Iowa Region 4 Covid-19 Update - 4-15-21 - The Iowa Department of Public Health’s latest data shows 43 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Region 4, from 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14, to 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 15. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 33 additional positive cases in Pottattawamie County, two additional positive tests each in Harrison, Shelby, and Fremont Counties, and one additional positive case each in Montgomery, Audubon, and Page Counties. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports no additional deaths in the past 24 hours. In RMCC Region 4, there are 21 patients hospitalized, 10 are in ICU, four people admitted in the past 24 hours, and two patients on ventilators. The Iowa Department of Public Health’s Coronavirus dashboard, as of 10-a.m., Thursday, indicated that for the fourth day in a row, there were no additional deaths from COVID-19 to report. The pandemic total stands at 5,857. Long-Term Care facility deaths account for 2,296 of the total number of deaths across the state. That is also unchanged. There were 603 additional positive test results for COVID-19 returned from the labs, for a total of 387,805. There remain three Long-Term Care facility outbreaks, with 31 positive cases among residents and staff within those facilities. Health officials say COVID-related hospitalizations are down slightly, to 215, and there are 49 COVID patients in an ICU, eight less than on Wednesday. The IDPH says 37 people were admitted to a hospital across the state, which is a decline of nine from Wednesday, and 19 patients are on a ventilator, compared to 14 in the previous report. The 14-day positivity rate is 4.7%. The seven-day rate is 4.6%.
Myrtue Vaccination Clinic set for Friday - 4-14-21 - Moderna Vaccination Clinic is scheduled for Friday, April 16th from 11 AM - 1 PM at Veterans Auditorium (1104 Morningview Dr, Harlan, IA 51537). Please sign up on Myrtue's website by following the steps below or you can click on the following link: https://bit.ly/2OtR5cV
UPDATE: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Administration paused by State – 4-14-21 – The CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Iowa Department of Public Health announced on Tuesday morning recommending that all Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine administration in the state should halt until further guidance is issued. IDPH has communicated this guidance to local health officials and vaccine providers throughout the state. The State is working with local public health and other vaccine providers to substitute Moderna and Pfizer vaccines where Johnson & Johnson has been allocated. IDPH was informed that the Johnson & Johnson allocation to the state will be suspended for the next two weeks. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine represents a relatively small percentage of the allocation Iowa has received to date, so at this time, the pause is not anticipated to dramatically slow the pace of vaccinations in the state. If any Iowan has received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last month and presents with any of the following symptoms, they should seek medical attention immediately either through their health care provider or urgent care/ER:
Shortness of breath
IDPH is not aware of any cases occurring among the Iowans who have received this vaccine.
St. Anthony Clinic Announces Saturday, April 17th Vaccination Event 4-12-21 On Saturday, April 17, St. Anthony Clinic will host a COVID-19, Moderna vaccination event. Those who are over 18 years of age are eligible for this vaccine. It is anticipated that hosting this vaccination event on a Saturday will accommodate those who are unable to attend a vaccination appointment during the work week. There are 70 doses available and will likely be scheduled quickly. The Prime (first) doses will be given on April 17th with the Boost (second) dose scheduled for Saturday, May 15th. between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on both days. The vaccinations will be given at the St. Anthony Clinic location in Carroll at 405 S. Clark St. which is on the south side of the St. Anthony Regional Hospital campus. Anyone can schedule a vaccination at the St. Anthony Clinic whether you are a current patient or not. Vaccine appointments for this event will be scheduled by calling (712) 792-2222.If you are a current patient and have a myEchart account, you can also schedule your appointment through the app on your smartphone. All COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge. If you have health insurance, please bring your insurance card with you so that the cost of administering the vaccine can be billed to your insurance. You will not receive a bill from St. Anthony or from your insurance company. General News -
Harlan Police Report – 4-15-21 - The Harlan Police Department has released their latest activity report. On Tuesday, April 13th, 30 year old Ashley Elizabeth McWilliams of Harlan was arrested following a call for service. McWilliams was transported to the Shelby county Jail where she was charged with assault with injury. Also on Tuesday, 36 year old Jeannie Kay Kleymann of Portsmouth was cited for simple assault following a call for service. There were two accidents reported. On Tuesday, April 6th, at 7th and Tarkington, the rear passenger side bumper to a trailer being pulled by a 2021 Freightliner driven by Benjamin Gilbert of Jamestown, Kansas struck the front drivers side tire of a 2016 Ford Escape driven by Billie Jo Thompson of Westphalia. And on Friday, April 9th, Joseph Besmer of Harlan was traveling east on Pine Street in a 2008 Chevy HHR. Curtis Williams of Harlan was travelling north on 19th Street in a 2017 Ford Fusion, making a left turn onto Pine Street. The Besmer vehicle failed to yield through the intersection, striking Williams rear driver side.
