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Douglas Street Gang

Lemonade Stand on Line Street

CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE The “Douglas Street Gang” recently ran a lemonade stand along Line and Douglas Streets at…

Yukon Wreck

Wreck north of Busco on US 33

CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE (photo by hiatt) Suzanne Lee, 54, of Cromwell, was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 33…

Manchester College Dean’s List

Area students were named to the Dean’s List for spring semester 2010 at Manchester College:
Samuel Ott of Churubusco is a philosophy and religion major. Ott is a graduate of Cornerstone Christian School.
Linsey Shannon of Churubusco is an English and English/Language Arts Education major with a minor in Spanish.
Shannon is a graduate of Carroll High School.
Ryan Marshall of LaOtto is an elementary education with mild interventions major.  Marshall is a graduate of Garrett Jr.-Sr. High School.
To achieve the Dean’s List distinction, students must earn a semester grade point of 3.5 or higher and have completed at least 12 semester hours.  For more information on the programs and opportunities at Manchester College, visit www.manchester.edu.

Area students were named to the Dean’s List for spring semester 2010 at Manchester College:

Huntington University Dean’s List recipients

HUNTINGTON, IN—Huntington University is recognizing 322 undergraduate students who were named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester. The Dean’s List is published two times per year at Huntington University. The honor recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement during the previous semester. Honorees must be classified as regular students, be enrolled full-time with a load of 12 hours or more in graded courses, and must achieve a semester grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale.
The following students are Dean’s List recipients: Mrs. Maresol N. Leitch of Albion, IN, Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Exercise Science.
Ms. Heather Marie Shively of Albion, IN, Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
Parents:  Mark and Lorie Shively, Albion.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Best Baccalaureate Colleges and Best Values in Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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HUNTINGTON – Huntington University is recognizing 322 undergraduate students who were named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester. The Dean’s List is published two times per year at Huntington University. The honor recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement during the previous semester. Honorees must be classified as regular students, be enrolled full-time with a load of 12 hours or more in graded courses, and must achieve a semester grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale.

July 7, 2010

One Year Ago
Town Council agreed to move ahead with a proposed annexation project. Approximately 144 acres that would be affected included six commercial and one residential property.
Smith-Green Community Schools interim superintendent Bruce Hippensteel presided over his last board meeting. He took over when Carol Kaiser resigned. The board hired Stephan Darnell. All the administrators’ contracts were extended a year until 2011 and they all received raises.
Matthew and Kelly Haber announced the birth of their daughter, Clair Lynn.
Mike and Jenna Ott announced the birth of their daughter, Delaney Larie.
Five Years Ago
Dr. David Reinhard joined the Parkview Medical Group in Churubusco.
Rural interstate speed limits were increased to 70 mph.
The State announced the Churubusco License Branch was on the review list for closure. A petition drive was started and was to be presented to a representative from the BMV during a public hearing.
State Health officials reported an Allen County resident was the first human case of West Nile virus infection in Indiana this year.
Max and Noreeta Person celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.
R.T. and Stacy Refeld III announced the birth of their daughter, Eva Elizabeth.
Ten Years Ago
Dr. Kim Sajdak was the incoming president of the Rotary Club. Chuck Jones was the 2000 Rotarian of the year and Sheila Strunk the 2000 Non-rotarian of the year.
Close to 600 Indiana residents congregated at the landmark Washington National Cathedral to participate in a major event honoring the State and its people.
25 Years Ago
The 35th annual Turtle Days was a huge success. Turtle Days Queens were Mrs. Kim Heck, Mrs. Category; Mrs. Jan Books, Grandmothers category and Miss Jodie Huffman, Miss category. Grand prize winners of the raffle were Tom and Anna Gile. They won a 1985 1/2 Ford Escort.
A new attraction at Turtle Days was a waterball fight and demonstration put on by Smith Township-Churubusco Fire Department.
Hilger’s Farm Market advertised Bing cherries for 99¢ a pound and peaches for 39¢ a pound.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Snavely announced the birth of their daughter, Alexis Lynn.
Jonathan and Debbie Arehart announced the birth of their son, Joseph Lynn.
50 Years Ago
Turtle Days was off and running for three days.
The Albion float that was exhibited at the Lions International Convention in Chicago won fourth out of all floats from the U.S. and foreign countries.
Interstate 69 construction was progressing. Work was being done on the bridge located just off Washington Center Road.
Churubusco High School band was to participate in statewide band festivals. The 72 member band would first go to Purdue to participate in the 1960 High School Band Day then to Indiana University.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Zumbrun celebrated their 50th anniversary with an open house.
Mr. and Mrs. James Shlater announced the birth of their son, Ricky Lee.

