Quick news — Tickets still available for Holiday to Holiday Extravaganza

Published: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 11:57 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 10:53 a.m. CDT

Tickets are still available for the fourth annual Holiday to Holiday Extravaganza sponsored by the Creston News Advertiser — scheduled Monday at Southwestern Community College gymnasium.

Advance tickets can be purchased through Monday afternoon for $5. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Locations where advanced tickets are sold include the Creston News Advertiser, My Sister's Place in Lenox, Fudge Town Interiors in Corning, Color Floral and Home Decorating in Greenfield, Osceola Sentinel-Tribune, Country Blossoms in Mount Ayr and Kansas Street Deli & Purple Cow Antiques in Afton.

The event showcases about 30 local vendors exhibiting Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holiday foods and crafts. The doors open at 4:30 p.m. The main show kicks off at 7 p.m. featuring the Creston News Advertiser's Dennis "Kyp" Kuyper. He will be joined by Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center Chef Katie Routh.

SWCC enrollment fifth highest in school history

The official head count of students at Southwestern Community College this year is 1,573 — the fifth highest in SWCC history said Dean of Students Beth Kulow. It is a 17.1 percent increase in student population from 10 years ago, but slightly lower than last year's enrollment 1,666.

"Our head count for out of state students has increased and we believe that is from the addition of more extra curricular activities (sports shooting, bowling and track)," Kulow said.

Kulow added the average age of the current student body is 21.7, down from previous years, showing an increase in traditional students attending Southwestern. SWCC recently approved a development plan to add a new dormitory to the Creston campus. It will be able to house 88 students.

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