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Throwback Thursday

This patriotic bicycle-rider joined other kids on decorated bikes in the 2008 Fourth of July parade.
This patriotic bicycle-rider joined other kids on decorated bikes in the 2008 Fourth of July parade.

Today is July 5, the 186th day of the year. So, there are 179 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (July 2-8) in history:

10 years ago

Creston Activities Booster Club sponsored a top chef contest in three grilling/smoking categories. Winners were Aaron Chapman - beef, Adam Snodgrass - chicken and Linda Collings - pork and fan favorite. All three were employees of Iowa State Savings Bank.

The annual Iowa Bass Anglers Kids Open Tournament at Three Mile Lake was dedicated to Sam Grandfield, an East Union freshman who had lost his battle with cancer at the age of 16. Sam had been a contestant for four or five years, and even though he had been sick from the beginning, Sam had always had a big smile for everyone and loved fishing.

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson was in the spotlight at the Iowa State Fair - in butter. The 16-year-old world champion from West Des Moines was headed to the Olympics in Beijing the following month. Butter sculptor Sarah Pratt picked her to share the cooler with the butter cow.

Dustin Baird, originally of Creston, performed on bass guitar with roots rockers The Josh Davis Band at Yankee Doodle Pops on the Iowa State Capitol grounds in Des Moines. The event also included a performance by the Des Moines Symphony and followed with fireworks.

U.S. Cellular opened its newest retail store in Creston at 1101 S. Summer St. The store featured four consulting stations, as well as a service technician window, live wireless phone demonstration stations and a “discover and play” wall that allowed customers to try live data applications, music, GPS services, ringtones and smartphones.

20 years ago

Bob Cameron of Clearfield, 41, loved to coach Little League, even though he had eventually been blinded as an adult by diabetes that had been diagnosed at age four. Although he couldn’t see a computer screen, Cameron operated Cameron Computer Services with his wife Marie and son Chris. The threesome had built a successful business in Clearfield offering computer sales, service and technical support.

Big changes were ahead for convenience store customers at two busy Creston intersections. Stalker Stores Inc. was in the process of erecting a new Casey’s store and car wash at Cherry and Townline streets. At Elm and Taylor streets, Kum and Go had purchased the former McIntosh Motors property for construction of a new store. The Casey’s North project, one of four Casey’s franchises owned by Tim Stalker of Creston, was estimated at $750,000, and consisted of demolishing the old store and building a new one facing the east instead of south and the car wash was also to be demolished and replaced with four bays and an automatic lane.

50 years ago

Three acts placed first in the 10,000 Crestonian’s talent contest and were asked to perform in the the July 4 celebration band concert. Deanne Agans, 6 1/2 year old aerobatic dancer, won the children’s division. A newly organized instrumental combo, “The Times,” won the intermediate division and featured Melody Rissler, Jane Petznick, Don Jungst, Don Sears and Tom Mullin. A young men’s quartet won the adult division and featured members Phil Cunningham, Andy Hoskinson, Arlen Beemer and Rocky Fowler.

The route for the Fourth of July parade was to begin in the parking area near the McKinley Park baseball field and would move north on McKinley Street, west on Adams Street, south on the road on east shore of McKinley Lake and then east on the road north of the carnival grounds back to McKinley Street where it would disband.

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