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Throwback Thursday

The "Redneck Spa" was one of the floats in the Diagonal Lions Celebration held Aug. 31 - Sept. 1, 2008, with the theme "You might be a redneck if ..."
The "Redneck Spa" was one of the floats in the Diagonal Lions Celebration held Aug. 31 - Sept. 1, 2008, with the theme "You might be a redneck if ..."

Today is Aug. 30, the 242nd day of the year. So, there are 123 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Aug. 27-Sept. 2) in history:

10 years ago

Democrats swept away more than 200 years of history when Barack Obama was nominated as formal presidential candidate at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. The vote was unanimous after Sen. Hillary Clinton stopped the roll call of states and asked for Obama’s unanimous selection “in the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory.” Obama selected Joe Biden as his running mate.

Corning schools were mourning the loss of Greg Andrews, Corning athletic director, just as school was beginning a new year. Andrews, 52, was in his 23rd year at the school and his funeral was planned in the school’s activity center.

John McCain selected little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate on the eve of the Republican National Convention.

20 years ago

Iowa football coach Hayden Fry made the final decision between two challengers for the backup quarterback in the first game of their season. Kyle McCann, freshman from Creston, was selected over Scott Mullen, a sophomore from Lansing, Illinois. However, Fry said quarterback Randy Reiners and both McCann and Mullen were expected to play.

More than 140 friends and family gathered for cake and punch at a surprise retirement party for Fanny Luther at the restored Creston Depot. Luther’s last day as congregate mealsite director for 20 years was Aug. 31, 1998.

For 24 years, John Judd reported to the same classroom, teaching young students as a middle school English and reading teacher. But for four years, Judd resigned his teaching position and drove a semi-trailer truck throughout the U.S. for Barr-Nunn trucking company of Granger. His life as a trucker ended suddenly, when he was hired to fill a vacancy for sophomore English and a publications position at Creston High School.

Orient owner Donald Downing’s horse Shardona won the ninth annual Iowa Oaks horse race for three-year old fillies as part of the fifth annual Iowa Classic at Prairie Meadows. The purse was $72,175.

Tina Engelbart, 29, was named executive director of Union County Development Association. She succeeded Terry Donahue, and had been a development associate at Storm Lake for four years.

While Creston public schools were advancing in a five-year technology plan, St. Malachy School had the foundation of a significant computer system upgrade in place in the fall of 1998. Principal John Walsh said volunteers had installed cables throughout the building for a networking system to link all of the school’s computers. He was waiting for a server and software to arrive to administer the local network with hope to be fully operational by the end of September.

50 years ago

Initial enrollment in Creston Community Schools for the 1968-69 school year was 2,422, an increase of three pupils from the previous year. Enrollment in high school was 561, junior high was 537 and elementary was 1,324. The high school classes included 203 seniors, 191 juniors and 167 sophomores, according to Principal Lionel V Foley.

The Burlington Railroad service building, located east of the passenger depot, was to be torn down. A new depot was to be built in its location. The service building had been used for many years as a dormitory for crews laying over, for service department offices and supply storage.

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