Today is April 24, the 114th day of the year. There are 251 days left in 2014. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (April 21-April 27) in history.
5 years ago
On his first visit to Iowa as president, President Barak Obama visited Trinity Structural Towers in Newton, a plant that makes towers for wind turbines. He wanted to use the plant as a model for his plan to create jobs and promote energy production.
Creston Activities Booster Club approved a major project expenditure of up to $10,000 toward reconditioning the gym floor at Creston High School. A large panther was added to the middle of the basketball/volleyball court, and smaller panthers were painted on the ends of the court.
The Pay It Forward movement started at Southwestern Community College in a classroom of nine students in Kate Burrell’s Social Psychology class and grew citywide. When a good deed was performed, the Social Psychology class handed out wristbands in fluorescent green to show who participated. More than 850 bands were handed out that year.
10 years ago
Warren G. Bower, who died in June 2002, bequested about $700,000 to various entities in Fontanelle and Greenfield. Adair County Hospital received $395,060 of the funds.
Nicole Stoll, daughter of Arnold and Melody Stoll, was named an All-American Scholar by United States Achievement Academy. She was nominated by Vanita Moberg, Creston High School English teacher.
20 years ago
Passports began being issued at county recorder’s offices again. Previously, services were only available at U.S. Post Offices in Des Moines, Council Bluffs and Ottumwa. Jean Richardson was Union County recorder at the time.
Former President Richard Nixon died of complications from a stroke April 22. Nixon was buried next to his wife Pat at the Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif.
CHS class of 1923 held its 71st class reunion April 21. Classmates present were Vera Christensen, Merle Eagan, Kathryn Hollibaugh, Fay Henry, Francis Smith and Wallace Molby.
Nelson Mandela cast his first-ever vote for himself to become the first black president in South Africa.