These Future Farmers of America from Churubusco High School display the trophy they won at Reynolds, where they placed first in a field of eight teams in livestock judging in 1968. From left are Dave Johnson, Gary Bonar, Roger Berry, Danny Zeigler and Walter Paxson, ag teacher and FFA advisor. File photo

One year ago

Smith-Green Community Schools’ Business Manager Todd Fleetwood announced he would be leaving SGCS for the same position at Whitley County Consolidated Schools. Fleetwood served as the business manager at SGCS for seven years.

Gunner Smithson, age 7, won the HYWAY State Championship in the 52-pound weight class, qualifying him for nationals later in April. Smithson was a first grader at Churubusco Elementary School.

The Whitely County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Whitley County opened a new welcoming center in downtown Columbia City. The new facility featured a visitor’s center.

Churubusco’s boys track team won its own invitational, scoring 157.5 points, a blow-out compared to its closest opponent, Elkhart with 82.5 points.

Columbia City won the county golf match held at Eel River Golf Course, scoring a 163 compared to Churubusco’s 170 and Whitko’s 203.

10 years ago

Gretchen Meinzen, an eighth grader from Churubusco Middle School, finished runner-up in the area Spelling Bee in Fort Wayne.

The SADD Experience is a local concert that the Whitley County Youth Council of Drug Free Indiana put together to provide a safe outing for all area high school students at the Fun Center (Paige’s Crossing). The event would feature a concert by three teenage bands from Churubusco and Whitko.

Mark and Jan Boylen and Mark and Lyuda Rozenburg announced the engagement of their children, Adrianne Boylen and Eric Rozenburg.

Churubusco’s boys track team won its own invitational for the first time.

Dr. Dionne Hladin and Dr. Richard Zollinger purchased the Gillion, Zollinger, and Hladin dental practice from Dr. Russ Gilliom, who started the practice in 1978. The office would now be known as Churubusco Family Dentistry. Zollinger joined Gilliam in 1985 and Zollinger in 1994. The dentistry had 22 full and part time employees.

15 years ago

Columbia City Democrats from Northeast Indiana gathered for the annual Third District Dinner at the Eagles’ Nest. It was the second year the event was held in Columbia City, which was centrally located in the relatively new congressional district.

The Churubusco Rotary Club was offering two adult scholarships. Churubusco area residents wanting to better themselves in the workplace and who were going to a two- or four-year college or trade school could apply. The fund was established by the late Everett Jones, a local banker, and since that time, the Rotary added funds to keep the scholarship going.

Christine Lewis and Adam Jay Neireiter announced their engagement to be married.

Rachel Eyermann received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the top recognition. She had been a girl scout for 13 years.

Churubusco sophomore pitcher Chase Gaff drew the attention of the Chicago White Sox, with a scout in the stands watching him play in the Eagles’ win over Carroll. Gaff threw an 85 mile-per-hour fastball for the scout, Dave Fieroved.

Aaron and Kim Rapp announced the birth of their son, Aaron.

25 years ago

New postmaster Dan Brown was ready to take his post in Churubusco, beginning April 28, 1993.

The new “Welcome to Churubusco” signs were completely done and installed. The signs were the original brainstorm of the local Chamber of Commerce and were entirely funded by the local VFW.

Pamela Smith was one of 54 individuals selected statewide to participate in Parnters in Policymaking, a training sponsored by COVOH Foundation and funded by a grant from the Indiana Governor’s Planning Council for People with Disabilities.

Kindergarten orientation was held and the local Lions Club held its free health screening and diabetes testing in conjunction with the orientation.

Bert McLauglin was named to the Indiana High School North All-Star Football Squad. While at Churubusco High School, Bert was the school’s all-time leading passer in yards, completions and touchdowns. He would be one of two quarterbacks for the North team. McLaughlin was also selected as one of 12 basketball players to participate in the first Northeast Indiana versus Northwest Ohio All-Star game.

50 years ago

Seventy-five people, mostly demonstrators to the cleaning and clearing of Blue River, appeared at a hearing in Columbia City. The hearing was conducted by a joint board, including representatives from Allen, Whitley and Noble counties. Blue Lake residents were hoping for early cleaning and clearing of Blue River to alleviate flooding at the lake.

The year 1968 was the year for Churubusco residents to “come home.” Plans were underway for the “biggest and best homecoming event yet,” according to CHS Alumni Association President Charles E. Jones, Class of 1956.

A preliminary report on the study of Smith-Green Community Schools was given to the school board by a team of Ball State University researchers. The team made the study to aid the board in new building plans, which would be developed in a year or so, board members said.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Bowers announced the birth of their daughter, Karen Elaine, born at the Whitley County Hospital.

Churubusco library chose Robin Allman to be the “librarian for a day” in observance of National Library Week.

Bangs store offered several specials that week, including a blanket bags for 98 cents, 18 spring clothes pins for 25 cents, sneakers for $1.98, and rugs for $2.77.

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