One Year Ago

Town Council agreed to move ahead with a proposed annexation project. Approximately 144 acres that would be affected included six commercial and one residential property.

Smith-Green Community Schools interim superintendent Bruce Hippensteel presided over his last board meeting. He took over when Carol Kaiser resigned. The board hired Stephan Darnell. All the administrators’ contracts were extended a year until 2011 and they all received raises.

Matthew and Kelly Haber announced the birth of their daughter, Clair Lynn.

Mike and Jenna Ott announced the birth of their daughter, Delaney Larie.

Churubusco Police Report for May 12-25

May 12: 0930 U3 Spoke with Marge at Lake City Bank in Warsaw about the misused bank card. Told her I can’t prove there was a theft here in Busco, card was reported seven days after loss. Thefts actually occurred in Fort Wayne. I can’t justify using town manpower and resources to investigate for their loss prevention department. I did advise that if they obtain photo’s from video I will be happy to see if we know the subjects. 10-8. 0955 U3 C/P I spoke with driver two from yesterday’s 10-50 on South Main. She went to the hospital yesterday after feeling back, neck, and shoulder pain after the crash. An MRI revealed a bulging disk in her back, with no prior history. I can complete my 10-50 report now. 1000 U3 10-7 W3 Ref to 10-50 report. 1220 U3 C/P A female was in to report being followed by federal agents in aircraft that hover in her yard. She is Sig 80, Not suicidal. No threat to herself or anyone else. She has no history at the Bowen Center. She has been to the Sheriff’s Department, South Whitley PD, and Columbia City PD with the same complaints. She does need help but there is no criminal reason to detain her. 1443 U2 PA finger printing times two.
Thursday, May 13: 0740 U2 School traffic. 0950 U2 School check. Lock out Busco vet.
Friday, May 14: 0715 U2 School. 1015 CP Complaining of speeding cars on Thresher Run and Wheatfield would like us to see if we can slow them down. 1000 U2 School check. 1100 U2 Lockout. 1330 U1 92-12, 11 Signal 60 search at school.
Sunday, May 16: 1345 U3 Out at Wheatfield Lane in reference to P/O property transfer residence per judge’s order. 1430 U3 10-8 Did not show as ordered by the judge. The female half stated that if he showed up he could still get his property as long as I was there. 1500 U3 Stationary radar in Threshers. Threshers and Willow, and Wheatfield and abundance. No takers. A few verbal cautions though. 1600 U3 10-8. 1615 U3 Foot patrol at school checking perimeter doors. 1700 U3 10-8. 1930 U3 W/C Sig. 8 Home Avenue (minor 17 years old) was at the house Friday night.  Backed into his car. She advised him not to call the police because it happened on private property. She advised him she would take care of it. He spoke to his mom in Ca. today. She is not happy with the way it was handled. I gave him my tx number and advised him to have his mom tx me Monday morning. I also advised him that he should always call the police to work the crash.
Monday, May 17: 0615 U3 Verbal warning auto signal: Greve, S. 0620 Stationary radar West Pleasant Street. 0715 U3 10-8. 0730 U3 Pay Sheets to Town Hall. 0800 U3 School detail. 0900 U3 W/C Tx at the middle school. I have not spoken with yet. However they received a call this weekend. The caller stated that he knew where they lived and that he was going to harm them all. They believe that the caller was a juvenile. I called both parents’ cell phones and left them a message to come to W3 today and fill out statement forms. I spoke to probation. She advised that even though the call was received in Noble County that I should make the case. After I get statement forms, I will call her and her son in for an interview. I told that he did not have a cell phone this weekend. I have a witness who says he did. I hope that they saved the cell number. It may come back. 2215 U2 IGA Detail.
