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Throwback Thursday

Today is March 14, the 73rd day of the year. So, there are 292 days left in 2019. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (March 11-17) in history:

10 years ago

Creston High School individual speech contestants competed at state and included Treasure Jones, Bre Hampton, Kylee Kralik, Zoie Woodworth, Tessa Wardenburg, Ayla Peppmeier, Hannah Finehout, Zach Henry, Payne Horning and Jordan Foreman.

Former Creston Police Chief James Christensen and former Creston Assistant Police Chief John Sickels were found guilty of second-degree sexual assault after eight hours of jury deliberation. Both men faced up to 25 years in prison.

The Summit Lake spillway was tested for problems and found stable. Created in 1894 and modified in the 1930s, severe flooding caused some damage to the concrete and some shifting had occurred. Snyder and Association said the earthen dam was solid – “the original engineer knew what they were doing.” Only repairs to the concrete spillway would need to be completed.

20 years ago

Local rock band Hooker’s Farm released its third album, “Into the Sunshine.” Members of the band were brother and sister, Dino and Alexi Groumoutis, Chad Paxson, Craig “Weezer” Jimerson and Chris Weeber.

After folding in 1998, Lorimor EMTs were starting up again with eight signed up to start classes to become certified first responders. Lorimor firefighters also had a new truck. Fire Chief Tim O’Neil said it was a 1974 fire truck purchased for $15,000.

A physician’s clinic in Afton was one step closer to reality. Tim Mortenson, president of Continuum Health Care Service, reported to Afton City Council they were waiting for approval from the state. The clinic would be located within the Afton Care Center and open to the public.

A second fire in barely a year at Trolli was “two fires too many,” according to Creston Fire Chief Roger Nurnberg. The fire started in a starch reclamation system, and volunteer firefighter Jim Schaffer suffered second degree burns to his face while helping battle the blaze.

50 years ago

The board of education of Greenfield Community School voted 3-2 against interscholastic sports for girls. They supported expanded intramural sports for girls and would review the girls’ situation at the end of two years to explore interscholastic programs such as basketball and track.

Eleven veterans of World War I were give recognition by Parkinson Post No. 250, American Legion at a dinner party observing the 50th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion at Lenox.

Beauticians Betty Tull, Glen Tull and Jim Sissel presented a program at the Royal Rebekah Lodge in the IOOF hall. Following a make-up demonstration, Mrs. David Rouh modeled a new spring hair fashion and members of the lodge modeled wigs.

First National Bank offered another service – Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurance, a hospital and medical-surgical plan to eligible depositors regardless of age or health. Payments would be deducted from their checking accounts automatically.

Dr. L.W. Humke, a veterinarian at Afton, was killed in a collision of his pickup and a Union County gravel truck southeast of Afton. Humke was thrown out of his truck when it went into a ditch and overturned, pinning him beneath the hood.

For the fifth time, East Union Board of Education called for a special election May 1 to vote on an $805,000 bond for construction of a new high and junior high school building for grades 7-12. If approved, it would be built one-half mile east of the fairgrounds in Afton.

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