One year ago

Churubusco High School Students Trevor Kelley and Britney Gressley were crowned prom king and queen at the junior/senior prom held at the Grand Wayne Center.

Ag Plus awarded four $1,000 scholarships to students who would attend any two- or four-year college in the agriculture curriculum. Karilyn Riehle, of CHS, was one of the four recipients. Riehle planned to obtain a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Huntington University. The other recipients were Liza Airgood of Claypool, Kathleen Jacobs of Huntington and Leah Hefty of Auburn.

Members of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce took part in a ribbon cutting for the 50th anniversary of United Oil. United Oil opened in 1966 with six employees in two locations. Now, the company included 37 employees in six locations.

Raymond and Beverly Groves celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children and families at the St. James Restaurant.

Five years ago

Churubusco Church of the Nazarene held a mortgage burning ceremony to celebrate paying off its $300,000, 20-year loan in six years.

Christian Stoner from Churubusco completed the course of study at the Reppert School of Auctioneering headquartered in Indianapolis. He was now available to accept assignments in the auction business.

Prior to the junior/senior prom, several students were posing for pictures on a second-story balcony when the balcony suddenly cracked and collapsed as the support beam gave away. The kids crashed to the ground, getting mixed in with debris and landscaping. Amazingly, no one was seriously injured, and although shaken, they dusted off and were ready for a fun night at the prom. As the story spread, local television and radio stations interviewed the students, but the most notable attention was Lester Holt of NBC’s Today Show, interviewing students via live news feed. A video posted on YouTube had more than 9,000 views in less than a week.

10 years ago

Center Stage Dance Academy opened its competition season with a bang. Dancers competed at the “variety competition” in Fort Wayne. They received 19 platinum and two gold awards. Center Stage also took two second high scores of the overall age division.

Valerie Eakins was appointed executive director of finance for Ivy Tech Community College Northeast in Fort Wayne.

John Davis received the coveted Carl F. Arnston Award at the monthly meeting of the Whitley County Child Protection Team. The award, presented annually, goes to a person who exceeded expectations in volunteering and/or professional work to benefit children of Whitley County.

A four-square-mile area near LaOtto had to be evacuated when a leaking tank caused a cloud of anhydrous ammonia. Although officials attempted to seal off the area, a couple drove through the scene before emergency units arrived. Five people were injured, none appeared to be serious.

Corey Richards was selected by People-to-People Sports Ambassador Program to represent the U.S. in Amsterdam, Holland. Richards would wrestle on the U.S. wrestling team and compete in international tournaments and festivals.

Art and Marilyn Helegsen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.

23 years ago

Steve “Jake” Jacobs was training and raising money for the next Olympic boxing trials set for early 1996. Jacobs won at the All-Marine Corp Championship finals and the South Carolina Golden Gloves championship.

Bill Holmes, of Sarasota, Florida, artist and father of Tim Holmes, who owned PaPa’s Place and Holmstead Hall, was in town for a special open house showcasing his award-winning paintings. Holmes was unique in the fact he never discovered his artistic ability until he retired. Art show officials were amazed at his ability and quality, walking away with numerous awards.

Fire destroyed the historic Rhodes Building on the corner of Van Buren and Chauncey Streets in Columbia City. Built in 1890, it had housed a pool hall, craft shop, apartments, an investment firm and an insurance company.

Many of the trees along Main and Whitley streets came down as the Indiana Department of Transportation cut down and disposed of trees marked for removal.

Churubusco had a new Ford Crown Victoria police car.

David and Jill Maxton announced the birth of their daughter, Erika Carlia.

Paul and Michele Sade announced the birth of their son, Harrison Michael.

Mr. and Mrs. James Wall announced the birth of their son, Quinlan James.

50 years ago

Reverend Ervin Petznik, well-known marriage and personal counselor, spoke at the 1967 commencement program where 72 students graduated.

The Tri-County Truth and the Churubusco Chapter of Kappa Delta Phi Sorority were among the recipients of awards at the annual meeting of the Northeast Indiana Heart Association. The award to Gamma Alpha Eta Chapter was given for meritorious service in fund raising and the Tri-County Truth award was presented for meritorious service in public education and information.

A new livestock judging arena was being built at the Columbia City 4-H Fairgrounds with seating for 800 people and ample show space, all under cover.

A stockpile of some 5,000 bomb detonators found in Noble County was junked. Imprisoned embezzler Arnold Hobbs apparently purchased the missile parts. According to information obtained, Hobbs tried to sell the outdated American detonators to Israel and Fidel Castro’s guerrilla army, but without success.

Jerry Malcolm of Churubusco was among 28 upper classmen at Tri-State College, Angola, selected for inclusion in the 1967-68 “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

Girl graduates in the 1967 senior class at Churubusco, once again received miniature Lane cedar chests from Mayberry Furniture Store.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Young announced the birth of their son, Brian Victor.

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Fulk announced the birth of their son, Virgil Craig.

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