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Throwback Thursday

Members of the Afton Star Enterprise “force” as they welcomed visitors to their open house Jan. 18, 1969. Pictured, from left, are Dennis Kaster (home from the Navy for the day), Maxine Kaster and Leo Kaster, owners; Art Driskill, right-hand man; and Frances Blombaum, part-time helper. Machine is photo-lathe they added in the fall of 1968. Published Jan. 20, 1969, in the Creston News Advertiser.
Members of the Afton Star Enterprise “force” as they welcomed visitors to their open house Jan. 18, 1969. Pictured, from left, are Dennis Kaster (home from the Navy for the day), Maxine Kaster and Leo Kaster, owners; Art Driskill, right-hand man; and Frances Blombaum, part-time helper. Machine is photo-lathe they added in the fall of 1968. Published Jan. 20, 1969, in the Creston News Advertiser.

Today is Jan. 23, the 23rd day of the year. There are 343 days left in 2020. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history:

10 years ago

Tyler Coenen delivered 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Panthers edged Red Oak 58-54 on the road. The Panther girls defeated Red Oak 47-35, but lost at Winterset the following day, 33-39. Madison Frain and Audrey Bolinger led the Panthers in scoring.

The Mt. Ayr Raiderettes, led by Becca Pennington, hammered Wayne of Corydon to remain undefeated at 15-0.

Lt. Governor Patty Judge visited SWCC to discuss state budget and legislative priorities for 2010.

Creston Automotive loaned SWCC’s automotive program a 2010 Mercury Milan so that students could get under the hood of a hybrid vehicle.

20 years ago

Thanks to grants and government discounts, nearly 300 computers were installed in Creston schools by January 2000, and school buildings were being connected for internet use.

Polls suggested that Democrat Al Gore and Republican George Bush were front-runners in the Iowa caucus, but each man fretted that their supporters might not bother to turn out.

The Panther girls picked up two home wins against Shenandoah, 58-43, and Winterset, 71-37, to improve their record to 5-9.

At 4-8 overall, the Panther boys avenged a December loss to Shenandoah by upending the Mustangs on the road, 54-51. Neil Lang led CHS with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Chief’s Pro Bowl linebacker, Derrick Thomas, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a one-car accident that killed a close friend.

50 years ago

At 5-3, the Panther boys basketball team lead the Hawkeye Seven in offense, averaging 67.4 points per game. Craig Blazek (16.4 ppg), Rick Robinson (14.6), and Dave Loos (12.9) were individual scoring leaders for CHS.

A Lincoln, Nebraska-based contractor filed suit in the US District Court at Des Moines against two local chapters of a carpenters’ union, in connection with a strike at a SWCC building that was in the final stages of construction.

Ms. Duane Hindes of 605 S. Stone--along with daughters Sherri (a Junior Scout), Becky (a Brownie), and Cindy (a Cadette Scout)—announced that the sale of Girl Scout cookies would begin on January 23.

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