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October 7, 2009

CN October 07, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
Local resident, singer-song writer Dan Nightingale performed at the Sixth Annual Military Appreciation Party and Freedom Rally.
The Churubusco Lions Club donated a Thesaurus to every third grader at Churubusco Elementary School.
Governor Mitch Daniels and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman presented two Whitley County businesses with the Governor’s Half Century Award. Whitley Manufacturing and Shindigz were among 87 Indiana businesses to receive the award.
Jason and Racheal Geary announced the birth of their son, Jacob Michael.
Five Years Ago
School enrollment was down by 28 students. A concern was if the kindergarten numbers didn’t increase, it would affect the staffing.
Ashlee Pequignot was crowned Homecoming Queen.
Out of six top finishers at Victory Christian SK8 competition, three were from Churubusco. Winners were Paul Maillet, Mason Myers and Chris Rosswurm.
Donna and Darren Dafforn announced the birth of their son, Drew Fancis.
Tom and Stacey Keily announced the birth of their son, Jacob Daniel.
Chris and Molli Hamman announced the birth of their daughter, Kena Lynn.
Ten Years Ago
Smith-Green Schools approved a new long term disability insurance carrier that resulted in a savings of over $15,000 annually.
CNN sent a three man crew to Churubusco to film John Krieger and the businesses who had employed him over the years.
Roger and Sharon Gorsuch celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. The couple also took an anniversary trip to Europe.
Alex Murphy was in the Fort Wayne Youth Theater production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at the Civic Theater.
Steve and Kathy Lawson announced the birth of their daughter, Sara Grace.
Kenneth and Deborah Blessing announced the birth of their son, Dalton Kenneth.
Daniel and Emily Stangland announced the birth of their daughter, Ruby Anne.
Jonathan and Katherine Parker announced the birth of their son, Klayton Lee.
Phil and Tara Lemper announced the birth of their daughter, Callie Morgan.
Brian and Noeloni Stephens announced the birth of their son, Dakota Spencer.
25 Years Ago
Green Center General Store, operated by Mary Younis, closed ending 52 years of service to the community. Mary was not selling the building or land, just the contents left in the store.
Tri-County Truth was gearing up to celebrate its 100th birthday. An open house with refreshments and door prizes was planned for October 18. The paper was founded in 1884.  The People was the first name, as chosen by the Kenzie Brothers. Omar Downey bought The People in 1888 and changed the name to The Saturday Truth, which later became The Churubusco Truth.  Jim Kirtley purchased it in 1940 and owned it for 41 years. He changed it to the Tri-County Truth. He sold the paper in 1981 to Edward Dooley.
In support of United Way, Dana Corporation Foundation made a $2500 donation.  Churubusco lead the county in the annual drive.
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lynn Geiger announced the birth of their daughter, Jessica Dawn.
Dr. and Mrs. Ed McEowan announced the birth of their son, Benjamin Lee.
Bill and Ruth Johnson announced the birth of their son, Joseph C.
50 Years Ago
Ethan Stangland took his case to the U.S. 7th District Court of Appeals in Chicago in another attempt to reclaim a tractor confiscated because he exceeded his wheat quota in 1954.  The judges took the case for study.
The 1959-60 Community Chest campaign in Whitley County set their goal at $26,550.
Barnhart Drug Store on Main Street remodeled their store and added a new store front. To celebrate, they had many bargains including Sealtest ice cream, 1/2 gallon for .89.
A Noble County Circuit Court jury found Walter Campbell not guilty of aiding his brother-in-law, Arnold Hobbs in the embezzlement of Noble County Credit Union funds.
PFC and Mrs. Myron Dominy announced the birth of their son, Terri Lynn.

One Year Ago

Local resident, singer-song writer Dan Nightingale performed at the Sixth Annual Military Appreciation Party and Freedom Rally.

The Churubusco Lions Club donated a Thesaurus to every third grader at Churubusco Elementary School.

Governor Mitch Daniels and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman presented two Whitley County businesses with the Governor’s Half Century Award. Whitley Manufacturing and Shindigz were among 87 Indiana businesses to receive the award.

Jason and Racheal Geary announced the birth of their son, Jacob Michael.

Shadarobah Horse Rescue is home to 27 horses. Owner Michelle Heitz and her team of volunteers rehabilitate malnourished or abused horses and get them ready to be adopted into loving homes.

Investing in a better tomorrow, one hoof at a time

by Katie Wagner

Michelle Heitz took six horse-riding lessons as a teenager–but that was the extent of her experience with horses until she met Leroy Brown, a quarter horse who was malnourished and in need of a new home. Michelle felt she had to do something for Leroy, so she agreed to take care of him.

Wyss receives scholarship

cn  9-30-09 Local Purdue Ag student receives scholarships WEST LAFAYETTE — Nathan Wyss, of Churubusco, received the Award of Excellence,…

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…