March 24, 2023

Throwback Thursday

Today is Thursday, March 16, the 75th day of the year. There are 290 days left in 2023. Below are news items found in the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.

17 years ago (2006)

Three Creston underclassmen earned all-conference honors in the Hawkeye 10 Conference. Junior guard Katie McKim was named to the second all-conference team. Earning honorable mentions were junior Kari McCann and sophomore Meghin Krambeck.

Creston sent six wrestlers to the Super Pee Wee State Tournament held at Young Arena in Warterloo. Four of the Creston wrestlers emerged from the 650-participant field with a medal. Chase Shiltz and Brody Frain claimed a pair of state titles at 71 and 58 pounds, respectively. Seth Maitlen finished third and Jalen Hunter was fifth.

The thought of the week March 17 in Rich Paulsen’s column, “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” –– Michael Jordan

The Creston Panther boys basketball team took fourth-place in Class 3A after losing their second-straight one-point game on Saturday at the state tournament in Des Moines.

The first full day of Spring brought four to six inches of snow to the Creston area this morning, causing most schools to close.

37 years ago (1986)

“Mindscape ‘86,” a day long academic competition, is expected to draw 1,000 student competitors to Southwestern Community College Wednesday. It will also feature four solo artists providing entertainment and education. Twenty-seven area school districts will participate.

A design contest for entrance signs to Creston has been announced by a spokesperson for the sign committee. The contest is open to any resident of Creston, and signs are to be placed at each of the major entrances to Creston from the east, west and north. The winning entry will be awarded $100 in Creston bucks.

Paul Somers of Creston was named the 1985 district and state umpire of the year Friday night at an Iowa High School Basketball Coaches Association awards ceremony at Washington High School. The association voted Somers umpire of the year in the southwest district, and also awarded him the state honor.

The News Advertiser announce a new addition found Mondays in the News Advertiser classifieds, “People Meeting People.” The service is for adult readers who wish to contact other adults with similar interests. It is for ordinary men and women, unattached by chance or choice, who suffer from lack of time or opportunity to meet “eligible others” for friendships, dating or relationships.

Union County taxpayers could face sizable property tax increases for fiscal year 1986-87 because of a $2.1 million dollar error in preparing the county’s budget summary. The information came to light when an audit was requested by the Union County Board of Supervisors to determine what had become of the county’s self-insurance fund. Accounting errors, double checks being written from the same source and faulty computer programming all were to blame according to the certified public accountant who was hired to do a complete “business audit” of the county budget.

57 years ago (1966)

The retail bureau of the Creston Chamber of Commerce announce “Spring Green-O-Rama” Thursday, March 17. The event, sponsored by the chamber, will feature sidewalk displays, spring and summer hardline merchandise and a style show at Strand Theatre. The style show will feature spring fashions and accessories for men, women and children from local businesses. The show is free to attend and open to the public.

Dr. Millard G. Roberts, president of Parsons College at Fairfield, will speak at the zone meeting of Lions clubs at the Chicken Inn west of Creston, next Monday night. Between 250-300 Lions club members and their wives are expected to attend.

A cast of 130 students of Burton R. Jones Junior High School, directed by Mrs. N. Leona Chapman, will present a travelogue of talent in the annual variety show Thursday, “Showtime USA” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Creston High School auditorium. Master of ceremonies for the program will be Sandra Hoyt, dressed as Uncle Sam, who will act as a guide for a tour of the U.S.

About 40 percent of the rock-surfaced roads in Union County are getting additional surfacing in a program that was started by the county board of supervisors last fall. The work has continued during the winter as weather was favorable and will be completed in the next few weeks.

Eight Panther Cagers get recognition with the award of varsity letters for the 1965-66 basketball season. Senior guard Jim Dalton; senior forward Robert Hayes; senior forward Joe Spencer; junior guard Jim Hardman; sophomore center Dale Gordon; senior alternate forward Bruce Beecher; junior alternate guard Doug Rall and senior alternate forward Warren Thompson, were honored for outstanding play during the season.