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Throwback Thursday

Today is March 28, the 87th day of the year. So, there are 278 days left in 2019. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (March 25-31) in history:

10 years ago

CHS TWIRP BIRP candidates were Michael Smith, Kyrie Smith, Clay Daggett, Brian Katzer and Zac Leith. Michael Smith was announced the 2009 king at Jam the Gym.

The CHS EAST program excelled in its two-year existence with facilitator Shawn Miller. Creston was named one of 70 schools to receive a superior rating at the national conference in Arkansas.

St. Malachy held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 6,300-square-foot building northwest of the existing building to be used when 2009-10 classes began in the fall.

Green Valley campgrounds were closed for the summer for renovations. Work was being done to improve the campgrounds and lake quality.

20 years ago

Crest Area Theater presented “Arsenic and Old Lace” with a cast of 13 actors, under the direction of Cathy Whited.

Two Adair county Catholic churches were closed for the summer, including St. Mark’s in Orient, because two priests in the southwestern Iowa dioceses retired. St. Mark’s, which opened in 1901, had 26 families.

Alex “The Corn Cob Kid” Kerrigan of Afton won the 170-pound title of Notre Dame’s Bengal Bouts.

Kathy Lockard, second-grade teacher at East Union School in Afton, was one of 425 educators that attended the fifth annual International Space Station Educators Conference in Houston. A highlight was sharing a table at the banquet with Bob Cabana, commander of STS-88.

50 years ago

The Iowa Senate approved 45-15 a proposed constitutional amendment lowering Iowa’s minimum voting age to 19. The Senate had rejected amendments to make the minimum age 18.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 78, commander in WWII of the mightiest armed force ever assembled and former president of the U.S. died March 28, 1969. The five-star general, known as “Ike” died of congestive heart failure after an intestinal operation and pneumonia complications.

Easter’s Super’Valu store was being enlarged with an addition 30 by 116 feet across the north end of the building and was expected to be completed May 1, according to manager Lores Stewart. The space would add a new bakery department and four or five new employees.

Awards were given to four Creston High School athletes at the all-sports banquet which featured Eddie Podolak, University of Iowa football star and main speaker at the banquet. They were John Beecher, first team all-conference basketball; Ken Ketter, second team all-conference football and basketball and winner of the Kent Kunath award; Doug Abel, winner of Pipin’ Poppas outstanding wrestler award; and Dave Seymour, second team all-conference basketball.

Creston Centennial souvenir half dollars were delivered to the Crestennial Association, Inc. office, located at the old First National Bank building at Adams and Maple streets, according to Marvin J. Taylor. The souvenirs were slightly larger than regular half dollars and coated with bronze. The face carried the Crestennial seal and the back a description that said, “souvenir half dollar of Creston Centennial which can be redeemed for 50 cents in trade at Crestennial headquarters through the centennial celebration June 27 to July 5, 1969.”

Mayor Percy Carney issued a proclamation urging men in the community to participate in the “Brothers of the Brush,” an organization for men to grow beards or mustaches and participate in centennial activities.

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