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effective April 2017:

The compost near the Schildberg Recreation Area is open seven days per week from 7:30-a.m. until dusk. The site is monitored by camera to catch illegal dumping. If the gate happens to be locked during those times, please call 243-3512 and tell them that the gate to the yard waste site is locked and a police officer will be out shortly to unlock the gate.

*** City of Atlantic officials remind citizens to bring ONLY trees, branches, grass, garden waste, and/or leaves. ***


FOUND: Female, red husky, about 6-8 months old, wearing a leather collar, found in Wiota. 249-3215. (1/9/19)

FOUND: Dog found 3 miles east of Hamlin on Highway 44. Lab cross that is mostly black with white paws and white patch on the cheek. Has two collars on, one small and one camo. Good looking, well taken care of dog and friendly. Call Kim at 712-304-0913.

FOUND: dog in Atlantic, well taken care of, please call 712 326 9773 if your missing one, must show proof of ownership.

*Please let us know if the pet is returned to the owner to help keep this updated. Items will be listed for 2 weeks**


Effective Nov. 26, 2018: The road in Sunnyside Park are closed for the season. The park is still open for the public, throughout the winter.

Cass County Landfill and Recycling Center is no longer be accepting glass as recyclable material. As a result, the green recycling containers located throughout Cass County, will cease to have compartments dedicated to glass recycling. All residents will need to place their glass containers in with their regular garbage. Any with questions to call the landfill at 243-1991.

Recycling Trailer in Audubon is no longer located at Shopko, it is now at Audubon Church of Christ parking lot (2050 Hwy. 71)

The recycling bins in Cumberland have been moved north of the Community Building.



Elliott Fire Department’s 65th Annual Deer & Roast Pork Feed will be held on January 19th at 5:30 pm at the Elliott Community Building. They will be serving deer & roast pork , mashed potatoes & gravy, coleslaw and baked beans.

Knotty Ladies All Day Get Away. The event is rescheduled to January 26th due to the weather.

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Red Oak on January 19th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Red Oak YMCA, 101 E Cherry St.

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding Cabin Fever Escape program at the Outdoor Educational Classroom outside Massena, IA on January 19th at 1-4 pm. FREE, all ages welcome! Cure it by spending some time outside with family friendly FUN! Bring your mugs, sleds, dress for the weather, and snowshoes will be available! If you get cold, warm and tasty drinks and a movie will be playing inside our lodge! There will be no snow activities planned as well! Take Hwy 148 south of Massena, Turn Left on Tucson Rd, Follow it East for about two miles, and then a right hand turn into the parking lot.

Audubon County Crime Stoppers Soup Supper will be held on January 19th at the Memorial Building in Audubon. Serving is from 5-7 pm. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for 12 and under and preschoolers are free. Bring the kids, McGruff will be making an appearance! They will be serving chili, oyster and vegetable beef along with sandwiches, bars and drinks.


Amber and Jerod Johnson Present Agriculture & Farming in Australia at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Musuem on Sunday, January 20th at 1:30 pm. Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum is located at 504 N. Elm St., Avoca, IA. Free will donations accepted to support the museum.

Take a look back. See what has happened in 90 years and think about possibilities for the future. Steve Livengood will trace the purpose and changes for the the American Legion Memorial Building. It was dedicated in 1929 and became the National Guard Armory early in history. It always has served the community in many ways. The program will be held Sunday, January 20, 2 pm in the American Legion Memorial Building (201 Poplar St., Atlantic). There is no fee. Refreshments will be served.

Due to poor weather predicted for this weekend, the Health Care Forum scheduled for Sunday, January 20th at the Warren Cultural Center has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for some time in early spring. Please check www.warrenculturalcenter.com for updates and information.

Moonlight hike is scheduled for Prairie Rose State Park on Monday at 6:30 p.m.  If we get 4 inches of snow it will be snowshoeing.  If we don’t, then it will just be a hike.  Meet at the first parking area along the beach road.


Human Slavery – a program by Kevin Schwendinger will be held on January 21st at 6:30 pm at the Audubon Public Library.


A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Harlan on January 22nd from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1104 Morningview.

