One year ago
Frank Kessler was elected president and Mark Pepple vice president at the first-of-the-year Town Council meeting. One of the first orders of business was to approve a new, revised plan for the federally funded Safe Routes to School sidewalk plan. The Council agreed to send the proposed changes to the Indiana Department of Transportation, which oversaw the grant.
Smith-Green Community Schools, along with many others in northeast Indiana, were closed after blowing snow and icy roads made travel treacherous.
Wilma’s Health Care was planning an anniversary celebration for 35 years in business. There would be drawings, samples and specials.
Five years ago
The Smith Township fire department was planning to have a new location at the end of the year if all went as planned. The new fire station would be built near the town park entrance at U.S. 33.
The Town Council held its first meeting with newly elected members Alan Malcom, Mark Pepple and incumbent Frank Kessler. They, along with newly elected Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl, were sworn into office on Jan. 1 by Judge James Heuer.
After 32 years of teaching — 21 of which were spent at Churubusco High School — influential Gary Smith retired from his position as a social studies teacher at the end of the first semester. He said he had worked since he was 16 and was now almost 60 and it would be nice to have time to read books, and analyze books and TV shows.
Emanuel Geiger celebrated his 100th birthday with an open house in his honor.
Jeff Schenher received the “Top in Class” award after attending the Bob Troyer School of Real Estate.
10 years ago
Churubusco/Smith Township Fire Department held its election of officers. Kris Bair was elected chief and Tadd Shively assistant chief. The department responded to 323 incidents in 2006.
Tanya Young and Cathy Petrie, newest members of the school board, were sworn in. Officers were elected with Robert Amber voted as president.
Emanuel Geiger celebrated his 95th birthday.
The Whitley County Community Foundation approved a grant pledge of $100,000 to the Whitley County Council on Aging to be used toward expenses associated with building a new senior center.
Sweetwater Sound received a thank-you letter from a customer that told them how the candy packed in her order saved her life. The lady, being a diabetic, went into diabetic shock and the only sugar in the house was the candy that was packed in her order. She said the candy probably saved her life.
Cory and Ashley Vice announced the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Jenae.
23 years ago
Hair Styling Unlimited, owned by Cindy Bonar, Lisa Fensler and Tami Blanton, moved to a new location in the Professional Building on U.S. 33 South. The new shop featured a tanning bed room, facial room and a three-operator styling room. A Grand Reopening was scheduled in February.
Joan Lillmars accepted the position of director of the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce.
A temporary recycling fee for all Churubusco residents was effective immediately. An extra one dollar per household, per month for recycling pick-up by Heckman’s Sani-Service made the rate $7.47 a month.
WBCL radio, owned by Taylor University, celebrated 18 years of broadcasting.
Subway at 209 S. Main St., had its Grand Opening with a special of buying one foot long sub and getting another free.
First-grade teacher Helen Laws and students had a pet rat named “Edison” in their classroom. The children loved the cute little brown and white rodent and showed no aversion whatsoever. Edison adapted to his large family and cuddled and nuzzled with anyone who picked him up.
50 years ago
Gary Wright was re-elected to serve another term as president of the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce. The year 1966 was deemed a successful year. The chicken barbecue netted enough funds to permit complete payment of the new downtown Christmas decorations. One of the major projects of the Chamber was DARE — Downtown Area Redevelopment Endeavor. Architect Alan Grinsfelder showed what the west side of downtown Main Street would like when the plan was complete. Included was a sidewalk canopy, trees and other design factors.
Another record year for the Churubusco State Bank was recorded in 1966, when the bank’s assets rose nearly a million dollars again. Deposits were up nearly a million dollars showing a gain of $932,789. The gain in assets was an indication of the prosperity of the area served by the bank.
The Rural Electrification Administration announced approval of an $892,000 loan for the Whitley County REMC to be used to finance extensive system improvements including 80 additional miles of distribution lines.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vrba announced the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Ann.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Gordon announced the birth of a daughter, but had not yet named her.
Mr. and Mrs. William Kimmel announced the birth of their daughter, Lori Beth.