Category Archives: Local

September 30, 2009

CN September 30, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
Ashley Gilbert was crowned 2008 Homecoming Queen.
The Pool Committee presented three variations of a finished pool to the Town Council. The committee wanted the town to donate two acres in the park for the project. Paul Muller, in his will, left $30,201.40 to the community to build a pool.
The Churubusco Class of ‘53 celebrated its 55th anniversary at the Masonic Temple.
Five Years Ago
Local car buffs Wade Wheeler, LeRoy Blessing and Dennis Duggan competed with 2,400 others at the 25th annual James Dean Run in Fairmont, Indiana. Winning in the top 20 were Duggan for his 1948 Chevy pickup, Blessing for his sleek 1957 Chevy Coupe and Wheeler for his 1958 Chevy Apache.
Police were still searching for the man who robbed Bank One in Columbia City.
Mail carriers across Indiana were collecting glasses and hearing aids.  The collected glasses went to the Lions Recycling Center in Upland, Indiana. Each month 120,000 refurbished glasses ship out. The hearing aids went to the Indiana Lions Hearing Aid Loaner program at Riley Hospital.
Mark and Jackie Young announced the birth of their son, Mason Robert.
Ten Years Ago
Molly Green was crowned Homecoming Queen.
The Churubusco Public Library was in the process of being remodeled. Included was an upgrade to the electrical system, painting, carpeting, shelving, furniture and heating and air conditioning.
The Chamber gave the go-ahead to the downtown sidewalk project. Plans called for new sidewalks and curbs to be installed along the length of downtown Churubusco.
Beulah and Jimmie Allman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception.
25 Years Ago
Whitley County REMC asked for a rate increase caused by a 6.1% increase in the cost of wholesale power from Wabash Valley Power Association.
The CHS class of ‘31 met at the Magic Wand for their  annual reunion.
The Town Board was in need of a clerk-treasurer. The previous clerk, Mary Poynter submitted her resignation citing family and employment conflicts.
Alleged lack of concern over park funds by the Park Board resulted in almost $4,000 of unpaid bills for the Park that the Town Board could not pay.
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Sparkman announced the birth of their son, Tyson Ron.
Dr. and Mrs. Rex Allman announced the birth of their son, Luke Francis.
50 Years Ago
A group of top executives and engineers from Japan toured the J.I. Case plant to observe the latest techniques of the heavy equipment field.
More than 85 drivers competed in a tractor pulling contest put on by the Ideal Fish and Game Club. First place winners were Bernard Wappes, Leon More and Glen Nicodemus.
The Whitley County Opportunity School opened in its new Columbia City location on North Line Street.
Huge crowds filled the CHS gym to hear the Reverend Jack Cochrone during the Community Crusade for Christ.
Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Cox celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a dinner in their honor.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brumbaugh announced the birth of their daughter, Jo Ella.
Bob Iron’s Green Grill featured a special of chicken dinner with a quarter chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, slaw and rolls for 59¢.

One Year Ago

Ashley Gilbert was crowned 2008 Homecoming Queen.

The Pool Committee presented three variations of a finished pool to the Town Council. The committee wanted the town to donate two acres in the park for the project. Paul Muller, in his will, left $30,201.40 to the community to build a pool.

The Churubusco Class of ‘53 celebrated its 55th anniversary at the Masonic Temple.

Kent Smith and his daughter Elena spent their Saturday.

Churubusco Trailways: Connecting people, connecting Town

by Katie Wagner

Walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters now have a safer place to exercise. The first phase of the Churubusco Trailways project is complete–providing a half mile of trails through the Churubusco Park and connecting to the Thresher Ridge housing addition.

September 23, 2009

CN September 23, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
Michael Sturgis was sworn in as the newest member of the Smith-Green School Board. He was appointed to fill the vacancy left when Brandon Almas resigned.
Churubusco native, Kelsie Murray finished a ten-week internship at the U.S. Embassy where she served in the political division. From Greece, she traveled to Spain where she would complete the first semester of her senior year.
Charles and Mary Cummings celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center.
Five Years Ago
Churubusco Elementary teacher Liz Schemm was awarded a Champions in Education Award from Midwest Living magazine. She garnered national attention and a $250 award after being named a second place winner.
Two Noble REMC journeymen joined crews heading to the Gulf Coast to help restore power after Hurricane Ivan. Doug Eggl and Dave Dunn volunteered to take the duty when it was offered.
Information was presented to the Town Council on applying for a grant for a bike path. Initial plans for the project needed to be developed. If the town obtained a grant, it would have to provide matching funds.
Adam and Krista Marshall announced the birth of their son, Alexander Lee.
Ten Years Ago
The Town Council approved a budget for 2000. The proposed budget of $772,701 would go to the State Tax Board for reviewing.
Street signs were installed in Thresher Ridge.
Indiana’s two leading business groups warned that Indiana’s near-bottom ranking on SAT scores was robbing the state of the pool of qualified workers needed to be competitive in the 21st Century.
Chad and Jodie Keener announced the birth of their daughter, Grace Autumn.
Rick and Lori Philbee announced the birth of their daughter, Ashlynn Beth.
Jeff and Amy Perlich announced the birth of their son, Riley Dale.
25 Years Ago
The Churubusco Police were seen around town in a much needed new patrol car.
New lights for the Park were approved by the Turtle Days Association. The main reason the Association agreed on a metal halide light was they should pay for themselves in one year.
Churubusco led the county in the United Way Fund Drive. With an area goal of $9,594, they were one-third of the way there in the first week.
Lynn and Charles Hanson announced the birth of their daughter, Elyse Rose.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schortgen announced the birth of their daughter, Stacy Lee.
Gary and Cindy Bonar announced the birth of their daughter, Brooke Nicole.
Larry and Kris Kirkpatrick announced the birth of their daughter, Sara Lee.
Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ressler announced the birth of their daughter, Laura Ann.
Randy and Connie Hooten announced the birth of their daughter, Jessica Ellen.
50 Years Ago
The Churubusco State Bank doubled its capital from $50,000 to $100,000. In a special meeting, the stockholders declared a 100 percent stock dividend.
There was considerable opposition to a proposed rate increase by General Telephone. Letters were sent to the Indiana Public Service Commission objecting to the raise which in some cases was more than 40%.
J.I. Case reported record sales the first nine months of the year at $151 million.  Common stock earnings went from .75 a share to $1.44, a 92 percent increase.
A change of venue was denied in the second embezzlement trial of Arnold Hobbs.
The Red Crown Dining Room had been added to the Ten-Pin Restaurant. It seated 125 people and was available for special occasions.
Showing at the Columbia Theater was Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” and the “Diary of Anne Frank.”

