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Quick news: Creston City Council candidates announced; one contested race

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 11:41 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 11:51 a.m. CDT

A list of candidates vying for Creston City Council was finalized Thursday. There are four open city council seats in this year’s general election slated Nov. 5. The following candidates will be on the ballot.

Ward 1: Randy White (unopposed)

Ward 3: Ann Levine (unopposed)

Ward 5: Dave Koets (unopposed); Current City Councilman Larry Wagner will not seek re-election

Council at-large: Paul Vandevender, Kevin Downey, Gary Lybarger, Courtney Wilson

Park and Recreation Board: John Kawa (unopposed)

Candidates who are elected will take office Jan. 2.

Afton’s new restaurant

AFTON — A new restaurant in Afton opened last week.

Up in Smoke Barbecue — owned by Afton native Brad Jones — began serving Friday. The restaurant is located on the northwest side of the square, 302 N. Douglas St., in Afton. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“We have seating inside for 27 people,” Jones said. “We have a walk-up and drive-up window for carry-out orders. We also do catering.”

Up in Smoke Barbecue specializes in smoked meats like ribs, brisket, pulled pork and chicken. Those meats can be served with cheesy potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw and/or pasta or potato salad. Jones said he also offers soft serve ice cream including something he calls the Avalanche — which is similar to a Dairy Queen blizzard.

Drive 4UR School event slated Saturday in Creston

Creston Automotive will host a Drive 4UR School program at Panther Field in Creston Saturday in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Creston High School.

All you have to do is test drive a new Ford vehicle and Creston Automotive/Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Creston High School Activities Booster Club. The funds will go toward funding extracurricular activities at the high school.

“We know funding for school programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available,” said Rick Benson, owner of Creston Automotive. “We’re excited to raise money for the CHS Activities Booster Club.”

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There is a limit of one test drive per household.

Since implementing Ford’s Drive 4UR School program in 2007, more than $16 million in donations have been generated for high schools nationwide.

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