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December 22, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:09

One Year Ago
Sons of American Legion Commander, Matt Hutton presented a check for $200 to the Churubusco United Methodist Church “Soup to Shut-in” ministry. He also presented a $150 check towards Christmas for a local family. SAL had returned over $11,000 to the community in the last two years.
Smith Township Fire Department responded to a fire at Love Trucking. The building was destroyed along with two dump trucks, a semi-tractor and other tools and equipment. Fire departments from Albion, LaOtto and Columbia City also responded to the call.
Cub Scouts from Pack 3081 participated in the ninth annual bake off. Twenty-five boys participated. The top winners were Cody Parish, third, Andrew Boggess second and first place went to Morgan Bell.
The Smith-Green School Board approved the reconfiguration of the schools. A major change in the plan was keeping the sixth grade in the secondary setting.  Instead of an elementary, middle and high school, there would be elementary composed of K-5 and a Junior-Senior High School  composed of grades 6-12.
Five Years Ago
Brad Thomas, a 2004 CHS graduate and a student at Taylor University recorded his first cd. All the songs were written and sung by Brad except for one. That one was written together by Thomas and Jered Blanchard, also a CHS graduate. Blanchard also played guitar on all the songs. Christie Barkley, another Busco grad, did all the photography.
Cameron Amber finished in first place in the punt pass and kick finals at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
The Churubusco area Soup Kitchen was open, serving soup, sandwiches and dessert every Tuesday.
Ten Years Ago
The top three winners in the ninth annual Christmas Lighting and Decorating Contest were Wayne Krider, first place, the William Bennett home, second place and Mr. and Mrs. Newton took third place.
Eric Ott of Churubusco earned Reserve Champion in the Junior Division of the Showmanship contest at the Hoosier Beef Congress in Indianapolis.
Law officials arrested four suspects in the McDonald’s robbery. The night manager was arrested along with three suspects from Columbia City.
25 Years Ago
At a special meeting, it was announced the annexation of Dana and BRC had been dropped. Both companies said they would work with the Town to help with the financial crunch.
The SAT scores of Churubusco were reported. The national average in math was 475 and verbal 431. The average for all students in Churubusco was 442 in verbal and 476 in math.
Secretary of State Ed Simcox issued Hoosier informational booklets to fourth graders in Whitley, Wabash and Huntington Counties, with the hope the booklets would enhance students’ knowledge in Indiana history.
Alicia Cearbaugh placed 85th in girls 11-12 division of Cross Country National Junior Olympics Finals at Cincinnati. She ran 3,000 meters in 14 minutes. The team placed first in State, second in Regionals and sixth in Nationals.
50 Years Ago
A record number of pieces of mail had passed through the Churubusco Post Office since the first of December. That figure topped the 1959 figures by some 2,000 pieces.
A new policy for visitors at Whitley County Hospital was announced and would begin on January 1st. Only two visitors at a time would be allowed to see a patient.
Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Kirtley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.
Residents of Whitley County purchased $27,541 worth of U.S. Savings Bonds in November.
Charles Younis, owner of the Green Center General Store since 1925, passed away at the age of 73. Born in Syria, he came to the United States at the age of 16, settling first in Canton, Ohio.

One Year Ago

Sons of American Legion Commander, Matt Hutton presented a check for $200 to the Churubusco United Methodist Church “Soup to Shut-in” ministry. He also presented a $150 check towards Christmas for a local family. SAL had returned over $11,000 to the community in the last two years.

Smith Township Fire Department responded to a fire at Love Trucking. The building was destroyed along with two dump trucks, a semi-tractor and other tools and equipment. Fire departments from Albion, LaOtto and Columbia City also responded to the call.

Cub Scouts from Pack 3081 participated in the ninth annual bake off. Twenty-five boys participated. The top winners were Cody Parish, third, Andrew Boggess second and first place went to Morgan Bell.

The Smith-Green School Board approved the reconfiguration of the schools. A major change in the plan was keeping the sixth grade in the secondary setting.  Instead of an elementary, middle and high school, there would be elementary composed of K-5 and a Junior-Senior High School  composed of grades 6-12.