CCHS Auxiliary Annual Meeting will be held on January 22nd at noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Speaker is Dr. Matt Weresh. For reservations call Ramona Camp. 243
3654. Cost is $6.00.


A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Westphalia on January 24th from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm at St. Boniface Parish Center.


A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Avoca on January 25th from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., AHSTW High School, 768 So. Maple.

Atlantic Medical Center and the Atlantic Police Department will be delivering winter items to those in need throughout Cass County. They are in need of stocking hats, winter gloves, and lap size blankets.  Gently used winter coats would also be appreciated. Akins Building Center is a drop off location. You can bring your donations there until Friday, January 25th.


Knotty Ladies All Day Get Away will on January 26th from 8 am to 5 pm at the Exira Events Center (formerly Exira Rec Center). The all-day quilting/sewing/crafting retreat is a fundraiser for Relay for Life. Bring your favorite project and spend the day feeding your passion. Snacks, drinks, and lunch provided. They will have several pressing and cutting stations set up. Feel free to bring yours. It would be the perfect time to treat yourself to a day away! Asking $30 registration fee and $5 discount if you bring a homemade pillowcase to donate to cancer patients. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. To register: email knottyladiesquilt@gmail.com. Follow them on Facebook at knottyladiesquilt.


Exira Mason’s Breakfast Fundraiser will be held Sunday, January 27th from 8:30 am to  12:30 pm at the Brayton Town Hall. Menu includes: Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs, Belgian Waffles, Bacon, French Toast, Coffee & Orange Juice. Proceeds to Benefit Brayton Town Hall Renovation Project.

In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, the Museum of Danish America is offering free admission on Saturday, January 26 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sunday, January 27 (Noon – 5 p.m.). The museum’s mezzanine-level Kramme Gallery features the exhibit, “Denmark, October 1943: Occupation and Resistance,” which shares the stories of Danes who experienced the occupation during World War II and how over 90 percent of Denmark’s Jews were brought to safety, aided by their Danish neighbors. Artifacts and documents explore resistance, rations, and navigating daily life in an occupied homeland. The exhibit will remain on view through March 24. For questions, call the museum at (712) 764-7001 or visit www.danishmuseum.org.


Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Exira on January 28th from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Exira Recreational Center, 106 N Jefferson .

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Red Oak on January 28th from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1101 East Summit


A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Lewis on January 31st at the Lewis Community Building from noon – 5:30 pm.


Atlantic Rising will be hosting the 2nd Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser on Saturday, February 2nd at The Venue. The organization started the event to fundraise for the Christmas Box program. The event will include eight rounds of ten questions each. Categories range from math to music to Saturday Night Live and everything in between. There is a prize awarded to the winning team. Teams are also encouraged to create team themes to add to the fun of the evening. A prize is awarded to the best team theme and is chosen by the staff at The Venue. As an added fundraiser boost, a 50/50 raffle will be going on all night and mulligans can be purchased in a pack of three for $10, one pack per team. Atlantic Rising is also partnering with Olsen’s BP – Godfather’s Express again to provide a pizza deal. Large single topping pizzas can be ordered for $10 and large supreme pizzas for $12. Pizzas can be ordered upon registration and will be waiting for you at your tables. Also, there will be freshly popped popcorn and a water/coffee station available all night. Cash bar open for all other beverage needs. For more information on Trivia Night or to register a team, contact Ashley Hayes at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017 or visit www.atlanticiowa.com.


The 1st Pony Express Dance of 2019 will be held on Saturday, February 9th at the Oakland Community Building in Oakland, Iowa from 8 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. Coal Mule will be playing your  favorite country and Western music for your dancing pleasure. They will have the usual raffle and auction items during the breaks. All proceeds go to Camp Sunnyside in Ankeny, Iowa. They will also have available tickets for sale for the 2019 CFMOTO U500 EPS 4 X4 for just $1 a piece that includes a winch, power steering and aluminum wheels. This will be drawn for on April 20th at the annual Easter weekend ride and turn in. Need not be present to win.


