COVID Vaccine Updates and Pharmacy Partnerships – 2-16-21 At this time, Myrtue Medical Center is not taking any more names for COVID-19 vaccinations. They are working their way through the many names that they already have and are making progress. They plan on taking more calls in the very near future. They ask for your continued patience.
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2020 Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award Winners – 2-19-20 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2020 Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award Winners. The 2020 Business of the Year went to Fareway Stores, Inc of Harlan. Grace on Main in Elk Horn was named the 2020 New Business of the Year. The 2020 Non-Profit Business of the Year went to West Central Community Action and the 2020 Citizen/Volunteer of the Year went to Kirk and Christine Petersen of Harlan. Our congratulations to all the winners and thank you for everything you do.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report – 2-19-21 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has released their latest arrest report. On Saturday, February 13th, authorities arrested 34-year-old Jeremy Carrier-Tischer from Harlan after a traffic stop along Center St in Shelby. Upon further investigation, it was learned that Carrier-Tischer’s driving privileges are suspended through the State of Iowa and he had an active warrant out of Pottawattamie County. Carrier-Tischer was charged with driving while suspended and taken into custody without incident and transferred to the jail where he was released a short time later after posting both required surety bonds. Thursday, February 11th, 40-year-old Bryan Christopher Heller was arrested and charged with driving while suspended status in Shelby County after a traffic stop along Peach Road. He was taken into custody without incident and transferred to the jail, where he was released the following morning on his own recognizance. February 9th, Croix Karl Brink was arrested following a traffic stop along Highway 191 and F32 in Shelby County. Upon further investigation Brink was charged with possession of controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and fined for improper registration plate lamp. Brink was taken into custody without incident and transferred to jail. Brink was booked into jail and held under a $1300 bond, where he was released the following morning under his own recognizance. Also on the 9th, authorities were dispatched to a residence in Shelby along Station Street for a domestic assault situation taking place. Upon further investigation, and visible injuries 33-year-old Amanda Jean Thurman was taken into custody and formally charged with domestic abuse assault with injury. She was held without bond, until initial appearance the following morning and released on her own recognizance the following morning.
Shelby County woman arrested in Harrison County - 2-19-21 - Red Oak Police report 26 year old Mariah June Isabella Clark of Portsmouth was arrested Thursday at the Harrison County Jail, on two valid Red Oak P-D warrants. The warrants charge Clarkwith Animal Neglect resulting in Death, and Cruel Treatment of Animals. The Neglect charge is from the State and holds a $2,000 bond. The Cruelty charge is by the City of Red Oak, and carries a $300 bond. Clark was transported from Harrison- to Montgomery County, and held on a total bond of $2,300.
Early morning robbery at Council Bluffs Casey's - 2-19-21 - A Casey’s General Store in Council Bluffs was robbed early this morning. Authorities say Officers were sent to the store at 510 23rd Avenue following the incident that happened at around 2:14-a.m. Upon further investigation, Police were informed an unknown white male entered the store and showed the clerk a note, asking for cash in the drawer. The man left the store on foot and fled with an unknown amount of cash. The suspect was described as wearing a black coat, red hooded sweatshirt, a white face mask and white gloves. If you have any information about the crime, or were in the area and may have seen the suspect, please call the Council Bluffs Police Crime Stoppers line at 712-328-7867.
Sioux City man pleads not guilty in altercation with police - 2-19-21 - A 47-year-old Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to shooting arrows at police officers during a standoff. Mitchell Smith entered his written plea Wednesday. He is charged with attempted murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault on a peace officer. Officers were called to a home Dec. 1 on reports that Smith was threatening a neighbor’s wife. Police say when the officers were preparing to leave, Smith fired an arrow over one of the officer’s heads. When the officers got into their car, Smith allegedly fired another arrow. During a standoff, Smith reportedly fired two more arrows before officers were able to subdue him.
