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January 27, 2010

One Year Ago
The fourth annual Whitley County Fire and Ice Festival was held in Columbia City.  Ice-carvers from all over the midwest attended the competition.
The Board of Directors of Passages, Inc. announced the appointment of Tom O’Neil as the organization’s new president and CFO.
Lance McParlon and Corey Richards both claimed Conference titles at North East Corner Conference Wrestling Tournament at Prairie Heights.
Jered and Kim Blanchard announced the birth of their son, Levi Areli.
Five Years Ago
Stuart Hilsmier won the final round of the local Spelling Bee at CES. Dylan Jones was runner-up.
David Willyard, D.O. announced that David Reinhard, MD would be joining the medical practice.
Half of the pre-sale ticket sales of the girls and boys varsity games were donated to the Churubusco Student Council Tsunami Relief effort.
Line-time talk show host Johnny Carson passed away at the age of 79.
Kayla Mathewson, a Charmain model, won several awards in Orlando. She won awards in swimwear modeling, television commercial and overall winner in runway modeling.
Randy and Erin Marks announced the birth of their daughter, Kaelyn Jean.
Ten Years Ago
Justin Cornewell of CMS was the winner of the National Geography Bee.
A SGCS board member submitted a letter of request at the Council meeting. A request was made to request the town appoint and provide future school crossing guards at the intersection of Short Street and Indiana 205. For the past six years the PTA had appointed volunteers as crossing guards. According to state statue, the town was responsible for the appointment of school crossing guards.
CHS hosted the 7th Annual Show Choir Invitational. Nine choirs competed with Crete-Monee of Illinois named the Grand Champion winner.
George and Bonnie Diller celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a family dinner hosted by their children.
25 Years Ago
Members of Churubusco Masonic Lodge 515 Free & Accepted Masons, dedicated their new temple. Years of planning and months of hard work ended in the historical celebration.
The main topic at the School Board meeting was the purchase of ground for future construction of an Administration Building.
Clifford Smith was appointed Town Marshal.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Bonar announced the birth of their daughter, Jessica Leigh.
Teresa Herendeen joined the Tri-County Truth Staff, assuming the responsibilities of Advertising Sales.
50 Years Ago
Quick thinking and action by Judy Schultz, probably saved the lives of three of her classmates. The girls were skating at Tri-Lakes when suddenly the ice cracked under three of the girls and the girls went into the water. Judy worked and got all three of them out of the water. With their clothes stiff with ice, they went to the home of a Girl Scout leader who had been working on water rescue training.
Sandra Hiscutt was crowned Snowball Queen by Churubusco High School students at their dance.
The Churubusco Lions Club embarked on a more active part in one of the two Indiana Lions State projects, furtherance of the Leader Dogs for the Blind campaign.  Ninety-five leader dogs had been trained for residents of Indiana.
The new aeromobile was on display at the auto show at the Coliseum. The car was only one of three in existence in America. It was designed by Bertoni of Italy and had a value of $26,000. The car could be driven over pavement, barren ground, ice and open water. It went forward, back and sideways and could turn as if on a pivot.

One Year Ago

The fourth annual Whitley County Fire and Ice Festival was held in Columbia City.  Ice-carvers from all over the midwest attended the competition.

The Board of Directors of Passages, Inc. announced the appointment of Tom O’Neil as the organization’s new president and CEO.

Lance McParlon and Corey Richards both claimed Conference titles at North East Corner Conference Wrestling Tournament at Prairie Heights.

Jered and Kim Blanchard announced the birth of their son, Levi Areli.

