Today is May 8, the 128th day of the year. There are 237 days left in 2014. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (May 4-11) in history.
5 years ago
SWCC athletes of the year were Kristian Williams, basketball, of Melbourne, Australia; Angie Hawkins, softball, of Ledora, Iowa; and Walter Bolingo, cross country, of Kenya.
Lisa Quam and Leslie Wurster began a plan to make improvements to Creston Municipal Airport.
The women enlisted help from their husbands and avid pilots Denny Quam and Greg Wurster and Creston Municipal Airport Manager Larry West and his wife Angie.
This plan started with the painting of the walls and a Balloon Days mural in the terminal. Other improvements to the terminal area, including pictures, cable television, new furniture and landscaping were also part of the plan.
Current Gov. Chet Culver signed into law a measure more than doubling the amount of tax credits available to developers who renovate historic sites that have fallen into disrepair. The measure Culver signed increased the total of historic development tax credits from $20 million to $50 million.
That included $10 million for projects that create 500 or more jobs.
10 years ago
Gas prices spiked to nearly $2 a gallon. Regular unleaded gas was pushing $1.85. Premium unleaded was at $2.09 a gallon in Sioux City and $2.03 in Des Moines.
“Behind Barbed Wire: Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany” was on display at Gibson Memorial Library. One story featured was of Thearl Mescher, a Knoxville, Iowa, native who kept a journal while he was a prisoner of war during WWII in Nazi Germany.
The display, housed in a bus, was supported by TRACES, a Des Moines-based nonprofit group with hopes to preserve the history of Midwest prisoners of war.
Creston High School Activies Director Curt Olson received recognition from the Hawkeye 10 Conference for his 22 years of service to the athletic conference. He retired at the end of the 2004 school year.
20 years ago
On May 9, there was a ceremony marking the renovation of the Rainbow Park fountain.
Creston Park and Recreation Director George Kirby gave an opening speech followed by remarks from Bob Clark, past VFW Post 1797 commander, and Mayor Terry Donahue.
The fountain first fell into disrepair in the mid-1950s and was fixed again in 1979 with funds from a Community Development Block Grant.