Churubusco freshman Danny Resler cradles Columbia City sophomore Derek Kissinger during their 103-pound, third-place match at the Carroll Wrestling Sectional in 2008. Resler defeated Kissinger 5-0 and advanced to the regional, which was also held at Carroll.

1 year ago

Churubusco was awarded a tree grant of $5,100 for 35 new trees in town, which would be planted along Whitley Street and other nearby side streets.

Madalyn Sade-Bartl was named the 3rd District Democratic chair.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ officials were finalizing plans for its new Columbia City High School, which is expected to be complete in 2020.

Cole Lybarger was named Churubusco High School’s first Snowcoming King.

10 years ago

Chad Fulkerson was named town marshal of Churubusco. Fulkerson had been on the police department for 12 years and replaced John Hart who stepped down as marshal after being elected town councilman.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels was expected to be a guest at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Eagle Glen Golf Course.

Severe flooding caused issues for Churubusco residents, with the worst at Sunny Slope addition on the east side of town. Town manager Jeremy Hart was working on a solution to the flooding issues.

Aluminum components provider 80/20 Inc. announced it would expand its manufacturing and distribution center, creating more than 40 new jobs by 2010. The company planned to invest more than $5 million to upgrade machining and manufacturing. At the time, 80/20 in Columbia City had 210 employees.

Richard and Karen Bell announced the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Bell, to Jason Chordas.

The Churubusco wrestling team placed second overall at the Northeast Corner Conference meet and had four individual champions.

15 years ago

Walter Hershberger, of Fort Wayne, was convicted of six counts of felony child molesting in Whitley Circuit Court and could face up to 138 years in prison after a jury found him guilty.

Brent and Lib McDowell announced the engagement of their daughter, Alissa, to Corey Schoon.

Smith-Green Community Schools’ facility rental rates were $15 per hour for the cafeteria, gymnasiums, auditorium, annex or classrooms.

Health screenings were offered at the Linvill Health Center in Columbia City, offered by Parkview Whitley Hospital. Screenings included bone density ($15), body composition ($10), lipid profile test ($10), glucose screening ($4), and prostatic-specific antigen ($20).

The 2003 Whitley County Junior Miss, Michelle “Missy” Shiraev, Churubusco, decided not to participate in the Indiana Junior Miss Program after she was injured in an automobile accident. Instead, first runner-up Danielle Minear assumed the responsibility to represent the county. Coordinators of the local program were Pamela Thompson and Carrie Gates.

20 years ago

The Churubusco Fire Department purchased a new tanker. The pump was capable of delivering 1,000 gallons of water per minute. The tank replaced a 30-year-old tank truck.

Alissa McDowell was chosen to be a member of the Women’s All State Choir, which performed at the Indiana Music Educator’s State Convention in Indianapolis.

25 years ago

Town maintenance plans for 1993 were submitted to the council by Town Supervisor Jack Burks. The plans included correcting issues with the sanitary sewer system, manhole rehabilitation, flushing fire hydrants, cleaning sewers and street sweeping.

The United Way of Whitley County discussed a monetary shortfall, causing the organization to cut agency allocations by as much as 10 percent.

Jeff Perlich, a 1988 Churubusco graduate, graduated from East Carolina University in North Carolina, with a degree in sports marketing.

Sixth-grader Adam Farmer was the winner of the Churubusco Elementary School Spelling Bee. Runner-up was Jenna Fairchild.

Whitley Circuit Judge James Heuer and Superior Court Judge Michael Rush noted that a local rule for all parties granted a dissolution of marriage would be required to participate in the Children First program. The program consisted of two hours of discussion. Moderators would provide a certificate of completion, which had to be filed with the Whitley County Clerk prior to the judge granting the marriage dissolution.

35 years ago

Construction continued on the renovation/addition project at Churubusco School. All areas were to be completed by the end of February.

The Busco Merchants Association was hoping for a snow to cover the area for Winterfest weekend. Without the snow, some events would have to be canceled — the snowmobile poker rally and cross-country ski race.

50 years ago

The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce opened its membership drive, setting a goal of 95-100 members. Chamber President was Bob McGuire.

Charles Jones, Churubusco High School government instructor, was named as planning director for Whitley County by the Whitley County Plan Commission.

The Whitley County Shrine Club invited Churubusco High School students to sing at its meeting. At the meeting, the Shriners would make final plans to host the county’s fifth graders at the Shrine Circus in Fort Wayne.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fisher announced the birth of a son, Ryan Jon.

The Associated Churches of Whitley County Elected officers at a meeting in Columbia City. Harold Oechsle of Trinity Methodist Church was named president. Other officers were Rev. Cole Reasin, of Grace Lutheran Church; Dr. Clark Waterfall, Miriam Weesner and Joy Barnhart.

Girl Scouts were calling in householders for their annual cookie sale.

Lois Whetsel, acting director of the Whitley County Department of Public Welfare, announced an increase from $2 to $3 in rates paid to foster parents of teenage children. The increase was made because families often have more expenses to include the children in family activities.

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