Thursday, January 16th, 2020 Today's Weather Outlook - The overnight hours have been quiet in terms of precipitation and skies have been clear. Temperatures though have been very cold, especially across northern Iowa where wind chill values have been 20 to 30 degrees below zero. Winds have been gusty in some spots, up to 25 MPH out of the north. There has been no precipitation since Wednesday afternoon. Today, temperatures will be much cooler than normal. Single digits will be the high temperatures across the north, with upper teens in southern Iowa. Skies will start of clear in the morning. Winds will start northerly, but shift southwesterly as the afternoon progresses. Cloud cover will begin to increase Thursday afternoon. Thursday conditions will remain dry. Attention turns to Friday, with widespread accumulating snowfall in the forecast. Greatest totals will be in northern Iowa, but travel across all of Iowa will be difficult. After the snowfall, freezing rain is likely. After the passage of this system, temperatures will be cold. Over the weekend, overnight wind chills between 15 and 30 degrees below zero are likely.
Winter Weather Advisory for KNOD listening area - Monona-Harrison-Shelby-Pottawattamie-Mills-Montgomery-Fremont- Page- Including the cities of Onawa, Mapleton, Missouri Valley, Woodbine, Logan, Dunlap, Harlan, Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Red Oak, Sidney, Hamburg, Tabor, Farragut, Clarinda, Shenandoah ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM FRIDAY TO 6 AM CST SATURDAY... *WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph on Friday night. * WHERE...Portions of east central, northeast and southeast Nebraska and southwest and west central Iowa. * WHEN...From 3 AM Friday to 6 AM CST Saturday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Temperatures may rise above freezing at some locations on Friday afternoon with periods of drizzle continuing. An arctic front will sweep through the area Friday night with the potential for flash-freeze conditions developing on area roads. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.
New forecast sees snowfall cut back some, extreme cold remains - Radio Iowa - Gas up the snowblower and prepare to dress in multiple layers. For the second weekend in a row, Iowans are bracing for the approach of what’s billed as a significant winter storm. Meteorologist Cory Martin, at the National Weather Service, says the snowfall forecast has been downgraded somewhat, but he says the storm’s potential impact on travel isn’t any less threatening. “We’re expecting snow to begin moving into the state tomorrow morning and spread across most of the state as we get into the afternoon hours,” Martin says. “As we get into late afternoon and into the evening, the snow will likely come to an end and switch over to a period of potential freezing rain or freezing drizzle.” While the initial forecast predicted parts of northern Iowa might see up to a foot of snow, the updated models now show much less snow — but plenty of very cold air — on the way. “Just through the day tomorrow, across the state, we’re looking at across the southern part of the state, possibly three to five inches and up across the north, we may see up to six inches of snow,” Martin says. “Then, we’re going to be dealing with some strong southerly winds tomorrow, which could create areas of blowing snow in addition to the slick roadways from the already-falling snowfall.” The moderate-to-heavy snowfall and gusting winds are already enough to keep most of us indoors, but Martin notes the extreme cold will make going outside after the storm even more hazardous. “We could have some really strong winds behind it on Saturday that could create more issues with blowing snow, especially if we pick up some more light snowfall Saturday morning,” Martin says. “Forty and 50 mile-an-hour wind gusts could be common on Saturday along with drastically falling temperatures. Sunday morning, we’re looking at wind chills that could be minus-10, minus-20 or colder.” Air temperatures alone on Sunday are expected to only be in the single digits statewide. Martin says temps should stay below-average for most of the state at least into the middle of next week.
The Harlan Community School Board of Education will hold a board workshop, Thursday, January 16th, starting at 5:30 pm. No action will be taken during the workshop, Board discussion only will occur during this meeting.
January activities at Harlan Community Library - Thursday, January 16th - 6:30 pm Lego Challenge
The American Red Cross is asking the public to kick off 2020 by doing something big: Give blood now to address the critical need for donations after the holidays. As a special thank-you, those who come to give now through January 19th, will be entered for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LIV! Upcoming donation opportunities include: Thursday, January 16th - noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA
Be mindful and attend a mindful lunch: Supporting Mental Health in the workplace, Thursday, January 16th from 11 to 1 at Myrtue Medical Center's Auble Room. Join them for a look at mental health in the workplace. When employees are operating from a healthy place mentally, emotionally and socially, they are more motivated and engaged. This mindful lunch will empower business leaders, Human Resource representatives and company health and wellness coordinators with fresh ideas and resources to build engagement in your team. The Harlan Senior Center Meal Site will soon be offering an alternative to their meal choices. Once a week, on Tuesdays, there will be a choice of two kinds of soup and three kinds of sandwiches. The suggested donation is $3.50 for people 60 and over. A hard charge of $6.50 for all others. You can also order the meal of the day. Please call 755-2757 if you have any questions. Remember reservations are required by 11:15 am on the Monday before the meal.
