Five Years Ago
Due to a delay in payment of tax monies from the State, Smith-Green Schools had to borrow enough money to pay the bills. There was nothing the school could do about the shortfall as they waited for the State to catch up on payments. Smith-Green had to borrow money since 2003 for the same reason and has had to pay $50,570 in interest.
The Churubusco/Smith Township Fire Department was accepting applications for firefighters.
Sue Lough led the Chimers at the Columbia City United Methodist Church as part of a bell and chimes Christmas concert.
Electronic equipment and guns were stolen during two home burglaries outside of Churubusco.
Ten Years Ago
A surprise thank you party was held for retiring Pioneer Seed sales representatives Bob and Norman Egolf.
United Way of Whitley County awarded a merit grant of $3,000 to the Whitley County Energy Assistance Fund to help needy families with past due utility bills, or to help restore services that had been disconnected.
Churubusco Elementary fifth graders were busy through lunch times selling cookies to raise money for their 3-day field trip to Camp Potawotami in the spring.
Lynn and Mari Huelsenbeck announced the birth of their daughter, Rebekah Lynne.
Zack and Amy Hestings announced the birth of their son, Liam Christopher.
25 Years Ago
The School Board approved the purchase of a 1986 Chevy van replacing the eight year old van with over 100,000 miles.
A barn, purportedly the largest in Indiana, burned to the ground. The area landmark was owned by Jim and Sandy LaRowe. All farm machinery was destroyed but all 59 cows were saved.
The skeletal remains of a male was found in the woods at Chain O’Lakes State Park. The coroner said the body had been there at least two years. Positive identification had not been made.
A fire at Marlow’s Market was under investigation by Allen County Fire and Arson Team. Extensive damage was caused to the rear of the store.
Mistress of the Dark, Elvira visited Columbia City’s Hividex Video. Over 500 people stood in line two hours to see the ghoulish vamp.
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Skinner announced the birth of their daughter, Abby Michelle.
Jim and Marlene Schenker announced the birth of their son, Ai Jay Russel.
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Fulton announced the birth of their daughter, Jennifer Lynne.
50 Years Ago
Churubusco shoppers had one hour free parking a day until Christmas.
School addition contracts were let. M.W. Habegger Construction of Berne got the contract for the combined building trades and electrical work. The plumbing, heating and ventilation work went to United Plumbing and Heating Company in Fort Wayne. Beginning construction was planned for February.
Whitley County Schools were in the midst of Tuberculin testing. Intra dermal tests had been given to reactors.
The Reverend Charles Williams was ordained at the South Wayne Baptist Church in Fort Wayne. He was pastor of the First Eel River Baptist Church.
Pat’s Cafe was taking pie orders for the Christmas holidays. Most fruit/berry pies were .55 and pumpkin was .75.