One year ago

Churubusco United Methodist Church’s nursery school celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house.

New Indiana laws allowed parents to enroll their children in Smith-Green Community Schools without living within the district’s limit. An estimated 167 students transferred to SGCS from outside the district while only 20 students in the district went elsewhere.

Brittney Gressley was named the 2016 Homecoming queen. The Churubusco Eagles won their homecoming game against the Central Noble Cougars.

An estimated 1,500-2,000 were in attendance to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration and torch relay at Morsches Park in Columbia City.

State health officials confirmed West Nile virus in Whitley County. Officials warned residents to take caution against the virus.

The board of directors of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce announced that Jennifer Zartman Romano was named executive director of the local nonprofit organization. She replaced Doug Brown who accepted the position as publisher of the Bluffton News-Banner newspaper.

Five years ago

Churubusco held its first ever town-wide garage sale which was deemed a huge success. The town hoped to turn this into an annual event.

Churubusco American Legion Post 157 welcomed home Phil Plasterer from Afghanistan. Motorcycle riders escorted him through town.

Todd Fleetwood, Smith-Green Community Schools business manager and director of transportation, earned the certification of “Chief Business Officer” by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials.

Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Curves clubs nationwide, including Churubusco, were offering $0-joining fee memberships to new members showing proof of a mammogram within the last year, or a $25 donation to the American Cancer Society.

The Janie Fricke Exhibit, country music star from South Whitley, was on display at the Whitley County Historical Museum and Government Center. October was officially country music month. Many Janie Fricke items from instruments to clothing were on display at both locations.

Bill and Rosemary Bonar celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.

10 years ago

The Churubusco Eagle football team, with a 7-0 record, was ranked fourth in the state in the IHSAA coaches’ poll in Class 1A.

John Green of Churubusco was presented with the John Whiteleather Jr. Chairman’s award during the Thomas Marshall Dinner. The award was presented to Green for his significant contribution of time, talent and treasure by the Whitley County Democratic Party.

Indiana Michigan Power was offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information resulting in the arrest and conviction of persons stealing or vandalizing utility equipment. The reward was offered because of an increase in metal theft from utility property.

The Churubusco Class of 1957 met at The Mountaintop Coffeehouse to celebrate their 50th Class Reunion.

Willis and Margery Friskney celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering.

23 years ago

A weekend of homecoming and Churubusco Alumni events kicked off with senior Kari Erwin being crowned 1994 Homecoming Queen. The Churubusco Eagles had a 27-7 homecoming victory over the Fremont Eagles.

Local resident and pro fighter Steve “Jake” Jacobs was one of the contenders at a match held at the civic center in Hammond. The match in which Jacobs was pitted against Marco Vrtakapa of Hobart, was a majority draw, with one of the judges voting 37-36 in Jacob’s favor and the other two judges ending with a deadlock vote of 38-38.

Pankop Excavating was preparing the site for the construction of the new retention pond in the lot next to the Town Hall. The retention pond was a long-awaited project that town officials hoped would alleviate the surface water flooding problems on East Whitley and Mill streets.

The CHS Marching Pride high school band won in the Division I District competition at Northrop High School qualifying it to compete in regional competition in Elkhart.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Owen celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the home of grandson Gary Caskey.

Camille Coleman announced the birth of her son, Dylan Jeffrey.

Todd and Tami Likes announced the birth of their daughter, Taylor Jenee.

Specials at Egolf’s IGA included sirloin tip steaks at $2.99 a pound, pork steak at 99 cents a pound and milk for $1.79 a gallon.

50 years ago

The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce was completing the mailing of approximately 1,400 business telephone listings to area householders. As one of its projects for the year, the Chamber compiled the listing of its members, complete with business and home telephone numbers, designed to hang on the wall near their telephone.

The troop charter for Churubusco Boy Scout Troop 81 was presented by Harold Eyer, neighborhood chairman, to Gary Wright. Wright was president of the Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the troop.

“To help build a better school spirit among the students, make their school lives more interesting and challenging, and the make school more fun” was the purpose of the newly-formed student council as Churubusco Elementary School, organized with the backing of Duane Wilson, new principal at the school.

Marine Lance Corporal Steven L. Staley was presented the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in action against the enemy while serving with “K” Company, Third Battalion, Ninth Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam.

Reverend and Mrs. O.B. Noren celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. It was also the 50th anniversary of Reverend Noren’s ordination.

Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Webster celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a dinner party hosted by their family and close friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Helfrich announced the birth of their son, Tony Ray.

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