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Ari Church of God 19225 Wappes Road, Churubusco Carroll McNutt, Pastor Church School: 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.; “Youth…

The base that supports the memorial boulder has begun to deteriorate.

de la Balme Memorial site repair

The Colonel Augustin de la Balme DAR chapter is undertaking a needed project to repair the Col. de la Balme Memorial site located in Union Township.

September 9, 2009

CN September 09, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
Allen Ladowski of Churubusco won the NSRA/Indiana State Police Alliance Safety Award at the Annual Muddy River Run. The vehicle had to pass all 23 items on the checklist and four safety items, such as fire extinguisher, seat belts, third brake light and a dual brake master cylinder.
The Whitley County Council on Aging moved to their new location at 710 Opportunity Drive in Columbia City.
Dale and Darlene Delanoy celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
Five Years Ago
The Town Council approved new street signs for Coal Street with block designations at the intersections with Mulberry and Short Streets.
The Council approved the 2005 budget of $1,021,028.
The MDA Telethon total came in 1.8 percent below the record prior year. The final tote board figure was $59.4 million. The prior year’s record was $60.5 million. Hurricane Francis had hit Florida really hard and the $2 million in lost revenue was too much to overcome.
Former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh was the recipient of the first Frank O’Bannon Public Service Award. Bayh was credited with making more contributions to the U.S. Constitution than any other lawmaker since James Madison.
Trent and Lisa Shively announced the birth of their son, Caiden Eugene.
Matthew and Angela Blair announced the birth of their daughter, Natalie Mae.
Ten Years Ago
Rich Dewitt was the top raffle prize winner of a limited edition Ron Hornaday signature Texas grill. DeWitt’s name was drawn in the NAPA’S Sizzlin Summer Sale Sweepstakes.
Busco firemen responded to a different type of call for help. A couple that  had just moved here reported their horse had run off. When the horse was found, it was in a muck creek, lying on his side, stuck fast in the thick, heavy muck. The owner  and firemen fastened a strap around the middle of the horse, then attached the other end of the strap to a wench on the grass rig department truck. The horse was then pulled to safety.
Maggie Flannigan joined the staff at the Pampered Palace. She specialized in complete nail care.
25 Years Ago
James Bond’s Austin Martin, from “Goldfinger,” complete with the JB007 license plate, was one of the many cars on display at the ACD Festival in Auburn.
C & R Shoe Store planned a renovation. Janice Ternet who had been in the family business for ten years, was leaving for the Air Force. Her sister-in-law, Judy Ternet was taking her place.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Owen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.
Kevin and Pamela Pequignot announced the birth of their daughter, Desiree Lou.
50 Years Ago
Three area men placed at the elimination tractor pulling contest at the State Fair. Don Zeigler won second place in the 3800# class.  Gene McCoy, Avilla, placed third and Jack Hill of LaOtto placed fifth in the 9000# class.
A motion for a change of venue from Noble County was being considered in the Arnold Hobbs embezzlement. Hobbs was serving a 15 year sentence in Michigan City after his conviction in another indictment in Allen  Circuit Court.
Top gridiron games of Purdue and IU were featured in the college football schedules of Hilliard Gates, WKJG Sports Director.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hults held a “drive-in” movie for youngsters in the neighborhood. The only requirement to attend was that they had to “drive in.” They came on bikes, toy tractors, tricycles, etc. Mr. Hults showed a W.C. Fields comedy and cartoons.

One Year Ago

Allen Ladowski of Churubusco won the NSRA/Indiana State Police Alliance Safety Award at the Annual Muddy River Run. The vehicle had to pass all 23 items on the checklist and four safety items, such as fire extinguisher, seat belts, third brake light and a dual brake master cylinder.

The Whitley County Council on Aging moved to their new location at 710 Opportunity Drive in Columbia City.

Dale and Darlene Delanoy celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.

