One year ago

Olivia Griebel was the Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion and Hattie Briscoe was runner-up. Olivia would advance to county competition.

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the pathogenicity of eight of the nine H7NI avian influenza detections announced earlier. Eight flocks had been confirmed with testing ongoing for the ninth. The confirmed cases were in Dubois County. An estimated 119,500 birds had been euthanized.

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority reached an agreement with ride sharing company Uber. The agreement allowed Uber and its drivers to pick up passengers at the Fort Wayne International Airport.

The Churubusco Eagles had a bronze finish at Woodlan wrestling invitational. Caleb Partin, Joey Leazier and J.T. Kilgore all won championships in their respective weight classes.

Jerry and Michelle Love announced the birth of their son, Harrison Lewis.

Five years ago

The Smith-Green School Board voted unanimously for Galen Mast to fill the vacant athletic director position. The prior director, Jerry Lange, moved full-time into the assistant principal spot at the high school.

Gabe Erwin, a fourth-grade student at Churubusco Elementary School, was selected for the Indiana Music Educators All State Children’s Honor Choir. He would travel to Indianapolis to meet 120 other singers from around the state, participate in rehearsals, then the Honor Choir would give a concert as part of the Indiana Music Educators Convention.

Winners of the 15th Annual Churubusco News Lighting Contest were first, the Ken Bohde family, second, the Jason Bonar family and third, the Wayne Krider family.

The Churubusco wrestling team was named the winner of the Fremont Triple Duals.

At the annual Library Board of Trustees meeting the following were elected to office: president, Jeanne Baughman; vice president, C. Greg Childs; recording secretary Nancy Lewis and corresponding secretary, Ava Lillimars. The membership in the library increased by 149 families — an increase of 25 over 2005.

10 years ago

Tom Geiger was the 2011 “Beat Big Daddy” winner. He won a 32-inch flat screen TV.

The Churubusco VFW Post 3846 announced its kitchen had been remodeled and back in operation. The popular Friday night wings were again available.

With the realignment of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners, Smith Township resident Don Amber was now chairman of the Whitley County Commissioners. As chairman, Amber was the “go-to guy” when a resident needed to talk to a commissioner.

John Plunkett, Churubusco, was presented with a shadowbox containing his medals and local stories featuring him when he was in Vietnam. His friends presented him with the shadowbox for his 64th birthday.

Seven Mute swans were seen in Blue Lake. The unseasonably mild winter kept the lake from freezing and several swans and geese remained in the open water.

Mark Hunter was having a book signing at the Noble County Library for his book “Storm Chasers.”

23 years ago

Patrick Gross won the Churubusco Elementary School Geography Bee. Andrew Norris was runner-up in the contest.

Churubusco, along with most of the Midwest, was in the grip of a major cold spell. The temperature on Churubusco State Bank registered 19 below zero one morning, with windchills as low as 68 degrees below zero.

Natalie McPeek was the winner of the Churubusco Public Library’s Christmas Contest. She guessed there were 515 red and green M&M’s in the jar. There were actually 526. Head Librarian Karen Hill presented Natalie with the jar of candy as her prize.

D.J. Tinney, a senior at Churubusco High School, won the championship title in wrestling at the Woodlan Invitational. ’Busco competed with eight schools and missed coming out on top by only nine points.

Principal Steven Doepker presented the school board a detailed plan outlining the Tech Prep program to be initiated at the high school in the fall. The Tech Prep program was the early development of a two path system allowing students to choose a college prep path or a vocational trade path.

50 years ago

The sanctuary of the new Faith Lutheran Church was being dedicated. The new structure was located on S.R. 205, east of Churubusco. A reception would follow the dedication.

The Churubusco Area Jaycees named five finalists for the honor of 1966’s distinguished service award. The five finalists were Jason Smith, Jimmy Allman, Jerry McCoy, Gary Wright and James Caupp. The winner would be announced at a banquet the end of the month.

An “all-star” band of 130 students from 44 Indiana high schools, including Churubusco, would assemble in Purdue University’s Hall of Music. Performing musicians from Churubusco were Gerald LaRue, David McEowen and Vickie McNeal.

Independence Rebekah Lodge 866, IOOF, of Churubusco, installed Ellen Gordon as noble grand in installation rites.

Specials at Shelton’s IGA included bananas at .10 a pound, a four-pound bag of apples for $0.39 and a dozen oranges for $0.39.

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