Today is Aug. 9, the 221st day of the year. So, there are 144 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Aug. 6-12) in history:
10 years ago
Creston Mayor Warren Woods announced at a council meeting that Amtrak was talking about possibly moving its station into the Creston Depot. Woods said Amtrak’s marketing group had talked to SICOG about the possibilities for the station.
Southside Boosters’ Kitchen Band performed at Older Iowans’ Music Contest in Maytag Family Theatre and also at the Budweiser/ABC5 stage at the Iowa State Fair.
In August 2007, gas in Iowa was about $2.80 a gallon, but by August 2008, it was at $3.55 in Creston, and had hovered near $4 per gallon. Local businesses complained about how the cost was effecting their bottom line, especially when travel was a big part of their business.
More than a month after the statewide smoking ban had become law, bar and restaurant owners in Creston were feeling the effects, both good and bad. Norma Sammons, owner of Montgomery Street Pub, said her customers were not happy having to leave their drinks inside the bar every time they wanted to go outside to smoke. Randy Hagel said his bar had suffered as a result of a law that separate two things many people see as inseparable – alcohol and tobacco. Owners of both bars and restaurants told of having to sweep up cigarette butts regularly littered in the streets. On the upside, many restaurant owners said the majority of their customers were non-smokers and appreciated that no smoking was allowed.
20 years ago
Union County tourism planned the first Southwest Iowa High Lakes Country Water Festival. Boat rides, lighted boat parade, canoe races, games for the children and a water fight were to be part of the fun at Three Mile Reservoir. A ceremony was to dedicate the event in memory of Horace Daggett, former 92nd district state representative.
Crestland Do It Best Home Center on Sheldon Avenue began to take shape as aisles and aisles of supplies were stacked on shelves. The grand opening was slated to be Sept. 9.
Southwestern coach Bill Krejci was an assistant coach on the USA Baseball Youth National Team who claimed the gold medal at the International Baseball Association “AA” World Youth Championships.
Matt Williamson, 11, and Cody Vandel, 11, both of Creston, had a big haul from a farm pond north of Creston. They caught 63 pounds of fish in a two-hour period with worms including 10 bass, seven catfish and three bluegill. The biggest fish was a 7-pound catfish.
Former managing editor of Creston News Advertiser, Pat Kelly, died at the age of 89. He had been editor for more than three decades, joining the newspaper staff in 1946 and retiring in 1979.
50 years ago
Richard M. Nixon was beating the bushes as he was 66 short of the 667 delegates he needed to cinch his presidential nomination. He was vying for his second shot at the White House. His chief challenger, was Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York.
Stanzel Christian High School was planning to open for grades nine through 12 as a conservative interdenominational school. It was a private school with no governmental financing and located east of Greenfield.
Park Officer John Ripperger inspected new electrical outlets recently installed at Green Valley State Park campground. About 60 campers registered each weekend and 52 outlets, with four to a post, were installed.
Bonnie Bittner, 16, of Thayer was crowned queen of the 1968 Union County Fair. She was selected from 11 young women in the contest and was crowned by Vicki Blazek of Creston, 1967 fair queen.