One year ago

Town officials agreed to amend and renew a contract and drop a $500 usage fee with the Turtle Days Festival Association. In the past, the town had charged a festival the fee for the use of the park and electricity but the fee was waived for the new one-year contract, with the expectation the festival would make a donation to the park if it made a profit.

Smith-Green Community Schools would partner with Albion Elementary teacher Deb Robertson to host the Indiana Northern Destination Imagination Regional Competition. Between 80 and 90 teams of more than 400 kids from the northern half of Indiana, with their families, were expected for the all-day competition.

Local attorney Stephen Griebel registered with the Indiana Supreme Court as a domestic relations mediator after completing 40 hours of training.

Edward and Margaret Moore were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house for family and friends.

Five years ago

School board members planned to have an additional public work session to allow for additional public comment and education about the proposed building project.

The Turtle Days Organization and the town came to an agreement on utilities used during the festival. The motion was made to partner and not charge for utility use. The town could help with fundraising.

Town Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl informed the Town Council of new Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Churubusco High School Key Club and Auburn Kiwanis invited the public to help with phase two of the Eagle Memorial Garden Project, which was to construct a gazebo.

Freshman Chase Downing advanced to the semistate competition in wrestling.

The Churubusco High School SADD group held a diaper drive for Mrs. Metzger, the high school guidance counselor who was expecting triplets. Eight packages of diapers and $679 were collected by the staff and students.

Aaron and Maritza Mathieu announced the birth of their daughter, Melody Marie.

Shawn and Angelina Rapp announced the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Joy.

10 years ago

The Shepherds Hand Medical Clinic, office of Dr. Michael Holton and Mary Elias, FNPC announced it would close permanently the end of February.

Ruth Arrowsmith retired after 24 years working at Jones Insurance Agency. She was honored with a luncheon hosted by Chuck Jones.

Area residents were warned of a scam that appeared to be coming from National City Bank, stating personal information had been lost and were asking for it to given to them again. Branch Manager Greg Haney said the bank would never call to verify sensitive information.

Six local firemen were honored at a luncheon in Fort Wayne by the Anthony Halberstadt Chapter, National Society Sons of the American Revolution, for their bravery and heroism at an accident that claimed two lives and injured others. Those honored were Tadd Shively, Jim Horne, Ron Slagel, Chris Tomlinson, Matt Straub and Kris Bair.

Aaron and Jennifer Edwards announced the birth of their daughter, Ella Caroline.

23 years ago

The winner of the Churubusco Elementary School Spelling Bee was Sarah Ruckman. Andrew Norris was runner-up. Both would proceed to the county competition.

Due to the lack of interest in the Building Trades Class, it was necessary to lay off the teacher of that class. Only five students expressed interest in the class. Students interested would be sent to either Garrett’s Four County Co-op or the Fort Wayne Regional Vocational School. Planning was complete for a “state of the art” outdoor playground in the Columbia City area. The children named their park “Kids Dreamland.” The $140,000 cost would be cut to approximately $75,000 by an all-volunteer building force. Plans were to complete the project in seven days. Many fund raising projects were planned before the starting building date.

Five wrestlers advanced to semi-state competition. Those advancing were Jeremy Wirges, D.J. Tinney, Dan Elliott, Joe Boersema and Jeremy Huntsman.

Paul and Maurine Leitch celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.

50 years ago

The Churubusco State Bank unveiled a new credit card plan designed to make convenient credit shopping available for the first time to residents of this area. A mailing of some 2,500 “Charge-It” cards was made to residents of the area. If a person did not want to use the card, it was to be returned to the bank and the account closed.

Two downtown Churubusco business places changed hands with the purchase by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fry of the buildings occupied by Thompson Barber Shop and Churubusco Package Liquor Store. The two locations were part of the George Rapp Estate. The package store planned to move to a new location.

Nancy Renkenberger, by finishing first in a written homemaking knowledge and attitude examination for senior girls, became Churubusco’s 1967 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. She was now eligible for possible state and national scholarship awards.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Runyon celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.

Specials at Shelton’s IGA included pork steak at $0.69 a pound and Stokley’s peaches at four cans for $1.

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