 
December 15, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 December 2010 15:32

One Year Ago
Churubusco High School was named a “Best Buy” by Indiana Chamber of Commerce in the 11th edition of its “Indiana’s Best Buys” report. Schools offering the highest educational achievement levels for the lowest amount of tax dollars were the ones named “Best Buy.”
C & A Tool celebrated 40 years in business. Dick Conrow opened the shop in his garage in 1969. By the end of the first year, there were five employees. Now 40 years later there are approximately 530 employees with around 70 percent from the Churubusco area.
A total of 133 deer were taken during the recent controlled hunt at 17 Indiana state parks.
Five Years Ago
Old man winter dumped eight and a half inches of snow on Churubusco with more expected.
Churubusco native Guy McCoy passed away at the age of 107.
Benny Sery and his dad Mike were top sellers in the fund raiser at Churubusco Child Care. Gold Canyon candles were sold to assist with improvements to the playground. Emma Anna and Tina Bulmahn were second place sellers.
Phase four of Thresher Ridge Subdivision development was beginning. The new section would have an entrance off 550 North.
Council approved a four percent pay increase to Town workers.
Ten Years Ago
Employees of McDonald's restaurant were robbed at gun point. Three employees were cleaning up and preparing to close when two males wearing ski masks entered the building. The robbers, carrying a semi-automatic handgun and a baseball bat began waving the weapons and screaming at the employees for the money. Two of the employees were tied up and put in the cooler. Then the third one was taken into the cooler. One employee had called for a ride home. When the person came, he found the door ajar, went in and found the employees and called the police. The case was still being investigated.
Town employees received a five percent pay increase and an additional half day holiday, giving them nine and a half holidays.
CES Soundmasters singing group performed at Glenbrook Square and then traveled to Columbia City to perform at Miller’s Merry Manor and The Oaks.
25 Years Ago
Tri-County Publishing office was broken into and robbed. An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the safe as well as hand held cassette recorders. Desk drawers were ransacked and dumped on the floor.
There were delays in the opening of the toboggan run at Pokagon State Park caused by the design of the new track and refrigeration system. Everything else was open and officials hoped to have the problems corrected very soon.
The motor vehicle commissioner announced the extension of vehicle registration from six months to ten months.
Fred and Bernice Guiff celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with an open house.
Ed and Kate Gebhart celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with a party hosted by their children.
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Teague announced the birth of their son, Spencer Joseph.
50 Years Ago
Information for this week was not available.

One Year Ago

Churubusco High School was named a “Best Buy” by Indiana Chamber of Commerce in the 11th edition of its “Indiana’s Best Buys” report. Schools offering the highest educational achievement levels for the lowest amount of tax dollars were the ones named “Best Buy.”

C & A Tool celebrated 40 years in business. Dick Conrow opened the shop in his garage in 1969. By the end of the first year, there were five employees. Now 40 years later there are approximately 530 employees with around 70 percent from the Churubusco area.

A total of 133 deer were taken during the recent controlled hunt at 17 Indiana state parks.

 
December 8, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 22:41

One Year Ago
Bryan Gipson was the winner of the Eagle Do It Best $1,000 shopping giveaway.
CHS Science Teacher Jim Folland was “Teacher of the Month.”
The School Board decided to table the K-6, 7-12 restructuring. More discussion was needed in addition to taking the plans to the Strategic Planning Committee.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, State Department, was asked to do a “Meet and Greet” at Camp Atterbury. Department officers and members of local auxiliaries would meet at Camp Atterbury and were to bring home baked items. Sue Hamilton attended the function.
Five Years Ago
Due to a delay in payment of tax monies from the State, Smith-Green Schools had to borrow enough money to pay the bills. There was nothing the school could do about the shortfall as they waited for the State to catch up on payments.  Smith-Green had to borrow money since 2003 for the same reason and has had to pay $50,570 in interest.
The Churubusco/Smith Township Fire Department was accepting applications for firefighters.
Sue Lough led the Chimers at the Columbia City United Methodist Church as part of a bell and chimes Christmas concert.
Electronic equipment and guns were stolen during two home burglaries outside of Churubusco.
Ten Years Ago
A surprise thank you party was held for retiring Pioneer Seed sales representatives Bob and Norman Egolf.
United Way of Whitley County awarded a merit grant of $3,000 to the Whitley County Energy Assistance Fund to help needy families with past due utility bills, or to help restore services that had been disconnected.
Churubusco Elementary fifth graders were busy through lunch times selling cookies to raise money for their 3-day field trip to Camp Potawotami in the spring.
Lynn and Mari Huelsenbeck announced the birth of their daughter, Rebekah Lynne.
Zack and Amy Hestings announced the birth of their son, Liam Christopher.
25 Years Ago
The School Board approved the purchase of a 1986 Chevy van replacing the eight year old van with over 100,000 miles.
A barn, purportedly the largest in Indiana, burned to the ground. The area landmark was owned by Jim and Sandy LaRowe. All farm machinery was destroyed but all 59 cows were saved.
The skeletal remains of a male was found in the woods at Chain O’Lakes State Park. The coroner said the body had been there at least two years. Positive identification had not been made.
A fire at Marlow’s Market was under investigation by Allen County Fire and Arson Team. Extensive damage was caused to the rear of the store.
Mistress of the Dark, Elvira visited Columbia City’s Hividex Video. Over 500 people stood in line two hours to see the ghoulish vamp.
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Skinner announced the birth of their daughter, Abby Michelle.
Jim and Marlene Schenker announced the birth of their son, Ai Jay Russel.
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Fulton announced the birth of their daughter, Jennifer Lynne.
50 Years Ago
Churubusco shoppers had one hour free parking a day until Christmas.
School addition contracts were let. M.W. Habegger Construction of Berne got the contract for the combined building trades and electrical work. The plumbing, heating and ventilation work went to United Plumbing and Heating Company in Fort Wayne. Beginning construction was planned for February.
Whitley County Schools were in the midst of Tuberculin testing. Intra dermal tests had been given to reactors.
The Reverend Charles Williams was ordained at the South Wayne Baptist Church in Fort Wayne. He was pastor of the First Eel River Baptist Church.
Pat’s Cafe was taking pie orders for the Christmas holidays. Most fruit/berry pies were .55 and pumpkin was .75.

