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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. ***


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

LOST: black & white shih tzu, 249-0821.

LOST: small white fluffy dog. 249-7642.

FOUND: All black dog has been on Fairview Rd. south of Marne the last few days, has no collar. (8/16)



The City of Atlantic’s Park ad Recreation Department will close all public restrooms until next Spring,and will be winterized. Closing takes effect October 10th.

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.



A Bird Friendly Iowa speaker – Julie Badenhope, Landscape Architecture Professor at ISU will be  at the ACED Community Room (800 Market St.,) in Audubon on October 18th at 11:00 AM. The speaker will be providing information about the economic benefits of designation, conservation, education, and becoming a designated community/county. What is Bird Friendly Iowa? It is a statewide bird habitat conservation and educational outreach program created by a partnership of Iowa conservation organizations. The flagship outreach and action program of Bird Friendly Iowa is called “Bird Friendly City”, similar to the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” program. Other states have recently initiated programs called “Bird City” or “Bird Town” programs, with “Bird City Wisconsin” being recognized as the national leader. Bird Friendly Iowa was envisioned by its partners as a program which could promote birds and habitat conservation in a variety of public and private locations across the entire landscape. Bird Friendly City is the first phase of what is intended to become an even more all-encompassing program.


The American Legion Post 43 in Atlantic will host a 5 year reunion of the Cass County Honor Flight. The event will be held at the American Legion Memorial Building (former National Guard Armory) at 201 Poplar Street in Atlantic on October 19th from 2-6 pm.

Food Drive Pack the Bus will be held on October 19th from 10 am – 4 pm at the Fareway Parking lot in Red Oak. Southwest Iowa Squadron of Heroes and Fareway are joining forces to collect non-perishable, food donations for the local food pantries. Cash donations will purchase food items for delivery. All donations will be equally divided among Christ Cupboard Community Food Pantry, West Central Community Action and The Bridge Food Pantry. Heroes will be onsite at various times.

Cass County Pheasants Forever Chapter Annual Youth Hunt will be held on October 19th. They will be meeting at the Atlantic Hy-Vee at 8:00 am to pair up with mentors and then head to the field. The event is limited to the first 15 participants who sign up. Please contact Becky Draeger at (712) 249-5130 to register.

Ayzlee’s Family Flu Clinic will be held on October 19th from 8 to 11 am at the Atlantic Medical Center. Families and individuals are encouraged to come in to get their annual flu shot during this time. Members of the McCarthy family will be on hand with additional information about the flu, and a few children’s activities will be available. This special flu vaccine clinic is held in memory of Ayzlee McCarthy. For more information, please contact the Immunization Room at 712-250-8122.

Pymosa Lodge #271 AF & AM will hold a Cornerstone Laying Ceremony and Rededication at the Masonic Lodge in Atlantic on Saturday, October 19th. The public is welcome to come out and enjoy the ceremony. Lunch will be available at Noon followed by the ceremony at 1:00pm. The Masonic Lodge is located at 1010 SW 7th Street in Atlantic.

Griswold American Legion Post #508 3rd Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry & Sloppy Joe Feast will be held on October 19th at 5 pm at the Griswold Community Building. They will be raffling off a Henry Golden Boy 22 and will have some great prizes you can bid to win during the Silent Auction! Live music by Hissy Fit starts at 8 pm. . To go boxes will also be available if you’d like to fix a plate to go home or out to the field.

Shadow Ridge Band will be performing at The Venue in Atlantic on Saturday, October 19th from 5-7 pm. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Shelby’s Trunk or Treat and Hayrack Ride will be held on October 19th from 6pm to 7pm! (across from Cardinal Lofts on the west side of Shelby). Free hot dogs and drinks. They are also having a paint-a-pumpkin table. There is still time to sign up to decorate a truck. Judging and prizes for best decorated vehicle. Decorate Trunks at 5 pm, Trick or treaters at 6 pm. Call or email City Hall to register your trunk or if you have any questions – 712-544-2404/smu2@walnutel.net


