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Funeral director awarded service pin at convention

On June 9, 2010, Brad L. Myers was awarded a 40-year service pin by the Indiana Funeral Directors Association at their 130th annual convention held at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Myers began his career in funeral service as a volunteer on weekends in 1967 and then served as an apprentice at Klaehn Funeral Home in Fort Wayne, and finished at Farley Funeral Home in Indianapolis. He attended the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis and graduated in June of 1970, and held both an Embalmers and Funeral Directors License.
After graduation, Myers and his wife, Karen, moved back to Fort Wayne where Myers worked with the Chalfant-Perry-Klaehn Funeral Home. He then worked for D. O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes for over 24 years; he then moved to Portland, Indiana and worked for the Williamson and Spencer Funeral Home for 10 years. While in Portland he also served as a Jay County Sheriff Reserve officer and Deputy Coroner, and was then elected Coroner.
Presently, Myers serves as a funeral director with the Sheets &  Childs Funeral Home. Myers said that he has been intrigued with funeral service since the age of 10. He lost his step-grandfather, and grandmother about that time. A year later, seven cousins perished in a tragic house fire in Fort Wayne and along with the loss of a few neighbors, I spent a lot of time at funeral homes and cemeteries. It was like a calling; it felt only natural to want to follow in the footsteps of these professional men. Now that I look back, where did 40 plus years go? He has loved his profession, even though sometimes it is very difficult, but when the survivors, turn and thank you for making a difficult time in their lives bearable, that’s his reward.

On June 9, 2010, Brad L. Myers was awarded a 40-year service pin by the Indiana Funeral Directors Association at their 130th annual convention held at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Myers began his career in funeral service as a volunteer on weekends in 1967 and then served as an apprentice at Klaehn Funeral Home in Fort Wayne, and finished at Farley Funeral Home in Indianapolis. He attended the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis and graduated in June of 1970, and held both an Embalmers and Funeral Directors License.

Town audit checks out okay

by Dave Crabill
dcrabill@busconews.com
Churubusco’s books are in proper order  according to town clerk, Gerri Johnson.
Johnson informed the town council that an Indiana state audit over a two year period checked out fine with the exception of a couple of findings.
Johnson said the first finding is that the town is required to file electronically with the state and the software it uses doesn’t sync properly. The state recommends the use of the software. She said the town should look into purchasing the software for the future, and the cost could be substantial.
Another finding by the state auditors was the lack of an up-to-date record of assets.
The record of assets lists the towns buildings and equipment. Johnson said the town has all of the records, but they are not filed with the state correctly.
Council President  Frank Kessler said he was pleased with the audit and the town will look into the new software to be more compliant with the state.
Johnson also informed the council that the fire contract for 2011 had been presented to her and the cost was considerably higher than the current one. The current contract is $31,185 and the new one is $45,914. Johnson explained that costs were up due to the southside annexation that took place this summer.
Council members agreed to look at the contract at a future meeting before signing it.
The next Churubusco Town Council meeting is on  Wednesday July 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the town hall.

by Dave Crabill

dcrabill@busconews.com

Churubusco’s books are in proper order  according to town clerk, Gerri Johnson. Johnson informed the town council that an Indiana state audit over a two year period checked out fine with the exception of a couple of findings.

Smith-Green marketing tuition-free transfer to non-resident students

SGCS marketing tuition-free transfer to non-resident students
by Katie Wagner
Based on amendments to Indiana laws during the past year, Smith-Green Community Schools is now accepting students who do not live within the District’s boundaries. Previously, non-resident students had to pay to attend SGCS. At the July 6 meeting of the SGCS School Board, Superintendent Steve Darnell said the new policy creates an “open boundary” notion and feeling of acceptance for parents and students living outside the District. In addition, SGCS receives state revenue dollars for the General Fund based on the Average Daily Membership (ADM). By accepting non-resident students, the District hopes to increase its ADM. However, SGCS will not accept students with disciplinary or attendance issues. Parents of transfer students must provide transportation to the nearest bus stop pick-up location or to the school.
In other Board news:
Superintendent Darnell recommended the approval of a Beginning Educator Residency Program for SGCS. The State of Indiana has changed licensing rules for new educators, with individual districts as the grantors of approval for licensing of new teachers rather than the Department of Education. The Board approved the program now rather than waiting, as some districts are doing, because the District has several new teachers who have inquired about obtaining their teaching licenses. The program will include new teacher orientation, mentoring, pre- or in-service training and meetings with the building administrator.
The Board approved an updated policy regarding the use of school facilities. Darnell said the previous procedure was flawed and resulted in many groups not being charged to use the facilities. A formal application, which will be signed and legally binding, will be required for every event held outside of school hours, and will take care of liability issues. The newly approved guidelines and fee schedule designate which groups will be charged and the fee for each. The plan takes into account the cost of bringing in a custodian during the event.
“We are willing to work with groups based on their needs,” Darnell said, “but we have to have a framework from which to start.”
The Board accepted resignations from Ehren Misner, Director of Technology, and Dr. Cheryl Thomas, Teacher. The Board also accepted the transfer of Janet Mangan from CHS Special Education to CES Special Education. With Mangan’s transfer, Ashley Slain, former CHS Math Teacher, will fill the special education position in the Jr/Sr High School. Other new hires include Linda Greene as French Teacher, Brittany Smuts as Grade 6 English Teacher and familiar face Troy Gaff as Secondary Math Teacher. Gaff will also serve as Associate Athletic Director.
After listing several advantages of Komputrol Financial Software, SGCS Business Manager Todd Fleetwood recommended that the Board approve the purchase of the new software for use within the District. Fleetwood said the new software will better meet the District’s needs and should produce better results for future audits done by the State Board of Accounts. The software has an initial cost of $24,500; however, Fleetwood said the monthly maintenance fees cost over 70 percent less than the current e-Finance software and the software is much more user-friendly.
The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Monday, August 2 in the Administrative Building.