September 2, 2009

CN September 02, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
The Town Council voted to add a $1.50 administration fee to the trash collection charges on the monthly bill. They also passed a motion to purchase a new backhoe. The decision was made to purchase a New Holland machine at the price of $73,151.
The 33rd Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Hoosier Tour stopped in Churubusco.  Approximately 50 cars arrived at C & A Tool to promote the Festival. They continued to Wawasee Warsaw and then back to Auburn.
Jay and Glenda Womack celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children.
Five Years Ago
The Churubusco Middle School cheerleaders competed in the Annual Cheerleading Competition in Elkhart and placed first against nine other squads.
Capt. Fred Richards was sworn in as the Inspector General for the 76th Infantry Brigade in Afghanistan. Capt. Richards was in the Indiana Army National Guard, assigned to the 76th Brigade from Indianapolis.
George and Barbara Kirkpatrick celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family dinner at the Blue Gate Restaurant in Shipshewana.
Ten Years Ago
Sheri Millspaugh, sales associate with Orizon Real Estate, was awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation Designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors.
The Fire Truck and Equipment Show, hosted by the Churubusco Fire Department, boasted trucks and equipment from 17 different area departments.  Awards were given to the Avilla Fire Department for the “Newest Truck” and to the New Haven/Adams Township Fire Department for “Traveling the Furthest.”    The crowd was on hand for the third annual Chamber vs. the Firemen Ball Game in the Park. It was the first time the Firemen beat the Chamber with a score of 15-8.
25 Years Ago
Dick and Marion Parish opened the new “Busco Pride” Convenience Store at the corner of US 33 and SR 205.
Churubusco had three foreign exchange students, Dario Chiriboga from Ecuador, Juan Varona from Spain and Takeshi Minami from Japan.
Coloring contest winner at Super Valu was Carla Zeigler. She received four tickets to Cedar Point and spending money.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Smith-Green School Corporation, former board members were recognized for their service.  Those present were Jason Smith, Everett Jones, Phil Arehart and Lester Sheets.
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Davis announced the birth of their daughter, Amber Marie.
Rob and Jill Marr announced the birth of their son, Bryan Robert.
50 Years Ago
A window display at Barnhart Pharmacy won a $1,000 first prize in a national contest sponsored by Shulton, Inc., manufacturers of Old Spice. The display featured gift items for Father’s Day. It was built by Larry Thornburg, pharmacist.
Summer vacation was over as Churubusco schools headed back to class on September 1.
The ninth annual reunion of the Class of 1950 was at the Boy Scout Building. A potluck dinner was enjoyed. Officers elected were Wade Fredrick, President, Phil Arehart, Vice President and Doris Patton, Secretary-Treasurer.
Shelton’s IGA featured smoked picnic hams at 29¢ a pound, pure strawberry preserves, 19¢ for a 20 oz. jar and one pound of coffee for 49¢.

One Year Ago

The Town Council voted to add a $1.50 administration fee to the trash collection charges on the monthly bill. They also passed a motion to purchase a new backhoe. The decision was made to purchase a New Holland machine at the price of $73,151.

The 33rd Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Hoosier Tour stopped in Churubusco.  Approximately 50 cars arrived at C & A Tool to promote the Festival. They continued to Wawasee Warsaw and then back to Auburn.

Jay and Glenda Womack celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children.