General Signup for CRP opens - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program through Feb. 28. Farmers and ranchers who voluntarily enroll acres in CRP will receive a yearly rental payment for establishing long-term resource-conserving plants such as approved grasses or trees. These efforts help to curb soil erosion, improve water quality and create wildlife habitats on marginally productive land. For more information or to enroll in CRP, contact your local FSA county office. Free tax preparation services will be available in Shelby County for low and moderate income taxpayers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. For more information or to make an appointment, call 755-3104. Call between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday. After an appointment is scheduled, the taxpayer will receive a confirmation letter explaining what to bring to the appointment. The VITA program is open to Iowa residents with adjusted gross income below $57,000. In Shelby County, the VITA program is a joint effort of Shelby County Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Center for Economic Success. The program is financially supported by the Internal Revenue Service and the Iowa Department of Human Services.
New Iowa caucus rules could end up with many claims of victory – AP New rules in this year’s Iowa caucuses could give presidential candidates an unprecedented opportunity to spin the results. In previous years, the Iowa Democratic Party reported just one number, the number of state delegates won by each candidate. For the first time, the party will report two other numbers – who had the high amount of votes at the beginning and at the end of the night. Party officials say the new process will enhance transparency. But there is a growing sense it could also breed confusion by giving several candidates the chance to say they won the caucuses.
Fatal accident on Highway 37 Thursday morning - One person died as the result of an accident this morning at Highway 37 and F-16 in Shelby County. Sometime between 10 pm Wednesday night and 8 am this morning 32 year old Amber Sauvago of Breda was traveling westbound on Highway 37 in a 2002 Ford F-150, when the truck struck a bridge and entered the north ditch striking a tree. The vehicle came to rest on the northeast side of the intersection. Sauvago was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Iowa State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Dunlap Rescue.
Audubon Police report – 1-16-20 On Wednesday, Audubon Police Chief Matt Starmer released a report on arrests and incidents . On Wednesday, January 15th, 38-year old Adam Lee Karstens, of Long Lane, MO. was arrested for Driving with Suspended License. On January 8th, a 17-year old Audubon juvenile was referred to Juvenile Court for Theft 5th. And, 20-year old Ethan Sorensen, of Sac City, was arrested for Driving With Suspended License. And on January 7th, a 17 year old Audubon juvenile was referred to Juvenile Court as a result of multiple investigations and search warrants. Charges include Burglary, and two-counts of Theft in the 3rd Degree. Chief Starmer says those cases remain under investigation.
Shenandoah man arrested for theft and drug possession - Matthew Magers of Shenandoah was arrested following an investigation into a stolen vehicle on Wednesday morning. Magers was arrested on theft, drug and other charges. The stolen vehicle was located about 30 minutes later. After a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle, police arrested Magers for second-degree theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance and driving while revoked. Magers was being held in the Page County Jail on $11,000 bond. Page County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted Shenandoah Police in handling the incident.
Crawford County Law Enforcement News – 1-16-20 The Crawford County Law Enforcement Center has released their latest report. On January 9th, 24 year old Tanner Mitchell Bremser of Denison was arrested for OWI-2nd offense. January 10th, 64 year old Terry Randol was transported from the Fort Dodge jail to Denison on a Crawford County warrant in connection with a 3rd degree burglary charge. On January 11th, 32 year old Victor Manuel Carrizales-Vazquez of Denison was arrested on three charges: burglary in the 2nd degree, violation of a no-contact order and interference with official acts after an incident at a residence in Denison. 35 year old Stacy Marie Krajicek of West Des Moines was arrested for public intoxication, interference with official acts and assault on a law enforcement officer in Denison. 42 year old Jeffrey TenEyck was arrested on a Monona County warrant and cited for speeding. He was stopped at Highway 141 and 160th Street in Charter Oak. And Richie Mancini was arrested on a Monona County warrant. And at 6 pm, January 12th, a one-vehicle accident occurred when a tan 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, driven by 47 year old Jose Aldana-Rodriguez of Denison was traveling westbound on Highway 30 and lost control due to the snow and ice on the roadway. Rodriguez’ vehicle entered the median and struck a sign causing $3,500 damage to the middle passenger side of the vehicle.