by Katie Wagner 

kwagner@busconews.com

Based on amendments to Indiana laws during the past year, Smith-Green Community Schools is now accepting students who do not live within the District’s boundaries. Previously, non-resident students had to pay to attend SGCS. At the July 6 meeting of the SGCS School Board, Superintendent Steve Darnell said the new policy creates an “open boundary” notion and feeling of acceptance for parents and students living outside the District.

Open House at Blue River Churubusco apartments

The entire community is invited to Blue River Churubusco’s Open House scheduled on Thursday, July 29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 235 E. Clingerman Ave., Churubusco. Light refreshments will be served. Tours of the building and apartments will also be available.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a grant in the amount of $2,267,800 to develop a 22 unit residence for the elderly under the Section 202 Supportive Housing Program. This project started in October of 2009 and was officially opened for occupancy on June 17, with 15 residents moving in at that time.
In attendance will be current Board Members for Blue River Senior Housing, Inc.

The entire community is invited to Blue River Churubusco’s Open House scheduled on Thursday, July 29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 235 E. Clingerman Ave., Churubusco. Light refreshments will be served. Tours of the building and apartments will also be available.

Free sports physicals at Churubusco Family Medicine

CHURUBUSCO, Ind. (July 8, 2010) – St. Joseph Medical Group and the Whitley County Health Department will offer free sports physicals and immunizations Monday, July 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Churubusco Family Medicine, 202 W. Whitley Way, Churubusco.
Free sports physicals will be performed by the clinic’s soon-to-be full-time primary care physician, Dr. Jeffrey Witt, along with Fort Wayne Medical Education Program residents and St. Joseph Medical Group staff.
Free immunizations will be administered by the Whitley County Health Department and St. Joseph Medical Group staff.
For additional information, call the clinic at (260) 693-3700.

St. Joseph Medical Group and the Whitley County Health Department will offer free sports physicals and immunizations Monday, July 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Churubusco Family Medicine, 202 W. Whitley Way, Churubusco.

Whitley County 4-H Fair picture times

Attention all Whitley County 4-H Fair participants and parents: feature reporter Katie Wagner will take pictures of Smith Township 4-H’ers with their livestock and projects on Wednesday, July 21 for the Churubusco News. Listed below are approximate times and locations for photographs:
10 a.m. – Dairy and Beef in the main Cow Barn.
10:30 a.m. – Sheep/Goats in the Sheep/Goat Barns.
11:00 a.m. – Swine in the Swine Barn.
11:30 – Horse and Pony in the Horse/Pony Barn.
11:45 a.m. – Rabbits and Poultry in the Rabbit/ Poultry Barn.
12 noon – 4-H Projects/ Exhibits in the 4-H Center.
Please have your animal or project ready at the approximate time and location.
If you are unavailable at these times, please email a picture of your 4-H’er to kwagner@busconews.com by Monday, July 26.

Attention all Whitley County 4-H Fair participants and parents: feature reporter Katie Wagner will take pictures of Smith Township 4-H’ers with their livestock and projects on Wednesday, July 21 for the Churubusco News. Listed below are approximate times and locations for photographs:

Turtletown Players to “Celebrate Our Favorites”

On Sunday, July 18 at 2:30 p.m. the Turtletown Players will present “Celebrate Our Favorites” at Churubusco United Methodist Church. Each performer will deliver a favorite song representing many genres. It may be singing, or playing an instrument, etc.
Some of those participating are Corey Bonar, Deb Rohrer, Cheryl Stucker, Carmen Fitzpatrick, Chelsea Roth, Val Eakins, Bill Anders, Melissa Baughman, Lisa Waterman, Alex McDowell, Greg Childs, Noah Stucker, Alissa Schoon, Trisha McDowell, Zane Sade, Nicole Byerly and Dan Hile.
A free will offering will be taken to aid the Soup Kitchen deliveries this fall and winter.