Tuesday, May 18: 1420 U2 School check.
Wednesday, May 19: 0820 School traffic. 1030 U2 School check. 1430 U1 School check.
Thursday, May 20: 0740 U2 School traffic. 0820 U2 Lockout E. 600N. 0940 U2 School check. 1010 U2 Verbal warning. Traffic light. G. Falgout and Cheryl Barcus. 1500 U11 School check. 1700 CP U11 CP in to complain about damaged power pole at E. Whitley. 1710 CP U11 CP in to report that their vehicle, a blue Ford Explorer was disabled at the park. Will have it towed in the morning. 1730 CP U11 CP in to talk about abusive husband and her options. Outlined the different domestic laws and gave her victim assistance information. 1900 U11 Checked out pole. Does look bad and is affecting attached poles. Believe this is still from the hit-skip in April. Will contact I&M again.
Friday, May 21: 0800 U11 We found kitten at Mor For Less. 0815 WC U11 10-50 PD Main at Liberty. 0816 U11 Minor accident. Beck Schumann. No alcohol. Report #142480. 0840 U11 Barb was nice enough to give the kitten a good home. 1130 U11 Spoke to I&M about pole. They were very pleasant. Said a work order has been placed, but they have to schedule an outage with the dental office. Will try to get it going asap. 1300 CP U11 Subject on station for removal of items at soon-to-be ex-wife’s. 1305 Out at Coal Street. Homeowner not at home. Will have to try again later. 1600 U11 noticed the subject from the earlier removal of items back out at Coal Street. Owner of home stood by as belongings were removed. 1645 WC U11 Whitley County requested I check on a dog just hit on Blue Lake Road. Just off 33. CP standing by. 1650 U11 Out with puppy, who appears to have a broken hip. Puppy crawled under the porch at the residence that it was hit in front of. He seems to be too hurt to crawl back out. No one home at residence or at neighbors. 1710 WC I11 WC Requested I check on a vehicle that hydroplaned into a field just north of 650 E on 33. 1715 U11 Out with vehicle, a green Saturn. Driver: S. Terry, in learner’s permit. Licensed passenger, T. Messner. No damage apparent to vehicle or property. Rohrer’s pulled it back onto the road and it was driveable. CAD only 10-8. 1745 U11 Back at address to check on pup. Owners home and making arrangements for care.
Saturday, May 22: 0910 WC U11 Called to inspect a possible, clogged drain in the alley behind E. Tulley. Flooding only in yard, not in alley. Don’t feel it’s a hazard. Spoke with Jeremy who told me that drain is just a little slow and the water will go down.
Sunday, May 23: 1100 U3 C/P on station with (minor son) in reference to tx threats interview. 1210/U3 10-8 Interview. I don’t believe minor made the tx. But I believe he knows who did. The oldest son (minor 17) has moved with his dad to Kentucky. Has moved to Warren, Indiana to live with his parents. 1415 U2 Local criminal check on J. Eakins. 1420 U2 Fuel 11.5. 1605 U2 Verbal warning to Gary Archer. No headlihght on motorcycle.
Monday, May 24: 1340 U2 School check. 1408 U2 Vin recheck. 1759 U2 Complaint of possible road rage stopped victim and suspect. Not sure if filing this happened in Allen County. He threw a balloon into her car because he was mad she passed him while he was doing 55.
Tuesday, May 25: 0740 U2 School traffic. 0950 U2 School check. 1030 U2 Fuel. 1410 U1 School check.