Crop Report - 4-14-21 - Measurable rainfall fell across the State which allowed Iowa farmers only 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 11, 2021, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork activities included applying anhydrous and fertilizer, spreading manure, spring tillage and planting oats. There were also scattered reports of corn being planted. Topsoil moisture levels rated 4% very short, 17% short, 69% adequate and 10% surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 12% very short, 28% short, 56% adequate and 4% surplus.Thirty-seven percent of the expected oat crop has been planted, 4 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of the 5-year average. Statewide, 3% of the oat crop has emerged. Pasture condition rated 3% very poor, 11% poor, 42% fair, 40% good and 4% excellent. Pastures are greening up and starting to grow. Muddy feedlots were reported in the southern part of the state.
Audubon names new Police Chief - 4-14-21 - Coby Gust has been approved by the Audubon City Council as the new Audubon Police Chief. Gust will succeed Police Chief Matt Starmer, who announced in February, that he would be retiring effective June 1st, or as soon as his replacement was hired. According to City Clerk Joe Foran, Gust has been with the Audubon Police Department since 2005. His starting salary will be $70,000. Gusts’ hiring creates an opening for a Police Officer within the department.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report – 4-14-21 - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports 26-year old Nikki Lee Phipps, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at around 7:50-p.m. Tuesday in Council Bluffs, on a simple misdemeanor warrant for Contempt of Court on an original, Disorderly Conduct charge. 29-year-old Jacob Kyle Eric Caudill was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail, on a warrant for allowing animals to run at large, and Failure to properly license an animal. He was turned over to staff at the Pottawattamie County Jail. Monday night, 44-year old Matthew Joseph Gardner, and 22-year old Grace Anne Hall were arrested. Both face charges that include: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine – 1st offense. Hall was additionally charged with Willful failure to stop for law enforcement. The pair was arrested following a call about trespassing at Loves Travel Stop, in Shelby. Dispatch advised law enforcement that Gardner had been banned and barred from the business. When a deputy arrived, employees pointed to the vehicle Gardner was in, which was driving out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed. After observing traffic violations, the deputy conducted a traffic stop on the car on Interstate 80. The vehicle did not stop for some time, according to the report, but eventually pulled over. Gardner was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Hall. The vehicle, and a dog inside it, were released to a friend of the owners. Both parties were also cited. And, Monday afternoon, a Pottawattamie County Jail inmate, 41-year-old Bernie Dwayne Hathaway, Jr., of Council Bluffs, was presented with a warrant for Assault with Intent to Commit Sex Abuse. He was then returned to the custody of correction staff.
Vehicle found in Carter Lake – 4-14-21 - Few details are available on a vehicle that was found submerged in Carter Lake overnight. The body of a woman was found inside the vehicle. According to KETV, officers were patrolling the area when they learned there was a car submerged in the water. They noticed the car’s headlights and taillights were on. Officers called the Omaha Fire Department who pulled the car out of the water. The name of the woman inside has not been released.
Montgomery County News – 4-14-21 - On Tuesday, April 13th, officers with the Red Oak Police Department investigated a 2-vehicle non-injury accident. A 2012 Chevy Impala, owned and operated by 88 year old Joanne Vivian Wegler of Red Oak was east bound and failed to yield at an uncontrolled intersection to a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, owned and operated by 46 year old Angela Sue Vanderhoof of Red Oak that was northbound at the intersection. The Vanderhoof vehicle was unable to stop and struck the Wegler vehicle broadside. Both drivers were uninjured. Damage to the 2000 Pontiac was $4500 and was considered totaled. Damage to the 2012 Chevy Impala was $3,000. Each driver was issued a citation. Vanderhoof was cited for Failure to have insurance and Wegler was cited for Failure to Yield.
Exira EHK School board met Monday evening - 4-14-21 - The 2020-21 School Budget has been approved by the Exira-EHK Board of Education. Exira-EHK Superintendent Trevor Miller is encouraged by the District’s financial position. The tax rate is dropping six cents to $11.88. It’s gone from $12.10 to $11.88 so they are being fiscally responsible and trying give the tax payers the best rate. Miller says they are setting more money in SAVE and PPEL for some upcoming projects. Three sharing agreements have been approved with IKM-Manning. Miller will be in the Exira-EHK district more often next year under a 70/30 agreement. Dan Spooner will be shared for Technology and Mallory Meyer takes over for Kyle Wagner as the School Business Official for both districts. Meyer is going to be 60/40. 60% at IKM-Manning, 40% at Exira-EHK. That’ll also help them with operational sharing dollars. For technology, Dan Spooner was approved. Exira-EHK will hold his contract. He’ll be 60% at Exira-EHK and 40% at IKM-Manning. He’s Technology Coordinator at Exira-EHK and Tech Support at IKM-Manning.”