On Sunday, July 18 at 2:30 p.m. the Turtletown Players will present “Celebrate Our Favorites” at Churubusco United Methodist Church. Each performer will deliver a favorite song representing many genres. It may be singing, or playing an instrument, etc.

July 14, 2010

One Year Ago
The Churubusco Chamber was selling raffle tickets for a $300 first prize gift certificate. Prize winners would be announced at Picnic In The Park.
Tommy Beezley was the points leader at the Butler Motor Speedway.
Noble REMC was a sponsor of the 2009 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington D.C. Kayla Helfrich of Churubusco High School and Racheal Stump of West Noble High School were among the 78 students from the state to go on the trip.
Children at the Church of the Nazarene collected canned goods and money for the local food bank.  They gave close to $600 in groceries and cash.
Joshua and Krystal VanLaere announced the birth of their son, Joshua Allen.
Five Years Ago
Due to a study requested by the Churubusco Town Council, the speed zones on State Road 205, east of Churubusco, would be lowered.
Wanda Gall was the new marketing specialist for Indiana Lakeland Girl Scout Council in Noble and Whitley counties.
Fourteen members of the Churubusco United Methodist Church traveled to Kentucky to give their energy and talents to Ministry of Service. The local group’s project was to build a room addition on a mobile home for a handicapped man and to fix a porch for an elderly man.
Jake Hyndman was named to the IHSBCA All-State Team. He made the Class 2A First Team, first base.
Justin and Danielle Gaerte announced the birth of the their son, Zach Lee.
Ten Years Ago
“Dinger” the Wizard’s mascot visited the Churubusco Library for the summer reading kickoff.
The Eel River Baptist Church on Carroll Road was vandalized. Rocks had been thrown through the large stained glass windows causing nearly $10,000 in damage.
Long time residents of Churubusco and Columbia City, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Fiedler were honored with a surprise 65th wedding anniversary hosted by their son, Jim.
Alix Edsall won the Indiana State MS Championship Race Round 2 at D & D Motor Sports at Reads Racing track in Rochester.
25 Years Ago
Congressman Dan Coats unveiled a new mobile office while in Churubusco.
Churubusco State Bank announced it would merge with Fort Wayne National.
The main topic at the Town Board meeting was the addition of another police officer, to have four full time officers. An executive meeting was scheduled to determine if funds were available.
Mindy Green was a finalist in the Miss America Coed Pageant at the Indianapolis Hilton.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rosenberry celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Allan and Anne Braiser announced the birth of their daughter, Karen Lynne.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Coffelt announced the birth of twin boys, Cory Eugene and Dustin Thomas.
50 Years Ago
State Senator F. Dale Barrett presided over the Turtle Queen crowning ceremonies. In the “Miss” division, Diane Boggess was the winner. The new “Mrs.” queen was Penny Carson.
Kenneth Gordon was promoted to manager of engineering at J.I. Case.He filled the vacancy created by the transfer of Carl von Linsowe.
Funds for research conducted by the National Foundation against Polio, Arthritis and Birth Defects were requested by Whitley County.
Eel River Baptist Church held evening outdoor worship services.
County bond sales were $29,472 compared to $31,191 for the corresponding month the prior year.

One Year Ago

The Churubusco Chamber was selling raffle tickets for a $300 first prize gift certificate. Prize winners would be announced at Picnic In The Park.

Tommy Beezley was the points leader at the Butler Motor Speedway.

Noble REMC was a sponsor of the 2009 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington D.C. Kayla Helfrich of Churubusco High School and Racheal Stump of West Noble High School were among the 78 students from the state to go on the trip.

Children at the Church of the Nazarene collected canned goods and money for the local food bank.  They gave close to $600 in groceries and cash.

Joshua and Krystal VanLaere announced the birth of their son, Joshua Allen.

Herron on HU EXCEL Dean’s List

HUNTINGTON, IN—Huntington University is recognizing 75 of its EXCEL students who were named to the Dean’s List. 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 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
EXCEL is Huntington University’s accelerated degree program for busy adults. Classes are offered in Huntington, Columbia City and Wabash as well as online.
The following student is a Dean’s List recipient from this area: LeaAnn Herron of Churubusco, is seeking an Associate of Science degree in Organizational Management.
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).

HUNTINGTON – Huntington University is recognizing 75 of its EXCEL students who were named to the Dean’s List. The Dean’s List is published two times per year at Huntington University.