One year ago

VFW Auxiliary Post 3846 donated $200 worth of school supplies to Churubusco Elementary School.

Churubusco town officials said there was damage at the water treatment facility after someone apparently jumped the fence and tampered with a conduit. Water got into the conduit, messing up the tower’s signal. It had to be manually controlled until repairs were complete. The police department was investigating the case.

Chris Paul was Churubusco’s new boys basketball coach. He came to Churubusco after ending his career as Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s women’s coach.

Donald and Sharon Shearer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a private dinner with family and a surprise hot air balloon ride.

Five years ago

Gov. Mitch Daniels met with DNR officials and the public at Loblolly Marsh in Jay County to announce the site had been selected as Indiana’s 250th state designated nature preserve.

For the second year in a row, Churubusco FFA received an award for ranking as one of the Top 20 Chapters in the State of Indiana. Also for the second year in a row, ’Busco FFA was chosen from the top 10 percent of Indiana’s FFA chapters to have its application forwarded to National Competition. National awards would be in October.

Andrew Deming resigned as assistant principal of CJSHS and Principal Jim Folland resigned his extra curricular position as CHS Assistant Baseball Coach.

The “Coyotes for Charity” hunters from Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Wabash and Whitley counties harvested over 190 coyotes this year in northeast Indiana. The pelts were prepared and shipped to North American Fur Auctions in Toronto, Ontario. The money from the pelts was donated to the American Cancer Society. Over $224,000 had been donated since the group’s inception nine years before.

10 years ago

A donated house at 621 W. Whitley St. was the site of the newest Whitley County Habitat for Humanity build. What made this house unique was that it was a reconstruction instead of a new build. The partner family was a young couple with three young children. The mother had received a heart transplant, yet the family completed many hours of sweat equity.

Family Dollar opened for business next to Mor-For-Less. Alma Burelison was store manager and Tina Murphy assistant manager.

The Churubusco Church of the Nazarene held their first annual car show and 1950s drive-in. Money raised was for the youth group. The show drew 17 entries with Bob Scotton receiving the People’s Choice with is 1966 Chevy II Super Sport. Paul Gordon took first place with his 1971 Stingray, Mark Geiger second with his 1981 Corvette and Tony Helfrich placed third with his 1937 Chevy Coupe.

The Churubusco Rotary honored Past President Dr. Matt Shambaugh for his contributions to the Club. Under his leadership the Rotary granted $15,000 in scholarships to five 2007 CHS seniors and $14,000 in community projects.

RT and Stacy Refeld announced the birth of their daughter Amelia Grace.

23 years ago

David McNary was one of eight tuba players selected to tour with Star of Indiana. The 80 member drum and bugle corp had been performing with the Canadian Brass across the eastern United States.

KC Spiller continued his hot streak in NAPA/IMSS/IMCA Modified competition at Avilla Speedway. It was Spiller’s second straight win and the 4th in the last six weeks.

Newly appointed chairperson of the Whitley County Churubusco-area YMCA Capital Campaign Tina Elliot, co-chairperson Joan Lillmars and Genny Walter-Thompson met with Churubusco Chamber of Commerce members. All three asked for area businesses and residents cooperation and donations during the upcoming YMCA Capital Campaign Drive.

The Churubusco PTA Membership Drive kicked off this week. If the PTA reached their goal of 150 members, Churubusco Elementary Principal John Purcell offered to kiss a pig or take a pie in the face as a way of showing the school’s gratitude for PTA members.

Gary and Barb Meyer celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a gathering of friends and family at their church, the Sugar Grove Church of God.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Perry announced the birth of their son, Jonathan Francis.

Tony and Shelly Gemmill announced the birth of their daughter, Lindsey Renee.

John and Cathy Petrie announced the birth of they son, Jay Stuart.

50 years ago

It was announced the Churubusco Public Library would be moving to a new location around the first of September. The new location was the former post office building on Mulberry Street owned by Harold and Jerry McCoy. The building would be redecorated inside and out. The library was currently located on the second floor of the Central Building. The rental had been increased several times in recent years, now standing at $150 a month.

A local farmer was winner of the heavy weight class in the state elimination tractor pull. Bernard Wappes earned a trophy and cash prize for the best pull in the 12,000-pound class.

School was scheduled to start Sept. 6 with Rex Baker as principal of Churubusco High School, Duane Wilson, principal of Churubusco Elementary and Clarence Bowers principal at Green Center.

The war in Vietnam claimed the fifth man from Whitley County. Lance Corporal Robert Wilfong’s death was from enemy fire in the Quang Tri area.

Four young men from Churubusco joined the U.S. Navy and were stationed at Great Lakes. The four were Thomas Gilbert, George McBride, David Barrett and Bradley Duncan.

Two Churubusco residents received special awards as blood donors. Robert Souder received an American Red Cross pin for donating his 50th pint of blood and Charles Lucas received a Red Cross pin for reaching the six-gallon mark.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McGuire observed their 50th wedding anniversary. Due to the illness of Mrs. McGuire, no celebration was planned.

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Fleetwood announced the birth of their daughter, Tana Renee.

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