One year ago

A Whitley County manufacturer welcomed a special guest in an effort to strengthen business ties between northeast Indiana and Japan. Kyocera SGS Precision Tools, a medical device manufacturer in Columbia City, welcomed Naoki Ito, Consul-General of Japan. The visit was in conjunction with the Japan-Northeast Indiana Summit in Fort Wayne.

New Era’s show choir pulled off a rare doubleheader. The group attended two competitions on the same day — at both the Garrett and East Noble competitions. New Era started the day by performing a preliminary performance at Garrett, then traveled to East Noble to perform in the preliminaries at that location. It first performed in the finals at East Noble, then traveled back to Garrett to perform in the last finals show at 11:15 p.m. The choir was named Grand Champion at East Noble and second runner-up at Garrett.

10 years ago

A tornado damaged several homes in Columbia City. Two people were hurt in the Countryside mobile home park.

Burglars caused $1,000 in damage to the Ramble Inn, but the burglars only got away with $10 in cash. The damage closed the restaurant for two days for clean up.

Whitley County received $115,934 for the Enhanced 9-1-1 system for 2008.

Officials were preparing for the 60th year of the celebration of Oscar in the 2008 Turtle Days Festival.

15 years ago

Lester “Buss” and Lucille “Lucy” (Keller) Green, and Harold and Joan (Minniear) Eyer, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Thomas and Sharon (Shively) Clouse celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

The town of Churubusco warned pedestrians to use the sidewalks, otherwise they could be ticketed. State law required pedestrians to use sidewalks and there were safety issues and complaints raised in Churubusco.

A political forum was hosted in Columbia City, including State Sen. Gary Dillon, Director for Regional Hodge Patel, State Rep. Dan Leonard, Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler, U.S. Senator Evan Bayh and Congressman Mark Souder.

Travis and Audrey Taylor announced the birth of a daughter, Samantha Kay.

25 years ago

The Churubusco Community Child Care Center received a $6,415 check from the Whitley County Community Foundation.

The second annual Churubusco Rotary Auction was dubbed a success, raising $11,646 toward local scholarships.

Bob and Liz Schemm announced the birth of a daughter, Victoria Elizabeth.

Junior and Gloria Iden celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

11TH YEAR IN CHICAGO TOURNAMENT — The Churubusco Women’s Bowling Team participated in the Chicago American bowling tournament for the 11th straight year in 1969. The girls wound up in 19th place among 453 teams, receiving a check for $125. Shown here, proudly displaying the check are, from left, Dortha Ramsey, Lauretta Pence, Maxine Amber and team captain Verna Crooks. Another team member, Rosie Wakeman, was not present for the photo. The girls toppled 3,852 pins in their four-game series.

50 years ago

With a membership drive and donation drive underway, the board of directors of Churubusco Community Recreation Inc. was working toward its goal of $12,000 for a swimming pool. Memberships were $45 per family.

Students of Smith-Green Community Schools got a one-day vacation as the SGCS Teacher’s Association voted to join the statewide work stoppage of the Indiana State Teacher’s Association. When it became apparent that there would not be enough teachers on the job to keep the schools open, Superintendent Jason Smith and the school board decided not to attempt to have classes, closing school.

The Columbia City sectional tournament financial report revealed that some 9,192 people attended the three sessions of the meet. Churubusco High School’s athletic department received $948.14 of the proceeds. Host Columbia City received the largest distribution, $1,757. South Whitley received $818 and Larwill $711. The maximum seating capacity would have been 10,293 for the three sessions.

Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Perlich announced the birth of their first child, Jeffrey Lynn.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen LaRue announced the birth of a son, Thomas Edward.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Frazier announced the birth of their first son, Timothy Lee.

The Smith Township 4-H exhibit was named the first-place exhibit in the display contest during Whitley County’s 4-H enrollment week, reported John Keller. Second place was Union Township and third place was Etna-Troy.

Churubusco Super Dollar was selling two pounds of bananas for 25 cents, beef rib roast for 89 cents per pound, a one-quart saucepan for $1.95, Miracle Whip for 39 cents a quart and Donald Duck grapefruit juice, three cans for $1.

Distinguished student rating was won by 1,957 Purdue University students, including Glen Lee Linvill of Columbia City.

The 1969 Whitley County Extension Board would be headed by Harold Myers of Columbia Township. George Kneller was vice president and Mrs. Henry Lefever was secretary.

R.E. McGuire Insurance Agency, Churubusco, was a Merit Award winner by Time Insurance Agency.