Wednesday, May 12: 0930 U3 Spoke with Marge at Lake City Bank in Warsaw about the misused bank card. Told her I can’t prove there was a theft here in Busco, card was reported seven days after loss. Thefts actually occurred in Fort Wayne.

Cougar spotted in area

Police have now received three reports of a cougar roaming around Noble County, one of them not far from Albion.
A witness reported Wednesday night, June 30, that they saw one cross CR 200N, about half a mile east of SR 9, at about 7:30 p.m. The witness told police he thought it was a bobcat at first, until he saw the animal’s long tail.
That same evening, another caller reported seeing a cougar crossing from one woods to another in the area of county roads 100 N and 300 E. That call came in just after 9 p.m.
This followed the original report, which came in the previous morning from the 400 block of Old Bog Road, on the edge of Avilla. A resident told authorities that he took a picture of the animal at about 7 a.m., and said it was a cougar or mountain lion, according to the Avilla Police Department.
The photo was sent to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, but authorities say its quality will make identification difficult.
It’s far from the first time an exotic cat has been spotted in Noble County. Such animals aren’t native to this area, but could have been released or escaped from a private owner. Anyone who sees any large wild animal is urged not to approach it, and to use extreme caution.

Police have now received three reports of a cougar roaming around Noble County, one of them not far from Albion.

Churubusco Public Library news

The Summer Reading Program, “Make Music at Your Library,” has special visitors in July.
On Tuesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. the special visitor will be Yurtfolk, a musical family that shares folk music and storytelling.
On Tuesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. the movie to be shown is “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”
On Tuesday, July 27 at 10 a.m. the movie will be “The Tooth Fairy.”
As in past years, the Summer Reading Program is not only for children but for adults as well. Every book that was checked out from June 28 until July 31 will come with a coupon to be used for the Summer Reading Program drawing. Simply fill out the information (name, telephone number, title of book, and author) and place the coupon in the appropriate basket upon returning to the library. Every Monday evening at 5 p.m. until August 2, there will be a drawing for three names in an adult category and three names in a children’s category to select a book from the collection displayed behind the main desk. The closing program will be Tuesday, August 3 at 10 a.m. Ronald McDonald will be there to entertain everyone. Refreshments will also be served.
Summer Band Concerts
The Summer Band Concerts started off wonderfully in June with the Shepherd Brass Band. The library will continue to offer a number of additional concerts in July and August.
On Friday, July 9 from 7-8 p.m.Vintage Band featuring Francie Zucco will be performing.
On Friday, July 30 from 7-8 p.m. Broken Arrow will perform.
On Friday, August 20 from 7-8 p.m. Shade Jones along with J. Taylor will perform.
All concerts will be held at the library, rain or shine. It is suggested that anyone attending please bring lawn chairs. Summer band concerts are made possible by a grant from the Whitley County Community Foundation.
Grim Readers Group
The Grim Readers Discussion Group will be meeting Friday, July 16 at 5 p.m. at the library. This month the group will be discussing two books, “Last Night I Sang to the Monster,” by Benjamin Alire Saenz and “Num8ers” by Rachael Ward. Come this month as the group discusses these uniquely different novels! All middle school and high school students are welcome to attend. (Group discussion led by staff member Shelly Becraft).
Adult Discussion Group
The Adult Discussion Group will be meeting Thursday, July 22 at 10 a.m. Join the group as they discuss “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein, a heart wrenching story told from a dog’s point of view that goes far beyond wagging tails and fluff to tell a memorable story of love, devotion, and hope. Everyone is welcome to attend. The group is led by board member, Harold Norman.
Vacation renewals
Going on vacation this summer and regularly check things out from the library? Let them know ahead of time so they can renew any materials borrowed while you are away. Materials such as books, magazines, and audio books may be checked out for two weeks at a time, followed by a week grace period and may be renewed up to three times as long as no one has them on reserve. Movies may be checked out for three days and cannot be renewed.
Dial-a-Story
If kids are looking for something to do this summer, Dial-a-Story is a service available at the library that allows children of all ages to dial a special number and listen to a short story over the phone. This completely free outreach program offers a new story each week and can be accessed 24/7 by calling 693-6466.
New Movies
Following are some of the new movies available to check out: “Alice in Wonderland,” Come Dance at My Wedding,” “Cop Dog,” “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief,” “Remember Me,” “Shutter Island,” “Star Struck,” “When in Rome.”
Zoo Discovery Box
The library has received a new Discovery Box from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.
This interactive kit is insect themed and contains a variety of fun activities for children, including biofacts, an insect DVD, children’s books, magnifying glasses, butterfly nets, insect toys, ad more. The Discovery Box can be checked out for two weeks at a time with no grace period. Discovery Boxes are a cooperative effort of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Libraries Serving Communities, with support from the Dekko Foundation. Discovery Boxes are exchanged between local libraries every few months.
For more information call 693-6466 or go to www.buscolibrary@verizon.net

The Summer Reading Program, “Make Music at Your Library,” has special visitors in July.

On Tuesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. the special visitor will be Yurtfolk, a musical family that shares folk music and storytelling.

Lance Ollis

Ollis graduates from basic training

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Lance J. Ollis graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Amber Talbot of Short St., Churubusco.
Ollis is a 2007 graduate of Churubusco High School.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Lance J. Ollis graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Truck Wreck

Truck wreck on US 33

CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE Mr. Glen L. Simmons, of Lakeland, Florida, drove off the right side of the roadway,…