March 24, 2023

Throwback Thursday

Today is Thursday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of the year. There are 339 days left of 2023. Below are news items found in the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.

16 years ago (2007)

Creston/O-M won six of the nine contested matches including three pins and a technical fall in beating Chariton 53-21 on senior night here Thursday.

St. Malachy Principal John Walsh announces beginning in the fall of 2007, tuition grants will be available to families that have been unable to afford to send their children to an accredited nonpublic school like St. Malachy. The Educational Opportunities Act passed by the Iowa Legislature in 2006 has made a St. Malachy education more affordable to families in the Creston community.

On. Jan. 10 the U.S. House approved a federal minimum wage increase. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 increases the federal minimum wage in three increments. Increases to $5.85 an hour 60 days after the enactment of the bill; increases to $6.55 an hour one year after the first increase and increases to $7.25 an hour two years after the first increase.

Curtiss Bird reached into his bag of tricks twice to rescue the Panthers against upset-minded Clarinda here Friday night. The senior post player made 3-point shots at critical moments of the game - with 38 seconds left in regulation to force overtime at 40-40, and again with :01 left in overtime.

36 years ago (1987)

John Justice of Creston has received a second heart by means of a “piggyback” transplant procedure performed in only five percent of all heart-transplant operations, Mercy Hospital Medical Center officials said. Dr. Steve Phillips, one of two surgeons who performed the operation Monday on Justice, 63, said Justice is the first Iowan to have undergone the procedure.

A large area of north Creston was without phone service Tuesday and some yet on Wednesday after a 1,200-pair, mainline cable melted together during a garage fire in the 300 block of West Prairie Street. Local GTE service manager Ray Kingery said approximately 425 homes were without service, including people in Nevinville.

The Juen’s Institution of Tae Kwon Do of Creston held its grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 107 W. Montgomery St. (formerly Wallace Sundries). Gail Peterson is the instructor for the Creston location. Peterson has been involved in martial arts for 11 years with his nonprofit school in operation for 22 months.

The 48th annual Creston Little -All State Festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The chorus is made up of 260 students from 18 southwest Iowa schools. This year’s guest director is Richard Hoffman, assistant director of choral music at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Six Creston High School students are among the 108 students advancing to the state Iowa Academic Decathlon to be held March 6 and 7 in Denison. Jodi Zimmerline and Mark Sobek both seniors and Angel Weltz, Aaron Putnam, Lora Crawford and Sean Dunphy, all juniors, make up the Creston team.

56 years ago (1967)

A large plate glass window was blown out of by a strong gust of wind about noon Tuesday at the offices of the Creston News Advertiser. The 15 by 6 foot opening had to be boarded up by Truman Haight and Tim Bradley.

Winds Tuesday afternoon blew open a large loading door onto the stage at the Creston High School auditorium and also broke a couple of windows in the high school building in Orient. The door onto the Creston High School stage was tightly closed and locked but forced open by the winds.

A Creston Street Department truck driven by Ed Trenkle caught fire this morning after the snow plow it was pushing hit a manhole cover in front of 300 South Park Street. Firemen were called and quickly put out the fire around the motor of the truck.

Mel Mailander, production superintendent for the Creston and Atlantic Bottling companies, has been named to the post of sales manager, succeeding Max Means, who has resigned.

The new Greater Community Hospital here will be opened for public inspection from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19. Routed tours through the hospital will be arranged for visitors during the public inspection period.

The annual Mothers March for the March of Dimes campaign was held in Creston last night. Contributions to the March of Dimes fund collected in the march totaled $923.46. A total of 39 women, most members of the Eagles Auxiliary, and 11 high school girls took part in the march.

A mysterious flash fire sweeping through a spacecraft killed the first three Apollo astronauts last night and America suffered a stunning setback in the race to the moon.