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Throwback Thursday - Feb. 22, 2024

Blaze, a 6-year-old Labrador Retriever, finds himself on the the receiving end of a good petting from Margaret Moore at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center Wednesday. Roger McCay of rural Diagonal has brought Blaze for weekly visits to area care centers, assisted-living facilities, Greater Regional Medical Center, Creston High School and Midwest Opportunities since Blaze was a puppy.

Today is Thursday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of the year. There are 313 days remaining in 2024. Below are news items found in the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.

4 years ago (2020)

Two News Advertiser individuals qualified for the IGHSAU State Bowling Championship for Class 1A Monday. The tournament, held in Waterloo at the Cadillac Xtreme Bowling Center, had Lenox’s Chelsey Hoakison and Mount Ayr’s Kaitlyn Dolecheck compete in a field of 52 bowlers. Hoakison bowled a collective 338, throwing a first game of 183 and a second game of 155. She finished 19th overall. Mount Ayr’s Dolecheck threw a 343, best for 16th.

Seventeen million dollars. That’s what it takes to run the city of Creston for one year. The proposed budget for FY21 is $600,000 more than 2019 and $400,000 over expected revenue. The city expects to make up that difference by transferring money from the city’s fund balances — both general and special — of $12 million. The current year’s expected shortfall is $1.8 million.

14 years ago (2010)

The retirement of four long-term Board of Director’s members of First National Bank was announced at the annual meeting held Jan. 28. Richard C. Anderson, Kenneth Clark, C.B. “Neal” Conover and Dean Schantz all will retire after serving the board for 25 years. Three new board members, Ray Gaesser of Lenox, Monte Neitzel of Creston and Jeff Plagge of Okoboji, were introduced.

Creston/O-M defensive lineman Nick Neitzel was officially selected to play in the 38th annual Shrine Bowl game Tuesday. Neitzel enters an elite group of Creston/O-M players to be selected. The last was Dane Wadenburg in 2006.

St. Louis University runner Scott Vicker of Creston ran the 800 leg of the distance medley relay in the Atlantic Conference Championships last week. Vicker ran the 800 in 2:00, as the team finished sixth in a school-record time of 10:21.50

“The Crazies,” which was filmed in the Lenox and Winterset areas last May, as well as locations in central Georgia, will be released in 1,500 theaters nationwide Friday. Jordan Creek Century Theatre in West Des Moines and four other Des Moines-area theaters are among the Iowa locations launching the premier weekend.

24 years ago (2000)

A large contingent of soccer enthusiasts got the answer they wanted Monday night when the Creston Community School District Board of Directors unanimously gave the green light to soccer for at least three more years. However, the program will continue to be funded by donations.

Creston is going north, East Union’s moving down and Lenox will travel a difficult road. These are just a few of the changes the Iowa High School Athletic Association made today as it realigns football districts for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The Panthers will now be in District 7 and East Union will move down to Class A.

Rolling Hills FS recently purchased a new 4,000-gallon fuel truck to feliver fuel and gasoline to customers in Adair, Adams and Union counties as well as surrounding areas.

Creston had a solid opening round Thursday at the Class 2A state wrestling meet. The Panthers, sporting mohawk haircuts advanced three of four wrestlers to today’s quarterfinal round matches. Willie Harris, Michael Mickey and Andrew Hayes all won by fall.

A longtime Greenfield wrestling coach and official will be among the 2000 Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees during the Iowa state tournament. Larry Riley, involved in the Greenfield program as a head coach, assistant coach, junior high coach, official and volunteer for 34 years, joins three-time Storm Lake state champion Stacey Rice and three-time state champ Kent Streicher of Starmont in Saturday’s Hall of Fame ceremony at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

34 years ago (1990)

Union County and its cities took steps Wednesday nught to prepare for manmade or natural disasters. Bob Stecker, planning chief of the Iowa Office of Disaster Services, instructed Union County officials how to implement a joint county-municipal disaster services and emergency planning administration.

Jennifer Renae Weis, daughter of John and Monica Weis of Creston, has been selected as a state finalist in the Miss American Princess pageant, to be held at the Marriot Hotel in Des Moines June 9 and 10.

The Union County Bloodmobile visit Wednesday at Holy Spirit Hall fell short of their quota of 180 pints inspite of 66 donors from Bunn-O-Matic. There were 183 possible donors with 18 being deferred making the total collected at 165 pints.

Candidates for the 1990 Southwestern Community College Homecoming are Michelle Hardin of Indianola, Terri Stephens of Diagonal, Sindra Jensen of Bridgewater, Tracy Stephens of Redding, Troy Vicker of Essex, Todd Lamb of Greenfield, Dan Crossett of Creston, Dave Siddn of Creston, Brenda Repplinger of Creston and Brett Peterson of Harlan.