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Fifth- and sixth-grade band director Pat Oswald pauses as flute and clarinet players quiet down just after he took the podium Sept. 12, 2008, in the elementary/middle school band room. Oswald was the new CMS instrumental music teacher.
Fifth- and sixth-grade band director Pat Oswald pauses as flute and clarinet players quiet down just after he took the podium Sept. 12, 2008, in the elementary/middle school band room. Oswald was the new CMS instrumental music teacher.

Today is Sept. 13, the 256th day of the year. So, there are 109 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Sept. 10-16) in history:

10 years ago

According to unofficial results by the Union County Auditor’s office, incumbent Barb Wilmeth might have lost her bid for Creston School Board seat by one vote to Brian Strider with the count 371 to 370. Chad Briley received the most votes with 479 and will take the seat vacated by Bobbie McFee. After a recount, Strider did beat incumbent Wilmeth by two votes.

In an effort to improve low reading proficiencies, Creston Middle School administrators implemented Second Chance Reading. The program was designed to help students reading two or more grade-levels below average and those who tested below 41st percentile on Iowa Basic Skills. Larry Otten, CMS principal and special education director, said CMS was not on any government watch lists for low scores, but he saw a need for about 100 students in the sixth through eighth grades and the program would help them get back on track.

Creston High School announced the 2008 homecoming court. They included Megan Birchard, Kristin Shaw, Candace Sorden, Jessica Tamerius, Diane Walsh and Samantha Weese.

Iowa DCI and a relative of Ron Adkission were both looking for answers into his death. Adkission, 59, had been taken into Creston Police custody 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at Fareway, and was tasered while being removed from the business. Shortly after being released from police custody at 6:45 p.m., he was found lying in front of Union County Law Enforcement Center and pronounced dead at the scene.

20 years ago

After not feeling good for some time – tired all the time, coughing and itchy skin – Mike Ketcham finally found an answer to his symptoms. He was diagnosed with hemochromatosis – having too much iron in your body and the excess is deposited in the liver and other organs, causing damage. The condition wasn’t among those routinely tested for by most physicians, and Ketcham was wanting that to change. Every Friday for the next two years, he had to have a unit of blood removed, and after a few weeks, his energy returned.

The contractor for Gibson Memorial Library renovation project asked for a 30-day extension. The original date was Sept. 15, and extension was asking for a completion date of Oct. 23. Board member Flossie Roberts said they would have to pay an additional $800 for a month of rent at the North Maple Street location.

50 years ago

St. John’s United Church of Christ was observing its 90th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the pastorate of the Rev. G.G. Bratzel. Bratzel was the ninth resident pastor of St. John’s and was the dean of Creston ministers.

The new Holiday Station Store, Highway 34 and South Elm Street, in Creston was holding it grand opening. Terry Breach, transferred from Worthington, Minnesota, was the manager of the new store, and Jerry Abarr of Clearfield was assistant manager. Holiday Station was both a gasoline service station and a discount store and located in the former Sinclair Oil Co. service station which had been completely remodeled.

Dr. Howard Beatty entertained members of Creston Kiwanis Club with motion pictures he had taken during a fishing trip in Canada three years before. The luncheon meeting was held at Berning Cafe.

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