erion discusses the four ballot questions with approximately 80 individuals who turned out at a public information meeting Monday evening, Dec. 3.
    HARLAN -- Harlan Community school patrons will head to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 11 to cast ballots on a number of issues, including a proposed $28.5 million bond issue as well as renewal votes for the district’s physical plant and equipment levy and instructional support levy.    Polls will be...
Tarah Devlin-Lawler
    HARLAN -- Tarah Devlin-Lawler is the newest member of the Harlan Community Schools Board of Education, taking the oath of office Monday, Dec. 3 at a meeting of the board.    Devlin-Lawler was appointed to the board following the resignation of Kathy Mahlberg.  She represents District 6, and...
    HARLAN -- A new Myrtue Medical Center Board of Trustee member is expected to be appointed at the December trustees meeting to fulfill the term of Allan Hjelle who has retired from the board.    The board formally accepted Hjelle’s resignation at the November board meeting. Hjelle of Elk Horn...
    HARLAN -- Harlan Community school patrons will head to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 11 to cast ballots on a number of issues, including a proposed $28.5 million bond issue as well as renewal votes for the district’s physical plant and equipment levy and instructional support levy.    Polls will be...
	Anyone who can help with local bell ringing for The Salvation Army can contact Pastor Donna Ewert, Shelby County Community Outreach or West Central Community Action.  Above, Levi, Logan, Lauren and Lance Obrecht, children of Jill and Steve Obrecht, joined Janet Carbonell and Marian Greer-Stokes (right) with Salvation Army bell-ringing and Christmas carols.
    COUNTY -- The red kettles are showing up all around Shelby County for the 2018 Salvation Army (SA) Bell Ringing Campaign.  Officials are asking local residents to please don’t pass them by.  Every time you toss your loose change into a counter kettle, or stuff a few bills into a red Salvation...
    HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center provides $2,018,066 in community benefits to Shelby County, according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services.    Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care.    Along with...
    REGIONAL – For the first time in years all families and individuals who have asked for assistance thus far via the annual holiday adoption program were adopted at one point last week, but officials say a few more signed up and fortunately there still is time for more needing assistance to sign...
    HARLAN – The Harlan Community Schools Board of Education on Monday, Nov. 19 voted 6-0 to appoint an independent investigator to review allegations and concerns regarding HCS Superintendent Justin Wagner.    In a rare open session involving personnel issues, the board discussed the appointment...
    HARLAN – Larry Hopp was one of five individuals who spoke in support of Harlan Community Schools Superintendent Justin Wagner during the public comments portion of a Monday evening meeting of the board of education, and he also called out the Harlan News-Advertiser, and specifically managing...
Jack Klitgaard, above, with his finished Eagle Scout project at Nishna Bend Recreation Area.
    HARLAN – Harlan’s Jack Klitgaard recently completed his Eagle Scout project, constructing a life-size eagle aerie exhibit to benefit Nishna Bend Recreation Area in Shelby County.    Klitgaard, the son of Dr. Don and Laurel Klitgaard and a member of Harlan Boy Scout Troop 90, logged more than...
    HARLAN -- Harlan Community school patrons will head to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 11 to cast ballots on a number of issues, including a proposed $28.5 million bond issue as well as renewal votes for the district’s physical plant and equipment levy and instructional support levy.    Polls are open...
    REGIONAL – Shelby County voters will be able to cast ballots Tuesday, Dec. 11 in a bond referendum being proposed by Iowa Western Community College, with proceeds used to finance replacement of the steam heating system on the Council Bluffs campus.    The $11.5 million bond issue will be held...

Sports

 HCHS sophomore Abby Swank rolled a two-game set of 344 to lead the Cyclone girls past Shenandoah in Monday’s season-opening dual. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)

 HARLAN (Dec. 3) -- The Harlan Community bowling teams opened their season with a split against Shenandoah Monday at Cyclone Lanes.

Family Living

Christine and Braden Vermeys
    PANAMA -- Christine Wingert and Braden Vermeys both of Lake Park were married on August 25, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Panama.      ...

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