One year ago

Smith-Green Community Schools’ board of trustees was considering three candidates for an open board position that was vacated by Carey Jacquay: Sharon Bertrand, Jeremy Hart and Brenda Saggars.

46 Graphics renovated a former C&A Tool building to move its business to downtown Churubusco. The company provides a variety of services, such as screenprinting, embroidery, signage, vinyl lettering and wraps, and photo canvases.

Churubusco’s boys basketball season came to an end at the regional in North Judson. It was the first regional game in the history of the school.

IGS Energy reported Whitley County saved $7,400 in five months by using its company rather than NIPSCO.

10 years ago

Whitley County’s Republican party planned a candidate forum for the Whitley County Commissioner candidates in upcoming primary election. Candidates included incumbent Commissioner Jim Pettigrew, who was challenged by Mark Roach and Don Amber.

Bob Allman, of the Churubusco News, and Chuck Mathieu, collaborated to create the Churubusco History Calendar, which netted a $1,855 donation to the Churubusco Public Library.

Michael and Kimberly Sajdak announced the birth of their daughter, Marilyn Rose.

The Smith Township Fire Department responded to a house fire at County Road 450 East, four miles west of Churubusco. Chief Roger Bennett was first to arrive and reported a single story residential structure with heavy fire and smoke coming from the structure, and that all occupants were out.

15 years ago

Members of the Churubusco Women’s Literary Club presented Dr. Russell Gillion, Dr. Dionne Hladin and Dr. Richard Zollinger with a basket of children’s books for their lobby. The literacy group, which was 98 years old at the time, had been holding meetings in the dentist office for many years.

New members of the National Junior Honor Society from Churubusco Middle School were inducted. Those were: Chelsea Roth, Kerry Stauffer, Taylor Oler, Lance McParlan, Scott Marr, Brock Egolf, Kelsey Gibson, Tom Zumbrun and Nathan Wyss.

Little Victories of Whitley County’s First Steps/Step Ahead kicked off Disabilities Awareness Month with a luncheon and awards program. September McConnell, director of the Whitley County Community Foundation, emceed the event.

Bringing another life science company to northeastern Indiana, recently Precimed announced its intentions to install its first U.S. production facility in Columbia City.

The Churubusco American Legion euchre tournament was a success. There were 24 players with Amy Thomas as the top winner.

STAR Financial Bank named Robin Wright as regional president. The region president position was left vacant after the retirement of 38-year STAR Financial banking veteran, Bob Smith.

25 years ago

The Churubusco Fire Department was working together with the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce for a plan which would save time, money and lives. Chamber Director Julie Miller said the fire department would be surveying chamber businesses and giving a report for a “business plan” that would be fed into the fire department’s computer for use during fire runs.

A talent show for Whitley County teens was planned by the Columbia City and Churubusco Campus Life programs. A $50 prize would be given to the winner.

The Smith-Green Community Schools’ Board of Trustees quickly acted on market conditions, allowing them to refinance the last building project bond issue. The board negotiated a savings of over $78,000 over the term of the lease. The change would decrease the tax rate by two cents.

After leading the Churubusco boys basketball team to an 11-11 season and sectional runner-up finish, Dennis Hoff resigned his basketball position. Churubusco had been under the direction of Hoff for the previous six seasons.

Donald Gering, of Churubusco, retired after 33 years of service with Northern Indiana Public Service Company, NIPSCO.

The Mayor’s Spring Small Business Conference was planned for the Lehmberg Medical Building on the grounds of Whitley County Memorial Hospital. Columbia City’s mayor was Jim Teghtmeyer.

50 years ago

The town of Churubusco released its development plan. The plan called for new streets, parks and an urban renewal project for the town.

Stan Schenher was named the Churubusco boys basketball team’s most valuable player, with a per-game average of 19.7 points.

The Office of Traffic Safety put into law that all slow moving vehicles must display a new triangle-shaped safety sign. It was equally effective at night as it was by day, and was expected to save numerous lives.

BANGS store in Churubusco offered $1.99 women’s purses, Easter cards for 5 cents and miniature cars for 57 cents.

60 years ago

Franklin Geiger became head of the Rotary Club, replacing Hubert Nichter.

Blumenthal’s “going-out-of-business” sale started with prices of mens suits at $29.88 and bedspreads at $4.44.

The Whitley County Department of Health reported 100 births and 38 deaths during January and February, its first two months of operation.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kilworth announced the birth of their daughter, Linda Sue.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnston announced the birth of their daughter, Melissa Sue.

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