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August 5, 2009

CN August 05, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
A 1978 graduate of CHS, Mark Womack, received the 25 Year Service Award from Cedarville University where he is the sports information director.
The Churubusco Library wrapped up its Summer Reading Program. Musical group “Yurtfolk” performed, playing instruments from around the world.
Busco graduate, Andrew Norris and Jessica Orr of Brownsburg were married by Governor Mitch Daniels.  They met while working in the Governor’s office.
Keith and Deidre Bair celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Five Years Ago
Finishing touches were being made on the Whitley County Animal and Adoption Center. Helen Bensch was hired as director.
The proposed 2005 school budget was up 10.45 percent over the 2004 budget. The Board was still operating with a tentative 2004 budget because of the late reassessment process.
The Board awarded Midwest Transit Equipment a bid for a 54 passenger school bus at the price of $70,972.
Ten Years Ago
The Whitley County 4-H Auction set a new record of $197,596, an increase of $9,091 over the 1998 auction.
Two groups, C.O.W. (Citizens Organized Watch) and the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local #166, filed an appeal to rescind the IDEM air permit granted to SDI.  Construction was delayed because of the appeals.
The hot, dry weather was blamed for almost 200 deaths across the United States.  Area farmers were worried the shortage of rainfall and high temperatures would have a catastrophic effect on the crop yields.
Smith-Green School Board of Trustees presented an estimated General Fund budget for the year 2000 of $7,503,776.
Dana Corporation celebrated one year with no lost time due to accidents.
25 Years Ago
Swen Nater, back-up center for the Los Angeles Lakers, spoke to a capacity crowd at Good News Baptist Church’s “Summer Celebration and Praise.” Also participating were Mark Lowry, Dr. Paul Dixon, Mark Evans and David Jeremiah.
Turtle Days Association treasurer John Ford announced there was approximately $2,100 profit from Turtle Days. Turtle Queen ticket sales were down.  Lack of motivation was cited for the drop in sales.
Dr. Welsh had been practicing veterinary medicine in Churubusco for twenty years. He said he had slowed down to 70 – 80 hours a week from close to a 100. Summer was the busiest because of fair testing, babies and heartworm. Dr. Hanni came to work about eight years before and handled most of the small animals.
Ned and Ann Kahlenbeck announced the birth of their son, Scott Wayne.
50 Years Ago
Frank Flowers, Jr. of Churubusco and Robert Pontzius of Columbia City were accompanying Wayne Rothgeb, farm director of WKJG, on a Farm Goodwill Tour of Russia and other European countries.
Smith Township taxpayers faced a 35 cent increase in property tax for 1960. A total proposed levy was $4.09.
Mrs. Margaret Ringenberg and Mrs. Lois Laymon, the sister-in-law duo that competed in the Powder Puff Derby, were guest speakers at the Rotary meeting. The duo was the first team to cross the finish line in the 2,470 mile race from Lawrence, Massachusetts to Spokane, Washington.
Governor Handley announced that the 1959 General Assembly had appropriated $300,000 for development of Chain-O-Lakes Park. Territory for the new park was 60% acquired at the cost of $240,000, all paid by voluntary contributions from Noble, Allen and Whitley Counties.
The Whitley County 4-H Clubs approved an added feature to the 4-H Achievement program, an all-county dress revue that was to precede the Parade of Champions.
An increase in interest rates on one-year CD’s went from 2% to 3%.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Stewart announced the birth of their son, Michael.

One Year Ago

A 1978 graduate of CHS, Mark Womack, received the 25 Year Service Award from Cedarville University where he is the sports information director.

The Churubusco Library wrapped up its Summer Reading Program. Musical group “Yurtfolk” performed, playing instruments from around the world.

Busco graduate, Andrew Norris and Jessica Orr of Brownsburg were married by Governor Mitch Daniels.  They met while working in the Governor’s office.

Keith and Deidre Bair celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

SGCS's newest Board member Rick Trump reviews paperwork before casting his first vote. (photo by wagner)

Trump fills vacant School Board seat

Trump fills vacant School Board seat
First vote is to hire school psychologist
by Katie Wagner
With a unanimous vote, the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees voted to appoint Richard “Rick” Trump to fill the vacant Smith Township District II Board seat at a special meeting Thursday night.
Board President Tanya Young said Trump is a great match for the Board because of his finance background.
Trump, who has a degree in accounting, is a financial advisor for Edward Jones in Columbia City and has 25 years of experience in controlling manufacturing companies.
Trump said he hopes to help out the community and students in his new position and thinks he can most benefit the Board through his financial and business backgrounds.
Besides the SGCS School Board, Trump is a member of the Homeless Shelter Board (InterFaith Mission/ Light-house Homeless Shelter) and the Whitley Neighborhood Crossing Board, as well as the Administrative Council at Columbia City United Methodist Church.
A lifetime Whitley County resident, Trump has lived in Churubusco for 25 years. He is married to Monica and has three children, Michael, a 2008 Churubusco High School graduate, Brian, a senior at CHS, and Nicole, a sophomore.
Minutes after taking the oath of office, Trump tried out his new seat and power, as the Board voted unanimously to hire a new school psychologist.
Jayne Evans will fill the vacant school psychologist position with a 195-day contract and $54,409 salary. Superintendent Steve Darnell noted that Evans is especially proficient in school testing, counseling groups and Response to Intervention (RTI) activities.
Evans taught music at the elementary level at Fort Recovery Local Schools in Fort Recovery, Ohio, from 1994 to 2008. She also filled the position of elementary guidance counselor at the schools from 1998 to 2008. She was a school psychologist intern for Parkway Local Schools in Ohio last school year after receiving a Master’s degree in school psychology from the University of Dayton in 2008. She also holds a Master’s degree in counseling and an Education Specialist degree. Evans has been a Piano and Organ instructor since 1974.

First vote is to hire school psychologist

by Katie Wagner

With a unanimous vote, the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees voted to appoint Richard “Rick” Trump to fill the vacant Smith Township District II Board seat at a special meeting Thursday night.

Edwards resigns from Board

Replacement being sought

by Dave Crabill

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Smith-Green School Board member Steve Edwards turned in his resignation during Monday night’s regular meeting.
Edwards, voted to the Board during the last election representing District 2, was only in his first year when he decided that due to scheduling conflicts he no longer could fulfill his duties.

Board Vice-President Cathy Petrie read the letter  and accepted his resignation as of August 4. She thanked Edwards for his time on the Board and wished him the best. “We enjoy having his kids in the district,” she said.