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History Center offers thanks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:14

The Churubusco History Center wishes to thank all the people that have brought in yearbooks. The Center still needs yearbooks prior to 1949 and also from the following years: 1950, 1952, 1953, 1961, 1976, 1977, and 1982 and from 1994 to the present. Also, photos of the downtown businesses from the 1940’s through the 1980’s.



 
Smith-Green Community Schools registration for 2012-13 school year PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:37

Be sure to mark your calendars for school registration for the 2012-2013 school year. Registration for Junior-Senior High will be held on Wednesday, August 8 from 12 noon - 7 p.m. and Thursday, August 9 for the Elementary from 12 noon -7 p.m. Registration packets can be picked up in the school office beginning Friday, August 3 or registration forms can be found on the school website. Picking up your folder and filling out your paperwork in advance will reduce the amount of time spent at school on registration day.



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Green Township 4-H Clubs learn about the flag PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:34

Green Twp. 4-H ClubsThe Green Township 4-H Clubs would like to thank Jeff and Vicki Schenher for taking the time to teach their clubs about the history of the flag and how to properly fold the flag. Pictured in front from left to right are Jared Rosswurm, Nate Konger, Case Lemper, Cole Sobasky, Brock Love, Jaxson Kirchner, Clayton Egolf, Callie Lemper, Emma and Claire Cartwright and Alyssa Sobasky. Back row - Sid Syndram, Caroline Egolf, Molly Abel, Vicki and Jeff Schenher, Ted Pearson, Taylor Sobasky, Matthew and Lukus Troyer, Brooklyn Konger, Grace Cartwright, Kaelyn Marks, Mariah Kirchner, Teegan Brumbaugh, Cheyanne and Dakota McClure.

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Indiana State names dean's list PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:17

Indiana State University has announced its dean’s list for the spring semester. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average or above to be eligible for the dean’s list.
Area students making the spring 2012 ISU dean’s list include Matthew Bueker of Churubusco; Christena Hoopingarner, Rachael Rosfeld and Josh Smith, all of Columbia City.

Indiana State University has announced its dean’s list for the spring semester. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average or above to be eligible for the dean’s list. Area students making the spring 2012 ISU dean’s list include Matthew Bueker of Churubusco; Christena Hoopingarner, Rachael Rosfeld and Josh Smith, all of Columbia City.



 
Fellowship of Wesley Chapel celebrates 175th anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:14

Pastor Larry Smith and wife Rose Ann(The 175th anniversary celebration was held at the Fellowship of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in northwest Allen County on May 20. Approximately 225 people attended this event. Wesley Chapel Senior Pastor Larry L. Smith and his wife, Rose Ann, speak to a local television news crew about the 175th anniversary celebration of the church.)

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The Fellowship of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church (UMC), located three miles southeast of Churubusco,  celebrated its 175th anniversary on May 20. Approximately 225 people attended the day’s events. Wesley Chapel is one of the oldest churches in Allen County, and began in the spring of 1837.
Fellowship of Wesley Chapel UMC Pastor Larry L. Smith began the event by saying, “It’s a tremendous event for me as a pastor to celebrate 175 years. I am so glad I grew up in a church where family came first.” (Smith attended Wesley Chapel as a youngster).
Fort Wayne UMC District Superintendent Dr. David Michaels commented, “Thank you for your faithful service of 175 years. That’s 9,100 Sundays of services at this church.” He continued, “Keep praising Jesus. Teach them to be Disciples of Jesus… Keep teaching them Scriptures.”
Vernon Deutsch, a guest speaker from the Sonrise United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, asked, “Have you thought about how many souls are in Heaven because of this church?”
The Rev. Jack Thompson, who served as pastor at Wesley Chapel from 1986-1993, remarked, “I am a Christian American. I love Jesus first and then my country.” Thompson remembered times when the future of the small country church was uncertain, but the congregation continued to pray for the church and it has remained open even though difficult times. He commented, “As long as the spirit of the Lord is in this place, you have a future.” He encouraged current church members to move forward and undertake a project to expand the sanctuary.
Long-time Wesley Chapel member Owen Gross commented, “What an honor to see this many people and many I know.” Gross recalled how his family has made this their home church and has continued to attend Wesley Chapel since 1942. “It’s an honor for us to be a part of this church,” he said and added, “Another 175 years is not out of reach.”
Indiana UMC Bishop Mike Coyner addressed the crowd by video presentation. He said, “I pray God’s blessings on all of you. Congratulations on 175 years.”
Wesley Chapel Lay Pastor Kevin Thomas also addressed the group.
After lunch, Pastor Smith, Pastor David Dilley, Curt Brincefield, and Bob Bowker addressed the crowd. The day ended with local Country-Western Christian Singers Ron & Sharon Frazier performing in the sanctuary.