Town agrees on splash pad location

by Dave Crabill
dcrabill@busconews.com
After months of trying to bring a community pool to Churubusco, the committee decided on a location in the town park to build a splash pad instead.
The Mueller Pool Committee organized after the estate of  Churubusco resident Paul Mueller donated  over $300,000 to Smith-Green schools for the purpose of building a swimming pool. Shortly after accepting the money the school district realized that they had neither the real estate nor the financing to help complete the project. The school board informed the executor of the estate, Don Page, that the school would return the gift if there was a committee formed to return the money. The school placed the money with the Whitley County Community  Foundation for investment.
The pool committee also approached the Town of Churubusco to explore their interest in the swimming pool project. The Town Council told the committee that although they had the property to house the pool, they didn’t have the money to help build or maintain it.
After much soul searching, the pool committee decided to scale back their plans on the pool and began researching a splash pad instead. A splash pad is made up of playground equipment that is attached to a water supply and then recirculated. There is no standing water, eliminating the need for lifeguards or other supervision.
The pool committee approached the Churubusco council again, this time offering to donate the construction of a splash pad including the money to operate it. The council told the committee that they would accept the donation and thanked them for the offer. The town would put the splash pad in the park.
During last Wednesday’s council meeting, Park Superintendent Rick Krider updated the progress of the project. Krider explained that the plan was to build the pad  in an area between existing baseball and softball diamonds. Krider also told the council that the committee would give the town nearly $100,000 for the upkeep and maintenance.
“If we invest the money properly we should be able to run and maintain it for years to come.”
The splash pad should take  about four months to complete and should be finished for the planned debut at this year’s Turtle Days Festival in June.

by Dave Crabill

dcrabill@busconews.com

After months of trying to bring a community pool to Churubusco, the committee decided on a location in the town park to build a splash pad instead.

Gerri Johnson

Stand up and be counted

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With the U.S. Census process beginning, the  Better Business Bureau advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identify theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is underway as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address, including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.
Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.
Remember, no matter what they ask, you really only need to tell them how many people live at your address.

(Town Census Director Gerri Johnson)

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the  Better Business Bureau advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identify theft.

Eagle Garden

Order bricks now for Smith-Green Eagle Garden

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by Katie Wagner
A community-based planning committee is developing an area at the Churubusco School campus to celebrate the lives of those who have passed away and those individuals who have dedicated themselves to the school and community.
According to the committee’s vision, “Eagle Garden will be a living space of trees, plantings, benches and ‘Our Guardian Eagle Walkway.'” The Walkway will be composed of bricks that community members may purchase in honor of or in memory of former students and staff.
The cost of each brick is $50, with a maximum of three lines engraved and a maximum 14 characters per line.
Phase I of Eagle Garden will cost approximately $10,000 and will include “Our Guardian Eagle Walkway,” which will replace the existing stepping stone path in the grassy area in front of the school at the corner of Tulley and Mulberry Streets behind the school sign. Funds donated will also be used to prepare the area and complete initial landscaping of Eagle Garden. Phase II will cost an estimated $20,000 to add a new welcome sign, water feature, full landscaping and finishing touches. The committee appreciates any and all contributions and plans to recognize all contributors on the school website and through printed materials.
A dedication service will take place May 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the site of Eagle Garden. Churubusco’s own New Era and Chimers will perform, the Boy Scouts will present the Colors and SGCS Superintendent Steve Darnell and Youth For Christ leader Jon Pelz will speak.
The Corporation recently accepted a donation to the garden from the Whitley County Community Foundation for $2,500.
For more information, contact Julie Mast at 693-2188 or Cathy Petrie at 636-3522. Information is also available at www.sgcs.k12.in.us/ and click on the “Eagle Garden” tab on the left-hand side of the page.

by Katie Wagner

kwagner@busconews.com

A community-based planning committee is developing an area at the Churubusco School campus to celebrate the lives of those who have passed away and those individuals who have dedicated themselves to the school and community.

