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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced on Monday that his office will begin mailing Voter ID cards this week to registered voters in the state who do not possess a valid Iowa driver’s license or non-driver’s ID.    The cards are free and will be sent automatically to 123,000...
Smitty Bee’s Owner Doug Schmitz (right) speaks with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds during her tour of Smitty Bee Honey Inc. in Defiance.
DEFIANCE -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds toured Smitty Bee Honey Inc. in Defiance on Thursday as part of her 99 Iowa county tour. Leading the tour were Smitty Bee’s Owner Doug Schmitz (right) and his son, Smitty Bee’s President Tony Schmitz. Doug briefed Gov. Reynolds on the history of Smitty Bee...
REGIONAL – The deadline is now over for families to sign up hoping to be adopted in this year’s holiday adoption program, but there’s still plenty of time for donors to offer their financial help to those needy individuals and families on this year’s list.    The number of needy individuals and...
Jen Davidson
PORTSMOUTH -- Portsmouth native Jen Davidson won a gold medal recently at the 2017 U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Perris in Southern California.    Davidson and her team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, took gold in the eight-way formation skydiving event. Her...
REGIONAL -- The findings of a study regarding regional recycling efforts is being presented soon.    The regional recycling center in Carroll was built in 1990 and has been processing recyclables from association members and other interested parties since that time.    Current association members...
Noah E. Stout
HARLAN -- An 18-year-old Harlan man has been charged in Shelby County District Court with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse.    Noah E. Stout, 3002 12th St. #1, is accused of performing a sex act on a 13-year-old girl on October 23 at the swimming pool park, 2100 block of 9th St., in Harlan...
HARLAN -- Beautiful weather greeted hundreds who turned out Saturday, Nov. 25 for the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony in downtown Harlan.  Participants got a chance to visit with Santa Claus, check out the downtown lights and climb on trains.  Refreshments were provided by the Shelby County...
The vehicle fully engulfed in flames.
HARLAN -- The remains of a body were discovered in a vehicle in southwest Harlan late Tuesday night, Nov. 28 following an explosion and vehicle fire in the back yard of a residence along Ridgeway Drive.    Shelby County Sheriff reports indicate at approximately 11:18 p.m., the Harlan Police...
Snowy Owls in the middle of the day in Iowa?  Numerous sightings have already occurred around Iowa this fall.  Every four or five years a large number of Snowy Owls head south, known as an irruption.  Researchers predict that this will be a good year to see Snowy Owls in the United States.    ...
Brooklyn Hess
COUNTY – Two Shelby County kindergartners are warming up hearts this holiday season through book and food drives, with all proceeds to be presented to West Central Community Action.    Brooklyn Hess, 5, the daughter of Brad and Staci Hess, Portsmouth, and Hunter Burmeister, 6, the son of Mitch and...

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