One Year Ago

Four Churubusco teachers, with nearly 150 years of combined service, retired from the Churubusco Schools. Brenda Saggars taught at CHS for 42 years, Mark Grove and Terry McManama each taught 36 years and Laura Foss 31 years.

Three Churubusco FFA members, Kari Riehle, Zach VanEvery and Alissa Edsall received State FFA Degrees at the 86 th State FFA Convention held at Purdue University. It is the highest honor that can be awarded by the Indiana State FFA Association. Only two percent of Indiana’s FFA members qualify.

Robert Allman was named the Albion Rotary Club’s 2015 Albion Citizen of the Year. His leadership and consistent dedication to the Albion community gained the club’s support for this designation.

Morsches Builders Mart was named the June business of the month by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce.

Five Years Ago

Dave Bonar was Grand Marshal of the 62nd annual Turtle Days parade.

The family of the late Jim Fry, Sr. updated the memorial in his honor at the Churubusco Park. After donating money in Fry’s name for construction of the batting cage next to the girls softball diamond, the family constructed a memorial with a bench, plaque and landscaping. The family recently added stone and concrete to complete the memorial.

Christian Stoner and Brooke Carter received their State FFA Degree at the 82nd State Convention. Busco FFA was recognized as one of the top 20 chapters in the State of Indiana.

Parkview Whitley Hospital broke ground for a new ambulance building at its new hospital site. The scheduled opening date was to be in October, the same day as the new hospital was opening.

The Smith-Green School Board approved an Equipment Leasing Purchase Agreement for acquiring 800 Dell netbooks.

Local Author Mark Hunter was having a book signing event for his first novel, Storm Chasers, set in Noble County.

Matthew and Stephanie Morris announced the birth of their daughter Edyn Kaylea.

Ten Years Ago

Hong Kong Restaurant opened in Turtle Town Plaza. Yang Li and Rose Cheng, owners, were carrying on the family business their parents started in Syracuse.

Churubusco Child Care earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

The Whitley/Noble County Line on U.S. 33 was being modified to improve vision pulling onto 33 from County Road 600 S. The project was scheduled for mid-September completion.

The Turtletown Players presented a celebration of the music of the 1950’s and 1960’s at the Churubusco United Methodist Church. Some of the great songs performed included Moon River, Alley Cat and True Love. A free-will offering was to be used for Turtletown Players Scholarship Endowment.

Jon Pelz, Churubusco’s new Campus Life Director, had a jam-packed summer planned with trips and hang-out time in the area above the Bargain House.

23 Years Ago

Dr. Linus Minick was honored at an open house where an estimated 800 people came to pay their respects to Dr. Minick and his family. Minick opened his family practice in Churubusco in 1952.

Laura Owen, a CHS sophomore, was one of 10 students from the area selected to spend a month in the Ukraine under the auspice of the Freedom Support Youth Exchange. The program allowed the students to participate in a culture exchange with another country.

Dan Elliott and Joe Boersema were chosen to represent CHS and Indiana at the 1993 Regional National Wrestling Championships in Fargo, North Dakota this summer. Both earned this opportunity by advancing through rigorous qualifying tournaments in northern Indiana. This honor was earned by only 36 wrestlers from each state.

The Churubusco Town Council instructed town attorney Ron Felger to draw up a new ordinance that prohibited people from parking on Line Street, specifically the space between Washington Street to the “No Parking” in front of the Bowser residence. Residents of Line Street reported this area was heavily congested and created traffic problems.

The Council signed and approved the new fire protection agreement for 1994 between the town, Smith Township and Whitley County for a total of $17,000, an increase of $500 over the last agreement.

Ed. note: 23 years ago is correct. There was no Churubusco paper 25 years ago. The Tri-County Truth went out of business in 1987 and the Churubusco News was launched in August 1992)

50 Years Ago

Fort Wayne television personality, Wayne Rothgeb, would be the master of ceremonies when Churubusco’s Turtle Queen for 1966 would be crowned in July The Town of Churubusco was ordered by the Indiana Stream Pollution Control Board to complete the construction of the new sewage disposal system by July 1968. The Pollution Control Board stated in its findings the town was causing pollution such as to endanger health.

By cooperation of the Chamber of Commerce, the Town Board and local police, the old system of “courtesy nickel” parking in the downtown area was revived. The Chamber of Commerce provided nickels for local police officers to insert in meters of over-parked customers. An envelope was provided for people to return the courtesy nickel.

Churubusco’s Linda Ligett was a winner at the 48 th annual 4-H Round-up. She picked-up the championship in the dog care division, climaxing four years of hard work and training in the 4-H dog project.

The Farris Nursing Home in Columbia City and the Kondas Nursing Home in Albion were among the 19 in Indiana denied renewal of licenses by the Indiana Health Facilities Council. All 19 home failed to meet state minimum standards during inspections by the Indiana Board of Health.

Mr. and Mrs. Junior Gordon celebrated their 25 th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children.

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