Harlan Police Report – 2-18-21 - The Harlan Police Department reports two recent arrests and one accident. On Tuesday, February 9th, 38 year old Christopher Daniel Ivey of Harlan was arrested following a call for service. Ivey was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with violation of a no contact order. And on Sunday, February 14th, 43 year old Kori Ronee Henning of Harlan was arrested following a call for service. Henning was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with child endangerment. There was also one accident that occurred on Wednesday, February 10th. Robert Ericson of Harlan was traveling east on Pine Street approaching the stop sign in a 2018 Nissan Rogue. Nelson hit his brakes and began to slide. He then placed his vehicle in neutral to try and assist stopping while hitting the brakes. He was unable to stop and entered 6th Street, striking a 2012 Ford F250 owned by Waylon Nelson of Harlan, who was traveling north on 6th Street. Ericson’s vehicle sustained front-end damage but was driven away from the scene. The Nelson vehicle sustained damage to the driver side bottom corner of the cab and the truck bed on the driver side. It was also able to be driven from the scene.
Atlantic Police report - 2-18-21 - The Atlantic Police Department reports five recent arrests. On Monday, February 15th, Officials say 45-year old Bruce Birge, of Atlantic, was arrested for Operating under the influence. And, 18-year old Dante Watkins, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine. Watkins was cited into court and released. Birge was booked into the Cass County Jail. Last Saturday, 26-year old Bryce Baker, of Atlantic, was arrested for Simple Assault. Baker was booked into the jail. On Feb. 10th, 41-year old Jason Cook, of Atlantic, was arrested for Harassment in the 2nd Degree. He was cited into court and released. And, on Feb. 4th, 49-year old Binte Binios, of Atlantic, was arrested for Operating under the influence, Criminal Mischief and Driving while license suspended. He was booked into the Cass County Jail.
Wednesday morning Walnut hog barn fire – 2-18-21 - Fire crews from Walnut, Atlantic, Marne, Avoca, Elk Horn and Hancock responded to battle a hog confinement barn fire at 52763 Whippoorwill Road Wednesday morning about 8:17 am. About 100 hogs were in the confinement building. It’s unclear how many survived the blaze, if any. The assisting fire departments were allowed to return to their departments at about 10:25 am, with Walnut crews still on the scene containing hot spots and conducting mop-up activities. No dollar amount of the damage to the building has been given. The cause of the fire has not been determined
Manning man charged in false reporting – Carroll Broadcasting - 2-18-21 - 20 year old Mason Allen Fishback of Manning has been charged in Carroll County District Court after allegedly making a false report of a motor vehicle accident. Carroll Broadcasting reports that Fishback contacted dispatch at about 7;54 PM, ON February 9th,claiming there had been an accident at the intersection of 11th and Center Streets in Manning. Upon arrival, authorities located no evidence of any damage. Fishback was later cited for making a false report – 911 call, a simple misdemeanor. His preliminary hearing is set for March 4th.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report – 2-18-21 - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Wednesday, said a man was arrested on drug charges, Tuesday. Authorities say 37-year old Jason Lee Badberg, was arrested after Deputies executed a search warrant at 707 North Chestnut Street in Avoca. Badberg was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Offense (Marijuana). On Monday, 31-year old Brenda Boyerman, and 28-year old Leighanna Ruth Walker, were arrested following a traffic stop near McPherson and Highway 6 in Pott. County. Boyerman was charged with Child Endangerment, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) 1st Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Walker was charged with Child Endangerment. A traffic stop Sunday, in Avoca, resulted in the arrest of 60-year old Lee Jung Hoon Hansen, from Avoca. He was charged with Driving While Barred- Habitual Offender. Bond was set at $2,000. Last Friday, 36-year old Jose Orlando Maes Jr., of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was arrested following an attempt by Council Bluffs Police to stop a vehicle at Harrah’s Casino. The driver failed to yield, resulting in a pursuit. Maes, Jr. was taken into custody for Willful Failure to Stop for Law Enforcement, and for being Fugitive from Justice. His bond was set at $6,000. On Feb. 11th, 31-year old Matthew Mark Kurth was arrested following a traffic stop in Hancock. He was taken into custody for Driving While Barred- Habitual Offender, and on a warrant from another Iowa agency.