Sioux City teen sentenced to 20 years for robberies - 19 year old Troy Armell of Sioux City was sentenced to 20 years in prison last Friday for robbing four Sioux City convenience stores at gunpoint. Armell pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree robbery, each of which carried a 10 year prison sentence. A plea agreement did not specify whether the sentences would be served concurrently or consecutively. Assistant Woodbury County Attorney James Loomis urged District Judge Jeffrey Nearty to run them consecutively for a total sentence of 40 years in prison. Defense attorney Brendan Kelly asked for one 10-year sentence, saying Armell was only 18 at the time he committed the crimes and has had a troubled past that includes mental health issues and substance abuse. A shorter prison sentence would allow Armell more time for rehabilitation after his release. Armell was arrested May 22 after an ex-girlfriend informed police that Armell told her that he had committed the robberies while high on drugs. Armell robbed Casey's General Store, 4301 Stone Ave., on Nov. 6, 2018, and again weeks later on Nov. 29, Central Mart, 2501 Floyd Blvd., on Nov. 24, 2018, and White Oak Station, 2626 Court St., on Jan. 23. In each case, he was armed with an assault-style rifle and stole cash, cigarettes and alcohol. Armell must pay $648 in restitution to Casey's. Restitution to the other two stores has yet to be determined. A charge of commission of a specified unlawful activity was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Thirteen Year Old Arrested For Vandalism at Carroll Middle School – Carroll Broadcasting – Brad Burke, the Chief of Police in Carroll, has reported an arrest was made this morning for damage done at a middle school building on North Grant Road. According to Carroll Broadcasting, a 13 year old male Carroll Middle School student has been charged with second degree criminal mischief, a class C felony. The Carroll Police Department was notified of damage to a door card reader by a school vendor who was attempting to make a scheduled delivery on Monday, January 6th. When officers arrived, they found all the card readers had been broken off and the locks had been sprayed with an epoxy in an attempt to keep anyone from entering the building. Also damaged was one surveillance camera. Others in the building were able to provide footage and identification of the suspect. A final estimate of the total damage amount has not been received. Chief Burke is estimating that the total will be in the neighborhood of $5,000. The case has been remanded to the court system.
Iowa Finance Authority Awards more than $6.4 million to 27 Local Housing Trust Funds - The Iowa Finance Authority recently announced the award of more than $6.4 million in grants to 27 Local Housing Trust Funds to support local affordable housing initiatives. The grant awards are made available through the Local Housing Trust Fund program and are expected to assist more than 2,500 families. The grant funds will be used for initiatives such as preserving aging housing stock, subsidizing local rental and down payment assistance programs, providing low-interest loans or grants to assist Iowans with home rehabilitation, financing construction of new single-family housing for low-income Iowans and supporting housing for persons with disabilities and homeless assistance programs. FY 2019 Local Housing Trust Fund Program Awards went locally to: Pottawattamie County Housing Trust Fund, Inc. Pottawattamie County $193,500 Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund, Inc. Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie (excluding the city of Council Bluffs) and Shelby Counties $235,712
Audubon School Board passes resolution to go ahead with a Bond Election on March 3rd - The Audubon School Board this morning received petitions and approved a resolution ordering an election on the issuance of $7.5-million General Obligation Bonds. The bond election will take place March 3rd. The District is moving forward with the renovation of the Middle School/High School building. Superintendent Eric Trager said there are large portions of the building that are original 1965 vintage and those areas will be renovated. They are also currently operating with six different HVAC systems in that building, so they will consolidate that to make it more efficient and get rid of some equipment that is end of life. Trager said they are going to get a website up soon and they will be scheduling some community meetings. The polling place for the March 3rd Bond Election is at the Agri Hall in Audubon from Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Trout stocking on Big Lake postponed - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources trout stocking at Big Lake on January 18 has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions. The stocking will be rescheduled as soon as there is safe ice or open water this spring, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a release. Winter trout stockings are dependent on favorable weather and safe ice conditions. With this year’s mild winter weather, use caution when venturing out on any ice. Find tips for staying safe on the ice on the DNR website at iowadnr.gov/icefishing.
