One Year Ago
Churubusco Church of the Nazarene held a mortgage burning ceremony to celebrate paying off their $300,000, 20 year loan in six years.
The Eagle Garden Committee and CHS Key Club held a service to dedicate the Eagle Garden gazebo.
“NBC Today Show” came to Churubusco for a live television interview of the CHS students who were posing for prom pictures when the balcony they were standing on suddenly cracked and collapsed. The twelve on the balcony crashed to the ground, getting mixed in with debris and landscaping. Amazingly, no one was seriously injured. After the shock wore off, they were laughing and telling their crazy story at the prom. Area television and radio interviewed the students, but most notable was Lester Holt from “NBC’s Today Show.”
Christian Stoner successfully completed the course of study at the Reppert School of Auctioneering.
Five Years Ago
Green Center United Methodist Church celebrated its 100th anniversary with a historical service and hog roast.
Damon Weatherholt received a prestigious art award from Mayor Tom Henry. The award was the Mayor’s Choice Award. His art work was picked from art displayed at the Fame Festival and would hang in the Mayor’s office for a month.
Members of the 384th Military Police Battalion returned home from Iraq. State Representative Matt Bell spoke briefly, thanking them for their service and sacrifice.
Mountaintop Coffee House and Bake Shop was celebrating their second anniversary with anniversary specials.
The Oriole String Quintet performed for Churubusco Elementary students. Members of the quintet were also members of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Ten Years Ago
Holly Ann Ashton was selected as Airman of the Year, 2002, for the 122nd Indiana Air National Guard at Baer Field. Ashton was instrumental in updating file records of all enlisted, non active and retired members of the Baer Field location.
Bill Kirkpatrick won $5,000 on the “Hoosier Millionaire Show.”
A crowd of shoppers and employees took cover in the center of the Columbia City Walmart after reports of a confirmed funnel cloud were reported. Shoppers were detained about 30 minutes.
Jim Bishop, co-owner of Busco One Stop, incorporated a new service for senior citizens who wanted to have someone pump their gas. He offered service to senior’s and handicapped who relied on the full service of Geiger’s Amoco.
Kirsten Allman and Shaely Simonton won several first and second place awards at a dance competition in Dayton, Ohio.
Chuck Jones was named Rotarian of the Year for services above and beyond the call of duty and service to the Rotary Club.
25 Years Ago
Roger Weimer announced his resignation as principal of Churubusco Jr./Sr. High School to accept the position of principal of Garrett High School.
Ronald Henning submitted his resignation as Churubusco Town Board Trustee. He said some of his reasons for his resignation would be given to the newspaper at a later date. A caucus would be scheduled to fill the position.
Members of the FFA and FHA chapters at CHS helped about 4,000 Fort Wayne kindergarten students learn about farm and food products. The annual “WKJG-TV Farm Tours” were on the Wilmer Rodenbeck farm.
The Indiana Academy of Veterinary Medicine named more than 200 Indiana veterinarians as members in recognition of their commitment to excellence in health care of the state’s animal population. Dr. Donald Welch of Churubusco and Dr. Michael Mawhorter of Albion were both named by the academy.
A national magazine “Update” on law-related education, announced they would publish an article written by Kathy Aldridge. Aldridge, daughter of Pepper Kirtley and a teacher of the specially gifted in Abilene, Texas, co-authored an article on “Legal Literacy” along with fellow teacher Jeanne Wray.
J. J. Jackson, age two, competed in the 1998 State Sunburst Beauty Contest. J.J. won the competition for Prettiest Smile and placed in five other competitions.
50 Years Ago
Arlo Gump was named vice-president/secretary of Brotherhood Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne.
The resurfacing of Indiana 205 through Churubusco was scheduled in the 1963 resurfacing program.
Phil McNagny Jr. was appointed Whitley County attorney to succeed Perry Ort who resigned due to ill health.
A group of school patrons of Washington Township, Noble County, petitioned for the consolidation of their township with the West Noble School Corporation. If a protest was made, the question would be voted on in both the township and West Noble district, with the majority vote deciding the issue.
There were lots of birth announcements this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Cripe announced the birth of their son, Rex Allen.
Mr. and Mrs. Owen Gross announced the birth of their daughter, Laura Lee.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Zorger announced the birth of their son, Richard Eugene.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bonar announced the birth of their daughter, Rhonda Lynn.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Spear announced the birth of their daughter, Lisa Annette.
Mrs. and Mrs. Eugene Heckman announced the birth of their son, Daniel Joseph.
Mr. and Mrs. Warren DeLong announced the birth of their son, Rodney Allen.
“Barabbas,” starring Anthony Quinn, was showing at the Columbia Theater.
Specials at Myers Food Center were lean ground beef at 39¢ a pound, two heads of lettuce for 25¢ and coffee for 59¢ a pound.