Bring your family and join the District 9 Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmers at McCurdy’s Pumpkin Patch in Atlantic, Iowa on Sunday, October 20th at 2pm. Learn about growing pumpkins and then have time to explore the corn maze and pick your own pumpkins. Entry fees will be covered, and a light snack will be provided and each family will receive a $10 pumpkin credit.
RSVP to Adair County Farm Bureau at Sherri.Menefee@ifbf.org

All aboard for a railroad adventure. Dr. Rudolph Daniels will tell about Trains Across Iowa on Sunday, October 20th, 2 pm at the American Legion Memorial Building.  Rudy will talk about Iowa’s unique railroad history including the transcontinental railroad, streamliners and leadership for safety. There is no fee to attend and all are welcome. The space is handicapped accessible. It is sponsored by ARISE, funded by Humanities Iowa and supported by the Atlantic Community Promotion Commission. Refreshments are provided.

Join longtime community members at the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum (504 North Elm St., Avoca) as they share stories and more on October 20th at 1:30 pm. Free will donations support the museum.

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Griswold is having their Annual Soup, Salad, & Dessert Luncheon on Sunday, October 20th from 11 am – 1 pm. Free will donation. Raffle & Silent auction will also be held.

Gray Church Dinner will be held on October 20th at the Gray Church – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Atlantic Public Library – Reading Addicts Book Club will meet at 6 pm on October 22nd.

CCMH Auxiliary General Meeting will be held on October 2nd at noon at First United Methodist. Cost is $6.00. Flu shots available prior to meeting


Atlantic Public Library – Atlantic Public Library’s Used Book Sale will be held October 23rd-25th from 9 am – 6 pm. This is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Donations of books are being accepted at the library until Tuesday, October 22nd. Anime Club for ages 16 and older will meet at 5:30 pm.

Faith Lutheran Church in Griswold Fall Supper and Bazaar will be held on October 23rd from 5-7 pm. They will be serving creamed chicken & biscuits, ham balls, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salads and pie. Cost is $9 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12, and kids 3 and under are free. Take outs are available.


St. Paul’s Lutheran Annual Rummage/Bake Sale is Thursday, October 24th, 8am-5pm! Located at 1011 E 13th St. Atlantic.  If you would like to donate items, they will be collecting between October 14th-18th. NO TV’s or Monitors.

The monthly meeting of Cass County Genealogical Society will be upstairs at Atlantic Public Library on Thursday, October 24th beginning at 1 pm. Mary Rendleman Gilchrist will give the program., She will share her experiences in writing her book “The Rendleman Family Tapestry” – The Warp and Weft of the Rendleman and Dodge Family Fabric.


Mountain Oysters and Fish Fry will be held on October 25th from 5-7 pm at the Red Oak Eagles Lodge. Music with Rock N Country from 7-10 pm. Costumes optional. Red Oak Eagles, 200 E. Washington, Red Oak, 712-623-3125.


Cass County Conservation is looking for volunteers for their 25th biannual Halloween Hike! THey are looking for Actors, Hike Leaders, and Treat Makers!! The 25th biannual Halloween Hike, will be held on Saturday, October 26th, as you follow a trail where you will hear “Squeaks, Squawks and Screeches” will greet you!  Starting at 7:00 p.m. small groups will depart from the Camblin Addition of Sunnyside Park every ten minutes. Please call 712-769-2372 to sign up as a volunteer! It is not the intent to scare or frighten anyone, but to educate and entertain people of all ages! This hike is sponsored by the Cass County Conservation Board. Kids twelve and under are encouraged to arrive early to get their faces painted! The last group will depart at 8:20 p.m. and all hikers are welcome to enjoy free tasty treats and warm drinks after their hike. It is not our intent to scare or frighten anyone, but to educate and entertain people of all ages! Pre-registration is required for this FREE event, please call 712-769-2372 or email lkanning@casscoia.us to make your reservations. If you leave a message please leave name, phone number, how many is in your group and what time you wish to depart on the hike! This hike is sponsored by the Cass County Conservation Board.

The 49th Annual Atlantic Business & Professional Women’s Fall Craft Show will be held on October 26th from 9 am – 3 pm at the Cass County Community Building in Atlantic. Proceeds benefit many local community projects and scholarships. For more information contact Becky Bonney: 712-254-0838 or Jacque Wickey: 712-250-0801.