August 26, 2009

CN August 26, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
Smith-Green Classroom Teachers Association announced a contract agreement. The teachers had been working for nearly three years without a contract.
On-line registration became available at Parkview Whitley Hospital.  “eRegistration” should decrease the time required for registration.
Six members of the Ohlwine family attended the Churubusco High School Third Annual All Class Reunion at the town park.
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Hartman celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Hall’s Guesthouse.
James and Hazel Crandal celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.
Lance Corporal Aubrey Dangler and Corporal J.D. Hill announced the birth of their son, Wyatt Fourd.
Five Years Ago
Discussion continued at the Council meeting on renaming Coal Alley to Coal Street. Residents along the road did not have an official address and wondered if the alley could be renamed to a street. No final solution was reached. The matter remained open for future meetings.
Former Marines Roger Treece and Dick Tierney, Whitley County residents and the Leatherneck Coffee Club were instrumental in collections of donations for troops overseas.
Judy Bell and Ryan Cook were new real estate agents at Orizon Real Estate, Inc.
Roy Pontzius, Columbia City and Bob Egolf, Churubusco, were among 40  Hoosier farmers recognized as outstanding stewards of Indiana’s resources.
Ten Years Ago
Several residents and business owners donated enough money for the Churubusco Fire Department to purchase a new power washer.
Churubusco Rotary Club awarded Kimberly Sajdak of Biddle Chiropratic the “Rotarian of the Year” and Cindy Zollinger was “Non-Rotarian of the Year.” The Presidential gavel was given to incoming Rotary president, Debra Maus.
After thirteen years as Busco’s wrestling coach, Rod Strayer, stepped down. After 27 years of wrestling, both as a grappler and a coach, he said he needed a break. He planned to continue teaching at Churubusco Middle School.
The Longaberger Company recognized Debra Gebert and Kelly Geiger as 1999 National Sales Award winners.
Local resident Rob Ransom, owner of Ransom Technology Resources in conjunction with Handtech.com, was available to offer a variety of personal computer consulting to area businesses and residents.
Glenn and Kathleen Bonar celebrated their 40th anniversary with a family dinner.
Darrell and DaNette Sade announced the birth of their son, Jesse Wayne.
Thomas and Jennifer Beezley announced the birth of their son, Thomas Lee III.
25 Years Ago
Clarence Tennis became the new proprietor of the Ramble Inn.
Mary Poynter was the new clerk-treasurer for the Town of Churubusco.
Nipsco’s concession agreement was announced, an immediate electric rate decrease of approximately $10.41 million annually for all Nipsco customers.
Mr. and Mrs. Cary Blake announced the birth of their son, Kasey Joseph.
Deputy and Mrs. Steve Lawson announced the birth of their daughter, Danielle Rae.
Mr. and Mrs. Brad Dell announced the birth of their son, Brad Robert, II.
50 Years Ago
General Telephone of Indiana was seeking a rate increase. Private lines would increase from $5 to $7.05 and four-party residence lines from $3.50 to $5.
The Veterans of the Sixth U.S. Engineers, WWI, held their reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Scott on O’Day Road.
Arthur Helgesen was named winner of the adult checker game at OSD and Max Bechtel the youth tournament winner.
Clarence Feist, chairman of the Whitley County U.S. Savings Bond Committee, reported a rise in sales volume to $61,035.36, compared to $51,547.60 for the same period the year before.
Tastee-Freez’s special was a bar-b-q, malt and fries for 77¢.
SP/4 and Mrs. Edwin Rindfusz announced the birth of the daughter, Beverly Gay.

One Year Ago

Smith-Green Classroom Teachers Association announced a contract agreement. The teachers had been working for nearly three years without a contract.

On-line registration became available at Parkview Whitley Hospital.  “eRegistration” should decrease the time required for registration.

Six members of the Ohlwine family attended the Churubusco High School Third Annual All Class Reunion at the town park.

Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Hartman celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Hall’s Guesthouse.

James and Hazel Crandal celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children. 

Lance Corporal Aubrey Dangler and Corporal J.D. Hill announced the birth of their son, Wyatt Fourd.

August 19, 2009

CN August 19, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
The Town Council voted to renew the fire contract with the Smith Township Fire Department for 2009 at the price of $31,185.
C & A Tool was selected as a stop along the way of the 33rd annual ACD Festival Hoosier Tour.
The Council made a motion to add an Administration Fee to the monthly solid waste bill. The rates were to go from $9.30 per month to $10.76. A public hearing was to be held before the rates could go into affect.
Five Years Ago
The dental group of Gilliom, Zollinger and Hladin received the  Partner of the Year Award from the Business Education Community (BEC). The award is given to the business or person who makes a sizable contribution of time and effort to the BEC throughout the year.
Four local farmers received the River Friendly Farmer Award. The award is given annually to producers whose farming practices protect water resources. The recipients were Roy Pontzius, Bob Egolf, John Metzger and Dennis Ott.
Greg and Jeanine Childs celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple planned a trip to Mackinac Island.
Ten Years Ago
Senior project manager for Bonar Engineering, Mark Jesse, was at the Chamber Luncheon to unveil the architectural drawings for the Downtown Sidewalk Project. The project funded by a $75,000 State Downtown Renovation Grant, was to be completed in three or four weeks.
Mark Westrick was riding his bike across the state to support MDA. His journey covered approximately 1500 miles and took nine days. He made a brief stop in Churubusco, dropping off MDA sailboats that could be purchased for $1.
25 Years Ago
Drake Omstad was chosen Churubusco’s new band director, replacing Bill Quakenbush.
Churubusco Park received a new sign listing some of the do’s and don’ts for the park.
Dana Corporation hosted an open house with guided tours and refreshments.
Diann Nestel, formerly of Churubusco, was named head coach of women’s basketball at Yale.
TV Channel 55’s “Happy the Hobo” entertained children and adults at the Good News Baptist Vacation Bible School.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brendel celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.
50 Years Ago
Marion Mayberry was named President of Whitley County Community Chest.
Harmon Boggs was appointed Green Township Trustee to serve the unexpired term of Isaac Diffendarfer, who passed away the prior week.
A private sale was set to sell the assets of Arlo Hobbs, former Noble County Credit Union manager, who was convicted of embezzlement.
Hazen’s Appliances advertised an automatic defrosting refrigerator for $299.95 and  electric ranges for $250.

