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 HARLAN - High winds moved through the area the morning of Monday, August 10th causing downed tree limbs and flying debris. In several locations, a tarp and large tree branches were blown into the 69kv transmission line that encompasses our community.  The circuit breakers in three substations did...
    REGIONAL -- Shelby County’s population has decreased for another consecutive year since 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent estimates, but hopes are that efforts to attract business and develop affordable housing will reverse that trend in the near future.    The population...
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    REGIONAL – Shelby County residents have turned out in a positive way to fill out the Census, but there are still many who have not done so.  It’s an important step in ensuring the community will receive its fair share of federal funds, grants and support for local hospitals, first responders,...
    HARLAN – COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government handed down to states and then to individual school districts are being utilized by the Harlan Community School District to keep students and staff safe during the 2020-21 school year.    HCS Director of Finance Brian Gubbels said the...
    REGIONAL -- AHSTW Community School District, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton and IKM-Manning School Districts have all released Return to Learn plans on their respective school websites. AHSTW has set Thursday, August 20 as the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year.         Both Exira-EHK...
    COUNTY -- Non-profit agencies within Shelby County will have until the end of August to complete applications for funding from Shelby County Community Chest (SCCC). Funds from SCCC are made possible by the generosity of local donors to the SCCC annual fund drive which will be taking place this...
Hand washing?    The district will educate students on appropriate hand washing protocol and encourage and promote healthy practices by allowing for frequent hand washing. Sanitizing?    There will be hand sanitizing stations.  Each classroom will have hand sanitizer available and stations will be...
	Marsha Hursey made a quilt (on the right) following the death of her son, Wade, from some of his clothing as a memory keepsake.  Also shown is a quilt made from old Shelby-Tennant band uniforms.
    SHELBY -- Marsha Hursey learned to sew by trial and error. A seamstress for more than five decades, her projects range from wedding dress alterations to making memory quilts. During the pandemic she has made more than 500 masks.    Hursey didn’t take her high school home ec teacher’s advice...
The restored windmill gets erected in place on the Earling farm.
    EARLING – A cherished windmill damaged during heavy thunderstorms and straight-line winds back in 2006 is getting new life after being restored and erected last month on an Earling family farm.    On Wednesday, July 22, a crane operated by Tom Muenchrath lifted the vintage windmill into the air...
Cameron Hicks, Tony Sparandeo, Abigail Jacobsen, Brooke Goshorn, Katherine Schwery and Brooklyn Buck (L to R) participating in the Bacon Buddies program.
    COUNTY -- Bacon Buddies, a new program that pairs people with special needs with 4-H and FFA members to show pigs, kicked off this summer and was considered a huge success.    The special needs participants had the opportunity to not only interact with livestock, but to show pigs in the main...

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