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Quick news: Creston band wins Glenn Miller trophy at Clarinda

Published: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 11:40 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 11:43 a.m. CDT

The Creston Panther Marching Band kicked off its season the right way Saturday winning best overall band at the 58th annual Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree.

Fifty-one bands participated in the jamboree. Creston Panther Marching Band placed first in both the field and parade competition — winning the Glenn Miller trophy for the third time in Creston history. The Panthers also won the trophy in 1999 and 2012.

“It’s a great way to start,” said Mike Peters, CHS band director. “We couldn’t be happier, but I also told the kids we have a lot of work to do. We haven’t arrived yet, by any stretch of the imagination.”

Creston freshman percussionist Ben Irr was named outstanding marcher at Clarinda Saturday. The CHS marching band will be back in action Saturday performing at Valleyfest — an invite-only event.

Also noteworthy, Creston Middle School Band placed third overall in Class 3A at the Clarinda Jamboree. As well, Lenox High School Band placed first in Class 1A.

Creston food pantry moving

MATURA family food bank — currently located at 300 E. Montgomery — will soon be relocating to the MATURA administration office at 207 N. Elm St.

MATURA Executive Director Ron Ludwig said citizens wanting to donate food can bring it to the new location starting Oct. 21.

“Before that date, food can still be donate at the East Montgomery location,” he said. “Right now, we are doing OK on food, but we will need donations soon just because we are approaching one of the busiest times of the year with Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Ludwig said the reason for the move is to consolidate MATURA services in one building. He added, all services currently being offered will still be supplied at the new location with one exception — they will no longer take donated clothing items.

“There are other agencies that provide clothing to those in need,” Ludwig said. “We felt it to be an unnecessary duplication.”

Mile-wide tornado

Multiple tornadoes — including one a mile wide — struck Iowa Friday evening with the most extensive damage coming in Sloan and Moville — both located about 20 miles from Sioux City.

Sioux City Journal reports the storm damaged and destroyed homes, buildings and crops. Hail was also reported in Moville, where the National Weather Service said a mile-wide tornado touched down. It was seen just before 7 p.m. Friday.

Six confirmed tornadoes were reported in Iowa Friday.

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