Registration now open for Summer Iowa Games – Radio Iowa – 4-7-21 - Registration is now open for the majority of sports in the Summer Iowa Games, which will be held in the Ames area and at Iowa State University in late July and early August. Cory Kennedy, a spokesman for the games, says the pandemic has forced a few changes, but organizers are thrilled to be moving forward with this year’s events. While the 2020 edition of the Summer Iowa Games was abbreviated due to COVID, this year’s version will see competition in more than 50 sports. Some of the popular sports for teams are soccer, baseball, and softball. Individual sports, track and field is a large sport, archery is an up-and-coming, growing sport, and another large sport that is continually growing is pickleball. The main weekend of the games is scheduled for July 29th through August 1st, with 27 sports and competitions. Some events will start on July 10th, while others will begin in just a few weeks. They will host a high school trap-shooting event in May, as well as their annual Big Fish Classic fishing tournament. Billed as Iowa’s premier multi-sports festival, the event will attract thousands of participants from across the state. The Opening Ceremony will be held virtually this year on July 30th. Learn more and register at www.iowagames.org.
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 -
Applications being accepted for health care educational grants - 3-18-21 - Applications for healthcare educational grants from the Endowment for Education are now being accepted. The grants are made available through the Lucille Petersen Endowment Fund, which was established in 1988. The funds will be distributed to selected applicants seeking short or long-range educational assistance to pursue healthcare occupations. An April 30th deadline has been set for applications to be submitted for the summer 2021 semester. The funds will be distributed as grants--loans that will be forgiven if the recipient is employed within a 20-mile radius of Harlan in his or her specialized healthcare occupation following completion of courses. If a recipient cannot fulfill the service terms under which the loan will be forgiven, the money is subject to a five percent interest rate and repayment of principal. Application forms and more information are available by contacting Ruth Pitkin, Myrtue Medical Center, 1213 Garfield Ave., Harlan, IA, 51537, phone 712-755-4316 or email email@example.com. The grants can be for new, entry-level, or advanced training or certifications.
The Shelby County Veteran's Affair Office will be closed Thursday, April 15th for training. The office will be open on April 20th.
A Virtual Brown Bag Lunch Program, "From Fairy Tale to Fantasy" will be held 12 noon, Thursday, April 15th, at the Museum of Danish America's Facebook and YouTube pages. Enjoy a virtual field trip to this exhibit, featuring Swedish-American illustrator Gustaf Tenggren, which is currently on view at Philadelphia's American Swedish Historical Museum.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Thursday, April 15th at St. Joseph's Parish Hall in Earling. They will be serving a potato bar and dessert. Masks are required and meals will be served at your table. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and bring a friend. Due to the rising cost of food and supplies, there is a minimum of $3 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
THE HARLAN COMMUNITY LIBRARY INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM FOR “GET YOUR STUFF TOGETHER”, PRESENTED BY NANCY COLLINS, THURSDAY, APRIL 15TH, AT 630 IN THE LIBRARY MEETING ROOM. OUR LIVES CAN CHANGE WHEN WE LEAST EXPECT IT. ARE YOU READY? NANCY WILL SHARE HOW TO ORGANIZE INFORMATION AND DOUMENTS YO NEED TO HELP PREPARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR CRITICAL LIFE EVENTS.
LC (LifeCare) Clinic is holding its second annual fundraising banquet for its future Atlantic clinic on Thursday, April 15th, at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic. Registration is required to attend, with seating beginning at 6:30 pm. There is no cost to attend. An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended. You can register to attend the event or to become a business sponsor, table sponsor or tables host, online at HelpLifeCareClinic.org or by calling 641-782-2150.
A rummage sale to benefit LC Clinic is being held on Thursdays, April 15th and 22nd from noon to 6, Fridays, April 16th and 23rd from 9 to 5 and Saturdays, April 17th and 24th from 9 to 2, at 1818 Chatburn Plaza in Harlan, with all proceeds going to support its new pregnancy medical clinic opening soon in Atlantic. Volunteers to assist with the setup and sale and donations for the rummage sale are needed. If you would like to donate saleable items in good condition, no clothing please, bring them to 1818 Chatburn on Mondays and Wednesdays, April 12th, 14th, 19th and 21st from 11 to 2 and Tuesdays, April 13th, and 20th, from 4 to 6 pm. For more information, contact Lori Hlavac at 579-9531 or Dottie Krogh ***KROHG***at 249-9084.
