One year ago

The town of Churubusco submitted a letter of interest for the Stellar Communities Grant through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl said the town had a better chance of winning the grant, and was ready to try for it again.

Churubusco’s New Era Show Choir was named fourth runner-up in the nation at the FAME National Show Choir Finals in downtown Chicago.

The town of Churubusco agreed to repair tornado siren equipment for the Smith Township Fire Department. The cost was expected to be $600-$1,000.

Leadership Whitley County celebrated the graduation of its 16th class.

South Whitley student Kolt Kyler was surprised by his parents with tickets to a Cubs game, but was surprised more when a two-minute long video posted online of him receiving the tickets went viral, receiving national attention. He was tweeted by players such as Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and David Ross.

10 years ago

Supporters of the Churubusco Teachers Union met at two different meetings. The Smith-Green school system hadn’t had a contract with its teachers in nearly two years.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a 5.2 magnitude earthquake at 4:36 a.m. in southern Illinois. Almost an hour later, the grounds in Whitley County shook. The quake did not cause major problems in the area.

John and Angie Perlich announced the birth of their daughter, Meghan.

15 years ago

Missy Shiriaev was surprised when the “Easter Bunny” (John Slavich of the Whitley County Community Foundation), hopped into her home room class and gave her a basket of eggs. She opened the eggs one by one, and in the last one was a message that she had been chosen as the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

A development that could bring an estimated 80 homes to the Churubusco area was one step closer to reality after the Churubusco Town Council approved the rezoning change requested by the develop. The property encompassed 58 acres located off State Road 205, west of town in section 23 of Smith Township. The developers were Donald and Dean Shearer.

Helpline of Whitley County reported that in 2002, Helpline of Whitley County addressed 1141 units of need. The primary function was to provide information and referral “to help persons in need to find assistance from the resources available.”

Laura Parker broke Churubusco High School’s 19-year-old long jump record, leaping 16 feet, 1.75 inches.

Jay and Shannon (Insley) Merkel announced the birth of their son, Grant Merkel.

25 years ago

Helen Harris-Lantz, who along with her husband Gale Harris, brought international attention to Churubusco died in 1993. Gale and Helen spotted a huge turtle at Fulk Lake. The turtle was dubbed, Oscar, “The Beast of Busco.”

The Whitley County Health Department was sponsoring a Parenting Class for parents with children under six years of age.

Two Churubusco natives would appear in “Little Mary Sunshine” at the Brown County Playhouse. Churubusco High School music director Rosalie Geler-Byrne and Randy Forrest Jones each had parts in the play.

The free weight room at Linville Fitness Center was dedicated in memory of Craig Heintzelmen. Heintzelman was killed in an automobile accident, and memorial contributions were made in his name.

50 years ago

The Joint Drainage Board of Whitley, Noble and Allen counties authorized emergency work at Blue Lake to eliminate poor drainage into Blue River. The emergency work was expected to help alleviate flooding conditions at Blue Lake.

The Churubusco Town Board would accept a loan of $30,000 from the state’s Post War Planning revolving fund. The funds, which were loaned at no interest, would be used to help pay for engineering studies made for the town’s new sewage disposal system. The loan would be payable in three years.

Mayor Keith Dowell of Columbia City signed a proclamation designating a day as “Community Sing-Out Day” in Columbia City. “Sing-Out Columbia City” was part of an international movement known as “Up With People.” The movement was composed of young people who loved God, life, freedom, family and homeland.

An airplane piloted by a Noble County man was extensively damaged in a landing accident southeast of Columbia City. Rex Stangland, 32, of Albion, had permission to land his Cessna 182 in a field on the Schrader estate farm. In the landing, the plane hit a soft spot in the field, and the nose wheel mired down, breaking off the nose and upsetting the plane. Stangland, his wife and two daughters were in the plane but not injured.

Mrs. Ruth Beers was one of three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Whitley County treasurer in the primary election.

Mail patrons offended by pandering advertisements could now take steps to curb such mail. Postmaster Dick Troyer announced his plans for administering a new law to give each family the right to decide that an ad was “erotically arousing or sexually proactive.”

Shelton’s IGA offered a dozen of large eggs for 39 cents, five loaves of bread for $1, a pound of bacon for $0.29, ground beef for 49 cents per pound and five cans of green beans for $1. Shelton’s was also giving away six large Parrot hams. The previous week, Mrs. Larry Richey and Leona Rollins won $25 grocery certificates.

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