Atlantic Band Spaghetti Supper will be held on February 11th from 5-8 pm at the Atlantic High School Commons. Tickets are $6 for for adults (12 & up), $4 for kids and under 4 are free. Tickets can be purchased from any High School or Middle School band member or at the door. Take outs are also available just come to the school’s main entrance.


Atlantic Fire Department Moped Class will be held on February 16th from 8 am – 2 pm. Bring a sack lunch & drink. Cost is $50.


A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Atlantic at the Atlantic High School on March 5th from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm.


Southwest Iowa’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – March 12th-21st 2019. You have a chance to walk where Jesus walked! Ray McCalla, pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlantic, is organizing an ecumenical pilgrimage to Israel, March 12-21, 2019. Christians of all stripes from southwest Iowa—from Clarinda, Corning, and Atlantic, so far—have already signed up to tour the Holy Land and see the places where Jesus taught, walked, died, and was resurrected. Pilgrims will visit sites in Galilee, Jerusalem and Judea, and near the Dead Sea. The total cost of the trip will be about $3,300, all-inclusive. There is still room for everyone! The deadline for registration is December 28. Potential pilgrims are encouraged to contact Ray McCalla (raydemccalla@gmail.com; (712) 250-1607) for more information. There is a fair amount of walking, but people of all ages and abilities are welcome. “If you’re concerned about safety in Israel, don’t be,” McCalla stated. “Statistically speaking, the most dangerous part of our trip will be driving to the airport in Omaha. Flying is very safe. In addition, it’s much more dangerous to visit St. Louis—or even Kansas City—than it is to go to Jerusalem.”


A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Atlantic on March 15th from noon – 6:00 pm at the YMCA.


District 6000 of Rotary International is now accepting applications for their study abroad program – Rotary Youth Exchange – for the academic year 2019-20. High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to participate in this year-long program. Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, Asia, and South America are available. Students interested in learning other cultures and languages are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is November 15th.  For questions and/or more information on the application process, please contact your local Rotary Club or Doug Peterson, District Chairman, at louanndoug@mchsi.com.

Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic Community Dinner is held on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm. The public is welcome.

The 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month the community is invited to play cards or dominoes at Heritage House. They are welcomed to come as a group or by themselves. Playing starts at 1 pm.

The Atlantic Food Pantry is asking for donations of money and/or grocery items. The funds and shelves are running low. The Atlantic Food Pantry was started in March, 1982, by the Ministerial Association and Church Women United. It has relied solely on cash and food items donated from the community. In the beginning, the Pantry helped 170 individuals/families per year. The Pantry now serves an average of 15-25 individuals/families per week with a limitation of one visit per month for senior citizens and one visit every other month for all others unless they have an emergency and a referral from someone who is aware of their problem. Since it began, the Pantry has rarely requested monetary donations due to the lack of funds, but at the current rate, the Pantry cash account will be extremely low by the end of summer. Grocery items they could use are cereal, canned meat and other canned food items, toilet tissue and soap. If you have any questions, you may contact treasurer, Florence Burrows at 243-1363 or Ken Burkhart at 243-1820. Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.

The American Legion Memorial Building also known as the Armory is open Saturday afternoon 1 to 4 pm for tours. There is no fee but donations are welcome. Visitors can see the Military Museum, Military Library and recently added photos of Atlantic’s past history.

Roland Funeral Service is running Randy Alcorn’s “HAPPINESS” VIDEO SERIES for anyone interested in gatherings Wednesday 3:30 to 5:00 at 1011 E 10th St. In Atlantic. Call Amy Roland at 254-1266.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Open to all nursing or expecting mothers. Held on the third Thursday of every month at Cass County Health System in Conference Room 6 at 7 pm. Call 250-8862 with questions.

Atlantic Elk’s Bingo is every Wednesday night at the Elk’s Lodge. Door open at 6 pm, bingo starts at 6:30. This is open to the public. Please use the dining room door.

A support group helping those touched by dementia and alzheimer’s for family members and caregivers – “People Helping People” – will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Atlantic Specialty Care/Care Initiatives – in the chapel, 1300 E. 19th St., Atlantic. Call 249-4193 or 243-3952 for more information. Everyone is welcome – you are not alone.

