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Quick news: Second annual world's shortest parade scheduled

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 1:21 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 1:21 p.m. CDT

The second annual world’s shortest Halloween parade is slated 4 p.m. Oct. 26 on Myrtle Street south of Lincoln School. The event is sponsored by Youth Answering the Call of the Community (YACC).

Cost to have a float in the parade is $5. There will be a costume contest. Cost to compete in that contest is $1. There will be prizes for best costume, float and decorated house. For more information, contact Michelle Powers at 641-202-9026.

Bright Eyes in the Park will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at McKinley Park.

Trick-or-treat night in Creston will be on Halloween (Oct. 31).

Government shutdown: Day 16

WASHINGTON — The nation is now one day away from a potentially disastrous default as the partial government shutdown enters its 16th day.

A frantic day of legislative maneuvering ended in futility for Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday, as the most conservative members of the House refused to back his proposed compromise to end the standoff over the federal budget.

The failure leaves a bipartisan Senate plan negotiated by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the sole way out of a stalemate that risks a U.S. default on its bills and huge economic disruptions.

Code Red all call today

Jo Duckworth, emergency management director in Union County, said this morning a Code Red all call will be done approximately 3 p.m. today. Everyone in the database will receive a phone call.

“A Code Red call is given anytime we have urgent information like weather issues, missing child, waterline breaks, hazmat incidents, etc.,” Duckworth said.

Today’s all call will help discern which numbers in the database are no longer in service. If you don’t receive a call today and want to be on the Code Red list, contact Duckworth at 641-782-1622.

City council highlights

The purchase of a new street light was approved by Creston City Council Tuesday evening. The light will be placed in the 800 block of North Lincoln Street.

“It’s dark through that area,” said Creston Public Works Director Kevin Kruse. “A homeowner requested we put a light there, and it needs one.”

Kruse said the new light will be installed “in the next couple weeks.”

In other city news, Creston’s lighted Christmas parade is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5.

Firefighter 5K

The second annual Band of Brotherhood 5K run, walk and firefighter mile hike will be 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at McKinley Park. The event is presented by Creston Fire Department for the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Stair Climb.

Preregistration price is $20. Registration fee after Nov. 1 is $25. Awards will be given for first through third place in all age groups. The firefighter mile hike will be done in full bunker gear.

Registration forms may be picked up at Creston Fire Department, 500 N. Sumner Ave., or by calling Lee Freeman at 712-621-6161.

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