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Throwback Thursday

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 1:01 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 11:14 a.m. CST

Today is Aug. 21, 2014, the 233th day of the year. There are 132 days left in 2014. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Aug. 18-24) in history.

5 years ago

After leading a 10-man roster to a state runner-up finish, coach Steve Westphal of the Lenox Tigers was named the Iowa Sports Connections 2009 Coach of the Year. The Tigers posted a final record of 21-4 under the direction of Westphal, in his 31st season as a head coach at Lenox.

2009 Union County Fair Queen Kilee Kralik chose to share her crown with runner-up Maggie Thelen. Kralik had already committed to work the 4-H clothing event at the Iowa State Fair. Because of having cerebral palsy, Kralik was also worried about the physical activity in the fair queens’ schedule at the state fair. Kralik relinquished the state fair queen opportunity to Thelen for a week, so Thelen could participate and represent the county to the fullest. Kralik even made a special sash and crown for Thelen to keep.

Aggressive investments in 2008 helped the United States surpass Germany to become the world’s leader in wind power, according to a report released in August 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy. And for the fourth consecutive year, the United States was home to the fastest-growing wind power market in the world. Wind power capacity increased by 60 percent, or 8,558 megawatts, in 2008, representing $16.4 billion in federal and private investments in new wind projects. Total U.S. wind capacity at the end of 2008 was 25,369 megawatts, compared with 23,933 for Germany, the Energy Department said.

10 years ago

Vaughn Seckington of Creston was Iowan of the Day Aug. 19, 2004, at the Iowa State Fair. She was named because of her volunteer service. Annette Rice, volunteer services director at Greater Community Hospital, nominated Seckington, noting her as a charter member of Green Valley Hospice Guild who served more than 100 hospice cases, providing support to patients and families. Among other volunteer work, Seckington also coordinated volunteers for Meals On Wheels.

Oprah Winfrey was part of a jury that convicted Chicago man Dion Coleman, 27, of first-degree murder in a shooting death. Winfrey planned to share her experiences on her show.

20 years ago

The site of the former Creston Greenhouse, 406 S. Birch St., was cleared to make an empty lot. The land was divided and sold as single-family building lots. The lot had been full of junk and debris. According to Public Works Director Tom Myers, the city contracted Wenzig Construction to use a bulldozer to push debris into piles to reduce wear and tear on city equipment.

St. Malachy School was beginning preparations for its 125th anniversary celebration. St. Malachy was the oldest, continuously operating parochial school in the Des Moines diocese. Events were set to officially begin Oct. 6 with a visit from Bishop Charron who would offer mass and be honored with a reception. The celebration was to culminate June 3, 1995, with a banquet and mass with alumni as special guests.

Joseph G. Knock of Creston died Aug. 22, 1994, at age 77. Knock was a pioneer in the Creston industrial development movement in the 1960s. He served two terms in the state legislature for Union County. Knock, CEO and chairman of the board at Iowa State Savings Bank, served as president of the bank from 1952-93. He also served the community in many capacities, including memberships and positions at Creston Presbyterian Church, Masons, VFW, Eagles, Elks and Union County Farm Bureau.

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