Grief Share meets Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 pm at 1011 East 10th St. in Atlantic. 13 weeks of Grief Share Gatherings include workbook, video lessons and sharing times, each session can stand alone. No charge, donations for Grief Share are welcomed. Call Amy Jo Roland at 712-243-5492. This is sponsored by the Roland Funeral Home.

American Legion Memorial Building, also known as the Armory, will be open for tours Saturday afternoons through October and by request through Atlantic Chamber of Commerce. See the web site at Arise Atlantic for more details.

New SAA (Sex Addicts Anonymous) Meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at the 12 Step House at 309 Elm Street in Atlantic. Details on SAA website, email atlanticssa@gmail.com or contact Tom at 712-269-0190.

Operation Barnabas meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Atlantic Iowa Western Community College campus.

A Free Community Dinner will be held every Tuesday at the Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Join the Firehouse Flames for bingo every first Monday at the Memorial Building in Audubon. Doors open at 5:30 pm with a light lunch available, early bird bingo at 6:30 and regular bingo at 6:45 pm.

Myrtue Medical Center Public Health has scheduled several flu vaccination clinics. Immunization Clinics are held every other month during even-numbered months in 2017. Wednesday, June 7th is the next clinic date. Appointments are available from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Public Health HCCMS Family Services is located at 1408 E 10th St. Call 712-755-4422 or visit www.shelbycountyclinics.com. Clinic will also be held in Irwin, Earling, Westphalia, Shelby, Avoca, Defiance, Panama, Portsmouth and Elk Horn. Appointments are not needed for these clinics.

The Adair & Casey United Methodist Churches have opened the A-C Food Pantry in the Casey United Methodist Church. It is available to those living in the A-C Community School district the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Saturday of every month.

Divorce Care will be held at the Evangelical Free Church at 2:30 pm on Wednesdays with Treva Turpin. For more information call, 243-4738.

American Legion Post #43 meetings at the Armory at 7 pm. Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month.

HCCMS Family Planning is a program available for men and women of all ages, offering reproductive and other health services to help you get and stay healthy. They serve anyone requesting family planning services regardless of residency, household income or gender. In Cass County, your HCCMS office is located at Cass County Home Care, 1500 E 10th St., Atlantic, IA. For more information or to make an appointment call 712-243-7551 or 1-800-993-4345.

Weight Watchers meeting will be held on Thursdays at 5:30 pm at the United Church of Christ on 16th St. in Atlantic.

TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly a non profit weight loss support group meets every Thursday in the 1st Assembly of God Church (1913 E. 22nd). Weigh in from 5-5:30 pm with meeting from 6-6:30pm. For more information call Barb at 243-6222.

Support group for people with Parkinson’s disease and their family, caregivers or befrienders is held the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1-3 pm in the Commons room of Summerset Estates, the condos in the north end of the 3rd street in Fontanelle. For further directions or questions about this support group, call Lyle or LaVon at 641-745-4044.

Parkinson’s Support Group will be held the 3rd Wednesday each month at 2 pm at the Heritage House in Atlantic.

The Atlantic Lions Club takes used eye glasses and hearing aids. You can drop them off at these Atlantic locations: Hy-Vee, W & S Appliance, Fareway, or any Lions Club member.



effective July 1st, 2015:

The site is open seven days per week from 7:30-a.m. until dusk. The site is monitored by camera to catch illegal dumping. *** City of Atlantic officials remind citizens to bring ONLY trees, branches, grass, garden waste, and/or leaves. ***


The Shelby County Public Health Department has the following available services at their office location, 2712 12th Street, in Harlan:

Radon Community Educational: November 13, 2018 at 6:30PM at the C.G. Therkildsen Center at 706 Victoria Street in Harlan. Speakers include Dr. Bill Field, Dr. Brian Anderson and Lori Staiert Westergard; free radon kits; information on remediation and associated financial support for remediation and snacks will be provided. Please register by calling 712.755.4422 or online at shelbycountyclinics.com.

