OFF TO THE COLISEUM — These Churubusco High School students paused for a photo as they left the high school to dribble to the Coliseum in Fort Wayne 50 years ago. The girls dribbled too, but only to the Churubusco Woodworking Company building south of town. The boys dribbled to Fort Meyer’s, then rode to the Coliseum vicinity before completing their jaunt in the drizzling rain.

One year ago

Leaders of the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City wanted to bring a new outdoor living park to its seniors and all members of the Whitley County community. The approximately $250,000 project included a screened-in pavilion, raised gardens, shuffleboard, a fire pit, picnic area, water fountain and playgrounds.

An incident at the Whitley County Jail sent 24 inmates and sheriff’s department staff members to the hospital. Sheriff Marc Gatton was one of those sent to the hospital after a “substance” contaminated the intact processing area of the jail.

Columbia City’s livestock judging teams traveled to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, winning both the FFA and 4-H national contests.

Indian Springs Middle School’s seventh graders won the girls conference championship in the title game against Norwell, 26-24. Members of the team coached by Todd Fry and Garry Harris were: Hannah Harris, Gracie Hurst, Mackensy Mabie, Madison Stonebraker, Mckaela Austin, Lauren Adkins, Lindsay McCammon, Mariah Adkins and Maddie Straub.

Columbia City’s Mallory Engle completed her senior wrestling season with her second-straight individual female state championship.

10 years ago

Smith-Green Community Schools moved forward with an $118,000 security project, including adding video surveillance to the interior and exterior of the building.

Bob Smith was awarded the Master Gardener Lifetime Award from Purdue University for “outstanding volunteer service.”

John Scott and Kim Bohde announced the birth of a son, Nicolas.

15 years ago

The Churubusco High School dance team placed first in the jazz category at the Northrop Invitational.

Six Churubusco grapplers advanced to regionals, including Adam Campbell, who increased his record to 25-6 and won the 152-pound weight class.

25 years ago

Local school board members slashed $309,000 from the original $3 million plan for the proposed new middle school at Smith-Green.

Paul and Maurine Leitch were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Sarah Ruckman was the winner of the Churubusco Elementary School and Andrew Norris was runner-up .

Five Churubusco wrestlers advanced to semi-state: Jeremy Wirges, D.J. Tinney, Dan Elliott and Joe Boersema.

Trier Ford in Columbia City was having its annual inventory tax sale, selling a 1993 Dodge Dakota for $13,000, a 1993 Ford Crown Victoria for $17,649, a 1993 Ford Escort for $8,949 and a 1993 Grand Marquis for $18,249.

50 years ago

Churubusco High School football coach Dick Crampton submitted his resignation. Crampton coached the Eagles through their first four years of varsity football competition.

Robin Allman was named the 1969 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for Churubusco High School because she achieved the highest score in homemaking knowledge and attitude test, which she took along with other senior class girls.

Mr. and Mrs. George Lincoln observed their 60th wedding anniversary.

Homer Stockert, a former Churubusco resident, would be honored as a pioneer in aviation by the Indiana Wing of the OX5 Club of America.

A Whitley County Farm Bureau membership goal of 1,672 family members was reported in sight at a county-wide meeting at the Whitley County REMC.

Gladys Dress & Gift Shop had February specials: scarves for 50 cents, whimsies for 80 cents, knee warmers for $1.20 and Snuggies for $2.40.

Mr. and Mrs. Junior Studebaker of Union Township were honored as Whitley County’s conservation farmer of the year at the annual meeting of the county Soil and Water Conservation District.

More than 800 Whitley County fifth graders were hosted by the Whitley County Shrine Club for a performance of the Mizpah Shrine Circus.