The Fellowship of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church (UMC), located three miles southeast of Churubusco,  celebrated its 175th anniversary on May 20. Approximately 225 people attended the day’s events. Wesley Chapel is one of the oldest churches in Allen County, and began in the spring of 1837.

 
Commissioners discuss proposed wind ordinance PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 May 2012 10:31

by Katie Wagner
Whitley County Commissioners Don Amber, George Schrumpf and Tom Rethlake took a few moments at the May 7 Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the proposed wind ordinance.
Up to this point, each Commissioner has gathered information from various sources regarding the ordinance, but this was the first time the three have discussed the ordinance as a board.
Chairman of Commissioners Don Amber prepared an opening statement thanking the Plan Commission and Executive Director of Planning & Building Dave Sewell for the hard work and research put in to drafting the ordinance.
Noting that he has one small and two large binders full of information he has gathered regarding the pros and cons of the proposed wind ordinance and hundreds of letters—each of which he has read—Amber said he will stick to his guns and make a decision based on what is best for Whitley County residents.
“This has been hard on neighbor and family relationships,” he said. “We can’t please everyone, but we have to do what is best for Whitley County.”
Vice Chairman of Commissioners George Schrumpf is on the Plan Commission and said he gave a favorable recommendation of the ordinance before it was presented to the Board of Commissioners, but he says, “It is not a perfect ordinance.”
Schrumpf also said a wind farm could affect property values of neighboring houses, but no one is sure of the exact amount. Predictions fall in the ten to 50 percent range.
“That’s their life savings,” Schrumpf said. “Ten percent is significant. I know I can’t go for that.”
Aside from the effect on property values, some constituents worry about long-term health effects. Schrumpf said not enough long-term studies have been conducted to be sure of the health effects.
Devaluation of property and health effects are not “for sure” issues, Amber said, “but do we want to be the guinea pigs to find out?”
Commissioner Tom Rethlake said his vote will be a tough decision, but a fair one based on the information he has gathered, the projects he has seen and the efforts of the Plan Commission to draft the ordinance.
“I am still getting pertinent information,” he said, “and I can honestly say I am still undecided.”
The Commissioners discussed how they see Whitley County now and where they would like to see Whitley County in 20 years.
Schrumpf said Whitley County is seen as a “bedroom community,” where people live there, but work outside of the county.
Veteran member Rethlake recalled his decision regarding Steel Dynamics several years ago, saying that he had to make the best decision based on the information he had at that moment in time and the Commissioners must do the same for this ordinance.
“It might be the best or the worst decision,” he said, “but if that is the charge, we dare not back way from this.”
Commissioners will once again discuss the proposed ordinance at the May 21 Board meeting before scheduling a public hearing and before taking action to either approve or amend the proposed ordinance.

by Katie Wagner

Whitley County Commissioners Don Amber, George Schrumpf and Tom Rethlake took a few moments at the May 7 Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the proposed wind ordinance.  Up to this point, each Commissioner has gathered information from various sources regarding the ordinance, but this was the first time the three have discussed the ordinance as a board.

 
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