Today is Thursday, May 25, the 145th day of the year. There are 220 days left in 2023. Below are items found in the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.
19 years ago (2004)
At least 120 residents of Afton want to maintain their own police department. That’s according to a petition submitted by resident Jeff Burger at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Union County Sheriff Rick Peil, who attended the meeting, said although the county is willing to work with Afton, he personally believes the town is big enough that it should have its own officer.
According to a press release today from Creston Mayor Mike Tamerius, Tim Lordino has declined to accept the Creston police chief position. Lordino was hired April 30 and scheduled to begin work June 7. Tamerius said Tom Hartsock, who has been Creston’s interim police chief since January, has agreed to continue to serve on an interim basis.
Stefan Jensen struck out 12 hitters Tuesday and Eric Crittenden struck out the side in the seventh inning after loading the bases in Creston’s 8-3 season opening victory over Guthrie Center.
Henry “Bige” Fienhage, an Iowa thoroughbred breeder and owner living in Creston, says patience, persistence and belief are the three behaviors responsible for his thrilling first rite of passage to the winner’s circle at Prairie Meadows Friday. The 4-year-old gelding, “El Speedito,” owned by Fienhage and Gus King, ran for a claiming price of $10,000, recording the victory in 1:05.55.
Six members of the Creston High School faculty with combined experience of 244 years will walk through the doors of CHS as full-time teachers for the last time Friday. Dennis Kuyper, Charlotte Roberts, John Rose, Esther Means, John Judd and Russ Clayton will join assistant principal/activities director Curt Olson will be bid farewell by students and staff.
29 years ago (1994)
Second-ranked Creston pulled out its big lumber for a varsity doubleheader here with Waukee Tuesday. The Panthers pounded Warrior pitching for 29 total hits in 18-6 and 17-5 victories. Both games were shortened because of the 10-run rule.
The Greater Community Hospital Regional Board of Trustees today voted to retain the hospital’s ambulance department –– under three conditions: immediate staffing changes to create the ambulance service as a department of the hospital; to pursue a 28E agreement with the county and cities within the county for shared financial responsibility and a goal of 36 months to have the department upgraded to paramedic status, or at least provisional paramedic status.
Wal-mart has agreed to quit using the slogan “Always the low price. Always.” after an advertising watchdog group said it might not be true and it suggests Wal-mart customers always get the lowest available price. Instead Wal-mart agreed to drop the word “the.” The new slogan: “Always low prices. Always. Wal-mart.”
Amblin Entertainment smiled on Madison County Wednesday. Amblin, owner of the movie rights of the best selling novel, “The Bridges of Madison County,” has chosen Madison County as the site of the feature film. The official announcement was made by Gov. Terry Branstad at a press conference in the Winterset City Park in front of the Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge.
The Creston doubles team of Jamie Johnson and Brian Gerleman will make their first state appearance at the Boys State Tennis Meet in Waterloo this weekend. They are among 16 doubles teams competing in Class 1A and the first state representation for Creston in six years.
39 years ago (1984)
The Jack Langford family, along with Lincoln School students planted a Crimson Maple Tree Wednesday morning as a living tribute to their son, Todd, who passed away as a result of an accident March 29 and was a second grader at Lincoln.
The 1984 issue of the Railroad Heritage Days button is now available. The button is the seventh in the series and a major fund-raising effort for the Heritage Days planning committee. The logo appearing on the button was designed by Creston artist Jane Cooper, who also was the artist of the caboose featured on the 1983 button.
Joy Millard Johnson came home to give commencement address. Joy is a graduate of Creston High School, Creston Junior College and Creighton University. She worked part-time at the Creston News Advertiser for Fletcher Miller. She and her husband headquarter the service “Centering Corporation” in Omaha, Nebraska, which approaches difficult problems of our society through services with a helping hand.
The new Creston Community High School baseball field is ready for use. The first competitive action will be held May 31 for the Early-bird Creston Baseball Tournament. The move to the new diamond on school property, north of Townline, follows many years at the McKinley Park Diamond in west Creston.