One year ago

Melissa Baughman received a Heart of Gold Award from the Community Foundation of Whitley County. Baughman was honored for her service and dedication to Churubusco’s music and theater department.

Town Marshal Mike Engle reported to the Town Council he might need to hire a new part-time officer to fill the schedule. Former part-timer Dustin Papenbrock was hired as full-time.

Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl reported she had exhausted her resources on collecting money for unpaid utility bills. The council closed out about $3,400 in bad debt.

Three Churubusco FFA teams participated at the LaPorte County Forestry Invitational. Team members Blaire Foote, Tate Allen and Caleb Blake placed first. Blaire was second-place individual overall. Team Tori Bradfield, Heidi Zeigler, Bryce Geiger and Brent Teague came in fifth and the team of Marcus DeBolt, Faith Resler, Ben Teague and Alex Lopez placed 10th. Nearly 20 teams and 70 individuals participated in the competition.

Five years ago

Kyle and Gayle Marshall exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Maine Anjou bull at the 2012 North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. The Marshalls also were named the Premier Exhibitors.

Bill Pappe, of Green Township, was honored with a plaque for 30 years of working at the Green Center Haunted House. Pappe thanked the many people and businesses that made it such a success. There was an average of 1,800 visitors per year. The Haunted House was the primary source of funds to keep the center operating. Uses for the center include family reunions, 4-H meetings and receptions.

Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey recommended staff cuts to help meet the school budget. He said no cuts were easy to make but with enrollment decreasing, the corporation lost a lot of state revenue. He recommended cutting the elementary assistant principal position, saving $35,000 in 2014 and $76,000 every year thereafter. The budget reduction plan also included reduction of three elementary teachers, one MAC coordinator, one social studies/business teacher and one health/P.E. teacher for a total cost reduction of $448,547.

10 years ago

The property just north of Turtle Town Plaza was now owned by Jeremy and Marie Fox and Dennis and Nancy Duggan. They worked diligently to restore it, and some of Churubusco’s newest businesses opened there. Vinyl Designs and Photo Expressions opened for business. Fox Tires also moved to this location.

The Churubusco Eagle Football team’s season ended at semi-state where the Eagles met No. 1-ranked Sheridan. The Eagles lost 48-13, ending the season with an 11-3 record.

The Turtletown Players were presenting the holiday classic “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” in the Jason Smith Auditorium.

The teachers at Smith-Green Community Schools worked without a contract for 18 months. A mediator was called in to listen to both sides and help settle the dispute. Superintendent Carol Kaiser said she was pleased with the session and was hopeful they would get a contract during the next session. The issues in contention were not public information and would be released when a contract was reached.

The Town Council voted to approve the waiver of non-compliance with C&A Tool. Although C&A was receiving tax abatements over the next 10 years, it was also adding jobs at a high rate. Since July 2005, the company increased employees from 280 to 426.

Brandon and Jalynn Chordas announced the birth of their daughter, Addison Lane.

23 years ago

Lynn Snyder and Gene Shambaugh received the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship and Chuck Jones received Rotarian of the Year at the 50th anniversary banquet.

The 700-seat auditorium at Churubusco High School was nearly filled to capacity for the premiere of Terry Doran’s documentary, “The Hunt for Oscar.” Doran pointed out that the movie did not answer the question: “Was there really an Oscar?” Rather, it was a moving tribute to Gale and Helen Harris, who discovered the turtle and lost their health, reputation and farm in their quest to prove Oscar was no hoax.

Despite a crowded town hall filled with several south Main Street residents who were present to voice opposition to the rezoning proposal, the vote was 3-0 to approve the ordinance for McDonald’s.

Serendipity Crafts and Gifts was now open at the intersection of State Road 9 and U.S. 33 in Merriam. It carried a wide variety of crafts, floral arrangements, handcrafted clothing, jewelry and dolls. Owner Judy Cameron created many items.

Chosen for the Indiana Babe Ruth All-State Team were Nicole Pressler, Emily Plasterer and Amanda Ramsey. The young ladies were presented with plaques at an honors banquet in Noblesville.

“A Christmas gift to the community” was the way a spokesperson for the Churubusco United Methodist Church described the second annual Festival of the Hanging of the Greens. Due to the overwhelming response to the last year’s festival, there would be two performances filled with lights, music and elegance.

Mark and Lori Shively announced the birth of their daughter, Katherine Lynn.

50 years ago

Churubusco Area Jaycees gave away 54 turkeys in their annual turkey give-away. The drawing was held at the Churubusco Super Dollar Store where winners could pick up their turkeys.

Santa Claus arrived in downtown Churubusco amid the lights and new decorations added to the downtown display by the Chamber of Commerce. All business firms brought out their finest holiday values. The “Charge-It” credit cards, sponsored by the Churubusco State Bank, could be used at nearly all stores and businesses.

The Churubusco Girl Scouts presented books to the Churubusco Public Library. The books were guides to the various divisions of Girl Scouting.

Nearly twice the size of the 1966 version, the special five-cent Christmas stamp was a reproduction of a portion of Cans Memling’s Madonna and Child with Angels. Using the stamp assured first class service on holiday greeting cards.

Mr. and Mrs. James Lee were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Zeller announced the birth of their son, Eric Allen.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Edwards announced the birth of their son, Tracy Lynn.

Mr. and Mrs. Rex Baker announced the birth of their son, Scott Michael.

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