The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry invites you to shop and win! For every $25 you spend at participating businesses - look for the "Let's Keep the Cheer Here" sign from December 4th through the 22nd, you will receive a raffle ticket with a limit of 10 tickets per purchase. The drawing will be held on Tuesday, January 2nd.
The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 am, Tuesday morning at the courthouse. Among items to be discussed is approval of Homestead applications; Internal loan set hearing Resolution 2023-49; a Secondary Roads report including utility permit with Nishnabotna Valley REC 2023-12-1, Resolution 2023-51 – a resolution awarding the contract for a project in Shelby County and authorizing the Shelby County Engineer to execute the contract, Resolution 2023-52 a resolution awarding the contract for a project in Shelby County and Authorizing the Shelby County Engineer to Execute the contract; consideration of acceptance of County Engineers Letter of Resignation; Supervisor committee reports; possible closed session – evaluation or promotion of Assistant Engineer.
The Harlan City Council will meet in regular session Tuesday, December 5th at 5:15. Among items on the agenda is a public hearing regarding the application with the Community Development Block Grant program for financial assistance for the Wastewater System Improvement project and a motion to close the hearing. Resolution No. 2549, a resolution to apply for Financial Assistance with Community Development Block Grant program for the Wastewater System Improvement Project. Resolution No 2550, a resolution of appreciation, years of service; receive and file the Airport Commission Meeting minutes from November 22nd, including reviewing federal airport improvement program and resolution No. 2551 – a resolution accepting completion of the airport reconstruction T-Hangar Taxilanes Project; review the memorandum of understanding for use of County Ambulance; receive and file personnel and finance committee meeting minutes from December 1st including reviewing the recommendation to accept retirement of City Clerk/Finance Director, approve the job description and advertise for the position; review the recommendation to update the holiday benefits effective December 6th, to include an additional half day on Christmas Eve and an additional half day on New Years Eve and a new vacation schedule, effective January 1, 2024 and review the recommendation to change city hall hours to 8 to 4:30 effective December 6th. There will also be the City Administrator’s Report and the Mayor’s Report.
Ballpark to Ballpark Trail Donation Drive - (11-17-23) – The Shelby County Trails, a 501(C)3 organization, is doing a donation drive through December 27th to obtain matching funds for the State Recreational Trails Grant that was received in October. There were 44 applicants for the state grant and the Ballpark-to-Ballpark trail was one of only 7 applications to receive funding. Panama Transfer has pledged to match all donations received up to a maximum of $25,000. All donations are tax deductible. Donations may be dropped off at the Shelby Chamber Office.
Fill the trailer is an event that helps Operation Backpack. Operation Backpack is a program that Harlan Community Student Council runs that helps many local students be able to eat when the weekend comes around. The student Council will be at the Fareway parking lot, Saturday. December 9th from 8 to 4. They are looking for canned goods, and non-perishable items. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact Sabre Schmitz at 579-4967.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON - (11-28-23) - Festive parties, family gatherings,shopping for loved ones, giving blood? Make giving the gift of life part of your holiday traditions this year! The winter weather and hustle and bustle of the season often keeps people away from LifeServe Blood Center’s Donor Centers and mobile blood drives, but the warmth a lifesaving donation can bring is worth experiencing. Make plans today to schedule an appointment at a location near you. Denison Community Blood Drive, 12/11/2023 from 12:15 pm - 05:45 pm at 100 Medical Parkway, Denison. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800.287.4903.
Multiple fire departments called out for residential fire near Walnut - (12-5-23) - Firefighters were called out to a structure fire at 50596 Iowa Highway 83 on Monday. The fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring. Firefighters responded to the house fire just before noon on Monday, Dec. 4 south of Walnut, and found smoke coming from the roof. Walnut officials said the fire began in an upstairs bedroom, where a mattress was set on fire by electrical wiring. The fire resulted in significant damage to the upstairs of the home. The Walnut Fire Department was assisted by the Avoca and Hancock fire departments and Atlantic and Marne departments were also called out for mutual aid. Later Marne and Atlantic were told to disregard.
