One year ago
Miles and Tarah Wilson were named Churubusco’s Citizens of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. The Wilsons had been very involved in the community and founded the Churubusco Youth Foundation to raise money for projects benefiting community youth.
At the same banquet, Jim and Ceil Parker, owners of Churubusco Watch and Jewelry, topped off their 35th year in business by being recognized as “Business of the Year” by the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce.
D. J Sigler was selected as Whitley County’s new prosecuting attorney in a Republican Caucus. He would replace Matt Rentschler who was elected as Circuit Court judge.
Churubusco High School’s entire student section, cheerleaders and team sported the Fort Wayne Komets team colors in honor of their friend who passed away. Jon Shepler, a sophomore, suffered from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Shepler was an avid sports fan, especially following the Komets and Churubusco athletics.
STAR Insurance Agency promoted Leslee Derbeck, of Whitley County, to employee benefits account manager.
Five years ago
Green Township 4-H members filled 29 boxes with treats and delivered them throughout the community. They also traveled to North Ridge Nursing Home in Albion and the Oaks in Columbia City where they sang Christmas carols to the residents.
C&A Tool’s latest acquisition was a Deckel Maho Milling Machine. The mill would be used for jet engine turbine production. The investment was the latest of millions of dollars spent by C&A over the last several years. C&A had nearly 550 people on its payroll and was one of the largest employers in Whitley County.
Emily Ditton and Kayla Crouch were honored for 10 years of participation in All Star Twirlers and Poms.
10 years ago
Justin Snyder, a member of the Smith Township Fire Department, was given the Chief’s Award for his proactiveness in achieving grants for the fire department to purchase needed equipment. He also was given the “Firefighter of the Year” award for his ongoing dedication, great attitude and involvement in the department and community.
The Board of Directors of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation selected Alan Tio as its new president.
Linda Buescher appeared on The Price is Right. Linda advanced to the Showcase, but chose to pass her Showcase. She brought home merchandise valued at nearly $8,000.
Technical Sergeant Alan Butler, son of Oras and Donna Butler of Churubusco, announced he was retiring from the Air Force following 20 years of service. He was a 1986 graduate of Churubusco High School.
23 years ago
Churubusco Chamber of Commerce members voted to replace two current board directors. Replacing Donna Targgart, who resigned, was Ken Knoblauch and replacing Marsha Guiff was Sue McQueen. New officers would be elected in January.
Smith-Green Schools donated $4,040 to the YMCA Fundraising Campaign. As a visible result of this contribution, a plaque in the new YMCA facility would read “The Smith-Green Community School’s Family Employees in Churubusco, Indiana.”
The Churubusco Division of the United Way campaign had reached 69 percent of its goal. To date, nearly $4,200 had been raised by over a dozen volunteers in the Churubusco area.
The local Boy Scout troop collected over 2,000 pounds of food during their Can-Do Food Drive.
Orizon announced that Marsha Guiff, broker associate, was the top selling realtor for November in Whitley County. The listing realtor in Whitley County was broker associate Tim Brower.
Mr. and Mrs. John Ford celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at a reception hosted by their children and grandchildren.
Derrick and Shannon Roe announced the birth of their daughter, Alison Elana.
Randall and Mary Zeigler announced the birth of their daughter, Renee Marie.
50 years ago
Students of Mrs. Jeanne Baughman’s home economic class at CHS made stuffed toys that were sent to U.S. servicemen in Vietnam who voluntarily distributed the toys to Vietnamese children.
New associate at Krider Funeral Home of Churubusco was William Lane. Lane and His wife, the former Jera Sue Krider of Churubusco, were building a home in Carlin’s Manor. He was serving a one-year internship with the Krider firm for his funeral director’s license.
Whitley County’s seventh Vietnam casualty was SP4 Dale Edward Mills. He was killed while on guard duty in a foxhole in the Chu Lai area.
A vandal left an unhappy surprise for many attending the Churubusco-Leo basketball game. Many found flat tires on their cars, parked in the school parking lot. Two tires were flattened on a Leo player bus and on about 23 cars and a pickup truck. There were no new developments in the search for the vandal.
The Luckey Memorial Nursing Home at Wolf Lake opened its newly decorated second floor, with private and semi-private rooms. Bed capacity increased by 11 with the second floor addition.
The Churubusco Planning Commission was continuing its work of developing a master plan and zoning ordinance for the community. A report indicated the average annual income in Whitley County was $8,447. Churubusco was slightly higher with the average of $9,000.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skinner announced the birth of their daughter, Lisa Renee.
Mr. and Mrs. Teddy Herron announced the birth of their son, Troy Lee.
Specials at Churubusco Super Dollar included chuck roast at $0.49 a pound, Florida tangelos at $0.59 a five-pound bag and celery at $0.29.