One year ago

Whitley County’s per capita income exceeded the $40,000 mark for the first time ever, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. According to the report, per capita personal income for the nation grew 1.6 percent in 2016. Whitley County more than doubled that percentage at 3.7 percent — one of the highest rates of growth in Indiana.

In a long-anticipated meeting, school planning consultants Mike Pettibone and Steve Yager recommended a number of options. The pair ultimately suggested reconfiguring the school district to have a single building for grades 7-12, and said that Larwill, where the middle school currently stood, had many benefits.

10 years ago

An Indiana State Trooper was credited with saving the life of a Columbia City man who was experiencing medical difficulties on U.S. 30. Trooper Jason Ward heard of the man who was experiencing medical difficulties while on a traffic stop and found 20-year-old Zachary Mosley and used an automatic electronic defibrillator to save his life.

Taylor Amber scored 27 points against Wayne and Fairfield for Churubusco girls basketball.

15 years ago

A new soup kitchen in Churubusco opened for business. The kitchen would be open every Monday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and offered free soup and bread to anyone who stopped by. It was located at Café Forero at Churubusco Turtle Town Plaza.

The Smith-Green School Board of Trustees faced yet another budget hurdle in the second year of late State payments to schools and botched property assessments. Since Noble County had not completed its assessments, tax payments would be delayed. The school board had to authorize a temporary $750,000 loan to cover 2004 school expenses until tax dollars became available.

Richard and April Owens announced the births of their first children, twin daughters, Makenna Leann and Kaylee Michelle.

25 years ago

A resident of Clearview Drive in Churubusco, Richard Cooper, left $5.5 million to his alma mater, the University of Miami, as well as $5,000 for the Wayne Street Methodist church, Salvation Army and Shriner’s Hospital after his death. Cooper, who died from a heart attack at age 78, lived in a modest, two-bedroom home which was often in need of repairs. Harold Norman, his neighbor for 30 years, had no idea how rich Cooper was, and even said he felt guilty taking money for doing odd jobs because he thought he was probably taking food from Cooper’s mouth. According to his obituary, Cooper earned his living in private investments. Local resident and attorney Ron Felger was the only person who knew of Cooper’s wealth. Sadly, only Felger, two secretaries from Felger’s office and Cooper’s stockbroker attended his funeral, as Cooper kept to himself. The $5.5 million donation was the second largest donation ever to the university.

The Churubusco News was hosting the second annual Christmas Decorating Contest, with both residential and commercial categories.

A new business opened at 118 N. Main St. in Churubusco, a VCR and camcorder repair shop, owned by Ken and Toni Wilkins.

James and Nina Martin celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Churubusco’s boys basketball team opened the season with a win over Carroll, 64-51.

Dan and Lori Miller, of Churubusco, announced the birth of their fifth child, a son, David Nathaniel.

Whitley County Big Brothers/Big Sisters caseworker Mary Jan Klenoski asked Whitley County residents to come forward and make a difference in a child’s life by being part of the program.

50 years ago

Thanks to the generosity of Whitley County citizens, the Whitley County United Fund went over the top, exceeding its goal by $530 for a total of $38,645.

Santa Claus made an appearance in Churubusco, on a special sleigh pulled by a team of ponies. He arrived at the point at the intersection of Main and Line streets, and had a bag of treats for all youngsters who were ready to whisper Christmas wishes in his ear.

The newly christened Carroll Chargers high school basketball squad opened its first season against new Wawasee High School at the New Haven gymnasium. The Chargers formed as a consolidation of the Huntertown and Arcola schools. Enrollment at Carroll was 647.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sible announced the birth of a son, Terry Lee.

Barnhart’s Pharmacy was selling a Timex electric wristwatch for $50, cologne gift sets for $2, Visine eye drops for $1.19, a Kodak Instamatic for $42.50, and Cheracol D cough syrup for 99 cents.

Two employees of the Churubusco Feed Mill received awards for service and safety. Jack Shanabarger was awarded for five years of continuous service and Loren Fisher received the one-year safe driving award as a truck driver for the feed mill.

Thirteen members and guests of Theta Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority enjoyed a Mexican party. The taco dinner was prepared and served by the hostess, Ruth Leitch, with Nancy Hauser assisting.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Skidgel celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Whitley County would be represented at the 14th National 4-H Dairy Conference in Chicago. Chosen for outstanding completed dairy projects were: Vickie Ott, Albion; James Argerbright, Columbia City; Jay Pence, Columbia City; Sandra Studebaker, South Whitley; John VanVoorst, Columbia City.

The Whitley County Board of Commissioners would open bids for the supervision and maintenance of county dumps. There were two Whitley County dumps, one in Smith Township near Collins and one in Cleveland Township.

Churubusco Super Dollar was selling ground beef for 49 cents per pound, milk for 75 cents per gallon, five loaves of bread for a dollar, and Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits for seven cents a carton.