Search for a missing Sac County man temporarily suspended - (12-5-23) – (KCAU) - A volunteer search organization assisting in finding a missing Sac County man, temporarily suspended searches, Monday. as they try to determine new locations to investigate. Jake Rowley, the Midwest team leader for the non-profit United Cajun Navy search and rescue organization, said on social media Sunday night, that they weren’t conducting any organized searches for 53-year-old David Schultz, of Wall Lake. The pause, he said, is so that they can regather any known information to determine new search areas. Searches may possibly resume on Wednesday, according to Rowley. Sarah Schultz, David Schultz’s wife, said she last saw her husband at around 7:30-p.m. on Nov. 20th, before he left their home. David was a truck driver and had to deliver a load of hogs from Eagle Grove to Sac City, but he never made it to Sac City. His truck was found the next morning on Highway 71 on the road about seven miles north of Sac City, with the trailer still fully loaded with the hogs. David’s wallet and phone were found in the semi and his jacket was found in a nearby ditch. David is a white male who is approximately 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes. He was last known to be wearing Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots, and a Peterbilt hat. Anyone with information about David Schultz or where he may be is asked to call the Sac County Communications Center at 712-662-7127. In the update announcing they were temporarily suspending searches, Rowley said that they have so far searched more than 100,000 acres and feel they may have exhausted all possible locations. Instead, they will be focused on “specialized teams and investigators to try and receive any new leads” as they work with law enforcement.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Issue Warning of Scam - (12-5-23) - The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is alerting residents and visitors about a recent increase in fraudulent activities involving traveling individuals claiming to sell authentic jewelry. These individuals have been reported engaging in a fake jewelry scam that preys on unsuspecting victims. According to the press release on the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page, on Sunday, December 3, deputies made contact with a white 2015 Infiniti QX80 with Alabama plates on Highway 2 near Farragut. Page County authorities took a report of a man in a suit attempting to flag down cars trying to sell items from the roadway. Deputies contacted and identified the occupants, and they were released without charges in Fremont County. If you see this vehicle, do not stop; please call your local law enforcement and make a report. Recently, local agencies have received complaints about individuals approaching citizens in public spaces, such as parking lots, shopping centers, and gas stations, claiming to sell high-quality jewelry at deeply discounted prices. These scammers often present themselves as friendly and persuasive. They use various tactics to create a sense of urgency and convince victims they are getting a once-in-a-lifetime deal. The fake jewelry peddled by these scammers is often of poor quality, with little to no actual value. Victims have reported purchasing items they believed to be authentic, only to discover later they were deceived and had fallen victim to a fraudulent scheme. To avoid becoming a victim - Be Skeptical of Unsolicited Approaches: Exercise caution when approached by individuals claiming to sell high-end jewelry, especially in public places. Verify Authenticity: If approached by a seller, ask for detailed information about the jewelry, including certification and origin. Genuine sellers will provide this information willingly. Do Your Research: Research the seller’s reputation and check for reviews or complaints online before purchasing. Trust Your Instincts: If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your instincts and walk away if you have any doubts. And Report Suspicious Activity: If you encounter individuals engaging in suspicious behavior or believe you have been a victim of this scam, contact the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office immediately.
Arrest Report: Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (12-4-23) – The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has released their arrest report for the last half of November. On November 29th, 69 year old Gerard August Rueschenberg of Harlan was arrested on an active Shelby County Warrant for Failure to appear. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail. November 27th, 40 year old Brandon Glenn Billings of Harlan was arrested following a traffic stop in the 1200 block of College Blvd in Harlan. Billings was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Driving while License is Revoked and Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability. 22 year old Avery Jon Zenk of Denison was arrested November 26th, on an active Shelby County Warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault. Zenk was transported to the Shelby County Jail. On November 25th, 53 year old Craig John Stork of Harlan was arrested following an investigation of a possible motor vehicle accident in the area of 7th and Court Street in Harlan. Stork was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with OWI 1st. There were 2 arrests on November 22nd. 58 year old Douglas Duane Curtis of Harlan was arrested following a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Hawkeye Avenue in Harlan. Curtis was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Driving Under Suspension and Interference with Official Acts. And 37 year old Bryan Joseph Schuemann of Harlan was arrested following a traffic stop in the 1100 block of Willow Street. Schuemann was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Driving Under Suspension, Keeping Premises or Vehicle for Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance – Marijuana, 3rd or Subsequent Offense, Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Institution and Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability. On November 21st,, 46 year old Laura Ann Traufler of Harlan was arrested following an investigation. Traufler was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Theft 2nd, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd or Subsequent Offense and Possession of Controlled Substance, Marijuana, 3rd or subsequent offense. Also on the 21st, 31 year old Drew Ashton Gagnon of Red Oak was arrested on an active Shelby County Warrant for Violation of Probation. 