One year ago

Anytime Fitness, owned by Amy Carpenter, presented an AED — automated external defibrillator — to American Legion Auxiliary Post 157. The Auxiliary had raised enough money to donate AEDs to the Churubusco Police Department squad cars, and Carpenter wanted to ensure the Legion also had one on hand.

Three of four Destination Imagination teams from Central Noble and Churubusco advanced to the state finals to be held in March. More than 85 teams and 2,000 people attended the event.

Whitley County Commissioners were considering offering other companies a chance to provide ambulance services. The county would advertise a request for proposals, hoping to get competing offers.

Churubusco’s FFA Junior Livestock team competed at the Rensselear FFA Livestock Judging Invitational contest. The junior reasons team of Mallory Johnson, Devon Gaff, Dailon Dice and Maggie Johnson placed second at the contest, with Maggi Johnson placing as second individual and Mallory Johnson placing fifth individual overall.

Churubusco’s New Era Show Choir was named Grand Champion in the small mixed division at the Homestead Show Choir Classic. The choir also got awards for Best Vocals and Best Choreography. New Generation middle school show choir was named first runner-up.

Five years ago

After several work sessions and presentations to the public, Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees passed resolutions to go ahead with renovation and improvement projects to not exceed $6 million.

Churubusco’s New Era Show Choir received first runner-up in the Small Mixed Division at the Homestead Invitational. They also received the Best Crew Award.

Gretchen Meinzen won a gold key award for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional competition hosted by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Her still life drawing done in charcoal advanced to the national judging for winning a gold key.

Churubusco FFA competed in the annual invitational livestock judging contest in Rensselear. The team of Colton Geiger, Bailey Keener, Jacey Keener and Kaley Kanis placed 6th overall in the senior reasons division. Geiger placed ninth individually.

John and Fran Harris celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

10 years ago

Gretchen Meinzen won the Whitley County Spelling Bee with the word “implement.” She would represent Whitley County at the Regional Spelling Bee.

Whitley County would soon have 78 new jobs to offer, thanks to Micropulse Inc.’s planned construction of a 40,000 square-foot manufacturing facility.

Due to the bad winter weather, the blood supply was very low. American Red Cross collections in Indiana had fallen short by more than 1,200 units. An immediate influx of donations was needed.

Luckey Hospital Museum in Wolf Lake was offering group tours by appointment. The museum, a premier example of a rural hospital of the 1930s-1950s era, had an extensive collection of medical equipment from the same time period.

Cadet Girl Scouts from Troop #850 went to Portage, Michigan to the Air Zoo. They had guided tours and learned about many planes used in previous wars. A highlight to the day was to operate a flight simulator. This activity was in conjunction to their participating in a program developed by NASA called “Mission to Mars,” directed by Churubusco Elementary School science teacher Liz Schemm.

Bill and Phyllis Burnworth celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a family celebration.

Jeremy and Erin Wirges announced the birth of their daughter, Adelyn Rae.

Joshua and Kelli Kirchner announced the birth of their son, Austin James.

23 years ago

The Churubusco Elementary School Soundmasters were invited to sing the National Anthem at a Fort Wayne Fury Game.

The town and school mourned the death of Mary Chandler, principal of Churubusco Elementary School. Chandler and Tim Lower, a Churubusco High School biology teacher, were on their way home from graduate classes when they were in an automobile accident. Lower was listed in critical condition.

Pedro Mardini, president of Churubusco Youth Baseball & Softball Inc., announced a change in the association’s affiliation. They switched from Little League to the Babe Ruth League. It was the hope that the change would be cheaper regarding insurance, and give more flexibility to the all-stars.

John and Marjory Ott DeVany were surprised by family and friends for their 50th wedding anniversary.

Scott and Lori Henning announced the birth of their daughter, Taylor Nicole.

Egolf’s IGA advertised Ossian bulk bacon at $1.39 a pound, cube steak at $2.79 a pound and milk at $1.79 a gallon.

50 years ago

Darlene Brown was the top winner in the Churubusco Lions Club’s Peace Essay Contest. Runners-up were Charlotte Neyenhaus and Becky Troyer. Awards were a $25 savings bond, and $10 and $5 cash.

Convicted Noble County embezzler Arnold Hobbs was back in an Indiana State Prison, being extradited from Houston, Texas. Hobbs fought desperately to remain free after Attorney Ralph Probst secured his release on an alleged mistake. Attorney John Thrapp battled equally hard to put Hobbs back in jail based on Hobbs signed an agreement to serve 15 years. The Indiana Supreme Court reversed the decision.

Several weeks of negotiations between Victor Manufacturing and Gasket Company and the International Association of Machinists fell through as about 300 employees walked out. Picketing at the plant entrance was peaceful. The major points of dispute were the size of the proposed wage increase and the insurance plan.

The Magic Wand featured a T-bone steak dinner with potato, salad, Magic toast and drink for $1.79.

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