Immunization Clinic for Children: Immunization Clinics will be held on Wednesday, December 5th from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Community Health. Students entering kindergarten, 7th grade, and 12th grade this fall are required to have immunization updates. Please plan ahead to get immunizations completed before school starts. Immunizations are free for children that qualify for the VFC program. An administration fee of $14 per child will be charged, unless the child is covered by Medicaid. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations including Hawk-i, please call Myrtue Medical Clinic at 755-5130 to schedule an appointment there.

The Shelby County Public Health Nursing Department at Myrtue Medical Center offers immunizations to infants and children through age 18 that qualify under the Vaccine for Children (VFC) program guidelines. These vaccines are offered to children with Medicaid coverage, children without any health insurance coverage, children with health insurance that does not cover any of the cost of these immunizations or children of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent.

Immunizations are free for children that qualify for the VFC program. An administration fee of $14 per child will be charged, unless the child is covered by Medicaid. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations including Hawk-i, please call Myrtue Medical Clinic at 755-5130 to schedule an appointment there.

Immunizations offered are: DTaP (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus), Polio, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Hib (haemophilus influenza type B), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Varicella (chicken pox), Rotavirus, Pneumococcal, Meningococcal Quadrivalent, Meningitis B, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis for older kids & teens) and HPV (Human Papillomavirus, Gardasil 9, for both boys and girls).

Family Planning Services: : This month our Family Planning Provider Clinic will be held on November 6th from 2:30-5:00 P.M. Provider clinics are necessary for those who need annual/initial exams or long term contraceptive care. Our Family Planning Nurse Clinic will be held on November 15th 3:00-4:30. These clinics are for consultations, contraceptive refills, STD testing and depo injections. Please call to schedule an appointment. For more information concerning the availability of family planning or women’s health services please call 712-263-3303 for assistance. Family Planning services are also available in Logan, Atlantic, Denison and Onawa.

Lead Screening: This important health screening is available at all immunization clinics or at the Public Health office by appointment for children 12 months to 6 years of age. Lead testing is recommended yearly for every child in this age group.

Learning For Life program offers a home visitation program for families with children from prenatal through age 5. The curriculum uses the Parents as Teachers model, which helps parents, prepare their children for learning and school entry. Assistance with proper installation of car seats for children is also available. Major funding for this program is provided by Harrison/Monona/Shelby Early Childhood Iowa.

Tobacco Cessation: Call Quitline Iowa at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8869) for information on quitting smoking or visit them online @ www.QUITLINEIOWA.org where you can learn more about Quitline Iowa services. Quitline Iowa is offering free nicotine replacement therapy (gum, lozenges or patches) for persons receiving Medicaid or Medicare insurance. Call 1-800-784-8869 or go online to get started with the tobacco-cessation coaching staff.

Blood Pressure Screening: Public Health offers free blood pressure screenings. Appointments preferred but will walk-ins are welcome. Please call 712-755-4422 for an appointment. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Maternal Health Support Group: Pregnant women are welcome to join the Mothers and Babies Support Group. The goal of the group is to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies. Assistance with transportation and child care is available if needed. Group members also receive incentive items to prepare for the baby’s delivery. If interested, call Cara Cacy at 712.755.4406 for more information.

Care For Yourself & Check the Girls: These programs provide free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings to qualified women. Regular screening is the best way to prevent and detect cancer in its earliest stages. Contact Dawn Klein for more information 712-755-4312.

Lean into Life Widow/ Widower Support Group: This informal group meets as an ongoing support system for people who have lost a spouse of significant other. A wide range of topics are discussed. Meeting dates are scheduled for November 1st, 15th, & 29th and are held at Myrtue Medical Center. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please call Dawn Klein for more information at 712-755-4312.

For further information about any of these programs or other public health services, contact Lori Hoch, Director of Public Health, Myrtue Medical Center, at 712-755-4423.


West Central Community Action

WIC clinic is held at the Atlantic Head Start Center located 2 miles north of Atlantic on Olive Street.

Parking is limited to the north side of bldg under the Pine trees and use north door entry into the gym. 712-243-5421

All WIC clients must now have an appointment for either a nutrition talk or to certify in order to get checks. If client doesn’t have either, then need to call the Harlan WIC Office at 1-800-338-4129


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