The Churubusco Eagles opened their regular season for 1968 with a victory at Lakeland. Pictured in front, from left, are student managers Mike Bellinger, Kim Johnson, Mark Boggs, John McClian and Steve Targgart. Second row: Dennis LaRue, Pierre Longardner, Jerry Ross, Cliff Householder, Dennis Lamle, Randy Hooten, Tim Papenbrock, Rick Zeedyk and Ron Ebert. Third row: Bill Shlater, Huey Hazen, Bill Fogle, Keith Targgart, Curt Bair, Herb Gaff, Dan Ferguson, Bob Shlater and Jim LaRue. Fourth row: Brad Byrd, Steve Cassidy, Mike Baughman, Terry Papenbrock, Greg Alday, Mel Egolf, Gary Byrd, Gary Bonar and Dale Hilliard. Fifth row: Assistant coach Paul Bair Jr., Richard Parks, Tom Riecke, Charles Ransom, Mike Craig, Steve Boggs, Howard Harnish and Steve Barcus. Back row: Barry Gaff, Larry Pence, Harold Kirkpatrick, John Long, Jack Gadomski, Steve Nichter, Kent Hollopeter, Jeff McNeal, Bobe Sade, Ronnie Hultz, Ron Kuehner, coach Dick Crampton and assistant coach Bill Mull. Boys in the back row were freshmen practicing with the varsity squad.
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One year ago

Churubusco resident Alexia Aung was selected as the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County, the 53rd annual program.

Local resident Joseph Collins began distributing his own spirits at local liquor stores, a recipe from his great-grandfather, Joseph Edwin DuPuis.

Ann and Gary Gordon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

10 years ago

Churubusco residents were questioning a $1.50 administration fee to the trash collection charges on their utility bills.

Six members of the Ohlwine family attended the Churubusco High School Third Annual All Class Reunion held in the town park. Those were: Carol Ohlwine Pontius, Esther Ohlwine Sherman, Herb Ohlwine, Jane Ohlwine Poinsett, Bruce Ohlwine and Homer Ohlwine.

Jay and Glenda Womake celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Churubusco football coach Lee Etzler tied the CHS record for most career wins at 36, with former coach Jerry Lange. Lange was coach from 1985-1991.

15 years ago

Craig Sloan, newly hired assistant principal at Churubusco High School hoped to bring stability to the position after a high rate of turnover in the previous several years.

Turtle Town Players Lisa Waterman, Carmen Fitzpatrick, Jeri Crance, Deb Rohrer, Sue Bennett and Richelle Bock were among cast member of the Neil Simon production “The Odd Couple.”

Dale and Darlene Delanoy celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

The HANDS Foundation of 15 members added several eighth-graders, including Alex Murphy, Emily Green and Laura Kessie. The navigator was John Slavich and guides were Phil Fry, Karen Imhoff and Sheryl Dawson.

Over 90 swimmers participated in the 2003 Columbia City Blue Racer Swim Team. The team won four dual meets, placed second at the New Haven Invitational and finished second by three points at the League 2 Championships.

25 years ago

A year after the shooting of Bradley England, 25, by his brother-in-law, Gavin Parker, 20, the controversy surrounding the issue was still growing. Parker was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in a plea bargain, which reduced the charge from aggravated battery to reckless homicide. Several friends and neighbors started a yellow ribbon campaign to free Parker immediately, saying he was not a threat to society and should not be in prison.

Gordon Mettler, former editor and publisher of the Churubusco Truth, died at his home in Montana. Metter and his wife Dorothy published the weekly paper for eight years, from 1932-1940.

Smith-Green Community Schools hired four new employees: Mike Muter as elementary school guidance counselor; Amy Lemon as second-grade teacher; Connie Weber as high school librarian and Amy Snyder as third-grade teacher.

The staff at the Churubusco United Methodist Church were gearing up for another school year. Staff members included Cheryl Fleetwood, Debbie Leitch, Nancy Leitch, Carol Heffelfinger, Koreen Knapp, Terri Maggart, Linda Barrett, Mitzi Earnhart and Deb Bruot.

Jesse and Martha Roberson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

A Whitley County Child Care Fair was planned for the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds. The purpose of the event was to educate child care providers, consumers and parents about services and programs available in Whitley County for children ages 0-12.

50 years ago

A Junior Achievement program in Whitley County would soon begin. The program for teenagers would be led by John Kirch, newly elected president of the program’s board of directors. The program would be offered to high school students throughout the county.

Bill Fogle, a student at Churubusco High School, attended Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Camp, learning the rudiments of leading a band as a drum major.

The Whitley County Council cut its park department out of the budget for 1969. The cut dropped the proposed tax rate by 10 cents, or $17,500 total. It also shaved the Whitley County Drainage Board’s budget request for funds for spraying some 25 miles along Eel River, from $40,000 to $25,000. In total, the council made cuts of $44,895.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry Leazier celebrated the birth of a daughter, Karen Sue.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Baughman celebrated the birth of a son, Christopher Scott.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Green celebrated the birth of their second child, Anita Marie.

Churubusco Woodworking Co. had several items on sale. Three-track windows were $11.95, a pre-hung door was $25.95 and aluminum doors were $21.95. There were several new products on display, including vinyl white combination windows, white aluminum storm doors and windows, carports and glass patio doors.