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Throwback Thursday

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:49 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:21 p.m. CDT
Jason Abdulbaki, 7, brother Matt, 4, sister Ashley, 8, and Ashley Horn, 3, find a way to cool off in June 1994. The four were watersliding on this yard on North Oak Street in Creston.

Today is June 26, the 177th day of the year. There are 188 days left in 2014. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (June 23-29) in history.

5 years ago

“The Hangover” was showing at Strand Theatre.

The Creston News Advertiser celebrated its 130th anniversary. It was started by S.A. Brewster.

After being in partnership with Ed C. Russell, owner and editor of The Democrat, Brewster leased an old two-story building, and, in May 1879, opened a job printing business that would eventually become the Creston News Advertiser.

Pop music star Michael Jackson died June 25 of a heart attack at age 50.

During his career, he produced more than five dozen Top 40 hits. Jackson’s influence was wide-ranging, setting standards in music, dance, video and fashion.

10 years ago

Creston High School Hall of Fame was established. Principal Todd Wolverton proposed the idea to Creston School Board and it was approved. The purpose of the hall of fame is to honor and recognize those who have either graduated from Creston High School or made significant and meaningful contributions to the youth of Creston School District.

Bill Clinton’s book “My Life” sold more than 400,000 copies in the U.S. on its first day of release, June 22, the most ever for a nonfiction book. It was also top of’s best seller list in the U.S., England, France and Japan.

University of Iowa officials announced an $87 million upgrade for Kinnick Stadium featuring luxury seats, suites and a new press box. A plaza was also added outside of the stadium to be the main entry gate.

Afton celebrated its 150th anniversary with a parade, entertainment and a variety of activities throughout the two-day event. Between 2,500 and 2,800 guests were in attendance. “Greeting and meeting” seemed to be the main attraction.

20 years ago

Iowa State Patrol Officer Ron Piel of Creston retired after 36 years. According to Trooper Rick Conn of Osceola, Piel was known for fairly enforcing the law and being “one heck of a driver.”

Hakeem Olajuwon, “Dream,” became the first player in NBA history to win regular season Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP.

Olajuwon played professional basketball for the Houston Rockets.

Creston Area Arts and Wellness Center Board of Directors unanimously approved a motion to proceed with contract negotiations with the YMCA for management of a proposed community center.

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