February 03, 2023

Flashback Friday

Today is Friday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of the year. There are 36 days left of 2022. Below are items found in the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.

40 years ago (1982)

The Union County Compensation Board has recommended that elected county officials not receive any raises next fiscal year. At a meeting Tuesday, the board made the recommendation and set a public hearing on the issue for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the courtroom.

Perry Strauss and other employees at Wellman Dynamic are looking for a “big, yellow mangy cat” that bit Strauss Tuesday afternoon. If the cat isn’t found over the weekend Strauss will have to undergo rabies shots, starting Monday or Tuesday.

The Creston Water Works Board recently awarded the wildlife development work for the 12-mile Watershed Reservoir project to the Creston High School Future Farmers of America chapter. The contract was recently signed by FFA members and the water board chairman. Next spring the FFA chapter will plant more than 8,000 trees and shrubs in the area around the reservoir to increase the wildlife habitat.

Fourth grade students from Lincoln Elementary took part in decorating one of the eight trees located in the Memorial Room of the Restored Depot. The students and their teacher, Marcella Howe made the decorations. The grand opening of Creston’s Christmas Castle will be at 6 p.m. Friday in conjunction with the Festival of Lights and the kick-off of the Christmas shopping season.

30 years ago (1992)

The plows are ready and waiting. Sanders are loaded poised. Drivers are, well, drivers. With the first major winter storm of the season on its way, Creston and Union County are ready. As of late this morning, the National Weather Service in Des Moines was predicting up to four inches of snow possible for southwest Iowa tonight, with an additional “significant accumulation” over the entire state Wednesday.

The Creston Rotary Club announced today it will sponsor the Fourth Annual Greater Creston Outdoor Home Decorating Contest this year. The Creston News Advertiser will again be the co-sponsor. A total of $325 (in Creston Bucks) has been posted as prize money for the contest.

This is the final year of 6-on-6 girls basketball in Creston and the Pantherettes hope to make it a season to remember. The team has three returning letter winners including forward Emily Sevier, already twice a Hawkeye Eight all-conference player.

Sharon Bennet of Creston and Dennis Jeter of Murray were among 76 school board members receiving the IASB Better Boardsmanship Award at the 47th annual Iowa Association of School Boards Convention in Des Moines Nov. 19.

20 years ago (2002)

Greater Community Hospital isn’t done with the hammers and screwdrivers just yet. The Greater Community Hospital Board of Trustees approved plans Tuesday for some remodeling and renovation projects within the hospital. The relocation of some departments to the new Medical Arts Plaza left spaces open. The board approved about $225,000 in plans.

The Friends of the Creston Library is planning a silent auction, “The 12 Baskets of Christmas” beginning 10 a.m. Dec. 2 through 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Gibson Memorial Library. The themed baskets will begin arriving at the library Nov. 29.

A total of $3,107 was raised at the annual Union County CROP Walk held Oct. 6 in Creston, according to Lynne Schlaht, CROP Walk treasurer. Approximately 70 walkers participated in the two or six mile walk.

Not many 5-4 teams land four players on an all-state team, but that’s exactly what the Panthers did this season. Michael Buck, Zack Hood and Zack and Gabe Stofferahm were all named to the Iowa Newspaper Association Class 3A all-state team after leading the Panthers to a third-place tie in District 8 play.