The big event is finally here. RVTV rolls into Creston today with tailgate festivities kicking off at 4:30 p.m. and lasting until 10:30 p.m. tonight at the restored Creston Depot. WHO13 RVTV will be broadcast live from Creston at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
Fans make sure to wear your best Hawkeye or Cyclone gear. There will be a best-dressed contest and a competition for which fan base can donate the most non-perishable food items. Local food vendors will be selling tailgating food. SWCC staff/students will host tailgating games. Cy the Cyclone will also be in attendance.
Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
Seven months after being dropped as one of the core sports at the Olympics, wrestling has been reinstated for the 2020 Tokyo games.
The sport received 49 votes in the first round of secret ballot voting by the International Olympic Committee, easily beating out bids to reinstate baseball/softball and squash. Wrestling has roots dating back to the games in ancient Greece and has been on the Olympic schedule for every modern Olympic games except 1900.
Potential record heat
The National Weather Service is forecasting a potential record-high temperature of 97 degrees for the Creston area today. The previous record of 97 degrees was set in 1955. The NWS also released a special weather statement, warning anyone that plans to be outdoors that the combination of high temperatures and drop in the dew point will speed up the dehydration process. If you have to be outside, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks and wear light, loose-fitting clothing. Relief from high temperatures may come as early as Wednesday with a 30 percent chance of storms. Cooler temperatures are predicted for Thursday with a high of 81 degrees.
There is an elevated risk for fire this afternoon. Current drought conditions, low humidity levels and wind gusts up to 20 mph could lead to quick fire growth if a fire is sparked.
Schools closing early
The unseasonably hot temperatures are forcing several area schools to release students early today.
Diagonal — 12:30 p.m.
Murray — 12:45 p.m.
Nodaway Valley — Two hours early
Orient-Macksburg — Two hours early
Prescott — Two hours early
Obama press conference
President Barack Obama announced Friday he will address the American people about the current situation in Syria during a press conference Tuesday. Obama said “there’s a growing recognition that the world cannot stand idly by” after the G20 conference with world leaders in Russia.