49 year old Darin Lee Turner of Harlan was arrested on November 20th following a traffic stop near Cyclone Avenue and 19th Street in Harlan. Turner was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with OWI 1st. November 19th, 34 year old Simon Buombiey Jacob of Harlan was arrested following a call for service in the 500 block of 12th street in Harlan. Simon was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Violation of a No Contact order. And 23 year old Nyagach Dech Chigach of Harlan was arrested following a call for service in the 500 block of 12th Street in Harlan. Chigach was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Violation of a No Contact Order. 24 year old Guillermo Dominic Hernandez of Denison was arrested on an active Shelby County Warrant. Hernandez was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Violation of a No Contact Order. On November 17th, 58 year old Rodney Craig Musich of Kimballton was arrested on an active Shelby County Warrant. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Trespass 1st Offense. And 30 year old Philip Brian King of Harlan was charged with Burglary 3rd after an ongoing burglary investigation. And on November 16th, 31 year old Crystal Jean Oliver of Harlan was arrested following a motor vehicle accident in the 2100 block of Rd M36. Oliver was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance – 2nd offense, Keeping Premises or Vehicle for Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, OWI 1st, and Failure to Maintain Control. Disclaimer: All arrests reported on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page are arrests made by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office with charges originating from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office If an arrest originated by another Agency (Iowa State Patrol, Division of Criminal Investigations, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Department of Natural Resources, Ect.) but the individual was brought to the Shelby County Jail that arrest would not be reported on our page. Additionally, a person arrested on an arrest warrant from another County and brought to the Shelby County Jail to be held until picked up by a different County/Agency would not be reported on this page. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Office.
IKM-Manning Superintendent Trevor Miller announces resignation - (12-4-23) - At its regular meeting held Monday, November 27, 2023, the IKM-Manning School Board approved the resignation of Superintendent Trevor Miller, effective June 30, 2024. Miller started at IKM-Manning in 2017 as a shared superintendent with Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton. Starting July 1, 2024, he will serve as the superintendent of Exira-EHK and move into a shared agreement with the Audubon Community School District. In his letter of resignation, Miller stated that he feels the district is in need of a fresh start. He will continue planning for the new gymnasium and classroom addition and look at other facility needs. He will work on the district’s budget and will assist the new superintendent in order to secure a smooth transition for the district.
Montgomery County News - (12-4-23) - On Sunday, December 3rd, shortly after 2 pm, the Red Oak Police Department reported the arrest of Jordan Chase Shum on the charge of Harrassment 3rd Degree. Shum was arrested in the 100 block of West Coolbaugh in Red Oak. He was being held on $300 bond.
Omaha police arrest man in connection with fatal shooting of Council Bluffs teen - (12-4-23) – (Daily Nonpareil) - Omaha police have arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Mauricio Chavez on Nov. 17. 18 year old Zadik Motino, is suspected of second-degree murder in the killing of Chavez, who was found suffering from a gunshot wound at the Sippin Sirens bar at 42nd and H streets around 11:15 p.m. that night, according to a news release from the Omaha Police Department. Chavez was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center with lifesaving measures in progress, but he was declared dead at the hospital. Motino is also suspected of use of a weapon to commit a felony and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and also had an active felony warrant out of Sarpy County, according to the release. The investigation remains ongoing.
Trial regarding murder of infant may be held in Pott County - (12-4-23) – The trial of 26 year old Megan Staude of Norwalk could be held in Black Hawk or Pottawattamie County. Staude is accused of murdering her newborn son in February and the trial is being moved out of Warren County. On November 27th, the judge ruled in favor of a moton for her trial to be moved because of pretrial publicity. WHO-TV reports the judge said after seeing the responses to a juror questionnaire, it appeared that a significant portion of potential jurors had heard of the case and a significant portion of those jurors did not think they could be fair and impartial based on their previous knowledge of the case. The defense and the State have tentatively agreed for the case to be heard in mid-June 2024. The trial is expected to take 10 days to two weeks to complete. The judge also ruled in favor of Megan Staude’s motion to sever her case from the case of her father, Rodney Staude. He is also charged with first-degree murder. Rodney Staude’s case is on hold while a competency evaluation is completed. Court documents revealed in September that he planned to use diminished responsibility as a defense during his trial. Investigators say Megan Staude gave birth on February 24 at the family’s Norwalk home. According to court documents, she put the baby boy in a box and didn’t provide any care for him while he cried on and off for two days. After that Megan said and her father Rodney put the baby, who was still alive, into a plastic bag. Rodney allegedly discarded the baby’s body in a ditch. The newborn’s body was discovered on March 9, one day after Megan’s co-workers expressed concern about the health and safety of the baby to the Norwalk Police Department.
