Today is March 1, the 60th day of the year. So, there are 305 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Feb. 26 - March 4) in history:
10 years ago
Creston High School culinary arts class not only were learning the art of cooking, but of managing a business. Students worked in teams to prepare main dishes that were frozen and available for sale. They learned to follow a recipe, they received and filled orders and managed an inventory. Some of the items offered were lasagna, chicken fettuccine Alfredo, chili, cinnamon rolls, meat loaf, pizza and other items. The dishes were sold for a slim profit margin with proceeds going back to purchase more ingredients.
The Home and Garden Show at Southern Prairie YMCA offered something a little different – a chance to experience scuba driving. Certified instructor Ian Strachan along with two assistants wanted to get people 18 years and older to be exposed to scuba by getting them in the water and showing them a few skills.
20 years ago
For the first time in 30 years, traffic began to flow two ways on Elm Street in downtown Creston. Police and city officials urged caution and defensive driving in the business district as motorists became familiar with the new system approved by a 4-3 city council vote held Feb. 3. For a 90-day trail period, two-way would be used in a three-block portion of Elm Street north from Adams to Howard streets, and one block of Oak Street between Adams and Montgomery streets. The action made Elm Street a complete two-way route between Highway 34 and Townline Street.
The Grammy Awards had many unexpected incidents in New York. The big winners were Bob Dylan, R. Kelly and Shawn Colvin. When Colvin was accepting her award, the microphone was hijacked by ODB of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan who complained he spent a lot of money for new clothes only to lose to Puff Daddy. Later when Dylan was performing, a shirtless man with the words “Soy Bomb” painted on his torso jumped on stage to gyrate next to him. A few minutes later, the young singer Usher called Dylan “Bill” when reading names of nominees.
50 years ago
Members of the Farmers Cooperative Creamery Co. of Afton voted 28 to 9 at their annual meeting to continue operation of the creamery. The vote was taken after a loss of $6,854 was reported from 1967.
A 21-member evaluation team from North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools made a three-day visit to the high school and recommended school board members think about a new building. They felt the school, which was built in 1925, was doing a very fine job considering its present inadequate facilities. With nearly 600 students in three grades, more space was needed for new teaching techniques and expanded education programs. Also mentioned were safety issues such as the band room on the fourth floor with only one exit and a corridor in the basement that had been closed off in order to provide space for industrial arts.
The Panthers were coming to the end of their 1967-68 basketball season with a final game against Clarke of Osceola. With 14-3 for the season, four regulars were playing their final home game and included Doug Coen, Rollie Vorrath, Steve Montague and Dale Gordon.
Two babies were born at Greater Community Hospital on Feb. 29 and would observe their second birthday in 1972, third in 1976 and so on. Laura Danner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Danner of Mount Ayr and Douglas Fils, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fils were the two Leap Year babies.