There will be a Shelby County Ambassador Visit/Open House Friday April 16th, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Agency Insurance, 1205 8th Street in Harlan. come and meet new employee Marissa.
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry invites you to the final Legislative coffee for this 2021 session this Saturday at 10 AM– 11 AM at the Chamber atrium. Join them as they host State Senator Jason Schultz and State Representative Steve Holt to discuss the 2021 Legislative Session.
Join us for our first hike of the year at Prairie Rose State Park this Saturday, April 17th. We will be looking for signs of spring such as spring blooming plants, waterfowl, and songbirds. We will meet at the trail the goes over the dam (the west side of the west campground) at 11:00 a.m. If you drive over, please park near the youth campsite (just north of the west campground entrance). This hike will be relatively easy.
NAMI Connection - National Alliance on Mental Illness Recovery Support Group = In-Person Support Group will meet 6:30-8 pm Monday, April 19th, at the SCCO Building - Hero's Attic- at 1105 8th Street in Harlan. For more information call 712-542-7904.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities - Monday, April 19th 8 am -2 pm Myrtue Medical Canter Auble Room, for appointments call Ruth at 755-4316. Wednesday, April 21st Noon-6 pm Central Church in Carroll Saturday, April 24th 8 am - 2 pm at Shelby Community Building in Shelby Tuesday, April 27th 11:30-5:30 at Legion Centennial Center in Dedham Noon to 6 pm at Portsmouth Community Hall in Portsmouth Thursday, April 29th 1 to 6 pm at Neola Community Center in Neola
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Tuesday, April 20th at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving a potato bar, bread and dessert. The menu is subject to change. Masks are required and meals will be served at your table. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and bring a friend. Due to the rising cost of food and supplies, there is a minimum of $3 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
BIKE, RUN, OR WALK AS MUCH OR AS LITTLE AS YOU LIKE..BUT REGISTER NOW FOR MANNING’S 9TH ANNUAL TRAIL TO NOWHERE RIDE, SATURDAY, APRIL 24TH, FROM 2 TO 6 PM! REGISTRATION WILL BE HELD FROM 1 TO 2 PM AT 307 MAIN STREET IN MANNING WITH A GIFT FOR THE FIRST 75 PEOPLE THAT REGISTER! YOU CAN ALSO PRE-REGISTER AT THE CITY HALL, REC CENTER OF AT MANNINGIA.COM/TRAILS.HTML. IT’S A GREAT TIME FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, WITH TONS OF FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS TO CHECK OUT!
THE HARLAN COMMUNITY MUSIC BOOSTER ASSOCIATION PRESENTS THEIR ANNUAL JUST DONATE EVENT, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28TH! THE HARLAN MUSIC BOOSTERS SUPPORTS ALL BAND AND VOCAL PROGGRAMS AT THE HARLAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BY PROVIDING FUNDING FOR UNIFORMS, REPAIRS, MUSIC AND MORE. DUE TO COVID, THEY DID NOT HOLD THEIR REGULAR FUNDRAISING EVENTS IN 2020, SO PLEASE HELLP THEM MEET THEIR GOAL TO RAISE OVER $50,000 THIS YEAR TO SUPPORT THE TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC AT OUR SCHOOLS. 100% OF YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION GOES DIRECTLY TO SUPPORTING THE STUDENTS AND MUSIC PROGRAMS. ONCE AGAIN, THE EVENT IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28TH. DONATIONS CAN BE MADE ONLINE AT CYCLONDMUSIC.ORG OR MAILED TO HCMBA, PO BOX 134, HARLAN, IA 51537.
Jazz on the Square will be held on Harlan's Downtown Square, Thursday, April 29th, 6 - 7:30 pm. They will be featuring HCHS Alumni Alicia Rau on trumpet and vocals with Steve Lawson on the key board, Craig Nance on guitar and Rick Dotzler on drums. In case of inclement weather, the event will be at the Faith Sound Building at 2307 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan, just west of Highway 44 and Highway 59.
Shelby's Craft and Vendor Market - Spring 2021 will be held from 9 to 3 pm Saturday, May 15th at the Cardinal Lofts at 304 Western Avenue in Shelby. Booths will be located in the gym, south of the old school. Some vendors might be located outside on the pavement across the street. Masks will not be required but are encouraged. Food will be available along with a bake sale. All proceeds from the booth rentals will go toward the City of Shelby's 150th Celebration in June. Food sale proceeds will go to the Shelby Fire and Rescue Hotspots to support the events they will be sponsoring during the 150th celebration.
8-Ball Aviation Club's Flight Breakfast will be held 7 to 11 am, Sunday, June 20th at the Harlan Municipal Airport. More details to come.
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