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Hilsmier honored at school board meeting

Sophomore Stuart Hilsmier was named the “Spotlight on Success” at the March 15 SGCS School Board meeting.
CHS Principal Austin Couch said Hilsmier had been nominated several times over the past few months by several different teachers.
“Stu is a model student in every way. He pushes himself academically and in athletics. He gets along well with all sorts of students and always conducts himself in a way that reflects strong character,” Couch said. “In his work with the H.A.N.D.S. Foundation, he can always be counted on to pitch in and help without having to be asked. He is a quiet leader who is a great example to his classmates.”
Couch noted that Hilsmier is not recognized for a specific event, a recent award or a specific milestone that has been reached. “However, the fact that he demonstrates strong character, a solid work ethic and is an all-around “nice guy” every single day that he comes to school is noteworthy,” Couch added.
Hilsmier carries an 11.52 GPA and is involved in H.A.N.D.S., Football, Wrestling, Track, Boy Scouts and High Ability programs.

Sophomore Stuart Hilsmier was named the “Spotlight on Success” at the March 15 SGCS School Board meeting. CHS Principal Austin Couch said Hilsmier had been nominated several times over the past few months by several different teachers.

Spiritual Renewal Week at CCN

Churubusco Church of the Nazarene invites you to join them for six great services with Dr. Nelson Perdue. These services will inspire you and help renew your spiritual life. Services will be on Wednesday, March 17 – Saturday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. nightly and on Sunday, March 21 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Dr. Perdue is a tenured evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene having served full-time since 1974. His ministry has taken him to four continents of the world. He is a faithful exponent of the message of scriptural holiness. He formerly served as the Revivalism Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene.
He is the founder and former executive editor of the periodical, “The Evangelists’ Perspective,” and has authored a booklet entitled “Holiness: Our Heritage.” Dr. Perdue’s second book, “The School of Christ,” is a compilation of 12 holiness expositions and was published in March 2006. Most recently he has written a study on sanctification entitled “Holiness Horizons: A Purview of Sanctification.” This book was released in April 2007.
The church is located at 1000 West Whitley Street in Churubusco.

Churubusco Church of the Nazarene invites you to join them for six great services with Dr. Nelson Perdue. These services will inspire you and help renew your spiritual life. Services will be on Wednesday, March 17 – Saturday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. nightly and on Sunday, March 21 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

CHS Choir auditions

Audition times for next year’s New Era Show Choir and Concert Choir are now posted in the choir room.  Stop…

Driver Ed classes

Driver Education classes will be held at CHS June 14-25. The driving portion will be held at the Driving Academy…

Liz Frericks

Kindergarten registraiton and Rotary Auction two of many activities coming to SGCS

(Liz Frericks)

CHS Principal Austin Couch presented Senior Liz Frericks as the Spotlight on Success at the March 1 SGCS School Board meeting.
Frericks works in the high school office as an intern. “She is always a pleasure to work with and makes entering the office a little more pleasant with her positive personality,” Couch said. “It will be difficult to fill her shoes next year. She has set a standard for customer service.”
Frericks has been involved in New Era, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading and Spanish Club. She has also maintained a high academic performance through her high school career. Frericks plans to attend IU and study business after graduation.
CHS Agriculture teacher Phil Allen was named Teacher of the Month at the March 1 SGCS School Board meeting.
In his presentation of Teacher of the Month, CHS Principal Austin Couch said Allen works tirelessly in his preparation and delivery of material and gives his time freely to students of all levels. Couch described Allen as an innovative teacher who brings staff and students together through events such as FFA week.
“Several students have commented that they look forward to class each day and that they feel that Mr. Allen genuinely cares about his subject,” Couch said. “I feel Mr. Allen epitomizes how we have grown as a school in trying to offer opportunities for all learners. He is truly nurturing the drive in our students to become life-long learners.”
Upcoming events
Kindergarten Registration – March 11 from 3:30-6 p.m. in the cafeteria.
FAME Festival – Saturday, March 13.
CES Spring Program (grades four and five) – March 18 from 6:30-7:35 p.m.
High Ability Break Out Session (all grades) – March 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Rotary Auction – March 16 beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

CHS Principal Austin Couch presented Senior Liz Frericks as the Spotlight on Success at the March 1 SGCS School Board meeting. Frericks works in the high school office as an intern. “She is always a pleasure to work with and makes entering the office a little more pleasant with her positive personality,” Couch said. “It will be difficult to fill her shoes next year. She has set a standard for customer service.”

Tornado tips to keep your family safe

TornadoWith the arrival of spring comes the threat of severe weather and dangerous tornadoes that can strike without warning.  Did you know:
• More than 1000 tornadoes occur each year.  At least 20 of those will be violent.
• Tornadoes are most likely to strike between 5-7 p-m.

