May 29, 2024

Throwback Thursday - March 28, 2024

The Creston News Advertiser editorial department is responsible for the stories, photos and layout of the daily newspaper. Front, from left, are: Mary Brunner, newsroom clerk; Stephani Finley, assistant managing editor; Jenny Stahr, staff reporter. Back row, from left, are: June Bower, staff reporter; John Van Nostrand, managing editor and Larry Peterson, feature writer.

Today is Thursday, March 28, the 88th day of the year. There are 278 days left in 2024. Below are news items found in the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.

10 years ago (2014)

Next week a new era will begin at KSIB Radio in Creston. Chad Reick, general manager at the station, announced starting Monday KSIB listeners will no longer hear country music on their FM dial. “We’re moving to a news talk format,” said Reick.

The Panther girls track team return six athletes with previous state meet experience, highlighted by senior Chelcee Downing. Downing has competed at the state meet each of her previous three seasons. This year’s team also features a strong junior class that returns four athletes with state meet experience.

Creston High School is celebrating TWIRP BIRP this week. The TWIRP BIRP king candidates are Kruz Adamson, Cole Crawford, Levi Eblen, Trevor Luther, Evan Nielsen and Jeremy Stoll. The king will be announced at Jam the Gym.

With just 18 athletes out this year, the Creston boys track team roster is thin. But four of those athletes return with state meet experience, including a pair who have placed at the state meet.

20 years ago (2004)

For most basketball programs, a guarantee from the head coach that he will be returning for the next season isn’t big news. For the Creston boys, however, who have had three different varsity coaches in the past three seasons, Jim Calkins’ vow at Sunday evenings postseason banquet means a great deal. Calkins led the Panthers to a 13-11 record in his first season.

You might say Julie Sandeman has gone to the dogs, and cats, and birds. A true animal lover, Sandeman became owner of The Grooming Shoppe three years ago. Sandeman and her husband Barry moved the shop to its new location in 2003, a brand new building behind their residence at 400 S. Chestnut Street.

As the first ever female Exhalted Ruler of Creston Elks, Terri Koets says she is just an Elk. Koets, 50, was installed Saturday night. She will conduct her first official meeting Thursday.

Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson recognized the academic achievemnets of top-ranked high school seniors who were named State of Iowa Scholars by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. State of Iowa Scholars from Creston were: Anne L. Davis, Amy E. Goldsmith, Andrea A. Jones, Alexander P. Kenyon, Kristina McFee and Ryan E. McKim.

30 years ago (1994)

The Creston Fire Department met itself coming and going at times in March, battling the ever-present grass fires of spring. The dangerous combination of dry conditions and high winds led to 13 grass fires involving responses by Creston fire officials between March 1 and March 31, among the 22 total fire calls. April started with another grass fire this morning, southwest of Creston.

Bowman Machine, 201 W. Dallas Street, Lenox, has been selected by Bell Helicopter of Fort Worth, Texas, as its dimensional casting inspection site. According to Charles Bowman, owner of Bowman Machine, the inspection agreement began March 1, after several months of negotiations.

Creston’s distance events may not be too shabby after all. The Pantherettes’ distance runners shined at a season-opening meet in Osceola at Clarke High School Thursday, taking second, fourth and fifth in three distance events.

The Creston Lions Club has been selected by the Iowa Department of Education to receive an award for outstanding volunteer service to the state of Iowa. The club was nominated by the Creston Community School District for Lions’ involvement in and service to the school’s educational program.

40 years ago (1984)

Officials in Mount Ayr are asking pet owners to be cautious after a second rabies incident. Mayor Albert Drake has asked people with dogs and cats to keep them confined so they do not come in contact with rabid animals.

Summer fun for area youths is again planned by Creston Area Extension Service under its Summer Leisure Education Project. The service announced this week that it had received a $600 grant from the Iowa Arts Council to help fund projects in Adair, Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties.

Talented artists including dancers, a vocalist and a pianist entertained a large audience in the Creston High School Auditorium Sunday. The occasion was a preview dance performance of the Des Moines Dance Ensemble, a group consisting of 14 dancers, four of whom are from Creston.