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Throwback Thursday

Maura White, kneeling right, and Katie Pudenz, kneeling left, pull the plug on their homemade water propulsion "rockets" Sept. 26, 2008, as their eighth grade classmates watch outside the Creston Middle School.
Maura White, kneeling right, and Katie Pudenz, kneeling left, pull the plug on their homemade water propulsion "rockets" Sept. 26, 2008, as their eighth grade classmates watch outside the Creston Middle School.

Today is Sept. 27, the 270th day of the year. So, there are 95 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Sept. 24-30) in history:

10 years ago

Creston High School homecoming queen candidates for 2008 were Candace Sorden, Diane Walsh, Kristin Shaw, Sam Weese, Megan Birchard and Jessica Tamerius. Senior captains for the Creston/O-M football team were Tony Cruz, Brandon Frey and Grant Wood. The theme for homecoming was “Panther monium.” The fourth class of CHS Hall of Fame were inducted and included Kevin Eblen and Jean Anne Paul, both distinguished alumni, and Larry Osthus, faculty.

Corvette owners and enthusiasts were encouraged to attend a noncompetitive Show and Shine with no entry fees or trophies at Stalker Chevrolet-Cadillac in Creston. Todd Stalker said it was just for a “fun day of renewing your passion for America’s most popular sports car.”

20 years ago

More than 700 students participated in a Civil War re-enactment at McKinley Park. Creston fifth graders joined students from 13 districts to kick off the annual Mason-Dixon Days celebration. Approximately 85 re-enactors took part in the weekend events.

Creston homecoming queen candidates were Kelli Kinsella, Andrea Briley, Jonna Spedaliere, Meredith Baker and Rachel Miller. Jonna, daughter of John and Virginia Spedaliere, was crowned queen. The Panther football team won the homecoming game against Clarinda 42-6.

Curt Olson, CHS activities director, spoke on the feasibility of a school soccer program for CHS at the school board meeting. He began the report with an overview of soccer’s popularity and told there was a state tournament for both boys and girls with 69 schools participating.

Kenneth Petznick received a Kiwanis Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinda Long for serving as a Kiwanis member for 52 years, as Kiwanis celebrated its 75th anniversary at Berning’s Activity Center.

Union County Four-Hour Relay raised more than $10,500 for the American Cancer Society. Top money raisers were Greater Community Hospital for teams and Mary Jo Dorgan for individuals. Most laps were taken by Schlapia’s Stride with Pride for teams and Kyle Chubick for individuals.

50 years ago

An estimated 8,500 people were served barbecue beef sandwiches in Creston’s second Beef Day, about 1,500 more than the first Beef Day in 1967. It took 2,200 pounds of beef, more than 9,000 buns, 140 gallons of coffee and lots of soft drinks to feed the crowd.

The first of three signs was erected on highway entrances to Creston to promote the 1969 “Crestennial” celebration. The signs were made by volunteer firemen.

Five candidates for Creston homecoming queen were selected by vote of the senior class. They were Susan Cederburg, Becky Davis, Dawn Huey, Sandee Hoyt and Charlotte Woods.

South Side Boosters Club sponsored its annual kids parade which started at Rainbow Park. There were four divisions in the parade for children through the sixth grade with about 200 participating: kids with pets, kids on ponies, kids with dolls and kids with decorated bicycles. Cash prizes of $3, $2 and $1 were awarded in each division.

Marcia Wallace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wallace of Creston, was to appear on the Johnny Carson show to perform improv skits. Wallace had been in New York for some time working in theater and TV commercials.

Burlington Railroad was authorized to discontinue its agent service in Afton and close the Afton depot, over the objections of the town of Afton and a number of citizens and businesses.

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