One year ago
Radio upgrades mandated by the state would most likely cost the county more than $12,000 — including about $640 for the Churubusco Police Department. Emergency Management Director Amy Biggs was tasked with inventorying the county’s 800-megahertz radios, preparing for the state-mandated P25 upgrade that officials said needed to be completed by 2017.
Green Township 4-H’ers filled 30 gift boxes and delivered them throughout the township and sang carols at each stop. The youth also went to Oak Pointe and the Oaks in Columbia City to deliver boxes and sing to the residents.
Four Churubusco FFA forestry judging teams competed in the area forestry competition. The senior team of Blaire Foote, Tate Allen and Ashley Uecker finished first. A second senior team of Brent Teague, Caleb Blake and Heidi Zeigler placed sixth. Both teams advanced to state competition.
Chuck and Becki Mathieu celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ronald and Sherry Johnson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The family celebrated the milestone with a Caribbean cruise in June.
Five years ago
C&A Tool was given the 2012 Supplier Excellence Award from Medtronic. The award was given in recognition of excellence in quality, on-time delivery, cost and technology.
Representatives of Steel Dynamics Inc. announced plans to add new rail production capabilities at the Structural Steel and Rail Division that would create approximately 40 new jobs in 2016.
The Churubusco Lions Club presented the entire Churubusco Elementary third grade class with Thesauruses. The Lions gave away nearly 100 books marking the fourth year of doing so.
With declining enrollment in the current vocational educational provider, Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees voted to discontinue services with Anthis Career Center after the 2012-13 school year. The board also approved an agreement with Four County Area Vocational Cooperative for the 2013-14 school year.
A check for over $5,900 was presented to the Churubusco Rotary. The proceeds were from the Rotary Golf Scramble that was held to raise funds for community donations and local programs.
10 years ago
Three members of the 2007 Churubusco Eagle football team were named to various regional and all-state teams. Senior Linebacker Jeremy Berry was named to the AP All-State team for Class 1A and also the IFCA All-State team. Senior Brandon Hiatt was named to the Journal Gazette All-Area team and honorable mention All-State by the Bloomington Herald. Sophomore Skylar Greve was named to the IFCA Junior All-State team.
The Smith-Green School Board of Trustees voted to hire Heather Storm as the high school music director. Storm was not a current employee so she was approved in a lay position.
The public was invited to watch the “oldie” movie at the Whitley County Senior Center. The classic “A Christmas Story” would be shown following lunch.
Three minor fee increases for the next year announced by the DNR Division would not be implemented in 2008.
A commemorative World War II exhibit on the Battle of the Bulge was at Fort Harrison State Park, just in time to mark the 63rd anniversary of the epic World War II battle.
Ronald and Natalie Steffen announced the birth of their son, Caden Christopher.
23 years ago
Whitley County Memorial Hospital and Fort Wayne’s Parkview Hospital announced plans to affiliate and pursue the development for a larger network of health care provides.
The Smith-Green Community School Board of School Trustees voted to give a 2.7 percent increase to Smith-Green employees.
The Indiana Music Educators Association announced that Andrew Norris had been selected through audition to perform in the 1995 Indiana All-State Children’s Honor Choir at the 1995 Indiana Music Educators Convention. Norris was a student at Churubusco Elementary School and a student of music teacher Susan Lough.
Time magazine named Evan Bayh, governor of Indiana, to the magazine’s list of top 50 young (40 and younger) leaders in the nation. Some were predicting Bayh would occupy the Oval Office someday. The magazine also labeled the democrat Bayh “Indiana’s most conservative modern-era chief executive.”
The Churubusco Elementary Spell Bowl Team competed in the second annual Elementary Spell Bowl at Leo Junior High where they placed second. The eight-team members who helped push the team to the top were Liselle Erski, Alan Mettert, Jessica Lockard, Cindy Geiger, Andrew Norris, Emily Kuznair, Jessica Keith and Travis McConnell.
Greg and Margaret Blake announced the birth of their daughter, Chandler Elaine.
Ron and Chris Dazey announced the birth of their daughter, Morgan McGuire.
50 years ago
Mrs. Frank Haber, of Blue Lake, made a big catch while vacationing with her husband in Florida. Mrs. Haber hooked a 110-pound Allison tuna. Landing the fish required an hour of effort on the part of Mrs. Haber, her husband and Dewey Capps, a former Churubusco resident.
It was awards night for longtime Churubusco fireman Paul Krider as the Churubusco Fire Department held its annual dinner. Krider received a plaque and lifetime honorary membership in the department “in recognition of his service to the community.”
Tri-County Truth readers were invited to take a winter vacation to Hawaii by the publishers of the Farm and Home section of the newspaper at a cost of only $557, from Chicago. The tour would include 15 days island hopping around the Hawaiian Islands.
Between 80 and 100 Amish schoolteachers would take tests under the supervision of the Department of Public Instruction to determine their teaching qualifications. The action was based on an agreement by the Indiana Amish parochial schools and the State Schools Superintendent.
With the mud and snow, farmers were taking “enforced vacations.” Some were getting stuck attempting to get the work done. There were still beans in the fields that needed to come out.
Mr. and Mrs. John Osterman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary quietly at home due to the illness of Mr. Osterman.
Specials at Shelton’s IGA included tangerines fresh from Florida at $0.59 a dozen and smoked hams at $0.55 a pound.