A Fall Festival will be held on October 26th from 2-5 pm at the Griswold High School. Pumpkin decorating, hayrides, snacks, apple bobbing, games, costume contest at 4 pm, music and more! Cost is $10 for 1, $5 for additional and max of $25 for a family. This is the Junior’s Class Fundraiser for after prom.

Halloween Party at Warren Cultural Center will be held on Saturday, October 26th at 8 PM. Halloween Party (for 21 and over) with DJ will be held in the basement of the Warren Cultural Center on Saturday, October 26, beginning at 8:00 PM.  Tickets will be $10 at the door with Cash Bar available. This is a costume optional party, but costume rental is available from the Cumberland Rose Players’ vast assortment of costumes on a free will donation basis.  Costumes can be checked out on Sunday, October 13, following the 2:00 performance of “What’s the Line in ’69?” (3:30 – 5:00 pm) and also on Saturday, October 19 (1:00 – 2:00 PM). Costumes for rent will be available the night of the party. Questions about costumes? Call or text Brenda Plymesser at 847-565-9977. This event is sponsored by the Cumberland Rose Players and hosted by the Warren Cultural Center.  Questions? Call 641-343-7337.

Bridgewater Halloween Party will be held on October 26th at the Bridgewater Community Center. Hot dogs, BBQ pork sandwich, chips, cookie and drink will be served at 5 pm, Costume Party at 5:30 pm. Fun activities include – costume contest, carved and uncarved pumpkin contest, games and prizes.

Pheasant Hunter’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 7:00 – 10:00 AM @ the Audubon Fire hall. Serving biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, cinnamon rolls, OJ, hot chocolate & coffee. You don’t have to be a hunter to come! EVERYONE is welcome! This is sponsored by the Firehouse Flames.

Walnut Community Center Soup Cook Off scheduled for October 26th has been cancelled.

A Trivia Night Fundraiser will be held on October 26th at the Adair Fire Station. Game starts at 7:15 pm. Teams of 6 players, cost is $60 per team, cash bar available. If you don’t have a team, come out and join other single players to make a team! To register, contact Joanne Byars at joannebyars@gmail.com or 641-740-7904. Proceeds raised are being donated to the AC/GC Science Club, class of 2022 and Adair Fire Department.


A Benefit for Deb Baker will be held on Sunday, October 27th from 5-7 pm at the United Congregational Methodist Church in Lewis (401 First St.). They will be serving chili, chicken noodle soup, broccoli/cheddar soup, vegetable trays, and desserts for a free will donation. Proceeds to benefit Deb Baker.

SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church (105 W. 5th St., Atlantic) Bazaar will be held on Sunday, October 27th. Dinner served 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Menu: Roast Turkey, Stuffing, REAL Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans with onions & Bacon, Buttered Corn, Rolls, Salads, Pies & Desserts. Cost for Adults: $10.00, Children age 6-11 $5.00, Children age 5 & under FREE. Bake Sales, Sewing Circle Sales, Raffle, Quilt Chances, General Store.

The Grant United Methodist Church will host a Fall Halloween Festival on October 27th from 2-4 pm. It’s free fun for all ages. Come join the old-fashioned family event that includes food, crafts, games, face-painting and a bouncy house. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. Roast hot dogs and make s’mores. Try other spooky treats. Bob for apples. Enjoy a variety of games and activities for kids of all ages. All are welcome.

United Church of Avoca’s Annual Fall Church Dinner will be held on October 27th from 4:30-7 pm. They will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, relishes and salads, corn & green beans and pie. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, preschoolers are free. United Church of Avoca, 304 N. Elm St.

Trunk or Treating will be held in Casey on October 27th from 4-5 pm on Main Street. The Service Club will be serving hot dogs from 4-5. The public is encouraged to park downtown, decorate their trunks and pass out treats. Parking and set-up beings at 3:30 pm. Contact any Service Club member with questions.


Atlantic Public Library – Move for grades 4-8 will be held on October 28th at 4:15 pm.


