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    HARLAN – The Knights of Pythias plans to start new lodge in Harlan, it was announced this week, with invitations for Harlan area residents to join.     The Grand Lodge of Iowa, Knights of Pythias will be holding a membership drive at the Pizza Ranch on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6-8 p.m. for the...
	Hundreds of plastic bottles recently were dumped into the trash at the Shelby County Landfill instead of being recycled.  County officials said the residents have to make a more concerted effort to recycle or the county will face higher fees from its recycling provider.  (Photo contributed)
    COUNTY – Shelby County officials are reminding residents that the recycling bin in the former Shopko parking lot is for rural residents’ recyclables only, and if people continue to drop off trash that has to be hauled away, the recycling location may be closed.    In-town Harlan residents have...
	Cast members include back L to R -- Nicholas Kohles, Sam Buman, Benett Dozler, Evan Finken, Aaron Porter, Maggie Nollen, Isaac Jones, Thuong Vo, Joe Evans, Maya Kenkel, Niall Mahoney, Samuel Heileson and Kayla Weis (director).  Front L to R -- Victoria Chapman, Sirriniti Fleshman, Liz Devine, Julia Renkly, Macey Bendorf, Ellie Gross, Vanessa Sotelo, Morgan Schwery, Sophie Thomas and Maggie Buman.  Not pictured: Jennifer Crosley, Emma Struck-Friedrichsen, and Cathy Buman (costumes).  (Photo contributed)
    HARLAN – The Harlan Community High School Drama Department will be presenting the play Divine Stella Devine in three performances this week.    Showtimes are Thursday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 9, at 7 p.m., and a Sunday, Nov. 10 matinee at 2 p.m. at the HCHS Auditorium.    Director Kayla Weis...
    HARLAN -- Harlan Community Schools patrons are getting another chance to show their support for the school next week by voting on proposals to renew the district’s instructional support levy (ISL) and physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL).    The HCS Board of Education has moved to put both...
    HARLAN – The only contested race for Harlan Community School Board in Tuesday’s election is for District 5, where incumbent Joni Larsen is being challenged by Allyson Bendorf.    Board members Seth Piro (District 3), Monte Schechinger (District 7) and Tarah Devlin-Lawler (District 6) are...
    COUNTY – Write-in votes will decide a number of municipal elections in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 general election.    Harlan will see incumbents and one newcomer unopposed for office, while Shelby and Irwin will see contested races and Tennant, Westphalia, Defiance, Panama and Kirkman will see some...
    AVOCA -- Voters in the AHSTW School District will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5 to cast ballots in the school election, which will include a proposal to reauthorize the voter-approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.    The voter-approved levy is set to expire June 30, 2021, and if...
Harlan firefighters and medical personnel at the scene of the accident, near one of the vehicles involved in the mishap that was damaged significantly.
HARLAN — At least three vehicles were involved in an accident about 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 on Highway 59 just south of Harlan near the Monogram Prepared Meats plant.  No other details were available as of press time Thursday morning.
The Ranney sisters, Jamiee, 5, (left) and Hallie, 7, are ready to go trick or treating. They are the daughters of Richard and Keri Ranney, Harlan.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
Trick or treat night was held Oct. 31 in most area towns.
Brecken Van Balle (right) at one of the stations talking with Caitlyn Leinen. HCHS and Myrtue Medical Center host the event annually to help raise awareness in efforts to provide information to make the community a little healthier. In addition, donations were collected for the American Heart Association.  Watch the Harlan Newspapers for information on how much in donations was raised.  (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
    HARLAN -- Friday night at the Harlan Community High School football game vs. Winterset was Red Out.  All game and pre-game activities were centered on heart health, and raising awareness and funding for heart-related illnesses and education.

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