Category Archives: Local

June 2, 2010

One Year Ago
C & A Tool purchased the MAHLE Clevite property.  C & A Tool needed a facility for high volume manufacturing.  MAHLE announced earlier they would close the Churubusco facility by the end of the year.
Mark Young opened Mark’s Barber Shop in the Central Building on Main Street in Churubusco.
Groundbreaking for a new water treatment plant took place. The two and a half million dollar project was scheduled for completion in 2010.
Oscar the Turtle was to be Grand Marshal of the 2009 Turtle Days Festival parade. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the hunt, several new events were to be available including “Crunch,” a 165-pound alligator snapping turtle, owned and cared for by the Blackwater Turtle Refuge.
Churubusco Eagle Baseball team won the sectional championship and advanced to the Championship Game.
Matt and Amanda Dennis announced the birth of their daughter, Caroline Marie.
Five Years Ago
Katie Hursey was Valedictorian and Deanna Craig Salutatorian of the 2005 Class.
A new law was going into effect requiring every child under the age of eight to ride in a child safety seat.
Civil War Veteran Daniel Jones was memorialized at his grave site in Eel River Cemetery. Great-grandfather of locals Chuck and Dave Jones and Max Myers, he served in the 5th Indiana Light Artillery. Chuck Jones worked six months putting the memorial together and enlisted the help of the 30th Indiana Infantry Civil War Re-enacters.
CES Assistant Principal Becky Perkins took a principal job at LaOtto Elementary School.
10 Years Ago
Stan and Doris Horne announced the opening of the Eagle’s Nest II Grill Room at the Eagle Glen Complex. They also managed the Eagle’s Nest Reception Hall. Family dining at the Grill was available seven days a week.
Orr Funeral Home expanded its funeral home by enlarging and paving the parking lot, remodeling the interior, painting the exterior and adding a new sign.
After 26-1/2 years, Clarence Resler retired from driving a school bus for S-G Community Schools. In all those years, he only missed three days. The first-ever Clarence Resler Bus Driver Award was initiated in his honor and would be given to SGCS bus drivers as merited in the future.
Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, in cooperation with People Preserving History, was sending a team of architectural field surveyors to Whitley County to identify and record all the county’s historical sites and structures.
25 Years Ago
Hooks Drugs in Churubusco was one of 175 Hook’s  locations to computerize their prescriptions.
When Greg Shanabarger became a volunteer fireman for the Churubusco Fire Department, it made three generations of Shanabarger’s involved in the Department. Greg’s father, Robert had been a member for 24 years.
His father, Ralph was a member when the Central building burned.
Lt. Governor John Mutz said a half million dollars in State grants for training and equipment will help Bluffton Rubber to open in Churubusco. Clifford Chaffee said 75 jobs would be created the first year.  More jobs were to be added in the first two years.
Churubusco’s school cafeteria head cook, Florence Nunchuck retired after 22 years of preparing and serving meals.
Mr. and Mrs. James Braun announced the birth of their son, Derek Allen.
Jill and Mike Miller announced the birth of their daughter, Jenna Lynn.
Larry and Ann King announced the birth of twin sons, Kristofer and Kyle.
50 Years Ago
Chuck Jones was the Churubusco Summer Recreation Program Director in the absence of CHS Athletic Director, James Robbins.
All patrons of Churubusco stores were urged to avail themselves of one of the new off-street parking lots for free parking. The lots were behind St. John Bosco Catholic Church, one behind the American Legion hall and the other behind the fire station.
Many farmers in Whitley County were concerned about the yellowing and browning of wheat. County Agent, Donald Clayton said it was the result of cool, wet weather conditions resulting in temporary anon-availability of nitrate. He felt the condition was not serious and yields should be close to normal.
Members of the Ashley High School newspaper staff visited the Tri County Truth.

One Year Ago

C & A Tool purchased the MAHLE Clevite property.  C & A Tool needed a facility for high volume manufacturing.  MAHLE announced earlier they would close the Churubusco facility by the end of the year. 

Mark Young opened Mark’s Barber Shop in the Central Building on Main Street in Churubusco.

