Yesterday

One year ago

A crowdfunding campaign, sponsored by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority and the Churubusco Youth Foundation was working to raise $25,000 for new equipment at Churubusco’s town park.

Jenna Pittenger was named Miss Whitley County at First Church of God in Columbia City. Pittenger would represent Whitley County at the Indiana State Fair pageant.

Churubusco football player Nash Wood was selected to play in the North-South All-Star game in Indianapolis.

The Whitley County Pork Producers named Katelyn Johnson Pork Queen and Justin Johnson Pork Ambassador at the Whitley County Pork Carcass show.

Several Whitley County 4-Hers were honored as 10-year members: Sarah Palmer, Michael Garcia, Anna von Seggern, Isabel Braun, Erin Trabert, Ryan Vance, Elise Cormany, Peyton Miller, Dayna Kyler, Mackenzie Sheets, Jack Hall, Devin Minier, Alexus Sroufe, Landan Waugh, Majenica Geiger, Madyson Stricker, Crystal Van Houten, Ethan VanWagner and Claire Reiff.

10 years ago

Tensions were high over transportation fees and voting precincts at the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees meeting. The board was considering adding fees for extra-curricular and curricular transportation.

A contest was being held to rename the new Whitley County senior center in Columbia City. The person who submitted the name selected by the Board of Directors would receive a $100 prize.

Spec. Shane and Heather Merrill announced the birth of their daughter, Saige Nicole.

Ryan Mey, of Churubusco, won the first annual Columbia City tennis tournament in the high school boys bracket.

15 years ago

Several area homes were badly damaged in storms that hit day after day for several days in a row.

Columbia City Police Officer Tim Pittenger and his K-9 partner, Barco, were the featured speakers at the local AARP meeting at the Columbia City VFW Hall.

The Indiana State Police Marijuana Eradication Force confiscated dozens of marijuana plants at a residence in South Whitley after the discovery of two major growing operations.

25 years ago

The Whitley County Memorial Hospital Foundation completed its Percent Club Project in June with smashing success county-wide. The Foundation received approximately $7,600 in total gifts. Over 70 businesses from Whitley County participated.

The Churubusco Town Council had a packed house at its regular board meeting, with about 20 residents stepping up to voice their opposition to a newly proposed ordinance that would prevent parking on Line Street south of the fire station.

Frank Potter, of Churubusco, won the first-place trophy in the 1993 U.S. Open Table Tennis Challenge. The competition was held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis and had 750 athletes from 27 countries.

After two years of discussion and planning, a viable location was suggested for the town’s Turtle Museum. At a Chamber of Commerce meeting, Smith-Green School Superintendent Howard Hull suggested the commons area of the high school.

Derrick and Shannon Roe celebrated the birth of their daughter, Paige BreAnn.

50 years ago

The membership drive for a swimming pool in Churubusco reached its halfway point. There was a goal of 250 members. Volunteers who went door-to-door in the drive reported that support for the pool was much stronger in the rural areas around town than it was within the town limits. Many residents were fearful that a new pool would result in a higher tax rate.

The neighborhood analysis survey of Churubusco was complete. Charles Jones, Whitley County and Churubusco plan director, said 328 homes out of a total of 415 in the community responded to the survey, 77 percent. The survey showed that the greatest number of household heads were holding manufacturing jobs — 94. Other major occupations were: retired, 71; business, 30; personal services, 25; and housewives, 23. Only two reported their occupation as “unemployed.”

David Resler received the Boy Scout God and Country award.

R.C. McPherson was named the president and chief operating officer of the Dana Corporation.

Mr. and Mrs. John Kirkpatrick announced the birth of a son, Anthony Lee.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Schinbeckler announced the birth of a son, Derick Lee.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cooper announced the birth of twin sons, Ronald Franklin and Donald Thomas.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul McConnehey announced the birth of their third child, Abby Gail.

Aumsbaugh Furniture in Churubusco was offering a one-day sale. A three-piece bedroom suite with queen mattress and box spring was $299. A step table was $19.99. Plastic scoop chairs were $3.88. Sofas were on sale for $139.88, and brass magazine racks were $1.19.

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