Need help with your heating bill? – 2-3-21 – The 2020-2021 Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel and type of housing. When you apply you will need documents for your application. These documents will offer proof of total household gross income from all sources for the past month or past calendar year. They must have complete proof of income to process your application. They include: FIXED INCOME – this income may include: Social Security Benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Family Investment Program, Veterans’ Assistance, Unemployment Insurance and Pensions. Please bring a copy of your most recent month check stubs or other proof of income. WAGE EARNERS – copies of your check stubs for the four weeks preceding the date of application or a copy of your Federal Income Tax Return. SELF-EMPLOYMENT/FARMERS – A COPY OF YOUR MOST RECENT Federal Income Tax Return. FIP AND SSI RECIPIENTS – please bring your current DHS Notice of Decision. If you receive alimony, child support, or rental income, it will also need to be verified. Applications will be accepted electronically, by mail or by phone to West Central Community Action, 1017 7th Street, Harlan, IA 51537. Call 755-5602. Applications will be accepted through April 30th. Upcoming events -
The Dow City-Arion Alumni banquet for this year has been cancelled. - 2-9-21 - Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and social distancing recommendations surrounding it, the Dow City-Arion Alumni Association has chosen to hold off on this year's celebration. "The health and safety of our alumni is and will always be our biggest priority. For that reason, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s alumni banquet. While we know this is disappointing, we hope you can understand the steps we’re taking to help keep our attendees safe," the Association stated in a postcard it is mailing to inform alumni of its decision. This year marks 114 years since the first alumni banquet was held in Dow City.
KINDERGARTEN, TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR AT THE HARLAN COMMUNITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – IS AVAILABLE ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE. IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE PROGAMS, YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO BE 4 YEARS OLD BY SEPTEMBER 15TH OF THIS YEAR. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CALL THE PRIMARY OFFICE AT 755-5903.
St. Michael's Knights of Columbus Annual Fish Fry will be held Friday, 5:30-7 pm at St. Michael's Rosman Parish Center in Harlan. The fish fry will be held every Friday night during Lent. Dine in or drive through. The drive through is open to everyone. You can stay in your car on the north side of the hall and your meal will be delivered to you in a contactless manner. The menu includes 3 pieces of fish - fried, baked or fish tacos - French fries or baked potatoes. And back by popular demand - mac and cheese. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 kids 4 to 10 and free for ages 3 and under.
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earling will hold a fish fry Friday, February 19th, from 5:30 to 8 pm at St. Joseph's Hall in Earling. The meal is take out only and includes pollock fish, baked potato, French fries, green beans, coleslaw and dinner roll for $10.
There will be a legislative Coffee at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Atrium in Harlan on Saturday, February 20th, at 10 am. Come and discuss the 2021 legislative session with State Senator Jason Schultz and State Representative Steve Holt.
The Harlan Lion's Club will sponsor a Mobile Drive-Thru Food Pantry Monday, February 22nd at Vet's Auditorium in Harlan from 5 to 6:30 pm. You're asked to enter from Chatburn Avenue or 12th Street and you will be directed where to line up. This is open to all. You'll receive one box of non-perishable foods, 1 box of produce and 1 loaf of bread.
GriefShare Seminar/Support Group, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, First Baptist Church, Harlan. A special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Your Journey from Mourning to Joy. Call or visit our website for more information: Todd Valline 770-340-2531 or Church Office 712-755-2711.
NAMI Connection (National Alliance on Mental Illness Recovery Support Group) In-Person Support Group 6:30 – 8 pm, SCCO Building (Hero’s Attic), 1105 8th Street, Harlan. For more information call 712-542-7904, email or check out their website.
Save the date - February 23rd thru March 12th for Myrtue Medical Center Blood Analysis Screening. Appointments are limited for Tuesdays through Fridays only 7:30 - 11:30 am. Schedule an appointment at 755-4288 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. Walk-ins will not be available the day of the service. Results will be available on your MyChart Patient Porta.
