Yesterday

1 year ago

Churubusco greeted a local soldier who returned home from an historic Air Force mission. Adam Nereiter served in Iraq, repairing a “strategically crucial” airfield that was left in shambles by ISIS.

A 10-year-old boy who went missing for 16 hours in southern Whitley County was found safe.

Churubusco High School hosted its first basketball sectional in eight years. South Adams won the girls basketball sectional, ousting the Lady Eagles in the first round.

The town of Churubusco High School renewed its contract with Smith-Green Community Schools for the school resource officer program. Chad Fulkerson was the school resource officer for Smith-Green.

Churubusco High School’s class of 1956 celebrated its 60th class reunion.

10 years ago

C&A Tool Engineering announced an expansion to Auburn. The new investment would total about $10 million and bring about 50 new jobs in the first phase. The company employed 440 in its Churubusco facilities and had experienced substantial growth since its founding in 1969.

15 years ago

A fire caused $10,000 damage to Churubusco Auto Electric. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

A murder trial in Whitley Circuit Court was set for Ronrico Hatch, of Fort Wayne. Hatch faced multiple charges in connection with the murder of James Piatt, 20, of Fort Wayne, whose decomposed body was found in a rural Churubusco cornfield August 2002. Hatch was also charged in Allen County for the murder of a 17-year-old woman. His trial was set for July.

A benefit auction in memory of slain teacher Kenny Beck was planned at Washington Center Elementary School in Columbia City. Beck was killed Sept. 11, 2002, when he tried to come to the aid of a woman in a domestic dispute.

Churubusco High School was named one of the state’s Best Buys by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. In an annual report, the Indiana Chamber listed the schools which gave taxpayers the most in education for the amount of tax dollars spent.

David Hill won the sectional championship at 103 pounds, which started with a six-second pin in his first match of the tournament.

20 years ago

The latest mediation to settle the Smith-Green School Corporation’s teachers contract ended without a signed contract.

Paul and Barbara Keister celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to Wisconsin.

25 years ago

Smith-Green schools were awarded $10,000 as the recipient of the Indiana School Incentive Award. The school received the check for improving ISTEP scores ad both the elementary and high school levels.

Boy Scout troops across Whitley County raised money for local food banks. Their work netted a gift of $2,200. The Whitley County Community Foundation agreed to match the funds raised, 50 cents on the dollar.

35 years ago

Dana announced the decision to move the Oil Seal Plant. Operations were to be transferred to other Dana facilities starting in March and completed by July. There were 192 employees at that time.

Wilma’s Health Care held an open house to introduce products offered, natural foods, vitamins, supplements, herbs, teas and aloe vera products.

Churubusco merchants were concerned with police not providing 24-hour protection. The department was reduced to three. The community depended on assistance from the State Police in Fort Wayne and the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

David and Naomi Miller announced the birth of their daughter, Lisa Kay.

Jeff and Penny Braun announced the birth of their son, Michael David.

50 years ago

Flooding at Blue Lake caused sanitation issues. Whitley County sanitarian Lowell Burnworth warned lake residents to boil their water wherever high water covered sewage treatment tanks and treatment beds, and private wells. The level of the lake was estimated to be 4-5 feet above normal.

Doris Martin was named as the head of the Whitley County Heart Fund drive by Henry Wilhems, executive director of the Northeastern Indiana Heart Association.

A fire discovered at about 3 a.m. nearly destroyed the building of the Tri-Lakes Bait Store on the north side of Little Cedar Lake. Loss to the building and equipment was estimated at $10,000.

Two National Home mobile units were approved by the Whitley County Council for Retarded Children Inc. for use by the Opportunity School in Columbia City. The units would contain classrooms.

About 130 people attended the 1968 wheat and feed grain information meeting in Columbia City. The meeting was led by Chairman Robert Adams.

60 years ago

Robert J. Sloffer retired as president of the Indiana Well Drillers Association Inc.

The Churubusco Town Board passed an ordinance to establish a Plan Commission for Churubusco.

A total of $256.66 was collected during “Mothers March on Polio.”

The Woman’s Cultural Club elected Mrs. James Kirtley as president. Mrs. Eugene Darr as vice-president and Mrs. Joseph Bates as secretary-treasurer.

The Tri-County Truth was awarded a Citation of Merit by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America Inc. in recognition of distinguished service in the search to find a cause and cure of MD.

“The Tin Star,” starring Henry Fonda and Betsy Palmer, was playing at the York Theater.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Ohlwine announced the birth of their son.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Myer announced the birth of their son, Ernest Arthur.

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