One year ago

Churubusco elected officials Mark Pepple, Madalyn Sade-Bartl, Bruce Johnson and Frank Kessler were sworn into office by Judge Doug Fahl during the annual ceremony at the Whitley County Courthouse Jan. 1.

More than a dozen people braved the snow flurries and 25-degree temperature to take the traditional New Year’s Day swim in Blue Lake.

Members of the Ideal Fish and Game Club elected Jack Leazier as club president. The annual Silver Shoot also took place with Tim Leazier as the overall champion.

Officials scheduled a Smith Township Board vacancy caucus for mid-January to appoint a new board member to replace Joyce DeHaven, who resigned Dec. 31.

Jack and Phyllis Herendeen celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.

Five years ago

The fifth annual Blue Lake Polar Plunge saw 25 adventurers brave the cold, windy conditions to jump into the lake.

Newly elected Churubusco Town Council members Alan Malcolm, Mark Pepple and Frank Kessler, and Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl were sworn into office by Judge Jim Heuer.

Curves of Churubusco reinvented as a “Curves Complete Club.” They now had it all — diet, exercise and motivation. They were offering a free week trial.

Jack Leazier was elected president of the Ideal Fish and Game Club. Tim Leazier took first place in A-Class at the Annual Silver Shoot.

10 years ago

Judge James Heuer swore in Don Amber as Smith Township Trustee and John Barrett, County Council, District 1.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels unveiled the Support Our Troops license plate. Proceeds generated from the sale of the plate would be placed into a fund supporting Indiana National Guard and reservist families.

Preliminary statistics showed the number of traffic-related fatalities were on the decline in 2006. Through Dec. 22 there had been 81 fewer fatalities compared to the same period in 2005.

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast was awarded a $100,000 grant by Lumina Foundation for Education. The grant would enable Ivy Tech to participate in a 21st Century Scholars Retention Program.

St. Francis students and Churubusco graduates Tara Dice and Dusty Beucler were featured on the University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, marketing material for the women’s and men’s basketball teams.

23 years ago

The Churubusco American Legion Post 157 presented a check for $350 to the Whitley County Christmas Bureau.

The Smith Township/Churubusco Fire Department was planning to increase its membership. They were accepting applications.

The School Board decided to leave the current “opt-out” form as is unless there was a change in state laws that warranted a change. An “opt-out” form was used by parents who wished to opt their child out of classes they had a religious conflict with.

Gamma Alpha Eta Chapter of Kappa Delta Phi Sorority used profits from Santa Breakfast and Style Show to make Christmas brighter in the Churubusco area for seniors, shut-ins and families who needed assistance. Fifty boxes of goodies were delivered to seniors and shut-ins. Three families received food assistance and one family received gifts.

John Lefever of Estlick-Girvin and Lefever, Inc. was appointed agent for Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Group.

Tim and Kim Schieferstein announced the birth of their daughter, Kody Noel Kyle.

50 years ago

Miss Cheryl Kistler was named Churubusco High School’s Good Citizen for 1966-67.

The Dun & Bradstreet Reference Book for January 1967 listed 323 manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in Whitley County.

The new license plates went on sale. Motorists had until Feb. 28 to obtain their plates. The new plates were white with red numbers and cost $12 plus a 50-cent branch fee, for a total of $12.50.

Mrs. Muriel McNeal returned from Memphis, Tennessee where she completed a course of training preparing her for the position of Welcome Wagon hostess, which she now held in the community.

Burglars struck two Churubusco business places, stealing $341 from the safe at Bob Amber Chevrolet. Nothing was taken from Churubusco Woodworking, that was also reportedly entered.

There were lots of birth announcements this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Farber announced the birth of Holly Shawn.

Mr. and Mrs. William Helblig announced the birth of daughter, Lauretta Arlene.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Campbell announced the birth of daughter, Sheryl Ann.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Geiger announced the birth of Barbara Ann.

Mr. and Mrs. James Cell announced the birth of a son, Ted Lee.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker announced the birth of their son, Charles Douglas, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Clifford announced the birth of William Charles.

Shelton’s IGA advertised a pound of bacon for $0.69 and a head of lettuce for $0.19.

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