One Year Ago

Bryan Gipson was the winner of the Eagle Do It Best $1,000 shopping giveaway.

CHS Science Teacher Jim Folland was “Teacher of the Month.”

The School Board decided to table the K-6, 7-12 restructuring. More discussion was needed in addition to taking the plans to the Strategic Planning Committee.

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, State Department, was asked to do a “Meet and Greet” at Camp Atterbury. Department officers and members of local auxiliaries would meet at Camp Atterbury and were to bring home baked items. Sue Hamilton attended the function.

 
December 1, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 November 2010 17:04

One Year Ago
A new service was available at the Churubusco Public Library, Dial-A-Story debuted.  By dialing a special number you could hear a story. This was not only for little ones but older ones too that could have their very own storyteller.
The Humane Shelter was holding a Half Price Cat Sale just in time for Christmas.
The first ever Whitley County Youth Leadership Class meeting was held.  Sophomores representing Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko toured CCHS and The Whitley County Community Foundation. The program was designed to teach and strengthen servant leadership skills and encourage students to become leaders in their own schools and communities.
Ray Dean “Duke” and Donna Snyder celebrated their 50th anniversary with an open house.
Five Years Ago
The Churubusco Free Masons served over 130 people at their 15th annual free community Thanksgiving dinner.
The 80/20 Inc. Co. was asking for a ten year tax abatement for both real and personal property. The company planned a 30,000 square-foot building expansion to be completed by May, 2006. The abatement was approved.
Andy Schemm and Jennifer Thomas were selected to attend U.S. Senator Dick Lugar’s “Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders” at the University of Indianapolis.
WANE TV upgraded its Live Doppler 15 Radar and had the most advanced, highest resolution weather radar in the country.
Strong winds caused two fires involving downed power lines early Thanksgiving Day. The entire town of LaOtto lost power. Wind gusts up to 40 mph were reported throughout the day.
An open  house was held at the newly renovated retail complex in Churubusco. Dr. Don Lahrman, orthodontist, Subway, Parker Insurance and Gonink were the companies hosting the open house.
Ten Years Ago
Area residents contacted Governor O’Bannon regarding the high book rental fees. In  his reply he said there had to be support from enough parents and citizens to change the minds of the members of the General Assembly. Representative Robert Alderman said the money was not there to allow free text book rentals. If textbook rentals were done away with, it would probably result in higher property taxes.
Members of the Junior Girl Scout Troop #50 and Brownie Troop #221 shared fun and songs with residents of the Oaks Nursing Home in Columbia City.
Indiana’s senior citizens could take college courses free of charge at all Community College of Indiana, Ivy Tech State College and Vincennes University Campuses. Residents 60 years of age and older could enroll in college credit courses tuition free.
Chamber of Commerce offices put up the Town’s Christmas decorations. Ike Younis and Wayne Yager helped with the Christmas Angels. The lights would be turned on at a ceremony on Saturday.
25 Years Ago
Chantelle Heath was selected Miss Churubusco and would compete in the Miss Indiana Teen U.S.A.
For the fiscal year ending September 30, the deficit of the Federal Government was a new record at around 211 billion dollars.
Satellite television was quite new on the market.  USA Satellite, owned by Bob Bell and managed by Bob and Kenneth Dammeyer, reported they had installed over 100 satellite systems in the Churubusco area in the past year.
Petty Officer 1st Class William and Melody Gengery announced the birth of their daughter, Melissa Joann.
50 Years Ago
F. Dale Barrett, Democratic State Senator, was appointed chairman of the Welfare and Social Security Committee of the State Senate.
Seven DeKalb County youth aged 15 to 20, were arrested in the theft of a safe from Bockelman Implement Company.
The Whitley County REMC hosted an open house for members and the public to view the recently completed warehouse in Gateway Park.
Two area men, Saben Fritz and Kenny LeFever and also Louis Goode of Muskegon, Michigan, were sailing a 30 foot cabin cruiser down the Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois  to New Orleans. The two month trip was planned to go to New Orleans then to the Gulf of Mexico east to St. Petersburg, Florida then to St. Meyers winding up in West Palm and Riviera.

