Five Years Ago
More than 850 new jobs were created in Whitley County in 2004 according to statistics gathered by the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, Lutheran Hospital invited area children K-5 to participate in a “Century of Caring” art contest. Local CES student Cole Lyberger had the winning entry in the Kindergarten category.
Kevin and Monica Nichols’ home was chosen as a favorite by the people participating at the Annual Christmas Walk sponsored by Friends of the Library. The People’s Choice Award was presented by Library Director Carol Scherer and Linda Reiling.
Ten Years Ago
Winners in the 8th annual Churubusco News Christmas Lighting & Decorating contest were Ike Younis, first place, Don and Carol Aspach, second place and Jon and Angie Green, third place.
Whitley County Community Foundation awarded grants of $50,000 to local organizations. Smith-Green Community Schools was one of the recipients, receiving $1,150 to offer the Reality Store Program to students at CMS.
The hot new tech item was Spacer. This device, a remote light control, allowed the lights to be adjusted by a hand-held gadget. It was an infrared, wireless remote control plus a dimmer with a built-in infrared receiver.
25 Years Ago
Cub Scout Ryan Stahl of Pack 3081 was the winner of an AM-FM stereo cassette player. Ryan was eligible for the drawing because he sold over 30 boxes of popcorn during their fund drive. His name was drawn from his district.
Unemployment for the prior week was 69,119 claims. The total was down by 1,590 from the prior week. Claims were decreasing but new claims were up because of seasonal layoffs.
Janie Fricke, South Whitley, was named the 1984 Honorary Christmas Seal Chairman by the American Lung Association of Indiana. Her mother, Phyllis Fricke and Keith Kleespie were named chairman and co-chairman. Reverend Graham Kleespie would assist them.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Oberholtzer announced the birth of their daughter, Krystal Rochelle.
Greg and Teresa Salesman announced the birth of their daughter, Amanda Kay.
50 Years Ago
Joan Geiger was selected as DAR Good Citizen from CHS. She was selected on the basis of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Her plans were to attend Ball State and to work in a field related to home economics.
Dale Meyer was the lucky shopper who won the fifty silver dollars in the Churubusco Christmas prize event.
Indiana’s typical taxpayer would work 104 days for the tax collector in 1960, one day longer than in 1959.
The Smith Township Band Parents Association met to discuss band uniforms for the band.
A recreation center was opening in a building on Main Street, formerly occupied by Mel’s Restaurant. Max McCormick, Churubusco policeman, was advisor to the group.