Five Years Ago
Greg Hockemeyer was named United Way Chair for the fall campaign. The goal was $230,000 that would benefit programs in 2008.
Six residents were running for three open positions on the Churubusco Town Council. On the Democratic ticket were Lea Ann Herron, Frank Kessler and Vivian Rosswurm. Running on the Republican ticket were Kenneth Bohde, John Hart and Pat Stanford.
Busco graduate and film maker Jessica Petelle-Slagle received I U’s College 2007 Outstanding Young Alumni Award at a banquet honoring her and two other alumni. Will Shortz and Jeffrey Wolen were also honored. After three years in Los Angeles, she transplanted her independent film work to her home state.
Brad Myers received the Kentucky Colonel Award, the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth. The awards are presented for contributions to the community, state or nation. Mr. Myers had done a lot of volunteer work and was one of the first certified eye technicians to harvest human eye tissue for the Indiana Lions Eye Bank. He had received numerous awards for his volunteer work.
Churubusco Eagles stopped Eastside during the second round Sectional action and would meet Adams Central for Sectional Championship.
CHS Cheerleaders participated in the Indiana High School Preliminary Cheerleading Competition where they became State Finalists. They would compete at the State Finals in New Castle.
Ten Years Ago
Churubusco resident Rusty Reed (“Turtle Man”), owner of Blackwater Turtle Refuge, got his long awaited chance to address the DNR and a six-member senate panel. The senate panel and DNR did not make a decision but agreed to work out a compromise that would insert a provision to allow Reed to acquire a previously denied permit.
The Worldwide Youth for Christ program was off to a great start in Churubusco. Patrick Rowland was hired as the new counselor.
The five candidates running for two at-large school board seats, Randall Zolman, Ned Egolf, Keith Wyss, Tanya Young and Rebecca Rennaker, held a public forum where the public could ask them questions.
The Busco Eagles fell to the Jimtown Jimmies in Sectional play.
Marc and DeAnna Royer announced the birth of their daughter, Abigail Lynn.
25 Years Ago
Bluffton Rubber Company entered into an agreement with Molten Corporation of Hiroshima, Japan. The two companies formed a joint venture to manufacture and market custom parts for the new Mazda plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.
The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce honored Everett Jones, Churubusco State Bank President, for 60 years of business in Churubusco. George Diller was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber for the work he had done as Churubusco Community Park Director.
The Dana Corporation Foundation donated $2,000 to Whitley County Opportunity Center, Inc. for their new parent resource center.
Michael and Irene Fulk announced the birth of their daughter, Danielle Ann.
Todd and Debra Gross announced the birth of their son, Levi Eugene.
50 Years Ago
U.S. Representative E. Ross Adair, entering his final stages of re-election campaigning, made a stop in Churubusco.
Churubusco policeman Bob Butler was presented a $50 check from the National Automobile Association in recognition of his efforts to recover a stolen car for Gene Gordon.
The Huntertown School presented its first musical comedy “Mr. Crane of Sleepy Hollow.”
Harvey Kellog, county agent in Cass County, was appointed to the same position in Whitley County, to fill the vacancy created when Donald Clayton resigned.
Paul Hawkins, formerly of Churubusco, who with Marc Rojtman formed the American Tractor Company here that later merged with J.I. Case, was once again associated with Rojtman. He was the manager of an original French Chateau estate on Upper Long Island, New York, that Mr. and Mrs. Rojtman had acquired.