Atlantic Public Library – Mad Scientist STEM grades K and up from 3:30-5:00 pm on October 29th.

The Anita Public Library will host a presentation “Iowa Veterans’ Stories in Their Own Words” by Sara M. Robinson on October 29th at 5:30 pm at the library. Sara will share first-hand accounts of veterans, including POW camp survivor, Vietnam sights and smells, and the bitter cold of the Korean winter. You will also hear accounts of the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, the morning the Twin Towers were attacked, women in WWII and what it feels like to have an IED explode under your vehicle in Iraq. This program is to honor our Iowa veterans and is free to the public. The Anita Public Library received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities to host the presentation.


Atlantic Trick-or-Treating will be held on October 31st from 5:30-7:30 pm. Costume Contest registration begins at 3:45 pm at the Atlantic City Park, judging begins at 4:10 pm. Downtown Trick-or-Treating is from 3:30-5:00 pm.

Exira Trick-or-Treating will be held on October 31st from 5-7 pm.

Anita Town & Country is sponsoring a pumpkin carving contest and costume contest on October 31st. Bring your decorate pumpkin to the fire station from 4-5 pm to be judged. There will be 4 age categories: 0-4, 5-7, 8-10 and 11 and above and a family category. Winners will be announced at the beginning of the costume contest.

Trick-or-Treating at Caring Acres in Anita is from 4-5 pm on October 31st.

Casey Trick-or-Treating will be held on October 31st from 5-7 pm.

Adair Trick-or-Treating will be held on October 31st from 6-8 pm.

Adair Fire & Rescue Halloween Party will be held on October 31st from 4:30-8:30 pm at the Adair Fire Station. They will be serving pancakes, sausage, cinnamon rolls, games and prizes.

Adair Chamber’s Trunk or Treat will be held on October 31st from 5:15-6:00 pm. Businesses and citizens are welcome to have a trunk. Adair Chamber will give out goody bags. Methodist Church will serve hot dogs, Adair Fire Station will have pancakes and sausage.

The Audubon Women’s Association Annual Fall Fun Fest will be held on October 31st at the Memorial Building from 3:45-5:00.  They will walk the trick or treaters from the Memorial building to the Courthouse, down to the Newspaper office and around the south side of the square before hitting the main street starting at approximately 4:00. They will end at the Library and Trunk or Treating area that will be blocked off on the north side of the square. They will have games for the kids inside and also be serving pizza, chips, bars, and a drink for $5 to help get those little tummies full before they get into all that candy! This is sponsored by the Audubon Women’s Association

The Cass County Conservation Board is asking you…When do you think the first Trumpeter Swan will arrive at the Schildberg Quarry?  Please call in your prediction (by November 11th) to the Conservation Board at 712-769-2372, leave a message and return phone number if we are not in.  Duplicate dates will not be allowed.  For example, if a caller predicts November 25th, no one else will be allowed to predict that arrival date.  So, call anytime until November 11th to make your prediction!  One prediction per family, please. The sponsors of this contest will determine the official arrival of more than 6 trumpeter swans to Lake 4.  The winner will receive a Trumpeter Swan 8×10 print from the Cass County Conservation Board.  Sorry, this contest is only for residents of Cass County.


Atlantic BPO D.O.E.S. Quilt Show and Bake Sale will be held on November 2nd from 10 am to 3 pm at The Venue (307 Walnut Street, Atlantic). They will be showing locally owned quilts, raffling a King Size Quilt made and donated by Sonya Clausen (need not be present to win). If you have a quilt that you would like to display, please drop them off by October 30th with Cindy or Katie at Something For You at 501 Chestnut Street, Atlantic.  For more information about the Quilt Show contact Sonya Clausen at 712-249-1869. A bake sale will be conducted at the same time with all funds going to various DOES Charities. This event is open to the public.

Annual Fall Turkey Supper at Exira Christian Church, 201 E. Main, will be held on November 2nd. Meal includes: turkey, homemade dressing, potatoes and gravy, creamed peas and carrots, pasta salad, cranberry salad, rolls, homemade pies and desserts and drink Served family style, all you can eat. Take-outs available from 4-4:45.  Phone 268-5498 to order a take-out. Cost is $13.50 for Adults $13.50, $6 for kids 5-12 and kids 5 and under are free. Take-outs are $14. Proceeds from the supper assist with the needs of individuals and families in our community.