Groundbreaking for a new water treatment plant took place. The two and a half million dollar project was scheduled for completion in 2010.

Oscar the Turtle was to be Grand Marshal of the 2009 Turtle Days Festival parade. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the hunt, several new events were to be available including “Crunch,” a 165-pound alligator snapping turtle, owned and cared for by the Blackwater Turtle Refuge.

Churubusco Eagle Baseball team won the sectional championship and advanced to the Championship Game.

Matt and Amanda Dennis announced the birth of their daughter, Caroline Marie.

Rotary Scholarship winners

Rotary Club honors Churubusco High School students

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CHS Seniors James Fehring, Katie Brumbaugh, Danielle Hartmann and Alex McDowell were each awarded a $4,000 scholarship to be used toward the first two years of higher education. Churubusco Rotary Club President Richard Zollinger noted that the Churubusco Rotary Club has distributed over $200,000 in scholarships in the past 17 years.

The Churubusco Rotary Club held its annual Honors Luncheon on Tuesday, May 18, at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center. Several groups were recognized along with Rotary Scholarships being awarded.

Green Twp 4-H'ers and Sacred Heart residents

4-H’ers plant flowers with Sacred Heart Home residents

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(The Green Township 4-H Clubs planted flowers with the residents at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.)

The May 23 4-H meeting was called to order by R. J. Sonnenberg. Roll call was then taken. Nate Konger led the 4-H Trail and also did devotions. Peyton Gaff led the group in singing.
The group will be filling Vera Bradley Bags with goodies for the upcoming Silent Auction. Each member will be assigned something to bring.
It was voted on to purchase a Memorial Brick at the Churubusco High School. Everyone is to bring $2 to the next meeting.
At the end of the meeting the “Share the Fun” kids performed for the rest of the group.
T-shirts have arrived and are ready to sell for $10 each. Contact any 4-H member to purchase one.
Remember the garage sale at the Green Township Community Center June 3, 4, 5, and June 10, 11, and 12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. all days.
The next regular meeting is June 27 at 4 p.m.

The May 23 4-H meeting was called to order by R. J. Sonnenberg. Roll call was then taken. Nate Konger led the 4-H Trail and also did devotions. Peyton Gaff led the group in singing. 

Bible School at Good News Baptist

“High Seas Expedition 2010” will be held at Good News Baptist Church located at 812 Anderson Road, Churubusco on June 14-18 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
In “High Seas Expedition,” children will explore the mighty love of God. Get ready for a swashbuckling adventure through God’s Word, and discover that God shows his powerful love through Scripture. Join the Good News Baptist Church, Churubusco, for exciting Bible stories, crafts, games, music, snacks, and God sightings! Best of all, kids will discover that God is active in our lives and that his fingerprints are everywhere. Bring your friends ages five through eighth grade each day June 14-18 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.
For more information or to sign up a child for this vast voyage, call the church office at 693-2108.

“High Seas Expedition 2010” will be held at Good News Baptist Church located at 812 Anderson Road, Churubusco on June 14-18 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Summer event at Chief Richardville House

