Enrichment of Churubusco High School commercial courses was the purpose of this gift from the Churubusco State Bank, here being presented by bank President Everett Jones, right, to Gary Modlin, CHS commercial instructor. The gift included recordings, film strips and student and teacher literature on the subject of banking.

1 year ago

Whitley County 4-H Clubs Inc. elected five new members to serve on its board: Lori Heuer, Carl Brown, Jeremiah Geiger, Gregg Palmer and April Gibson.

Fifty-nine people were nominated for Heart of Gold awards through the Community Foundation of Whitley County.

Columbia City’s Common Council was considering a $1.1 million update to address long-term energy cost savings.

10 years ago

The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce named K&K Video and Books, Churubusco’s downtown stop for entertainment, Business of the Year for 2008. The business was owned by Ken and Karen Hill and the award was presented by Chamber President Jim Horne.

Bruce Hippensteel was introduced to the public as the interim superintendent during a Smith-Green school board meeting. He was hired as a replacement for Carol Kaiser, who took a position in the Hanover School District. He was hired on a day-to-day basis for $420 per day.

Larry and Sandy Huntsman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Hazel Rathburn celebrated her 99th birthday at Brevin’s with her family.

The Whitley County Master Gardeners were recognized for donating almost 1,600 hours of educational programs and volunteer hours during 2008. Master Gardeners were an educational extension of Purdue University and focused on horticulture programs and projects.

15 years ago

Churubusco’s Tara Dice scored in double figures in two games — 19 points against Wayne and 32 points against Fairfield.

Lance and Rachael Kirchner announced the birth of a son, Jaxson Allen.

Staffing concerns at Churubusco’s police department prompted the Churubusco Town Council to set an executive session prior to the council meeting in December. The meeting was set after discussion about the status of officers Chad Fulkerson, Cliff Smith and Adam Swinehart. Fulkerson, who had worked for the town for six years before quitting, was rehired by the town to fill in for Cliff Smith, who was on medical leave. After he was rehired, Fulkerson’s duties were increased to fill in for Swinehart as well. The council believed Fulkerson should have full-time benefits and salary restored as if he never left the force.

25 years ago

A fire at the Whitley County Materials Recovery Facility in Columbia City gutted the facility. The fire caused $1 million in damages to the building at 701 S. Line St. The fire reportedly started near a cardboard bailer. There were no injuries reported in the two hours that four area fire departments fought the blaze.

The Churubusco Community Child Care Center was hosting Christmas Gift Wrapping days at the center as a fundraiser.

The Churubusco Town Council signed a resolution to add a referendum question to the 1994 ballot, asking residents if they wanted to move from a three-member board to a five-member board.

Todd Fleetwood and Adam Bianski traveled to the Hoosier Dome with their families to compete in the state level of the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition. Both boys were given a complete Colts football uniform.

50 years ago

Vocational education and new construction plans were major topics of discussion at a Smith-Green school board meeting. Superintendent Jason Smith reported to the board on an area vocational school meeting he attended, seeking the board’s approval to participate in the new vocational school at Central High School in Fort Wayne.

Christmas mailing deadlines were announced by Postmaster Dick Troyer. Domestic gift parcels for distant states should be mailed by Dec. 2 and for local areas by Dec. 14. Greeting cards for distant states should be mailed by Dec. 11 and by Dec. 16 for local delivery.

The Churubusco Area Jaycees, led by Wayne Yager, were in search of their outstanding young educator for the Smith-Green Community Schools area — part of the statewide program.

Churubusco’s varsity basketball roster included the following players: Curt Bair, Tom Blackburn, Brad Byrd, Steve Cassidy, Huey Hazen, Randy Hooten, Dave Johnson, Dennis LaRue, Jerry Partin, Daryl Rapp, Jeff Schenher and Russell Swing.

Theta Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Sorority members painted the men’s recreation room at the Whitley County Home as a service project.

The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce elected three new members to serve three-year terms on its board. Elected were: Richard Conley, George Shew and John Ford. Others serving on the board at the time were: Bill Lane, Archie Pounds, Bob Egolf, Mrs. James Kirtley, Max Leitch and Tom Bangs.

Churubusco Super Dollar had several Thanksgiving sales, including turkeys for 33 cents a pound, three 17-ounce cans of sweet potatoes for 89 cents, holiday ice cream was 79 cents for a package of eight, pumpkin pies were four for $1, a package of 12 rolls with 27 cents and a half-pint of whipping cream was 29 cents.

The 14th annual Neighborhood Extension Organization banquet was planned by Richard Haworth, Whitley County extension agent.

U.S. Army Private First Class Phillip Valjack, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Valjack, Columbia City, was assigned to the 59th artillery in Milwaukee, Wisc., as a personnel specialist. He was married to Penny, who also resided in Columbia City.