One year ago

Members of the Churubusco Main Street Committee installed benches in the 100 block of Main Street and at the Point. Trees were planted in the new planters.

Emzy Collins and his canine partner Sparky were featured in the news. They worked for Rose Pest Solutions headquartered in Troy, Michigan. The company rescued dogs from shelters in the tri-state area to become search dogs for their company, specifically bed bugs and bed bug eggs. Once rescued and trained, the dogs came back to stay with their handlers, all employees of Rose Pest Solutions.

Kate Burgess competed at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Region 7 finals where she won a fourth-place ribbon, which did not qualify her for the next level of competition. The finals consisted of 190 riders from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

The Whitley County Historical Museum received a donation from local author Susan Fox. Fox and Joni Walker, a local illustrator, combined their talents to produce a children’s book “My Life with Raccoons.” The book had a permanent home at the museum along with other published Whitley County authors.

Five years ago

A handful of Whitley County residents gathered at the Whitley County Board of Commissioners meeting in hopes of giving their input or hearing a decision regarding the proposed zoning ordinance regarding wind energy conversion. However the commissioners tabled any action to allow a review the ordinance, seek legal counsel and discuss the ordinance.

John Gaff found an Indian axe head stone on his farm west of town. He estimated the stone weighed between eight and 10 pounds, and was more than 300 years old.

Searches for pest control on Angie’s List were up 48 percent over the prior year. The creepy crawlies were a good two months early because of the mild winter.

The open house celebration for Dick and Ruth Rapp’s 40th wedding anniversary was cancelled.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo was opening for its 48th season.

Churubusco Elementary School collected money for the school gazebo project. Students in the class that raised the most money got to “silly string” their teacher. Cindy Zollinger was the recipient of the winning prize.

The elementary school also participated in a “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students brought in loose change and collected $3,054.77.

10 years ago

Bikers came from as far away as Alabama to the annual “Blessing of the Bikes” at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Arcola. Weather moved the prayer service indoors, but that did not stop nearly 1,000 bikes from coming to the event.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels directed that flags throughout the state and at the Statehouse be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims at Virginia Tech University.

Winter hopefully made its final appearance with a surprise two-inch snowfall. The snow stayed a day before melting.

Declining enrollment and fiscal responsibility were two of the reasons given as to why the school board voted to eliminate two teaching positions at the high school.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released that Indiana lost 7,400 jobs in February, second highest in the nation.

The Whitley County Historical Society was honored with the 2007 Landmark Laurels Award. The award was given for restoration of buildings 75 years or older. Chuck Jones, president of the Historical Society and his wife, Barb, were integral in helping organize the project.

Matt and Tammy Boggess announced the birth of their son, Colton Lee.

23 years ago

The Smith-Green Board of School Trustees approved several claims regarding the new middle school, which was tentatively scheduled to begin construction in the summer. The board approved revised drawings and plans. They also approved a labor charge of $2,000 to fix the roof and accept the manufacturer’s offer to furnish the materials free of charge.

’Busco’s Joe Boersema broke the school record in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 14.94.

Justin Shively, a senior at CHS, earned special recognition and was selected by the Indiana Football Coaches Association to participate in the Class 2A All-State Team.

Seth Miller was the top winner in the Churubusco News Cartoon Contest. Joe Hoffman was the second place winner. Both received goody bags filled with gift certificates from local businesses.

The 8th annual F.A.M.E. celebration was being held at the Grand Wayne Center. CES would be represented through an art display and performances by Soundmasters and the Churubusco Chimers.

Egolf’s IGA featured Ossian bulk bacon at $1.39 a pound.

50 years ago

David McEowen, with a 3.750 scholastic average, was named valedictorian of the 1967 graduating class of CHS. Vickie McNeal, with a 3.583 average was salutatorian.

An attempted burglary at the Barnhart Pharmacy was apparently thwarted when the would-be thief injured himself on broken glass.

The American Legion Gilbert Davis Post 157, celebrated its 35th birthday with a parade. Gilbert Davis Post was chartered in April 1932, and had grown to a present membership of 248. An all-time high membership of 407 was reached in 1950.

Specialist Robert Yates received a Purple Heart award for injuries he received in December while on mission near Bong Son in South Vietnam. He returned to duty in February after recuperating in Camp Zama Hospital in Japan.

John Keller, county extension agent, youth, reported photography was one of the leading 4-H projects.

A committee of the Columbia City area Chamber of Commerce planned to do a study of accidents at the state road intersections with the U.S. 30 bypass around Columbia City. Concerned by the large number of accidents at the intersections, there would be a complete record of all accidents turned over to the Indiana State Highway Commission along with recommendations of means to lessen the danger.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Poling announced the birth of their son, Lance Aaron.

Airman First Class and Mrs. Stanley Fudge announced the birth of their son, Gregory Stanley.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stump announced the birth of their daughter, Rhonda Sue.

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