One year ago

Churubusco’s AgPlus, along with Land-O-Lakes, contributed $1,000 to the Churubusco United Methodist Church Food Pantry. AgPlus had been making the donation for the past three to four years.

Noble County Councilwoman Joy LeCount retired from public office for the second time after serving a total of 32 years as a county commissioner and council member.

U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and owner of Churubusco Auto Electric, Lynn Gross, along with his staff, presented fellow Vietnam War Veteran Ty Murphy with a $500 donation to the Whitley County Vietnam Memorial Fund.

Churubusco’s Town Council approved the purchase of a new squad car for the police department. They chose a Dodge Durango with a $24,297 price tag.

Churubusco native Jason Nicodemus thanked his roots for football success as after graduating in 2013 went on to play football for the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne. The Cougars won the NAIA National Championship over Baker University 38-17.

Both Churubusco Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School received “B” ratings in the state’s A-F grading system. The “B” rating was an improvement for the elementary school, which had received a “C” in both 2014 and 2015.

Five years ago

Churubusco racer Bryan Martin capped off a successful season by being awarded with a National Top 100 award for Division 2 by NASCAR. He also captured “Rookie of the Year” at the Limaland Motorsport Park along with a seventh place in points in the Bud Thunderstox.

The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce recognized Churubusco High School head football coach Lee Etzler as the “Citizen of the Year” at the annual Chamber Banquet. The Chamber honored Bonnie Arnold of H&R Block as “Business of the Year.” The Churubusco Chamber also honored former Executive Secretary Dee Dee McCoy for her many years of service. She stepped down from her position. Lee Prescott was now the executive director of the Chamber.

Smith-Green Community Schools Board members Michael Sturgis and Rick Trump attended their final School Board meeting. Both of their terms were up and neither sought reelection.

Paul and Sharon Christlieb celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their children.

Emily Osbun and Josh Weible announced the birth of their son, Braden Cole.

10 years ago

The Sunday performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” was canceled because of weather and rescheduled for after Christmas.

Hoosier high schools that excelled academically while providing good value for Hoosier tax dollars were recognized by the release of the ninth edition of the Indiana’s Best Buys report. Churubusco High School was one of the 136 high schools in Indiana that was honored with the award.

The Churubusco wrestling team traveled to Westview to participate in the Westview Invite. The Eagles finished in fourth place out of 11 teams. Austin Zolman finished the day in first place in the 152-weight class.

23 years ago

A rural Churubusco couple, Robert and Erin Schmidt, were featured guests on the Ricki Lake talk show. The Schmidts, who had lost more than 100 pounds each, along with Robert’s sister, Mary Kay, were flown to New York to tape the show. The show’s topic was “People who are sick and tired of hearing about someone else’s weight loss.” Schmidt said appearing on the Ricki Lake show was exciting and he, along with his wife and sister, had a lot of fun.

Aaron and Mary McClure were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community after everything they owned was destroyed when their house caught fire. Members of the fire department and the ladies auxiliary gave them a “gift shower.”

The Churubusco News announced the top three winners in the 3rd Annual Christmas Decorating Contest. First place was Ike Younis; second, Joe and Lynn Hummel and third place went to Joseph Shirk.

A former Churubusco woman, Cindy Egolf Shamrao, was a guest conductor at the November Brahms, Elgar and Block Production by the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. She was the first of three candidates to audition for the position of music director and conductor of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.

The Churubusco Fire Department elected new officers for 1995. Jim Horne was elected fire chief; Kris Bair, assistant chief; Auxiliary Robin Holloway; Vice-President Sherry Jones; Secretary Mary Joe Horne; and Historian Missy Bair.

Local resident Andy Sherman was declared winner of the Sheet Metal Division Contest sponsored by the Association of Building Contractors. He received a first place plaque, jacket and an all-expense paid trip to Honolulu Hawaii to compete in the National Craft Olympics. He was employed by C. L. Schust Inc.

Monte and Jennifer Mawhorter announced the birth of their son, Erik Weldon.

Dave and Amy Crabill announced the birth of their daughter, Kelary Marie.

50 years ago

Winners of the Churubusco Area Jaycee’s Christmas decorating contest were Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith, first; the Donald Wilkin’s family, second; third, George Diller Jr.

Faith Lutheran Church was celebrating its first official Christmas in the new building on State Road 205, east of Churubusco.

The Indiana Department of Revenue, for the first time, sent out listings of adjusted gross income totals for each of Indiana’s 92 counties, as reported in annual state tax returns. Whitley County’s taxpayers reported a total adjusted gross income of $47,017,533. This averaged out at $5,844 in gross income per taxpayer.

Whitley County would be represented in the Jan. 1 Tournament of Roses Parade at Pasadena, Calif., by Mr. and Mrs. Alex Campbell and Jim Butts. The three would be riding champion stallions.

Churubusco’s Downtown Area Redevelopment Endeavor, designed to improve the downtown shopping area with an attractive sidewalk canopy and planting of trees and flowers, seemed at a standstill. Elaborate plans had been drawn and bids sought. The bids received were too high to be practical. The future of DARE would depend on the success of current efforts to get the actual construction underway.

Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Decker celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with an open house.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gaff celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. James Hodges announced the birth of their son, Noel Clifford.

Mr. and Mrs. Danny Wallace, Sr. announced the birth of their son, Rodney Eugene.

Specials at Shelton’s IGA included bacon at 59 cents a pound; half ‘n’ half, two pints for 49 cents; and a 3-pound can of coffee for $1.97.

This was the last paper published in 1967.

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