One Year Ago

The Town Council voted to renew the fire contract with the Smith Township Fire Department for 2009 at the price of $31,185.

C & A Tool was selected as a stop along the way of the 33rd annual ACD Festival Hoosier Tour.

The Council made a motion to add an Administration Fee to the monthly solid waste bill. The rates were to go from $9.30 per month to $10.76. A public hearing was to be held before the rates could go into affect.

August 12, 2009

CN August 12, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
Smith-Green School Board member, Brandon Almas, resigned from the Board to finish his schooling. He was the youngest member elected in Smith-Green history.
Budget for 2008-09 school year was $12,134,827.
New York City based education services, the Princeton Review, named Huntington University as one of the best in the midwest.
Brock Egolf received Grand Champion and Supreme Champion for his Holstein Cow at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.
Five Years Ago
Applications were being taken for hunters to participate in a controlled deer herd reduction. The hunt was scheduled in 15 Indiana State Parks and one nature preserve in mid-November.
Dave Brady of Churubusco traveled to Hampton, Virginia for the Classic Chevy International. He scored 986 out of a possible 1000 points with his restored 1957 sedan delivery wagon. He received a platinum certificate and a first place plaque. Other winners from Churubusco were LeRoy Blessing, Wade Wheeler and Jim Bishop.
10 Years Ago
Julie Campbell of Churubusco was named a merit finalist in the Miss Teen of Indiana competition.  Anne Dickmeyer of Columbia City was named Miss Teen of Indiana.
Dana Corporation announced record second quarter sales of $3.4 billion, an increase of more than five percent over the same period the prior year.
Each day over 67,000 new Internet users logged on for the first time.
Norma Juillerat retired from Smith-Green School Corporation. She served the school corporation 33 years as elementary school secretary, secretary to the superintendent and administrative receptionist.
Tim and Brenda Geiger announced the birth of their son, Justin Thomas.
Kermit and Shonda Hogeston announced the birth of their daughter, Isabelle Rose.
25 Years Ago
Parking on West Washington, between Main and Mulberry, went to parallel parking.
Arriving on the Dana helicopter, Dana President Gerry Mitchell toured the local Dana Plant. He said Dana changed their way of doing business. There used to be 12 – 14 layers of management and now it was down to five.
The main topic at the Town Board meeting was why they needed to advertise for additional appropriations to finish the 1984 year. The biggest expenses were utilities and money owed for the Sewage and Water Department bonds. Also reported was the need in the near future for a new fire truck at the cost of $110,000 to $120,000.
Richard and Violet McNeal celebrated their 25th anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.
A 63rd wedding anniversary celebration was given for Kenny and Evangel Leitch. A buffet lunch was served with entertainment and dancing.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bolen announced the birth of their son, Joseph Inn II.
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Gaff announced the birth of their daughter, Jaclynn May.
50 Years Ago
Max Shively, Blue Lake, a service demonstrator for J.I. Case, returned from spending a month in Cuba instructing farm workers in the operation and maintenance of Case crawler tractors under Castro’s new land reform program.
A 1960 Churubusco property tax levy of $2.95 was proposed.  This was an .84 increase.
Actor Gene Barry who portrayed Bat Masterson in the TV series, appeared at the Mizpah Shrine Horse Show in Columbia City.
According to County Agent Donald Clayton, a new fly was causing a disturbance among cattle raisers in Whitley County. A native of Eastern Canada, the face fly was new in the midwest. The flies loitered on the faces of the cattle, causing a reduction in growth, milk production and meat. There was also suspicion that they carried pink eye. The entomology department at Purdue was working on a chemical to control the pest.
Mr. and Mrs. William Shew celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Smiley’s Sandwich Shop featured a “2-dip hum-dinger” cone for 15¢. Pat’s Cafe had a hot dog and Pepsi for 20¢.

