Today is Nov. 1, the 305th day of the year. So, there are 60 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Oct. 29 - Nov. 4) in history:
10 years ago
The families of Jeff Wignall and Rodney Mahn, living north of the Adair/Union County line off of Henry A. Wallace Road, were putting on a haunted barn for the second year. Anyone visiting the haunted barn could use a giant catapult, constructed by Zach and Tim Wignall, to launch small gourds and visit a corn maze that had been added to the fun.
State cross country qualifiers included Matt Carr of Orient-Macksburg, Tabitha Shepard of Corning and the Nodaway Valley girls cross country team in Greenfield. They were headed to Fort Dodge on Nov. 1.
Greater Regional Medical Center moved its emergency room to a new location with bigger and better facilities, about twice the area as the old ER area. The new entrance also included an ambulance garage to prevent patients from being exposed to the weather.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety DCI completed an investigation into the death of Ronald Adkisson following a taser incident. Creston Police officers were found innocent of any wrongdoing, and that they had followed departmental protocol and policy during and after the incident.
20 years ago
For the second time since July at the same location, Jack Ruby of Thayer and Scott Crane of Des Moines were arrested at Ruby’s residence for manufacturing of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. They had been out on bond awaiting trial, but were once again held in Union county Jail on a $32,500 bond each.
St. Malachy School students ranked among the nation’s leaders in Iowa Test of Basic Skills from the 1997-98 school year. According to Principal John Walsh, seventh graders ranked in the 99th percentile and third graders scored at the 80th percentile.
Election results were in ... Democrat Tom Vilsack was elected as Iowa’s 40th governor. Locally, Mike King beat two challengers to hold his Union County Board of Supervisors seat with 2,275 votes. Independent Lois Monday was runner up with 1,216 and Democrat Robert Fulton came in third with 1,101 votes.
President of First National Bank in Creston, Danny Purdum announced Michelle “Shelley” Hardisty was named Afton branch manager and Jeri Smith was named a loan officer at the Afton branch. Hardisty had been with the bank since 1988 and Smith since 1992.
50 years ago
Voters in Murray approved a $65,000 bond to pay the cost of drilling a deep well to furnish the town with an adequate water supply. The vote in a special election was 289 – yes and 25 – no.
In the East Union Community School District, voters turned down for the fifth time, a bond for building a new high and junior high school. The vote was 855 – yes and 618 – no on the $765,000 bond, but needed a 60 percent approval to pass.
A $250,000 egg breaking and processing plant was to be built to expand production at the Sheridan Egg Company in Lenox. Jerry Sheridan, owner, announced government approval of the project and work began immediately with completion expected Feb. 1, 1969. About 50 new employees would be needed, the majority of them women.
Residents were preparing for the election with Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew against Hubert Humphrey and Edmund Muskie for U.S. President and Robert Ray against Paul Franzenburg for Iowa Governor.