IRS Free File program now available - Free tax filing of your 2019 return is now available from the Internal Revenue Service. I-R-S spokesperson Diane Fox says you can find the information on their website - I-R-S-dot-gov-slash-free-file and get started on your taxes. Free File does all the hard work for you. Frankly, it makes taxes less taxing in a lot of ways,” Fox says. She says the program is based on your income. Anyone who made 69-thousand dollars or less last year can use Free File. They even have a special offer for active duty military personnel. And they offer one product in Spanish. Fox says they have a variety of name brand Free File options. “It’s do it yourself software — but it leads people through — so that people don’t leave money on the table — that they get all the benefits that are available to them for their refund,” according to Fox. “And makes sure that it checks everything for them before they electronically file.” Fox says there is added benefit to going through the I-R-S site to get the Free File software. “You end up with the guardrails that we have in place for this program to make sure that you are getting the Free File program that has some protections for you,” she says. “In fact, we even have some of those protections listed on our website — so you can readily see what to expect when you are using the program.” Fox says around 22-thousand people in Iowa used Free File last year. She says that is well below the number of people who are eligible to use the program.
Shelby County Democratic Caucus to be held February 3rd - The Shelby County Democratic Caucus is set to take place in sites across the county on Monday, February 3, 2020. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the caucus will begin at 7 p.m. Caucus members will elect central committee members, convention delegates and alternates, and develop the party platform. Iowa is first in the nation for the presidential selection process, and caucusing is the only way to register your preference in the presidential race. Anyone eligible to vote in Iowa can caucus. In order to participate, you must be registered as a Democrat and must be at least 18 years old by Nov. 3, 2020. You may register to vote or change your address or party affiliation on caucus night. You must caucus at the site for your precinct. The Iowa Democratic Party has a tool to locate your caucus site at https://iowademocrats.org/2020-caucuses/ Precinct Caucus locations for Shelby County Democrats are as follows: Grove-Union-Westphalia: St. Joseph Hall, Earling Douglas-Greeley-Jefferson-Polk: Kirkman Community Building Cass-Center-Jackson-Lincoln: Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Fairview-Shelby: Shelby Community Hall Clay-Monroe: Elk Horn Town Hall Harlan's ALL 4 Wards: Therkildsen Activity Center If you have questions, need childcare or a ride, or would like to volunteer to help on caucus night, you may email Shelby County Democrats Co-chairs Ellen Walsh-Rosmann and Amber Mohr at firstname.lastname@example.org
Laborshed Study to be conducted in Shelby County - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Shelby County area. This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Harlan’s workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a Laborshed area and is based upon commuting patterns. The purpose of this Laborshed study is to measure the availability and characteristics of Harlan area workers. Laborshed studies are useful tools for economic development teams and existing or prospective employers to understand the local labor market, make informed expansion and site selection decisions, and maintain/recruit a high-quality workforce. For the success of this study, we will be sending letters to employers in Harlan asking that they provide us with aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. This will allow us to define a commuting pattern for the Harlan area and determine what the scope and scale of Harlan’s Laborshed area is and better understand where Harlan’s workforce resides. A confidential survey of residents will also be conducted to collect workforce characteristic information specific to the area. Residents will receive a letter directing them how to take the survey online and/or they will receive a telephone call to take the survey. The survey call originates out of Cedar Rapids, IA, therefore, the incoming number will have the 319 area code. It is possible that you may receive a text message from their 888 number as well, alerting you to expect a call from them. Survey questions will cover topics such as: employment status, current and desired wages, current and desired benefits, education level, and type of occupation among other things. However, Iowa Workforce Development will not be asking survey takers identifiable information such as: name, social security number, or date of birth. Every year Iowa Workforce Development conducts Laborshed studies across the State. The results of each analysis are publicly available online at www.iowalmi.gov/laborshed. If you have any questions about the Laborshed project, please contact Katie Lippold at 515-281-3035 or Todd Valline at 755-2114. Surveys and letters will be mailed to employers and residents starting the week of January 20th.
Citizen of the Year Nominees Requested by Shelby Co Chamber - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry is looking for Shelby County Citizen of the Year nominees. Chamber Director Todd Valline is asking people to submit short paragraphs to the Chamber on citizens they believe deserve the award. “We’re looking for that longevity, you know, that person who’s just been involved and stays involved and does things around the community that just make everybody else’s life better throughout the community,” Valline told KNOD News Monday. Voting for Business of the Year and New Business of the Year will also be taking place. The winners will be announced during the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry Annual Banquet on Friday, February 28th, at the C.G. Therkldsen Center in Harlan.