One Year Ago

Smith-Green School Board member, Brandon Almas, resigned from the Board to finish his schooling. He was the youngest member elected in Smith-Green history.

Budget for 2008-09 school year was $12,134,827.

New York City based education services, the Princeton Review, named Huntington University as one of the best in the midwest.

Brock Egolf received Grand Champion and Supreme Champion for his Holstein Cow at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.

August 5, 2009

CN August 05, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
A 1978 graduate of CHS, Mark Womack, received the 25 Year Service Award from Cedarville University where he is the sports information director.
The Churubusco Library wrapped up its Summer Reading Program. Musical group “Yurtfolk” performed, playing instruments from around the world.
Busco graduate, Andrew Norris and Jessica Orr of Brownsburg were married by Governor Mitch Daniels.  They met while working in the Governor’s office.
Keith and Deidre Bair celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Five Years Ago
Finishing touches were being made on the Whitley County Animal and Adoption Center. Helen Bensch was hired as director.
The proposed 2005 school budget was up 10.45 percent over the 2004 budget. The Board was still operating with a tentative 2004 budget because of the late reassessment process.
The Board awarded Midwest Transit Equipment a bid for a 54 passenger school bus at the price of $70,972.
Ten Years Ago
The Whitley County 4-H Auction set a new record of $197,596, an increase of $9,091 over the 1998 auction.
Two groups, C.O.W. (Citizens Organized Watch) and the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local #166, filed an appeal to rescind the IDEM air permit granted to SDI.  Construction was delayed because of the appeals.
The hot, dry weather was blamed for almost 200 deaths across the United States.  Area farmers were worried the shortage of rainfall and high temperatures would have a catastrophic effect on the crop yields.
Smith-Green School Board of Trustees presented an estimated General Fund budget for the year 2000 of $7,503,776.
Dana Corporation celebrated one year with no lost time due to accidents.
25 Years Ago
Swen Nater, back-up center for the Los Angeles Lakers, spoke to a capacity crowd at Good News Baptist Church’s “Summer Celebration and Praise.” Also participating were Mark Lowry, Dr. Paul Dixon, Mark Evans and David Jeremiah.
Turtle Days Association treasurer John Ford announced there was approximately $2,100 profit from Turtle Days. Turtle Queen ticket sales were down.  Lack of motivation was cited for the drop in sales.
Dr. Welsh had been practicing veterinary medicine in Churubusco for twenty years. He said he had slowed down to 70 – 80 hours a week from close to a 100. Summer was the busiest because of fair testing, babies and heartworm. Dr. Hanni came to work about eight years before and handled most of the small animals.
Ned and Ann Kahlenbeck announced the birth of their son, Scott Wayne.
50 Years Ago
Frank Flowers, Jr. of Churubusco and Robert Pontzius of Columbia City were accompanying Wayne Rothgeb, farm director of WKJG, on a Farm Goodwill Tour of Russia and other European countries.
Smith Township taxpayers faced a 35 cent increase in property tax for 1960. A total proposed levy was $4.09.
Mrs. Margaret Ringenberg and Mrs. Lois Laymon, the sister-in-law duo that competed in the Powder Puff Derby, were guest speakers at the Rotary meeting. The duo was the first team to cross the finish line in the 2,470 mile race from Lawrence, Massachusetts to Spokane, Washington.
Governor Handley announced that the 1959 General Assembly had appropriated $300,000 for development of Chain-O-Lakes Park. Territory for the new park was 60% acquired at the cost of $240,000, all paid by voluntary contributions from Noble, Allen and Whitley Counties.
The Whitley County 4-H Clubs approved an added feature to the 4-H Achievement program, an all-county dress revue that was to precede the Parade of Champions.
An increase in interest rates on one-year CD’s went from 2% to 3%.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Stewart announced the birth of their son, Michael.

One Year Ago

A 1978 graduate of CHS, Mark Womack, received the 25 Year Service Award from Cedarville University where he is the sports information director.

The Churubusco Library wrapped up its Summer Reading Program. Musical group “Yurtfolk” performed, playing instruments from around the world.

Busco graduate, Andrew Norris and Jessica Orr of Brownsburg were married by Governor Mitch Daniels.  They met while working in the Governor’s office.

Keith and Deidre Bair celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.