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    AVOCA -- Starting on Wednesday, July 3 Avoca will be celebrating its 150-year anniversary of establishment. The four-day event will conclude on Saturday, July 6 with music by the Jay Clyde Band at the Exchange.    During this celebration Avoca will hold a number of events including bingo, Ollie...
    HARLAN -- The yearly firework show will once again be on display at J.J. Jensen Park on Thursday, July 4. The show has entertained numerous Harlanites for more than 30 years. However, the show is impossible to be put on without the help of Harlan American Legion Post #150.    Every year the...
	Iowa Rep. Steve Holt (R-Denison), left, and Iowa Sen. Jason Schultz, shown at a winter legislative briefing,  say the legislative session was a productive one.  (File photo)
    REGIONAL -- This last session of legislation provided a wide range of debates and changes for Iowa Citizens ranging from tax relief to how the judicial system operates.    The Republican lead majority was able to get a number of bills passed that were implemented on July 1. According to Iowa...
Beautiful weather greeted up to 500 tractor riders who were touring western Iowa for three days.
    SHELBY -- The WHO Tractor Ride was a huge success Tuesday, June 25 as it made its way to Carstens Farm, Shelby.     The riders were based in Council Bluffs and took day excursions, and had lunch in Shelby Tuesday. 
Lynn Johnson
    HARLAN – Lynn Johnson has been hired to serve the Harlan Community School District as interim superintendent for the 2019-20 school year.    School officials said Johnson was identified as the right choice to lead the district after hearing feedback from a mixed interview team, tour guides and...
    HARLAN – A vote of school patrons of the Harlan Community Schools for the continuation of the district’s Instructional Support Levy and Physical Plant and Equipment Levy tentatively has been pushed back to the November general election.    The HCS Board of Education initially considered a...
A rollover accident on Nishna Avenue east of Harlan was reported Tuesday, June 25.
    HARLAN -- On Tuesday, June 25, a 911 call reported a rollover accident on Nishna Avenue east of Harlan at approximately 4 p.m. with a trapped individual and possible agricultural-related chemical spill. Responding units located a 1994 International semi, which for unknown reasons left the...
Painted Lady butterfly outbreak in Shelby County this week.
    COUNTY – Shelby County has seen an outbreak of Painted Lady butterflies during the past week with thousands descending on Harlan and neighboring communities.    The painted lady, or Vanessa cardui, has become widespread in the region this year.  Donald R. Lewis, Iowa State University...
    HARLAN - At approximately 6:20 p.m. Harlan Police Department, Medivac, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Harlan Fire Department were dispatched to 9th and Chatburn Ave for an accident involving a car and a motorcycle on Thursday, June 27.    When Officer’s arrived, they attempted to aid the...
    HARLAN -- The American Library Association (ALA) announced this week that the Harlan Community Library is selected to participate in Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of ALA and the Public Library Association (PLA), sponsored by Grow With Google, the tech company’s economic...

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