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Throwback Thursday

Wal-Mart cashiers worked feverishly to scan items purchased during their Black Friday sale, which began 5 a.m. Nov. 28, 2008.
Wal-Mart cashiers worked feverishly to scan items purchased during their Black Friday sale, which began 5 a.m. Nov. 28, 2008.

Today is Nov. 29, the 333rd day of the year. So, there are 32 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2) in history:

10 years ago

Lenox claimed its first football state championship by outlasting fourth-ranked Armstrong-Ringsted, 34-32, in a thrilling eight-man title matchup at the UNI-Dome. The eighth-ranked Tigers (13-1) earned coach Allen Dukes his 100th career win with the upset victory.

After executives for Ford, General Motors and Chrysler asked the federal government for $25 billion in “bailout” money, auto dealers in Creston were not overly worried. M&M Motors owner Jack Davis, Stalker-Chevrolet Cadillac co-owner T.J. Stalker and Creston Automotive owner Rick Benson all agreed they were still selling vehicles as normal and had to be as competitive as possible.

Four Henry Tae Kwon Do students received their black belts at Iowa State University. They were Karla Hynes, Tyler Peters and Cheyanne Weis with first degree black belts, and RaeAnne Hopkins with her black belt.

Area XIV Agency on Aging organized “Gratitude in Action: A Gift of Love.” Lily Ripperger, nutrition manager, and 14 volunteer families showed up to Crest Haven to help distribute 32 senior Thanksgiving meals throughout Creston, along with a nice visit.

20 years ago

The McCaughey septuplets turned one, spending a quiet day at home with the family. The seven babies were the first set of surviving septuplets. They celebrated early on Nov. 8, with each getting a cupcake that matched a bigger cake.

Andrew Boysen and Emily Knapp both were selected on French horn for the All-State Music Festival in Ames. Stacy Bowers was selected as first alternate on alto saxophone. Dustin Weihs, Shaylon Cochran, Jessica Reed and Ben Lundy were selected for the 13th Annual Opus Honor Choir Festival.

Leslie Lovell was celebrating her 20th year as successful business owner of Leslie’s Dance Emporium in Creston by heading to Disneyland in Orlando, Florida, with 41 students and 31 chaperones and parents. They were to perform 12 dances in 28 minutes on stage near Space Mountain.

A crowd of more than 100 watched as Osceola community leaders and developers of the riverboat casino complex broke ground on the $47 million project planned for West Lake west of Interstate 25. The site was to be transformed into the Lakeside Casino Resort in about a year.

The year’s hottest new toy was Furby, a furry, talking creature. Wal-Mart had 30 for Black Friday, which sold within minutes of opening, and were unsure if more would be available before Christmas.

50 years ago

Union County Assessor Everett Pettet and Auditor Gladys Breese were directed by the Iowa Department of Revenue to increase Union County residential property valuations by 15 percent and a 25 percent increase in suburban residential properties for 1968 taxes.

Horses shown by the Max James stables in Creston won two championships and four reserve championships at the Iowa Saddle Horse Association.

Union County Treasurer Glenn Conard showed off the 1969 automobile license plates that went on sale Dec. 2. The 6,800 sets sent to Creston were white with black letters and figures and were reflectorized. Motorists were required to pay an extra 25 cents for the added cost of reflectorizing the plates.

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