One year ago

Churubusco FFA traveled to the 89th National FFA Convention where it received the National Chapter Award, which recognizes outstanding FFA chapters throughout the U.S. that successfully completed an annual set of required activities, worked as a team and served others in their communities. Three ’Busco graduates received the American Degree. Recipients were Darby Allen, Lukus Troyer and Dakota Keefe.

Columbia City’s Walmart had a water line burst, flooding the building on Thanksgiving Day. With only five hours until the store’s Black Friday deals were set to begin, associates worked frantically to put the store back together in time for the big opening.

Roger Thornton, who was SGCS superintendent from 1978-1986, got to deliver the game ball to the referee at the Indiana University men’s basketball game against Mississippi Valley State University.

The annual tree lighting ceremony was held with Town Council President Frank Kessler turning on the lights. Santa Claus was brought to the event on a Smith Township fire truck.

Five years ago

The Churubusco Town Council passed the 2013 salary ordinance. Overall, the town employees would receive a raise.

The downtown Main Street improvements continued with facade grants being given to Sheets & Childs Funeral Home and the Bargain House.

The council gave Town Marshal Mike Engle permission to hire a part-time officer.

The National FFA Environmental and Natural Resources contest took place at the 85th National FFA Convention. The National Silver Award team consisted of Churubusco FFA’s Colton Geiger, Jenna Uecker, Brett Uecker and Lukus Troyer.

The Town of Churubusco held its first annual tree lighting ceremony on the point.

Churubusco American Legion Post 157 welcomed home Travis Collingsworth and Jacob Krider. Both men were part of the 381st Military Police coming back from Afghanistan.

Lester and Doris Sheets celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a special dinner with their children and grandchildren.

10 years ago

Brett Sloffer, Worship Leader at Ari Church of God and ministerial student at Taylor University, was giving the sermon at Sunday worship.

Cutting cost and treating town employees better was on the agenda at the Town Council meeting. Mark Coonrod, the local STAR Insurance representation, attended the meeting to answer questions about the town’s health and disability insurance. Coonrod was chosen over two other competing agencies. The town previously had PHP as its provider. Coonrod’s bid from Anthem of $93,659 annually was more than $41,000 less than PHP.

Meredith Green, MacKenzie Hostetter and Molly Green, members of the Dance Company at Tiffany and Company Studio of Dance, danced at the Festival of Trees.

The Internal Revenue Service was looking for 1,628 Hoosier taxpayers to claim their share of undeliverable refund checks totaling almost $1.24 million.

23 years ago

The local Lions Club began its annual holiday fruit sales. Texas ruby red grapefruit was selling for $8.50 for a 20-pound case and California naval oranges for $9 for a 20-pound case.

The controversial ISTEP student testing and evaluation program was to be replaced by IPASS, the Indiana Performance Assessment for Student Success, starting during the 1995-96 school year, said Marlene Knopp, a consultant with the Indiana Department of Education.

Ike Younis was one of the many volunteers who helped put up the beautiful downtown Christmas decorations.

The United Way drive was underway in the Churubusco area under the direction of Dr. Richard Zollinger and Patty Willyard, area coordinators.

Over 70,000 Hoosier school children were eating breakfast at school, which was an enormous leap from the 35,000 students that regularly participated in the United States Department of Agriculture’s School Breakfast Program. There were two factors that attributed to it — some schools received start-up grants and the mandate that implementation of the SBP begin in schools where 25 percent of students qualified for free and reduced-price lunch under the income guidelines.

Egolf’s IGA featured bulk Ossian bacon for $1.29 a pound, boneless rump roast at $2.39 a pound and Florida oranges at $1.69 for a five-pound bag.

50 years ago

Mrs. William Lane became the third generation of her mother’s family to be installed into Sigma Eta Sorority. Both Mrs. Lane’s mother Mrs. Nedra Krider and her grandmother; Mrs. Alta Richards were charter members of local Nu Chapter.

Churubusco and Blue Lake area householders and high school students were invited by the Churubusco Area Jaycees to participate in their Christmas decorating contest. This year was the second annual contest to be promoted by the Jaycees on the basis of the first year’s very successful contest. They hoped to make it an annual event.

Santa Claus came to town atop the town’s new fire truck.

David McConnell of Green Township was one of the 4-Hers from area counties for an achievement trip to Chicago. Those going on the trip were chosen on the basis of their achievement books and accumulated points from club activities and projects. The group toured Chicago for three days.

Mr. and Mrs. David Gordon became proud grandparents to Kristina Beth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lampe, and Michael Kent born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Offerle.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hoffman announced the birth of their daughter, Michelle Elaine.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gordon announced the birth of their son, Kenneth George.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Amber announced the birth of their son, Robert Cline.

Specials at Shelton’s IGA included bacon at 59 cents a pound and saltine crackers at 29 cents for a one-pound box.

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