Churubusco Police Report for December 1-13

Tuesday, December 1: 50 PD only Main and Whitley Mackin/Koshurin. No alcohol.1150 Citation failure to stop, Schaubschlager W.; 1630 U2 Board of Health at West Pleasant; 1350 School check; 2251 WC Assisted Medics at 2255. Took over CPR until Fire Department showed up.
Wednesday, December 2: 0011 U4 arrested for resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, reckless driving. OWI, third, D. Bornkamp of Churubusco; 0745, U2, School traffic; U2 out at W1. Ask Mark if I could use one of his HT1000’s and he gave me one. Had J&K put utility and Allen Co. channels in it so now I have a radio that works. Also, I was told that any HT 1000 made after 1995 can be programmed for narrow band.U2 check. U2 funeral. Signal 8, Mor For Less in reference to harassment. 10-23 talked to store owner. He advised who works at the ASA has been coming in and harassing a cashier. She has told him she has a boyfriend but he continues to call and stop in. The owner would like him to not come back to the store. U1 out at the school. Talked with him and advised him to leave female alone and not to go back to the school. Advised he would not contact the female or visit the store. Dispatch has all info.
Thursday, December 3: U2 School traffic. U2 School check. U1 School check.
Friday, December 4: 10-23 Two patients, one Condition A and the other 10-0. U3 CP Vin check salvage title $5 #717221. W/C 911 Dead call, Maple Lane. His Life Alert went off. He doesn’t know why but he is ok. U3 W/C Suspicious vehicle on the lot of Family Dollar. Maroon four door Buick. They just closed and it is unattended. 10-8 Vehicle was leaving. U3 W/C Well, the suspicious vehicle call was at Dollar General, Not Family Dollar. So I went there. Maroon Lumina belongs to Sig 80, 10-8.
Saturday, December 5: WC 92-9, 10-50 PD Car/deer on US33 by Ideal Fish and Game Club. Running in the roadway in area of feed mill UTL. U1 CP into pickup eye glasses and cell phone. She advised the protective order has been terminated. CP Report of suspicious behavior on East Whitley Street across from National City Bank parking lot. Man with no shirt on chasing an approximately 12 year-old boy from the front of residence to the rear. Located subjects at E. Whitley Street. They were playing outdoors. Didn’t appear to be impaired. They both advised they were just playing. Everything appeared to be 10-4. Advised he is babysitting children tonight.
Sunday, December 6: U2 Fuel.
Monday, December 7: U1 Special parking detail. U3 School check. U2 School check. U2 Deer kill permit J. Brown.
Tuesday, December 8: U2 School traffic. U2 School check. U1 School check. U1 10-59 Property damage 33 and 205.U1 10-23 Rutledge vs. Lehman. No Alcohol cad #141808.
Wednesday, December 9: U4 arrested for OWI, third. A. Cripe of Columbia City. U1 School check. U1 WC 911 Dead call from W. Whitley Street. U1 10-23 Had her shed in her back yard blow away and is heading down the alley. She needs a report for insurance company. Cad #141812.
Thursday, December 10: 92-9 Citation for expired plates from “May 09” J. Herendeen.
Friday, December 11: W/C 10-50 Unknown at 550 East and 205. 10-23. Property damage only. 92-13 worked it. U3 Citation disregarding auto signal, Goelz, T. U3 W/C Sig. 8 CVS in reference to retrieving meds. C/P advised that two hours ago she gave a bag of meds to a subject. The subject should not have received two bottles of those bottles. C/P has tried every number to contact subject and gotten no response. U3 W/C Out at lot in Blue Ridge. Meds retrieved without incident. U3 W/C 10-10 on the lot of Volero. Responding from Blue Ridge. 10-23, Both parties left. Witness advised truck behind Pit Stop is where one of the subjects went and truck is still there. Plate came back to. I entered Pit Stop to find him. I had him step out back. He advised he was in the bar. Was talking to another woman. Asked to take her home. Advised that he would take her home. They had a verbal 10-10 but it was not physical. 92-13 and I went to speak with 10-23. Spoke with both. No signs of battery. 10-8. U3 Returned to CVS and gave meds to them.
Saturday, December 12: U3 W/C 10-50 PI North Main and Washington Streets, One female patient laying in the street. 10-23. No patient in the street. Three vehicles involved. Rohrer’s not available. Smith towed vehicle to their lot in Columbia City. Deuter transported to Parkview Whitley by Medic 12. She consented to a warrantless search of blood. I will probably cite her for following too close. I advised all parties that the 10-50 report will be done by 3 p.m. Sunday. U11 Hit skip at high school CAD #141825.
Sunday, December 13: 10-7 W3 in reference to 10-50 and case report from yesterday’s crash. Crash report complete, holding on to case report. U3 C/P in from Staunton. His son’s bike was stolen from his yard barn, between Thursday night and Saturday night. It’s a Schwinn Stingray with a white banana seat, ape hanger handle bars, cheater slick rear tire. It was a gift from his grandpa valued at $300. Waiting for info, serial # etc. U2 Sig. 8, Mill Street in reference to harassment. CAD 141831 is not to call or go back to Mill Street until his mother says it is ok.

