April 01, 2023

Throwback Thursday

Today is Thursday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of the year. There are 332 days left in 2023. Below are news items found in the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.

3 years ago (2020)

A 4% raise across the board was the recommendation as Tom Hartsock spoke for the Union County Compensation Board during the Jan. 27 meeting of the Union County Board of Supervisors. The board is not required to accept the recommendation, but they cannot decide to award a higher raise.

Creston girls basketball edged out a 62-60 victory over a tough Martensdale-St. Marys team Monday night. With the victory, Creston clinched it’s fifth winning season in 27 years and the second in program history with back-to-back winning seasons.

All wrapped up in a new layer of personality, the Crossing student store held it’s ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon in front of Creston Community High School. The Crossing is a retail store housed within a trailer and was started by students of the school’s Communications and Services Technology program.

A new bridge over Hurley Creek on North Sycamore Street will closely match the Adams Street Bridge at McKinley Lake. The Creston City Council voted unanimously to approve the project at the cost of $1 million to build, with 80% of the funding coming from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

13 years ago (2010)

Lesa Downing, a social studies teacher at Creston Middle School, was named Iowa Veterans Teacher of the Year.

A little bit can go a long way. That’s what Creston students are learning, when it comes to providing Haitian earthquake relief. Several different projects have collected more than $950 to be sent to organized relief efforts still in need.

Lisa Williamson, city clerk of Creston, has been awarded the designation of Iowa Certified Municipal Clerk from the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association for achieving its educational experience and service requirement.

Just seven months after opening, Clarke County Juvenile Detention Center closed Monday after referrals of delinquent juveniles trickled down to less than one a week. This means Union County will face rising transportation and labor costs and lose law enforcement service due to having to refer juveniles to Polk County Juvenile Detention Center.

On Saturday the Creston/O-M wrestling team accomplished something no other class 2A team did – send 12 on to districts.

23 years ago (2000)

The roar of a chainsaw echoes through Green Valley State Park Tuesday afternoon as state officials progress rapidly on a recent lake project. Approximately 250 cedar trees are being extracted from designated prairie areas and staked to the lake bottom. These groupings of tress will create fish habitats.

With bitter cold and fresh snowfall as confirmation, part-time weatherman and full-time groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning and predicted six more weeks of winter.

Creston built a big early lead, held off a furious Corning comeback attempt and pulled away at the end to win 71-58 in a boys basketball game Tuesday night at the Corning Activity Center.

The Creston wrestlers took on the Kuemper Knights and Nodaway Valley in a double dual Tuesday, returning with two wins. Creston grapplers are now 20-8 in the season.

Econofoods announced new directors at the Creston store. Doug Miller has been named hardware director and Paul Weigel is the new pharmacy director.

Three local teams will compete in a Billiard Congress of America sanctioned state 8-ball team tournament Feb 12 and 13 in Waterloo. Elm’s Club 1, comprised of Bud Harper, Art Booth, Larry Alger and Terry Nichols; Elm’s Club 2, includes Rod Culbertson, Bige Fienhade, Darwin Willett, Brian Whited and Tom Palmer and Twilight Zone 2, made of Misty Bolinger, Tammy Beemer, Stephanie Foss, Josh Kinzie, Karen Nichols and Kathy Burghoffer, have all qualified to play in the event.

33 years ago (1990)

Creston’s Chamber of Commerce said “thank you” to area farmers Thursday night, hosting 71 of them and 96 business men at the annual Farmer Businessmen Dinner at Berning’s. The event is an annual event sponsored by the chamber’s Agricultural Committee.

The First National Bank in Creston announces the promotion of Pat Lane, Steve Crittenden and Jerry McIntire. Lane has been promoted to vice president/data processing manager. Crittenden has been promoted to vice-president. McIntire has been promoted to loan officer. These appointments were made at the annual meeting of the directors and shareholders of the First National Bank in Creston.

Eight Creston High School junior vocal music students have been selected to participate in the 16th annual Southwest Iowa Choral Festival Monday at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs. Creston students selected are Abbie Seeger, Tina Groumoutis, Lori Johnston, Laurie Grunke, Mike Giles, Bryan Eyberg, Brett Struhar and Lamar Lindsay.