Census forms coming soon

Census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico shortly. When you receive yours, answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided. If you don’t mail the form back, you can expect a visit from a Census Taker, who will ask you the questions from the form. A Census Taker must follow-up in person with every address that doesn’t mail back the form in order to obtain the responses.
The Census is Safe

Student Ambassador Fundraiser at Churubusco East of Chicago

On Friday, March 19, East of Chicago will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Cassandra and Jay Petrie and Joe Zumbrun to assist with tuition costs associated with this summer’s People to People Student Ambassadorship.  Having survived the selection process, Cassandra, Jay, and Joe have been selected to participate in the world renowned program in Australia this June.

Green Township 4-H news

by Moriah Goedtel
Green Township 4-H clubs had their meeting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 28. This year there were four new members in 4-H. After doing the pledges we selected officers for the following year.
President, R. J. Sonnenberg; Vice-President, Cheyenne McClure; Secretary, Katie Brumbaugh; Treasurer, Ted Pearson; News Reporter, Moriah Goedtel; Recreation,  Teegan Brumbaugh; Health & Safety, Brittany Teadey; Devotion, Nathan Konger; Song leader, Peyton Gaff.
This year the 4-H members are also selling candy and they will being doing community service. One other thing they are talking about is “Share the Fun.” The next meeting is on Sunday, March 21 at 4 p.m.  Sunday, March 28 at 3 p.m. will be the Community Service Day at Green Center School.

by Moriah Goedtel

Green Township 4-H clubs had their meeting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 28. This year there were four new members in 4-H. After doing the pledges we selected officers for the following year.

March 10, 2010

One Year Ago
A tornado touched down in Columbia City damaging several homes in Countryside Mobile Home Park. Two people had minor injuries. A total of 22 tornadoes were confirmed throughout the county.
Damage at an early morning break in at the Ramble Inn was assessed at well over a thousand dollars. The burglars got only $10. The restaurant was closed for two days for cleanup
A check was presented to the Churubusco Public Library from the sales of the Churubusco Historical Calendars.
Five Years Ago
A minivan ended up running into the Churubusco laundromat. The business was closed for repairs.
Smith-Green Community School Board president Ned Egolf and superintendent David Martin had been discussing using more public input on the budget construction process. Other members agreed public input was a good idea.
Ag Plus applied for a ten year tax abatement. A public hearing for the proposal was scheduled.
Alena Hoover served as a page for Senator Tom Wyss.
The Churubusco Eagles defeated Garrett 51-32 to advance to the Sectional Championship. They faced Freemont who defeated them 87-72. They finished the season with 15-8 record.
Ten Years Ago
The Town Council answered questions concerning the impending water rate hike. Approximately 800 people would be impacted. The increase was expected to be between 64 and 100 percent. A required public hearing would be held before the increase took place.
A stolen truck was used to smash through the wall of Uncle Mike’s Bar and Grill in Merriam. The building was heavily damaged and the ATM machine taken. An estimated $1,500 cash was in the ATM, which itself had a value of $8,000. Approximately $5,000 damage was done to the building. CMS eighth grade basketball team was named Land-of-Lakes Conference Champions after defeating Westview in the final game of the season.
25 Years Ago
Loren Gaff was Dana, Churubusco’s first employee to retire. After a luncheon, all 225 employees stood in a double line to shake his hand as he left the plant.
BRC, Bluffton, Indiana expressed interest in the vacant Dana Oil Seal Plant and had chosen Churubusco as one of six potential locations for their manufacturing plant.
Many homes were without power because an ice storm had taken power lines down.
The School Board agreed to waive fees for Continuing Volunteer Fire Department participants.
The DNR announced it would stock Crooked Lake, north of Columbia City, with 2,000 rainbow trout early in April.
50 Years Ago
Gordon Young, rock and roll singer, composer and former resident of Ft. Wayne, was seriously ill with double pneumonia.
Statistics for the CHS Basketball season were released. They scored 1,290 points in 20 games and ended with a 14-6 season.
Shelton’s IGA was giving away a pint of Schlosser’s ice cream if you could complete the crossword puzzle in the paper and take it to the store.
Clarence Feist, chairman of the Whitley County U.S. Savings Bonds Committee, had been advised the county’s quota for the current year was $630,000.
Arnold Hobbs had made a deal with the State that he would drop an appeal of conviction, providing the State dropped additional indictments against him. Hobbs, who is serving a 15-year term in the Indiana State Prison, dropped his appeal.

One Year Ago

A tornado touched down in Columbia City damaging several homes in Countryside Mobile Home Park. Two people had minor injuries. A total of 22 tornadoes were confirmed throughout the county.

Damage at an early morning break in at the Ramble Inn was assessed at well over a thousand dollars. The burglars got only $10. The restaurant was closed for two days for cleanup 

A check was presented to the Churubusco Public Library from the sales of the Churubusco Historical Calendars.