One year ago

Smith-Green Community Schools’ Board of Trustees approved a resolution for taxpayers to vote for a referendum to assist in budget shortfalls for the next eight years. A question would be posed on the primary election ballot for residents of Smith and Green townships.

Columbia City High School senior and homecoming queen Hannah Behm was invited to participate in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Queens event in Memphis, Tenn., along with 63 other high school homecoming queens from around the country.

Columbia City High School student Liam Hesting was accepted into the prestigious “Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom, Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute” by the Indiana Historical Society. He and teacher Kristin Rentschler would partake in a special project that ended in a journey to Normandy, France.

The Community Foundation of Whitley County awarded grants totaling $91,671 to 14 local organizations and projects. Leading the list was a $25,000 grant to the Interfaith Mission and another $25,000 to the Russel & Evelyn Fahl Aquatics Center, its last of three $25,000 installments.

Whitko’s Ellie Snep was averaging 15 rebounds per game, setting a single-season record at 285 boards in 19 games. The previous record was 234.

10 years ago

The board of directors for Blue River Senior Housing Inc. in Columbia City announced it was awarded $2.3 million in grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to build a new facility with 22 one-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors.

Chris Hart, of Churubusco, bowled a perfect 300 game at Main Bowl in Columbia City.

15 years ago

The first open house took place for the Whitley County Habitat for Humanity. Carl Siler was president. The organization planned to build two new homes in Churubusco.

The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation received an award for excellence from the Mid-America Economic Development Council.

Past Whitley County Amateur Radio Club President Roger McEntarfer passed the gavel to newly elected WCARC President Henry Mackey.

Corey Bonar, Trisha McDowell, Brad Thomas, Rachel Brice and Amanda Moore participated in the 2004 All-State Indiana Music Education Association State Music Convention. They were under the direction of Dan Hile, choral director.

25 years ago

With a wind chill of 65 degrees below zero and only one visitor present at the town council meeting in Churubusco, business was wrapped up and concluded in less than an hour. The main order of business was passing a referendum resolution to be included on the May 1995 primary ballot and would ask residents to vote on whether to expand the town council to five people rather than three.

Large crowds were expected for the second annual Churubusco High School Show Choir Invitational. Sixteen schools from northeast Indiana would participate.

Churubusco schools were offering early morning walks, with a walking path inside the school for exercise. Following the path, it took 3.5 loops to walk a full mile.

50 years ago

The board of directors of Churubusco Community Recreation Inc. met with President Charles Jones and made plans to begin collecting swimming pool membership pledges — some 150 family memberships had been pledged for $45 each.

Dana Corporation spent $18.3 million in the Churubusco area during 1968. The Churubusco plants also spent $16.5 million for goods and services and $1.5 million in payroll.

H&B Drugs was selling Playtex disposable bottles for 89 cents, 100 one-a-day vitamins for $2.49, 15 Gillette razor blades for $1.59, and Playtex living gloves for 99 cents.

Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Miller announced the birth of their first child, Carol Elizabeth.

Churubusco Woodworking Co. was selling wall paint for $2.99 a gallon, Draftstop door weatherstrips for $1.69 and 4×8 pieces of wood paneling for $3.99.

Gary Rapp, a 1968 graduate of Churubusco High School, completed a seven-month mechanic course in Nashville, Tenn.

George Pippenger was named Soldier of the Month in Germany.