Five Years Ago
At the Churubusco Town Council meeting, a new insurance provider was announced for Town employees for the coming year. Mark Coonrod, local Star Insurance representative, was chosen over two other competing agencies. Benefits would increase at a lower cost. The cost would be $41,000 less then the current coverage.
Local girls, Meredith Green, MacKenzie Hostetter and Molly Green danced at The Festival of Trees. All three girls were members of the Dance Company at Tiffany and Company Studio of Dance.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service was offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest of a poaching incident of a bald eagle found dead near Mongo, Indiana.
Ten Years Ago
Local businessman Mark Coonrod sat in as “Principal of the Day” at Churubusco Elementary School. He was impressed with the dedication, creativity and professionalism of the administration and teaching staff.
Turtle Man, Rusty Reed, was getting closer to showing his pet alligator snapping turtles. He was waiting for a public hearing and amendment.
The Town Council voted to pursue a grant to help fund a water treatment plant that would remove some of the rust. The plant was a perk promised to help soften the blow of the prior year’s hefty utility bill increase.
Turtletown Plaza now housed six store units with a seventh to open in the coming spring. Perry’s Country Store relocated to a larger building in the plaza. H & R Block moved there from the Central Building because they had outgrown their space. Randy Ware, new owner of Busco Bait and Sunquest Tanning under new ownership of Jeff Bridegam also opened their businesses.
Amy Crabill was the new owner of Hair Solutions in Churubusco.
25 Years Ago
New rules and regulations governing town employees for 1988 were adopted. As a result of the chlorine leak and other accidents involving town employees, three new rules were approved. Rule 13 required all employees to wear all applicable safety equipment for the job. Rule 14 stated chlorine cylinders would be changed only when two employees were present. Rule 15 mandated any employee found under the influence during working hours was subject to immediate dismissal.
Churubusco Lions members completed their landscaping of the Community Park Welcome signs.
The Tri-County Truth began two new columns, “Speaking Out” for citizens to voice their views while retaining anonymity and “Good Neighbors,” an advice column, by our neighbors for our neighbors.
If approved, NIPSCO’s rates would increase 11.2 percent.
50 Years Ago
A new 1963 Biscayne Chevrolet police car replaced the old 1958 car. The new car was purchased from Amber Chevrolet for $1,849 with trade.
Three new members were elected to the Chamber of Commerce. New board members were J. L. Isay, Kenneth Snyder and Gordon Dennis.
Postmaster Dick Troyer said the post office received a shipment of new four-cent Christmas stamps.
The new U.S. 30 by-pass around Columbia City opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. One side effect of the new by-pass, the judge and jury could hear the witnesses without shouting, since truck traffic was removed from the down- town area.
A family dinner was held to celebrate the 56th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Roberson.
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Lehman celebrated their Silver Anniversary with an open house.
Mr. and Mrs. Rodger Schlotterback announced the birth of their daughter, Darlene Marie.