Today is Dec. 7, the 341st day of the year. So, there are 24 days left in 2017. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Dec. 4-10) in history:
10 years ago
Jodi Jones of Creston claimed a $50,000 prize after purchasing a $5 scratch ticket of “Deal or No Deal.” The ticket was based on the syndicated television game show where players choose between briefcases with either dollar amounts or “No Deal” inside.
Meghin Krambeck collected a season high 27 points, including 16 of those in the first half of the Panther’s game against Red Oak. The game ended with a 62-44 victory over Red Oak in the Hawkeye 10 opener for both squads.
Jason Catrenich was sworn in as Creston’s newest police officer by Creston Mayor Mike Tamerius at a Creston City Council meeting.
20 years ago
Six lettermen returned from the 1996-97 state basketball championship team. They were Cory Gerleman, Darin Schlapia, Brian Bucklin, Nick Nevins, Conor Reed and Scott Jackson.
A Wal-Mart store in the Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Fairfield would have become the first unionized Wal-Mart operation if its 197 employees had joined the United Mine Workers in a vote scheduled in December 1997. The union canceled the request for a vote about 16 hours before balloting was to begin, saying it couldn’t get a fair election because the giant retailer was intimidating and harassing its U.S. workforce of 700,000 people.
Greenfield’s new city hall/library complex held an open house to showcase their new location. Co-directors Lorraine Schneider and Lynn Heinbuch gave tours of the the new library to Mayor Bob Guikema and the public. General Manager of Greenfield Utilities Duane Armstead and city clerk Tammy Mueller showed off the new city hall offices while Mike White with ISU Extension showed off the new extension office, also located in the complex.
Although the annual lighted Creston Christmas parade was delayed after bad weather the previous week, it went on despite more falling snow Monday, Dec. 8, 1997.
Mick Jagger, 54, and his 41-year-old wife, Jerry Hall, welcomed their fourth child, Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger, Dec. 9, 1997, in London.
50 years ago
Derailment of 16 cars of a fast freight train at Prescott blocked both tracks of the Burlington Railroad main line, Passenger trains were rerouted through Des Moines between Ottumwa and Omaha, Nebraska. The wreck happened at 12:45 a.m. Sunday and wrecking crews from Lincoln, Nebraska, and Galesburg, Illinois, reopened the westbound tracks about 10 p.m. Monday. Trains in both directions were using the westbound tracks between Creston and Corning.
A concert of Handel’s “The Messiah” was presented at Creston High School by the Creston Community Chorus to a crowd of around 750. Mary Louise Petznick directed the chorus and Kathy Schafer accompanied on piano and Mrs. Reed Kline on organ.
News in the Creston High School publication, “The Arrow,” told Jeff Brotherton was beginning track practice already. He had been working out at the track for several weeks. He was joined by other trackmen, including Steve Sharp and Gary Shay.
Dennis Loudon, 18 and a SWCC student, was credited with saving the life of a young woman who was bleeding from slashed wrists. Loudon was delivering milk for Lange’s Dairy when he heard screaming and went into the house. He found the woman in a pool of blood and stopped the bleeding with pressure bandages. Loudon then took the woman to the hospital in the milk truck before he went to classes.