A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Passages Inc. Workshop, which would be built in Columbia City. Pictured from left are Frank Ryan, Indiana Department of Commerce; Jim Argerbright, president of Region III-A and president of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners; Kay Fleck, Passages Inc. director; Tim Krider, one of Passages’ first flines; Jack Moore, Passages board chairman; Carol Krider, a Passages employee and the mother of a client; Molly Rupert, one of Passages’ first clients; and behind is Columbia City Mayor Jim Teghtmeyer. File photo

One year ago

Jeremy Hart was selected as Smith-Green Community Schools’ newest board member.

Michelle’s Uptown 33 Bar and Grill was the winner of the Churubusco Main Street Association’s annual holiday decorative contest.

Churubusco’s New Era show choir placed seventh at the state contest at Plainfield High School.

Larry and Elaine Cearbaugh celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends.

Bob Allman was named the Republican of the Year at the Noble County GOP’s annual Lincoln Day dinner.

Churubusco High School football senior Nash Wood was selected to play in the Indiana North-South All-Star game. The 6-foot-2 linebacker was a two-time All-NECC player and planned to attend at Trine University in the fall. He was the seventh Churubusco football player since 1983 to earn the honor.

A ribbon-cutting was held for Little Caesars in Columbia City. The new pizza restaurant is located at 531 N. Line St.

The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. celebrated its 25th year as an organization.

10 years ago

Churubusco’s Destination Imagination team advanced to the state competition. Out of five teams that competed at the regionals, three placed second and two placed first.

Parkview Whitley Hospital was offering free colorectal cancer screening kits. Colorectal cancer was the second leading cause of death in 2008.

Advanced Master Gardeners Dick and Pam Koch offered a free landscape design course at the 4-H Center.

Tim and Amanda VanHouten announced the birth of their daughter, Ashlyn.

Steve and Kathy Lawson announced the birth of their son, Steven.

Robe and Jodie Coil announced the birth of their daughter, Kelsee.

Zane Sade, a sophomore member of the Churubusco High School New Era Show Choir, on Grand Champion in the solo competition at Shelbyville High School. Sade sang, “If I Were a Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

15 years ago

There were six full-time employee positions eliminated by Smith-Green Community Schools. Three employees were laid off, and three retirees were not replaced. One of the positions was eliminated because of lower enrollment at the elementary school. The other five were eliminated due to budget shortfall, according to Superintendent David Martin.

Whitley County spring tax payments were still “ify,” as reassessment was delayed. Many people asked when they would receive their 2002 tax statements. According to Whitley County Treasurer Joan Eberhart, county officials did not know when the statement would be mailed.

Sheriff Michael Schrader invited residents to join him in helping fight crime by becoming members of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association. All members received a membership card, two start decals and a year’s subscription to their quarterly publication, The Indiana Sheriff.

Churubusco’s Tiger Scouts traveled to News Channel 21 Alive to get an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes. Scouts included Cullen Fisher, Caleb Bonar, Jonathon Willyard, Tristyn Martz, Cliff Crabill, Lanson Pearson and Jesse Flick. The Den Leader was Dave Pearson.

25 years ago

Whitley County EMS-Medic 21 was selling bicycle safety helmets for $15 each. They came in several colors and were on display at Bonar’s Insurance Agency at 203 N. Main St.

Freda Gilbert and Pat Peters were in charge of the Special Olympics in Churubusco, and had a total of 14 contestants participating in the games.

An Easter musical was planned at Merriam Chapel.

Amber Lawrence Bohnstedt, age 10, was chosen as a State Finalist in the Miss Indiana American Pre-Teen Pageant, which would be held in July in Indianapolis. Bohnstedt is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian (Julie) Bohnstedt and Mr. and Mrs. Mark (Marianne) Lawrence.

In an effort to expand the recycling service, Whitley County Materials Recovery Facility, 701 S. Line St., Columbia City, started accepting green and blue glass.

50 years ago

A fire at Blue Lake caused serious damage to a garage and home near Horseshoe Bend. Damage was estimated at $4,000.

A new mail and book drop was added to the rear of the Churubusco Public Library. Patrons could drop returned books in the slot. Overdue and renal fines were four cents per day, per book, said Librarian Nettie Gerard.

A plaque recognizing 15 years of service of a Western Auto Associate Store was awarded to Ben McDaniel, operator of Ben’s Western Auto in Churubusco.

Smith-Green Community Schools was not among Indiana school systems facing immediate financial crisis. The maximum tax rate permitted for Smith-Green was $4.95 and the rate in 1968 was $4.23.

The Whitley County Share-the-Fun Festival was planned for late March in the 4-H Community Center, reported John Keller, Whitley County agent. Talent acts would consist of skits, singing, instrumental music, dancing, choral speaking, readings, acrobatic feats and more.

Walter Mowrey announced his candidacy for Whitley County commissioner from the first district, including the townships of Smith, Union and Jefferson. Mowrey was a lifelong resident of Jefferson Township and had served on the Whitley County Council.

Barnhart’s Pharmacy offered a 20-ounce size of Listerine for $1.07, Gillette blades for 79 cents and Geritol tablets for $2.

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