One year ago

A local man, Lucas Konger, was named a winner in the 8th annual Forty Under 40 Awards hosted by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. The awards honor 40 individuals under the age of 40 who have made a difference on the job and in their communities. Konger is the president of Vintage Archonics in Fort Wayne.

Horizon Bank donated $5,000 to the Whitley County 4-H program. The funds would be used to put new siding on the livestock show barn.

The annual Chamber of Commerce Bake Sale was a success, raising $477 for the Chamber.

Landon Pearson of Churubusco was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for his dedication to volunteerism and public safety. Pearson, a sophomore at Trine University, is a volunteer firefighter on the Churubusco Smith Township Fire Department.

Churubusco New Era Show Choir was named Grand Champion of the varsity division at the DeKalb High School Show Choir Invitational. The group also took home the Best Vocals and Best Choreography awards. New Generation was crowned Grand Champion. The junior high show choir also won the Best Vocals Award and Best Choreography Award.

Five years ago

Parkview Whitley Hospital was chosen as the recipient of the American Nurses Association’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicator Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality for a Community Hospital in 2011. Parkview Whitley was one of six hospitals recognized out of 1,800 nationwide.

Legendary country artist Glen Campbell was scheduled to perform at the Honeywell Center as part of his “Goodbye Tour.” He had been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s. Because of his illness, he wanted to perform one more time before retiring.

Whitley County Salvation Army changed its location to an office inside First Church of God.

Six high school students from Churubusco were the first ever group of “fire cadets” in fire department history. The program allowed young adults to learn about fire service and life skills. The cadets were Tyler Butler, Brian Murphy, Cullen Fisher, Kyle Bair, Parker Conrad and Landon Pearson.

10 years ago

The National Weather Service issued a Blizzard Warning for Churubusco and all of northern Indiana. Predicted storm totals were 10 to 17 inches of snow with 30 to 40 mph winds. Whitley County was under a Level 1 Snow Emergency.

Whitley County Community Foundation approved a $5,000 grant to Camp Whitley. Funds would be used for a Beachfront Improvement Project.

Thanks to a donation of $100,000 from the AEP Foundation, a flock of great white Pelicans would have a home in the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s new “African Journey” exhibit.

Troop 86 of the Whitley County Church of Latter Day Saints hosted 154 Boy Scouts from Whitley and Kosciusko counties at the Boy Scouts’ Lincolnway District Klondike. While it was a cold, snowy weekend, the Scouts pitched tents and camped in the inclement weather.

23 years ago

Dr. Jack McCurry became senior pastor at Good News Baptist Church. McCurry and his wife Lynn, moved to Churubusco from Rootstown, Ohio, where he had been senior pastor for nine years.

Jill Resler was the winner of the Junior High Spelling Bee and Justin Brown was runner-up. Both would compete in the county competition.

Robert Amber, widely-acquainted businessman and community leader, and former owner of Bob Amber Chevrolet, passed away. He had been in failing health for the past six months.

All persons owning a dog or dogs over the age of six months were subject to a township dog tax. For the past few years, the number of dog tags sold had decreased, indicating fewer citizens understood all dogs must have a tag.

Liselle Erski was the top winner in the Crime Stoppers Poster Contest and was treated to a classroom pizza party.

Susan Lough and Jill Bontrager received the Margaret Ann Keegan Award from Arts United of Fort Wayne. This award was presented to individuals who significantly contributed to the development of the arts for students in northeast Indiana. Lough was recognized for her work with the gifted and talented music department known as the Churubusco Chimers. Bontrager was recognized for the development of the CES Art Gallery and the Gifted Art Program.

Steve and Carla Plummer announced the birth of their daughter, Tara May.

50 years ago

Jerry McCoy, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce’s DARE Project for enhancing the downtown area, took note of the new enthusiasm being shown for DARE and other civic and community projects.

An airplane pilot enroute from Columbus, Ohio, to Chicago, brought his crippled craft safely to an emergency landing, skidding on the plane’s belly some 336 feet in Washington Township. The pilot and two passengers were not injured.

A proposal to begin a series of “Prayer Breakfasts” for Churubusco businessmen and their guests was adopted in a meeting of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members felt the prayer breakfasts would fill a definite need in giving purpose and cohesion to the efforts of community leaders.

Gamma Alpha Eta Chapter, Kappa Delta Phi Sorority members began the door-to-door heart drive for the third consecutive year. The door-to-door solicitation was the only means the Heart Association used to raise funds. Sheila Pearson, 8 years old, who was born with a heart defect, was the first donor. With the aid of new medications and therapy discovered through research, Sheila had all restrictions lifted and has led a normal life since she was 4.

Specials at Super Dollar included two head of lettuce for $0.38 and five pounds of Gold Medal flour for $0.48.

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