Five Years Ago
The Town Council approved new street signs for Coal Street with block designations at the intersections with Mulberry and Short Streets.
The Council approved the 2005 budget of $1,021,028.
The MDA Telethon total came in 1.8 percent below the record prior year. The final tote board figure was $59.4 million. The prior year’s record was $60.5 million. Hurricane Francis had hit Florida really hard and the $2 million in lost revenue was too much to overcome.
Former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh was the recipient of the first Frank O’Bannon Public Service Award. Bayh was credited with making more contributions to the U.S. Constitution than any other lawmaker since James Madison.
Trent and Lisa Shively announced the birth of their son, Caiden Eugene.
Matthew and Angela Blair announced the birth of their daughter, Natalie Mae.
Ten Years Ago
Rich Dewitt was the top raffle prize winner of a limited edition Ron Hornaday signature Texas grill. DeWitt’s name was drawn in the NAPA’S Sizzlin Summer Sale Sweepstakes.
Busco firemen responded to a different type of call for help. A couple that had just moved here reported their horse had run off. When the horse was found, it was in a muck creek, lying on his side, stuck fast in the thick, heavy muck. The owner and firemen fastened a strap around the middle of the horse, then attached the other end of the strap to a wench on the grass rig department truck. The horse was then pulled to safety.
Maggie Flannigan joined the staff at the Pampered Palace. She specialized in complete nail care.
25 Years Ago
James Bond’s Austin Martin, from “Goldfinger,” complete with the JB007 license plate, was one of the many cars on display at the ACD Festival in Auburn.
C & R Shoe Store planned a renovation. Janice Ternet who had been in the family business for ten years, was leaving for the Air Force. Her sister-in-law, Judy Ternet was taking her place.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Owen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.
Kevin and Pamela Pequignot announced the birth of their daughter, Desiree Lou.
50 Years Ago
Three area men placed at the elimination tractor pulling contest at the State Fair. Don Zeigler won second place in the 3800# class. Gene McCoy, Avilla, placed third and Jack Hill of LaOtto placed fifth in the 9000# class.
A motion for a change of venue from Noble County was being considered in the Arnold Hobbs embezzlement. Hobbs was serving a 15 year sentence in Michigan City after his conviction in another indictment in Allen Circuit Court.
Top gridiron games of Purdue and IU were featured in the college football schedules of Hilliard Gates, WKJG Sports Director.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hults held a “drive-in” movie for youngsters in the neighborhood. The only requirement to attend was that they had to “drive in.” They came on bikes, toy tractors, tricycles, etc. Mr. Hults showed a W.C. Fields comedy and cartoons.