Today is April 17, the 107th day of the year. There are 258 days left in 2014. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (April 14-April 20) in history.
20 years ago
Creston’s TJ Dunphy was featured throwing a discus on the front of the 1994 Creston News Advertiser high school spring sports guide. Dunphy — who was a returning letterwinner for the Panthers track and field team — had placed 13th overall at the Drake Relays in 1993 with a throw of 143 feet, 1 inch.
The first tornado of 1994 touched down in southwest Iowa, damaging four farms in the Bridgewater and Fontanelle areas causing at least $100,000 in damage.
The chiefs of the nation’s seven largest cigarette companies told U.S. Congress that cigarettes are no more addictive or drug-like than the caffeine in coffee.
Cash markets quoted by Crestland Cooperative were: Corn: $2.47, Soybeans $6.34.
The No. 1 movie at the time, according to Billboard Publications, Inc., was the Disney movie, “The Fox and the Hound.”
Nobody cracked the $52 million Powerball jackpot this week, driving the prize to an estimated $65 million.
Roseanne filed for divorce from Tom Arnold and got a restraining order against her husband and business partner, accusing him of slapping her around.
Karl and Candace Peterson of Lenox became parents of a son born April 18 at Greater Community Hospital. They named their son Mason Karl. He weighed 8 pounds, 2.5 ounces.
10 years ago
Two new degree programs at Southwestern Community College were approved by the board, including medical transcription and web design and development. The new programs started in the fall of 2004.
Sophomore Sam Katzer took first place in the 110 high hurdles for the Creston track and field team at the Chariton Charger Relays with a time of 16.39. Freshman Scott Vicker also placed first for the Panthers in the 3,200 meters, posting a time of 10:50.36.
The president of Iowa State University said the future of the annual VEISHEA festival was in question again after the weekend celebration got out of hand. A crowd of 1,000 people smashed storefront windows, pulled down light poles and flipped cars in the campus area.
5 years ago
Lenox High School’s baseball field was the scene of 11 hours of filming for the remake of the 1973 horror film, “The Crazies.”
The scene at the field was considered a major part of the film and included several teenage baseball players from the Lenox High School baseball squad. Others shots for the film were taken in Stuart and south Des Moines areas.
Longtime National Football League (NFL) sportscaster John Madden retired.