One year ago

Kent Lundy began his role as pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church — wearing to important hats. Lundy was also serving the country as the chaplain for the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne.

The town was planning for the fourth annual Churubusco Block Party, which would feature a free concert, vendors and merchants and a variety of foods.

Churubusco’s McDonald’s lobby was renovated and a grand opening ceremony was held with community leaders.

South Whitley doctor James Hanus was arrested for six counts: four counts of dealing a controlled substance, and two counts of dealing a controlled substance by a practitioner.

The Churubusco archery team competed at the NASP archery state finals at Pinehill Archery Club in Danville. Churubusco Elementary school qualified a team, the first in program history, as well as Churubusco Junior Ben Geise.

10 years ago

Keith and Deidre Bair celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Paul Liggett, Bryan Brudi and Brandon Hiatt participated in the first ever East versus West All-Star game, sponsored by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Mark Womack was honored for 25 years in the sports information profession by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America.

15 years ago

A burglary suspect was in the hospital suffering bullet wounds after a rural Churubusco resident, who was alerted by his home security system, shot the intruder twice at point blank range in the kitchen of his home.

David and Laramie Resler celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

Stephen and Beverly Carter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Christina and Gabe VanEvery announced the birth of their daughter, Samantha Lynn.

At its annual election of officers, members of the Board of Directors of Whitley County Junior Miss selected Denice Spencer as chairman of the board. Also elected was Ann Rentschler and Stephanie Bollinger.

Curt and Dawn Schenher announced the birth of a son, Jakob Stanley.

25 years ago

Smith-Green Community Schools was coming up with a procedure for parents requesting teachers for their children. Elementary Principal May Chandler said there was a dramatic increase in the number of people requesting their children not have a specific teacher.

Chad Egolf showed the grand champion Holstein at the Whitley County 4-H Fair’s dairy show. Sarah Rosentrader received champion in many projects, including: wildlife intermediate birds, entomology division 7, weeds division 3 and cats division 7. She also received reserve grand champion in veterinary science division 3.

Over $17,000 in funds was given to Churubusco Elementary School by the Parent Teacher Association for various items, such as playground equipment, pea gravel for the playground, a learning lab, the library, a laminating machine and computer technology.

Roger McEowen was named assistant professor of agricultural law and extension specialist at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Ty and Trinna Keener announced the birth of their first child, Bailey Lynn.

Kriders’ Meats in Columbia City offered several “budget bundles” of meat. One could purchase nine pounds of ground beef, nine pounds of bacon, nine pounds of chicken quarters, nine pounds of boneless chuck roast, nine pounds of cube steak and nine pounds of pork steak for a total of $88.95.

50 years ago

Funeral services were held for father-son victims of a light plane crash in Churubusco. The double tragedy happened as the father, Robert Fuller, was en route to Indianapolis to see his granddaughter. His son, Mark, age 12, rode along and was also killed in the crash.

The proposed 1969 budget for Whitley County offices carried a levy of $1.466, which would be a boost of 3.6 cents over the rate payable in 1968. Work on the budget for the next year was completed by County Auditor Lee Shoemaker.

Winners in animal classes at the Whitley County 4-H Fair included Dave Johnson, Gary Bonar, Dale Zeigler, Jerry Green, Brad Shively, Terry Geiger, Byron Shively, Mark Bonar, Scott Anderson and Dianna Anderson.

Seventy-five cents per pound was the price paid for the champion Hereford steer at the Whitley County Fair, totaling $727.50 for the 970-pound animal.

A group of 14 people from Whitley County were inducted into military service: Lonnie Anderson, Anthony Smith, William Shull, David Duncan, Thomas Straub, Robert Knecht, Nicholas McDevitt, Edward Lovely, Ricky Whiteleather, Timothy Wilkins, Michael Miller, Michael Coulter, Gerald LaRue and George Blackburn Jr.

Al Cameron was named to the Churubusco Police force to take the place of former officer Allan Reeves.

Among 24 girls participating in silent demonstration contests at the Whitley County Fair, cash awards of $3, $2 and $1 went to the first three places in each category.

Bangs store offered back to school sales: 16 Crayola crayons were 29 cents, composition books were 88 cents for a package of three, 300 sheets of filler paper was 54 cents, eight Bic pens for $1 and boys sports socks were three for $1.