St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Massena is having their Harvest Dinner on Sunday, November 3rd from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Menu includes Windsor Chop, cheesy potatoes, green
beans, dinner rolls, salads, dessert & drink for a free will donation. Hot dogs available for kids.

Griswold United Methodist Church in Griswold Fall Dinner will be held on November 3rd from 11:30-1:30 pm. They will be serving ham balls, roast turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, rolls, assorted salads, pies and cakes. Cost is $9 for adults, $4.50 for kids 5-10 and kids under 5 are free. Carry-outs available – call the church: 778-4178 anytime the week of October 28th or on Sunday morning November 3rd.

The Elliott Community Club will be having a fundraiser to help fund projects for the city park on November 3rd from 11 am – 1 pm. They will be having, chicken over biscuits, mashed potatoes,vegetable and a variety of salads and desserts. If you are unable to attend the event and would like to contribute we also have a gofund page setup gf.me/u/vwar5u .


The 2019 Harvest Market has been scheduled for Monday, November 25 from 3-7 PM at the Cass County Community Center. This holiday market is held the Monday before Thanksgiving so you can pick up local produce, baked goods, and meats to enjoy at your Thanksgiving meal. The market also offers holiday décor and gifts by local crafters and artisans. This year, Aunt B’s of downtown Atlantic is sponsoring the Harvest Market and will be at the event offering wine tasting and selling bottles of award-winning Iowa wines. Vendor spaces are still available, and local farmers, bakers, artisans or crafters are invited to sign up. Vendors interested in participating can find details and a registration form online at www.atlanticiowa.com or www.produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com, or at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. A full list of vendors, and information on pre-orders will be posted online at the Produce in the Park website www.produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com. You can also follow the Produce in the Park Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ProduceInThePark) for current event information. Harvest Market is sponsored by the City of Atlantic Community Promotions Commission and Aunt B’s. The event is endorsed by the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.


American Legion Memorial Building is open Saturday afternoon, 1 to 4 pm. Visit the Military Museum, Military Library and Atlantic History Center.

Community Dinners will begin on Tuesday, September 10th at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Parish Center, from 5:30-6:30. Dinners will run through December and the there is no cost.

Produce in the Park is held in the Atlantic City Park on Thursday evenings from 4:30-6:30 PM through September 26th. For more information contact ProduceInTheParkAtlanticIowa@gmail.com or follow Produce in the Park on Facebook.

The Atlantic Farmers Market is held in the Orscheln’s Farm and Home parking lot on Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM starting June 1st and on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 PM starting June 4th. The markets will conclude on Sept.24th and Sept. 28th.

Coke Museum open Saturdays, 1:00-4:00, 207 Chestnut St., Atlantic.

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.

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.

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:

Public Health Influenza Clinics: Influenza vaccination clinics will be held in October at the Community Health Building, 2712 12th Street in Harlan, Iowa. To schedule an appointment, please call 712.755.4422 or go to the following website:  https://shelbycountyclinics.schedulemeappointments.com/ to schedule an appointment online.

Immunization Clinic for Children:  Immunization Clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  at Community Health. 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.

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:  Our Family Planning Nurse Clinic will be held on October 17th, 3:00-4:30 p.m.  These clinics are for consultations, contraceptive refills, STD testing and depo injections. Please call to schedule an appointment for family planning services. Free HIV and Hepatitis C testing is also available at the October 17th Family Planning Nurse Clinic. 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 support group meets as an ongoing support system for people who have lost a spouse or significant other.  A wide range of topics are discussed.  Meeting dates are scheduled for October 10th & 24th 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


If you have items that you would like listed on the “Daily Diary”, please e-mail them to us at kjandesk@metc.net. The service is free for any NON-PROFIT group or organization.”Daily Diary”is heard Monday through Saturday at 9:30 am with Stacie Linfor on KJAN!