3 vehicle accident in Nebraska, Council Bluffs man killed - (12-3-23) - 36 year old Tanner Mudra of Council Bluffs died in a 3-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on Interstate 80. The Nebraska State Patrol reports the crash happened at around 1 am, Saturday morning on westbound I-80 near the I Street exit in Omaha. The crash involved a semi, a Chevy Express van, and a Honda Accord. Mudra died at the scene. The driver of the Honda was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the semi was uninjured. Troopers said the Honda driver lost control and hit the concrete median. The semi driver then pulled over to help the driver of the Honda. The Chevy Express then hit the Honda, which had come to rest in a lane of travel and then hit the semi. The crash is still under investigation.
Charges filed in death of Ida County 3 year old - (12-2-23) - Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety reports at woman from Ida Grove was arrested on a Felony charge Thursday, following an investigation into the death of her 3 year old. Just before 8 pm, May 4th, EMT's from Battle Creek Ambulance responded to a residence in Battle Creek in regards to an unresponsive child. Jordan Reed was found to be not breathing. He was transported to Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove and then transferred to Children's Hospital in Omaha where he died on May 5th. The Ida County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner conducted an investigation. As result, Jordan's mother, 33 year old Billie Mosier of Ida Grove was charged with one count of child endangerment resulting in death, a Class B felony. Mosier turned herself in on Thursday and was released after posting bond.
Jury finds Coon Rapids man guilty of serious injury by vehicle - (12-2-23) - (Carroll Broadcasting) - 48 year old William Ray Richards of Coon Rapids was found guilty this week of serious injury by vehicle while operating under the influence of methamphetamine. According to Carroll Broadcasting, the verdict was returned by the jury on Thursday. The charges stem from an August 11, 2022 crash on Highway 71 about 1.5 miles south of the Sac County line. Prosecutors showed Richard was intoxicated when he plowed into the rear of three vehicles that were stopped on the roadway for construction resulting in injuries to two drivers and one of their passengers. Richards was immediately taken into custody by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and will remain there until sentencing. Each count carries a maximum of up to 5 years in prison and $7,500 in fines
Deadly crash east of Creston Friday night - (12-2-23) - A collision east of Creston Friday night claimed the lives of two people from Nebraska. On Saturday afternoon, the Iowa State Patrol said the accident occurred around 7 pm Friday evening on Highway 34 as a 2008 Ford Explorer was eastbound on the highway. A 1996 Peterbilt semi that was stopped at a posted sign on Iris Avenue, proceeded to turn left onto Highway 34. The SUV collided with the grain hopper trailer the semi was pulling. The driver of the SUV, 17 year old Izabella M. Martinez and a front seat passenger in the vehicle, 18 year old Alex Conner Mauseth, both of Omaha, died at the scene. A third passenger in the Explorer, 14 year old Xavier Martinez of Omaha was injured and transported to the hospital by Creston EMS. The 14 year old was unrestrained. The driver of the semi, 63 year old Kelly Lee Jones of Creston was uninjured.
Shelby County Fair needs your help for improvements - (12-1-23) – Each year, the Shelby County Fairboard strives to put on a high quality, fun and educational fair experience for the entire community. In addition to the fair, the fairgrounds annually hosts many other events. Their goal is to continue to hold these great attractions, promote agriculture hands on learning experiences and improve the grounds and facilities for current and future generations. The fairboard would like you to help them improve. Improvements are planned in 4 phases: Phase 1 will be the Ag Education Pavilion, Morgan Hall Addition and fencing. The Pavilion will feature baby animal barn during the fair, various ag related education displays, space for educational presentations, open air stage for outside presentations. The structure will offer agriculture based education throughout the year. Phase 2 will focus on bathhouse and storm shelter and purchase tables and chairs. Phase 3 will include livestock barn structures and an amphitheater and phase 4 will be an equine complex and grandstand replacement. To donate to the fairgrounds “Build Our Future with Us” project, make checks payable to Shelby County Fair Build Fund and mail to Shelby County Fair – “Build Our Future” Project – PO box 528 – Harlan, Iowa 51537.
For a $50 annual fee, the Boy Scout Troop 90B and 90G will place a 3 by 5 foot flag on a 10 foot pole in front of your house on five national holidays - Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran's Day. Subscription forms can be found online or in the Harlan Tribune.
The new 2023 100 page book on the history of Harlan's downtown is now available. This version provides more anecdotal stories of the building owners and/or mysteries surrounding these buildings, as well as over 400 photos and illustrations. The book is being sold at the Harlan Newspapers and the Shelby County Chamber office for $20 plus tax with proceeds going to fund tourism projects funded by the Hotel/Motel Tax.
