Five Years Ago
The Churubusco Free Masons served over 130 people at their 15th annual free community Thanksgiving dinner.
The 80/20 Inc. Co. was asking for a ten year tax abatement for both real and personal property. The company planned a 30,000 square-foot building expansion to be completed by May, 2006. The abatement was approved.
Andy Schemm and Jennifer Thomas were selected to attend U.S. Senator Dick Lugar’s “Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders” at the University of Indianapolis.
WANE TV upgraded its Live Doppler 15 Radar and had the most advanced, highest resolution weather radar in the country.
Strong winds caused two fires involving downed power lines early Thanksgiving Day. The entire town of LaOtto lost power. Wind gusts up to 40 mph were reported throughout the day.
An open house was held at the newly renovated retail complex in Churubusco. Dr. Don Lahrman, orthodontist, Subway, Parker Insurance and Gonink were the companies hosting the open house.
Ten Years Ago
Area residents contacted Governor O’Bannon regarding the high book rental fees. In his reply he said there had to be support from enough parents and citizens to change the minds of the members of the General Assembly. Representative Robert Alderman said the money was not there to allow free text book rentals. If textbook rentals were done away with, it would probably result in higher property taxes.
Members of the Junior Girl Scout Troop #50 and Brownie Troop #221 shared fun and songs with residents of the Oaks Nursing Home in Columbia City.
Indiana’s senior citizens could take college courses free of charge at all Community College of Indiana, Ivy Tech State College and Vincennes University Campuses. Residents 60 years of age and older could enroll in college credit courses tuition free.
Chamber of Commerce offices put up the Town’s Christmas decorations. Ike Younis and Wayne Yager helped with the Christmas Angels. The lights would be turned on at a ceremony on Saturday.
25 Years Ago
Chantelle Heath was selected Miss Churubusco and would compete in the Miss Indiana Teen U.S.A.
For the fiscal year ending September 30, the deficit of the Federal Government was a new record at around 211 billion dollars.
Satellite television was quite new on the market. USA Satellite, owned by Bob Bell and managed by Bob and Kenneth Dammeyer, reported they had installed over 100 satellite systems in the Churubusco area in the past year.
Petty Officer 1st Class William and Melody Gengery announced the birth of their daughter, Melissa Joann.
50 Years Ago
F. Dale Barrett, Democratic State Senator, was appointed chairman of the Welfare and Social Security Committee of the State Senate.
Seven DeKalb County youth aged 15 to 20, were arrested in the theft of a safe from Bockelman Implement Company.
The Whitley County REMC hosted an open house for members and the public to view the recently completed warehouse in Gateway Park.
Two area men, Saben Fritz and Kenny LeFever and also Louis Goode of Muskegon, Michigan, were sailing a 30 foot cabin cruiser down the Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans. The two month trip was planned to go to New Orleans then to the Gulf of Mexico east to St. Petersburg, Florida then to St. Meyers winding up in West Palm and Riviera.