Upcoming American Red Cross Bloodmobiles - 1-7-21 - February 24th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.
A “Stellar Women Achieving Greatness” (SWAG) Networking Event for Shelby County - 2-19-20 - Thursday, February 25, 8:30 – 9:30 am. The U.S. Small Business Administration is bringing this free networking opportunity for women entrepreneurs in Shelby County. The presentation will allow women, who are in business, or who are thinking about starting a business, the opportunity to meet, connect with and provide mutual support for each other. Attendees will give a short elevator pitch and then share thoughts, ideas, and suggestions with the rest of the group. This networking opportunity is hosted by Lori Hackney, Economic Development Specialist of the SBA’s Iowa District Office, and Jo Eckert, Branch Manager of the SBA’s Cedar Rapids Branch Office. The event will be conducted via Zoom. To register for the event and to receive the Zoom Call information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry at 712-755-2114.
Iowa Farm Bureau $2,500 renewable scholarship applications due February 26th - 1-14-21 As spring approaches, future high school graduates are finalizing their college plans, but it’s not too late to apply for Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) $2,500 scholarship, awarded to 27 eligible Iowa high school seniors and renewable for four years for a total of up to $10,000. Eligibility is reserved for current Iowa Farm Bureau members or their children in good standing with the organization. Those wishing to become members should visit www.iowafarmbureau.com. To be considered, the graduating high school senior must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, be involved in extra-curricular activities and accepted into an accredited higher education institution, including community colleges and technical schools. To apply, students must demonstrate their leadership and community involvement and submit a typewritten essay detailing how they would use a scholarship award to support Iowa Farm Bureau’s mission of creating a vibrant future for agriculture, farm families and their communities. Applications are due to the student’s local county Farm Bureau office, postmarked on or before Feb. 26, 2021. Contact the IFBF Community Resources office at 515-225-5460 with questions. Farmers to Families Food Boxes to be distributed - 2-19-21 - Farmers to Families food boxes will be distributed at two locations on Saturday February 27th, from 10am to 3 pm. They will be given out at Oakland Community Building in Oakland and Avoca Seed and Chemical in Avoca. All boxes are free with no income guidelines or restrictions. Boxes will contain items such as apples, oranges, potatoes, onions, cheese, butter, chicken milk and more.
Botna Bend’s Maple Tree Tapping set for March 6th – 2-1-21 Join us for Pottawattamie Conservation's annual Maple Tree Tap event at Botna Bend Park in Hancock, Iowa on Saturday, March 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This program will introduce you to the basics of syrup making from tapping the trees to bottling the final product. If temperatures are cooperative and the sap is flowing participants can even taste the sweet sap as it flows from the tree. This event will begin at 11:00 a.m. & attendees must arrive no later than 3:00 p.m. to participate. Upon arrival attendees will visit our check in station for information then proceed through a variety of stations exploring different aspects of the syrup making process from the tapping to the bottling & everything in between. This event will be held entirely outdoors, please dress for the weather & wear appropriate footwear. This event is open to participants of all ages but will include pedestrian travel over uneven surfaces, strollers are not recommended. Cost is $3.00 per person, children age 3 & under are free & do not need a reservation. Cost includes admission to the park & all programming. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited. Visit www.pottconservation.com to register online in minutes. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283. This event is not pet friendly, service animals are always welcome. Weather permitting. Due to COVID-19 the format of this program has been adjusted. A 6-foot distance will be maintained between individuals/family groups, masks are required while inside and requested when distancing is impossible outside, & this program will be held primarily outdoors. All participants must sign a participation waiver upon arrival.
Kirkman Fire Department cancels controlled burns and Palm Sunday breakfast - 1-14-21 - Kirkman Fire Chief Mike Norris has announced that the Kirkman Fire Department will not be conducting controlled burns this year. The Palm Sunday Breakfast has also been cancelled again this year.
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