FORT WAYNE – “Miami Indian Heritage Days” presents the second in a series of summer events open to the public on Saturday, June 5 at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne.
Sue Lester will display traditional Miami clothing research and fabrication.
In addition, Mary Tippmann will perform traditional Miami dance. Tippmann was the 2007 Head Lady for the Gathering of Great Lakes Nations Pow Wow.
Sponsored by the History Center, Miami Indian Heritage Days programs are held from 1-4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, May through November, and feature local artists, performers, and representatives from the Miami Indians and other Native American groups demonstrating aspects of their lasting heritage for the public to enjoy.
Admission for each Saturday event is  $7 adults and $5 students and seniors. History Center members and children ages five and under are free.
Admission also includes the opportunity to visit the Chief Richardville House.  The home, built by Miami Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville, is recognized as the oldest Native American dwelling in the Midwest and the first Greek Revival style house in northeast Indiana.
Richardville built a trading empire in this area that made him the richest man in Indiana by the time of his death in 1841. His home, built in 1827, is one of the premier attractions in the Historical Society’s collection since the restoration of the building’s exterior.
July 3,  Erik Vosteen, one of the region’s leading authorities on ancient lifeways, will demonstrate the use and construction of traditional Great Lakes pottery, stone crafts and tools.
The August 7 program by Katrina Mitten will feature Native American bead work.
September 4, Dani Tippman presents “Miami Harvest” on edible and usable plants and materials.
M.I.A.M.I. (Miami Indiana Alliance of Miami Indians) will present programs on October 2 about  traditional wikiami building and cattail matting.
November 6 and 7 is Traders Days. Vendors, craftsmen and artists sell quality Native American items including fine art, gourd work, beading, carved wood pieces, corn husk dolls, Christmas ornaments, Native American shields, jewelry, clothing, feather work, homemade baked goods and more.
Traders Days events are free to the public and are open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, contact the History Center at (260) 426-2882 or visit the website at www.fwhistorycenter.com.

FORT WAYNE – “Miami Indian Heritage Days” presents the second in a series of summer events open to the public on Saturday, June 5 at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne.

USF to offer Pre-College Summer Music Technology

The School of Creative arts at the University of Saint Francis will host a pre-college summer Music Technology Academy, available to high school students in grades 9-12. Classes will run from July 6-July 23 (three-week term) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the North Campus, 2702 Spring Street.
The academy provides meaningful training in the musical arts and guides students as they create their own digital recordings utilizing the university’s music technology studios and MIDI lab. Each day’s activities include both group classes and individual instruction.
The cost is $85 per student and includes tuition, lunch and all materials. For a registration form or further information, contact the School of Creative Arts at (260) 399-7700, ext. 8001.

The School of Creative arts at the University of Saint Francis will host a pre-college summer Music Technology Academy, available to high school students in grades 9-12. Classes will run from July 6-July 23 (three-week term) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the North Campus, 2702 Spring Street.

Shaping a Lifetime: Trine hosting second Hoosier Boys State

ANGOLA, Ind.–Trine University will impact the lives of certain, select high school junior boys by offering its second American Legion Hoosier Boys State June 12-19. The 73-year-old non-partisan program moved to Trine last summer after 39 years at Indiana State University.
Taking the theme “A Week to Shape a Lifetime: A Lesson in Citizenship and Patriotism,” the week-long residential learning experience examines the operation of Indiana’s democratic form of government, the organization of political parties and the practical application of the knowledge gained from both.
Delegates study how government operates at the city, county, and state level, and learn the duties of the office holders associated with each level. Opportunities to heighten delegate awareness and broaden the skills necessary to function in a democratic society are offered through special schools focused upon law, media and politics, speech, leadership, legislative processes, military service careers, lobbying, and law enforcement.  This year, a three-judge panel of the Indiana Courts of Appeal will hear oral arguments on a current case in criminal jurisprudence.  The Court will convene at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday June 16. Because of space constraints, however, non-delegates will be kept to a bare minimum.
Professionals from many walks of life, including Trine and Purdue professors, representatives from the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Indiana General Assembly, and other agencies will present the motivational, entertaining, and informative classes.
Indiana government leaders who have been American Legion Hoosier Boys State high school delegates include Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Gov. Frank O’Bannon, Senator Richard Lugar, former Senator Birch Bayh, and former U.S. Congressmen Phil Sharp and Lee Hamilton.
The program is open to over 600 young men who have just completed their high school junior years or a junior year equivalency test through their secondary home school. Many schools recommend applicants, often students involved in many extra-curricular and athletic activities.
For more information, contact Trine conferences and events coordinator Kristina Johnson at johnson-funkk@trine.edu or 260.665.4131; or Hoosier Boys State Director Steven Bowman at bowmansteve@sbcglobal.net.

ANGOLA – Trine University will impact the lives of certain, select high school junior boys by offering its second American Legion Hoosier Boys State June 12-19. The 73-year-old non-partisan program moved to Trine last summer after 39 years at Indiana State University.