One Year Ago

Michael Sturgis was sworn in as the newest member of the Smith-Green School Board. He was appointed to fill the vacancy left when Brandon Almas resigned.

Churubusco native, Kelsie Murray finished a ten-week internship at the U.S. Embassy where she served in the political division. From Greece, she traveled to Spain where she would complete the first semester of her senior year.

Charles and Mary Cummings celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center.

September 16, 2009

CN September 16, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
A batting cage and a small flower garden were put in the park  in memory of Gerald (Pud) Jones.
Two long-time emergency medical technicians, Terri Shively and Carole Jacquay were honored by the Churubusco Fire Department for a combined total of 58 years of service to Whitley County EMS.
Everett and Martha Osbun celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Ben and Katie Wagner announced the birth of their daughter, Claire Alyse.
Five Years Ago
The Turtletown Players were presenting “Little Shop of Horrors” at the high school auditorium.
Riley Templeton and family wanted to give back to Riley’s Children’s Hospital because of the miracle recovery Riley had with the care and attention received at the Hospital. A pop tab drive was organized, which most of Churubusco joined, and 387,800 tabs were collected and donated in Riley Templeton’s name.
CHS Class of 1954 celebrated their 50th year reunion at the Eagle’s Nest. They enjoyed a social hour and dinner. President Connie Teghtmeyer conducted the business meeting. Everyone received a gift of DeBrand’s Chocolates and a booklet with names and addresses.
George and Carol McBride and Bob and Linda Allman joined the approximately 60,000 people that walked the five mile Mackinac Bridge during the Labor Day weekend.
Tommy Beezley II clenched the Rookie of the Year Award in the Modified Division at the Gas City Speedway.
Joe and Loretta Blake celebrated their 50th anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.
Ten Years Ago
In a Republican Town Convention, Anna Gordon won the office of Clerk-Treasurer.
Total school enrollment was 1,445, eight fewer than the year before.
CNN planned on spending a few days in Churubusco to film John Krieger and the businesses and people who watched after him. Larry Woods, producer of “Across America,” planned on airing the segment on an upcoming show.
Doug and Amy Pence announced the birth of their daughter, Cora Lynne.
25 Years Ago
Busco Pride was celebrating their Grand Opening. There were many specials offered like free fountain Pepsi with gas purchase. Although it was self-serve, they advertised they would pump the gas for handi-capped and senior citizens at no extra charge.
Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Gaff celebrated their 50th anniversary with an open  house at the Green Center Community Center. Mr. and Mrs. Gaff and Mr. and Mrs. Homer Owens were married in a double ceremony by Reverend Marion Shroyer.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Renkenberger were guests of their children at the Factory Restaurant to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
50 Years Ago
Enrollment in the Churubusco Schools showed 470 pupils in grades one through six, an increase of one from the prior year. Grades seven through twelve had an enrollment of 411 students, 35 more than the year before.
Vandals broke into Thorncreek Center School and stole about $15 from the vending machines.
Mr. and Mrs. Ausburn Thompson announced the birth of their son, Jeffrey Allen.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Elliott announced the birth of their daughter, Eonica Elaine.
Specials at Shelton’s IGA were tomato juice at 19¢ for a 46 oz. can, bread, two loaves for 29¢ and swiss steak at 53¢ a pound.

One Year Ago

A batting cage and a small flower garden were put in the park  in memory of Gerald (Pud) Jones.

Two long-time emergency medical technicians, Terri Shively and Carole Jacquay were honored by the Churubusco Fire Department for a combined total of 58 years of service to Whitley County EMS.

Everett and Martha Osbun celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Ben and Katie Wagner announced the birth of their daughter, Claire Alyse.

Area Churches

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.