Tuesday, December 1: 50 PD only Main and Whitley Mackin/Koshurin. No alcohol.1150 Citation failure to stop, Schaubschlager W.; 1630 U2 Board of Health at West Pleasant; 1350 School check; 2251 WC Assisted Medics at 2255. Took over CPR until Fire Department showed up.

Shively named to Huntington University’s Dean’s List

Heather Shively has been named to the Dean’s List at Huntington University for the Fall Term 2009. Ms. Shively is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
She is the daughter of Mark and Lorie Shively of Albion and attends Blue River Church of the Brethren.
The Dean’s List is published two times a 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 four-point scale.

Heather Shively has been named to the Dean’s List at Huntington University for the Fall Term 2009. Ms. Shively is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She is the daughter of Mark and Lorie Shively of Albion and attends Blue River Church of the Brethren.

Manchester announces Dean’s List

Two local students made the Fall 2009 Dean’s List at Manchester College:
Samuel Ott, a first-year philosophy major and religion major, is a graduate of Cornerstone Christian School.
Linsey Shannon, a junior English major and English/Language Arts education major, is a graduate of Carroll High School.
To receive this honor, a student must complete at least 12 hours with a GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester.
Manchester College offers more than 55 areas of study to 1,223 students from 21 states and 20 countries. For more about the College, visit www.manchester.edu.

Two local students made the Fall 2009 Dean’s List at Manchester College: Samuel Ott, a first-year philosophy major and religion major, is a graduate of Cornerstone Christian School. Linsey Shannon, a junior English major and English/Language Arts education major, is a graduate of Carroll High School.

IPFW students make academic excellence

More than 2700 students achieved either the Dean’s List (D), Semester Honors List (S), or both lists (B) during the Fall 2009 semester at IPFW.
The Dean’s List includes those who have completed at least 12 credits toward graduation resulting in at least a 3.5 graduation index and who carried at least six credits during the semester resulting in at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
The Semester Honors List includes those who have completed at least six credits toward graduation resulting in at least a 2.0 graduation index and at least a 3.5 GPA for the semester.
Students from our area who have achieved honors are listed below:
Joseph Arehart, (B); Courtney Coil, (B); Miklos Cseri, (S); Shannon Elward (B); Samantha Fry, (S); Cristina Garcia, (S); Crystal Harter, (S); Maria Hiester, (B); Joy Johnson, (S); Marrisa Kessinger, (S); Cara Meeks, (S); Natasha Perrine, (B); Kacie Ruble, (B); Abigail Shurboff, (B); Desiree Skinner, (S); Kristi Slagal (S); Averi Smith, (B); Sara Tavassol, (S); Michael Tomlinson, (S).

More than 2700 students achieved either the Dean’s List (D), Semester Honors List (S), or both lists (B) during the Fall 2009 semester at IPFW. The Dean’s List includes those who have completed at least 12 credits toward graduation resulting in at least a 3.5 graduation index and who carried at least six credits during the semester resulting in at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.