Area American Red Cross Bloodmobiles - Wednesday, December 6th 8:30 to 2:30 pm - CAM High School in Anita 12:30 to 6 pm St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dunlap 8 to 2 pm AHSTW High School in Avoca Noon to 6 pm St. Mary's Parish Center in Panama Thursday, December 7th 1 pm to 6 pm Neola Community Center 11:30 to 5:30 pm Treynor Community Center Wednesday, December 13th noon to 6 pm Central Church in Carroll Thursday, December 14th 8 am to 2 pm Central Church in Carroll Friday, December 15th noon to 6 pm Sacred Heart Church in Manning
The Shelby United Lutheran Church will be having an Aebleskiver supper from 5 to 7 pm, Wednesday, December 6th. Dine in the fellowship hall or get a take out order after 4 pm by calling 544-2173
The Shelby County Historical Museum announces that they will host their annual Santa in the Cabins event on Thursday, December 7th. The event will take place from 5:00-7:00 at the Shelby County Historical Museum located at 1805 Morse Avenue in Harlan. The event features pictures with Santa in the historic McIntosh cabin, carnival games, snacks, and take-and-make crafts! This year’s theme is historical Christmas traditions, so the3 activities, snacks, and crafts, will all be tied to Christmas traditions that were brought to Shelby County from Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico, and the Netherlands!” The event is free and open to the public, and a great way to launch the holiday season while learning about Shelby County’s history!
The Lied Irwin Public Library is looking for volunteers to share their Nativity sets with the community this holiday season. They would like to have them on display for their Holiday Open House on December 9th. You can start bringing them in to the library on November 28th. They will be displayed on top of the bookcases so they will be out of harms way.
Santa Claus is coming to town with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, December 9th. Santa will be at the Elk Horn Library at 9 am; Irwin Library at 10 am; St. Joseph Parish Hall in Earling at 11 am; St. Mary's Parish Center in Panama at 1 pm; St. Mary's Parish Center in Portsmouth at 2 pm and the Old Post Office in Tennant at 3 pm.
The Audubon Christmas Homemade Craft Fair is this Saturday, December 9th from 9 to 4 at the Memorial Building at 410 N. Park Place in Audubon. Drop by for a selection of homemade or locally sourced crafts, food, home decor, wood gifts, sewing, ornaments and more.
Neola's Old-Fashioned Christmas is set for this Saturday at St. Patrick's Hall in Neola. A soup supper will be held from 4 to 7 pm. The cost is $12 for adults, children under 12- $5 and children under 4 are free. They will be serving chili, vegetable soup, potato soup, drink and dessert. There will be refills and to go meals will be available. A Cookie Walk will be held at 4 pm with medium boxes $10 and large boxes $15. And the Community Choir will perform "Gather at the Manger", at St. Patrick Church Saturday at 7 pm and at the Presbyterian Church Sunday at 2 pm.
The GriefShare Seminar/Support Group will meet on Mondays, through December 11th from 5:30 to 7 pm at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. For more information, call the church office at 755-2711.
The Magical Christmas Cookie Walk will be held Wednesday, December 13th from 11 to 1 at the Harlan First Methodist Church. Enjoy soup, sandwich, pie or dessert, eat in or take out, cookie boxes and pre-boxed cookies too. For pre-boxes, call Beth by December 12th at 579-1870 or the church office at 755-5172.
Iowa poets are invited to enter their best work in the annual Iowa Poetry Association contest underway January 1st through February 28th. Cash prizes are offered and the competition is open without entry fee to adults, college and high school students, as well as students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Prize winners and other poems receiving high ranking in each category will be published in the association’s annual anthology “Lyrical Iowa.” Some school poems are also selected to go on to national competition. There is no obligation for either membership or purchase to enter these contests. Postmark deadline is February 24, 2024. Complete rules are needed in order to enter the contest. Send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Marilyn Baszczynski 16096 320th Way, Earlham Iowa 50072.
The Shelby County Conservation Board and Iowa DNR are teaming up with the Harrison County Conservation Board to host a winter women’s event. This event will be held February 2 to 4 at Willow Lake Recreation Area. Some activities included in this workshop are ice fishing, archery, hiking or snowshoeing, candle making, stargazing, owl calling, winter survival, and wild game cooking. To sign up or see the full schedule please follow the link: https://conta.cc/3R6h1cF If you have any questions, please reach out to Christina at 712-744-3403.
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