One Year Ago

A new service was available at the Churubusco Public Library, Dial-A-Story debuted.  By dialing a special number you could hear a story. This was not only for little ones but older ones too that could have their very own storyteller.

The Humane Shelter was holding a Half Price Cat Sale just in time for Christmas.

The first ever Whitley County Youth Leadership Class meeting was held.  Sophomores representing Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko toured CCHS and The Whitley County Community Foundation. The program was designed to teach and strengthen servant leadership skills and encourage students to become leaders in their own schools and communities.

Ray Dean “Duke” and Donna Snyder celebrated their 50th anniversary with an open house.

 
November 24, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 November 2010 21:20

One Year Ago
The Town Council voted a one percent pay raise for Town employees for 2010.
H1N1 immunizations were available at a clinic held at the Churubusco United Methodist Church.
Maxim Medical Services, Inc., located in the former CUNO building, announced they would expand their operations creating 51 new jobs by 2012.
The Council voted to proceed with the planned southeast annexation project that included C & A Tool, Egolf’s IGA, Ramble Inn and CVS.  The businesses had until February 22, 2010 to file a remonstration.
Gerald and Catherine Fleetwood celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with their family.
Five Years Ago
Lightning struck the Charter Oak Community Church, reducing the more than a century old church to a pile of rubble.
The Town received a $500,000 Community Fund Focus Grant for use in the wastewater treatment plant.
Cub Scouts Troop 3081 announced the Bake-Off winners, Blake Wormcastle, Jerrod Spieth, Jeremy Barrus and Jakob Spieth.
Lots of births were announced, Joe and Brandy Boersema, their daughter, Ella Joelle; Chad and Beth Lehman, their daughter, Madison Alicia; Steve and Kathy Lawson, their daughter, Lilly Viola; and Chad and Katie Baughman, their son, Brodie Eugene.
Ten Years Ago
John Zale, Plant Manager at the Churubusco Dana Plant, filled in as Principal for the Day at CES. John Schmidt took over as Principal of the Day at CMS and Rob Marr was CHS Principal for a Day.
Churubusco EMS received donations from Precision Sharpening and Guiff Realty to be used toward the purchase of new radios.
The Town Council approved the final draft of the proposed water rate ordinance that would increase water rates by 64%. The Council decided to delay the proceedings, including a public hearing until after the first of the year.
The Tim Geiger family was thankful for the successful bone marrow transplant for their son, Justin.  Justin’s older brother Eric was found to be a perfect match donor.
25 Years Ago
Virgil Fulk received a plaque from Creative Sports Magazine naming him “Area Football Player of the Year.” He held CHS records for yards rushing in a year (1,602) and a singe game (202) and for touchdowns scored in a season (16).
Whitley County Crime Stoppers, only in existence since October 1st, was sporting an impressive track record. Two felony cases had been scheduled resulting in one adult felony arrest and seven juvenile referrals. The arrests resulted in the recover of $3,800 in stolen items.
Churubusco State Bank presented a check to Whitley County Crime Stoppers in the amount of $200.
The children of Don and Joann Platt hosted a 35th wedding anniversary dinner at the Warsaw Ponderosa.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hovermale announced the birth of their daughter, Kathryn Nicole.
50 Years Ago
Thieves broke into Bockelman Implement Company and stole a 225 pound safe. The safe was later found in Allen County. The thieves had sawed the door hinges off only to find nothing but records and business papers which were thrown in the St. Joe River. Bockelman said he never locked the safe so it was a lot of work for nothing.
Bob Aumsbaugh was elected president of the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce.
Attendance at  CHS for the second grading period averaged 96.6 percent.
Sharon McDaniels was selected to receive the Good Citizen Award offered by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Friends and relatives surprised Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Addis with a carry-in dinner to celebrate their anniversary.

One Year Ago

The Town Council voted a one percent pay raise for Town employees for 2010.

H1N1 immunizations were available at a clinic held at the Churubusco United Methodist Church.

Maxim Medical Services, Inc., located in the former CUNO building, announced they would expand their operations creating 51 new jobs by 2012.

The Council voted to proceed with the planned southeast annexation project that included C & A Tool, Egolf’s IGA, Ramble Inn and CVS.  The businesses had until February 22, 2010 to file a remonstration.

Gerald and Catherine Fleetwood celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with their family.

 
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