Deadline reminder for Shelby, Harrison and Audubon County Spring Grant Program Feb 1st - The Shelby, Harrison and Audubon County’s Community Foundation wants to remind nonprofits that the deadline to apply for grant funds is Saturday, February 1st. As part of this spring grant cycle, approximately $115,000 is available to support Shelby, Harrison and Audubon County nonprofit organizations and community projects. The deadline to apply for funds through the online application process is February 1st. Beginning December 15th, application details, a fact sheet and a link to the application form can be found only by selection your county under the County Listing at swiowafoundations.org. Applications will only be accepted through the online system.
U.S. Census Bureau will start hiring in Iowa next month for 2020 count – Radio Iowa - The federal government is launching a campaign to hire thousands of people across Iowa and the nation to help with the 2020 Census. The bureau’s Sam Fettig urges anyone who’s interested to apply right away. “There may only be a certain number of jobs in any given area, so once those jobs in a certain area are filled, they’re filled,” Fettig says. “So if someone’s interested, the sooner, the better to get that application in.” Fettig says workers go door-to-door to follow up when someone doesn’t respond to census questions on-line, by phone or on the paper form: “We’re hoping to hire really locally,” he says, “so that when someone comes knocking at your door, it’s someone you know and it’s someone who knows your community.” Fettig says work hours are flexible and the pay starts at 14-dollars an hour and is in some cases 16 or even 20-dollars an hour. “For someone even who might have a 9 to 5 job already, it’s a good way to get involved, to help your community, ensure that you have the federal resources and political representation for the next 10 years,” he says. Fettig says the application review and hiring process will begin in January. “It’s important that we hire workers who have connections in the community, who already have pre-existing relationships and trust,” he says. “To help bridge those gaps in understanding or to help address concerns, it really helps if we can hire from local communities.” To apply, visit: 2020census.gov/jobs.
GriefShare Seminar and Support Group will meet Mondays now through March 23rd from 5:30 to 7 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. For more information, call the church office at 755-2711.
January activities at Harlan Community Library - Saturday, January 18th - 10 am Art for Kids Monday, January 20th - 2 pm, Kid's Movie and Craft - Abominable Tuesday, January 21st - 3-4 pm Tech Time; 4-5 pm, Libraries on the Go; 4 pm, Book Worms Youth Volunteers Wednesday, January 22nd - 10:30 am, Story Time: A.A. Milne and Winnie the Pooh Thursday, January 23rd - 5 pm, Adult Creative Writing; 6 pm, Iowa Habitats with Shelby County Conservationist Christina Roelofs Saturday, January 25th - 10 am, Babies and Books, Baby Bouncy Time Monday, January 27th - 12 Noon - OWLS: Older Wiser Learning Seniors at the Harlan Senior Center, History of the Sled Tuesday, January 28th - 3-4 pm, Tech Time; 4-5 pm, Libraries on the Go; 4 pm, Book Worms Youth Volunteers Wednesday, January 29th - 10:30 am, Story Time, Dinosaurs; 7 pm, 5 o'clock Somewhere Book Club Thursday, January 30th - 6:30 pm, Family Fun Night - Amazing Library Race
Blood Donations Needed - The American Red Cross is asking the public to kick off 2020 by doing something big: Give blood now to address the critical need for donations after the holidays. As a special thank-you, those who come to give now through January 19th, will be entered for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LIV! Upcoming donation opportunities include: Tuesday, January 21st - Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan - 11:30 to 5:30 Walk Ins are welcome. For an appointment, call Sue at 755-5725 or visit RedCrossBlood.org Wednesday, January 22nd - 11 to 5 pm - St. Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia. Monday, January 27th - noon to 6 pm - Exira Recreational Center Tuesday, January 28th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Elk Horn Lutheran Church Wednesday, January 29th - noon to 5:30 pm - Lewis Community Center Thursday, January 30th - noon to 6 pm - Halbur Community Center
A Legislative Coffee will be held at 10 am, Saturday, January 18th. It will be hosted and sponsored by Town and Country Credit Union at 1414 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan.
Winter is a great time to look for animal signs. Tracks and scat can be very easy to see on top of the snow. Learn about track and scat identification and then go for a short hike to look for these things on Saturday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. We will meet at the park office at Prairie Rose State Park. We will start out inside and then head outside. Please listen to KNOD or check the Friends of Prairie Rose Facebook page for any weather related announcements.
The Harlan Community Theater Planning Retreat will be held Saturday, January 18th, and Saturday, January 25th at 9 am at New Park Coffee in Harlan. Anyone interested in helping in the areas of directing, stage managing, set design, sound and lighting is invited to attend the meetings. No experience is necessary, only a will to learn and be involved. Auditions will be announced at a later date. Please RSVP or send questions to Kayla Weis at email@example.com.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Tuesday, January 21st at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn in Harlan. They will be serving spaghetti, garlic bread, a salad and a dessert. Everyone is welcome. A free will donation will be accepted. Harlan High School FFA is volunteering.
St. Patrick's Church in Neola will hold their annual Parish Auction, Saturday, January 25th. Mass will begin at 4 pm, the Staley's Chicken Dinner and raffle will begin at 4:30 pm and Live Auction will start at 6. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for those 8 and under.
The Irwin Community Building fundraiser breakfast and bake sale will be held Sunday, January 26th, from 8 to noon. They will be service ham and eggs and biscuits and gravy for a free will donation. Proceeds go towards maintenance and expenses at the community building.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Tuesday, January 28th at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn in Harlan. They will be serving pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, fruit and a dessert. Everyone is welcome. A free will donation will be accepted. The Congregational Church is volunteering. ------- The Shelby County Cattlemen's Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 1st at St. Mary's Hall in Panama. Social hour starts at 5 pm, with a New York Strip dinner starting at 6 pm. The annual meeting plus the Trophy and Scholarship Fund Auction will follow. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.
February Activities at the Harlan Community Library - Tuesday, February 4th - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Libraries on the Go; Kid's Movie: Dora: The Lost City of Gold and Book Worms will meet Wednesday, February 5th - 10:30 am, Story Time:Sharks Thursday, February 6th - Murder Mystery, remember to sign up Saturday, February 8th - 10 am, Babies and Books - Baby Bouncy Time; 10 am, Love Your Library Celebration Tuesday, February 11th - Noon to 1 pm, Library and Lunch Book Club; 3-4 pm, Tech Time; 4-5 pm, Libraries on the Go; 4 pm - Book Worms Wednesday, February 12th - 10:30 am, Story Time: Love Thursday, February 13th -6 pm, Lee Williams as Abraham Lincoln; 6 :30 pm - Lego Challenge Tuesday, February 18th - 3-4 pm, Tech Time; 4-5 pm, Libraries on the Go; 4 pm, Book Worms Wednesday, February 19th - 10:30 am, Story Time: Construction; 10 am, Classic Movie: Steel Magnolias Saturday, February 22nd - 10 am, Babies and Books - Baby Bouncy Time Monday, February 24th - 12 noon, OWLS, Older, Wiser, Learning Seniors at the Harlan Senior Center - the History of Leap Year Tuesday, February 25th - 3-4 pm, Tech Time; 4-5 pm, Libraries on the Go; 4 pm, Book Worms Wednesday, February 26th - 10:30 am, Story Time, Penguins; 7 pm, 5 o'clock Somewhere Book Club Thursday, February 27th - 5 pm, Adult Creative Writing; 6:30 pm, Family Fun Night:Family game night An Immunization Clinic for Children will be held on Wednesday, February 5th, from 2 to 6 pm at the Community Health office in Harlan. Immunizations are free for children that qualify for the VFC program. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations, including Hawk-I, please call Myrtue Medical Clinic at 755-4516 to schedule an appointment there. Appointments are recommended to save time but not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Make appointments by calling 755-4422 or at shelbycountyclinics.com. Please ask for Cathy Buman if you have questions or need to make an appointment for a different day or time.
A Murder Mystery Event will be held Thursday, February 6th from 5:30 to 8 pm. It is hosted by the Harlan Community Library. Join them for a night of mystery. It takes place within the walls of the dark and tainted Deadwood Saloon. This is a free event, but you must reserve your spot by calling the library at 755-5934. Their night of mystery is much like a game of Clue and each attendee will be assigned a character. All attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion. Dinner will be served during the event.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet every month at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan. The meetings begin at 6:30 pm. The monthly meetings will be held on: Thursday, February 13th Thursday, March 12th Thursday, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th Friday, February 28th is the date set for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annual Awards Banquet at the C.G. Therkildsen Center in Harlan. It will be a night of great dining, fun, and the Annual Business Awards. ----- The 34th annual Harlan Newspapers Home, Garden and Living Show will be held 10:30 am to 5 pm Saturday, March 28th, at Vet's Auditorium in Harlan. Admission is free
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