One year ago

Columbia City High School hosted its Disability Awareness Fair, designed to simulate challenges faced by those with various disabilities.

Whitley County’s highway department was looking to benefit from new gas tax revenue, by purchasing a new salt storage barn.

Ben Geise and Churubusco Elementary School’s archery team qualified for the national tournament after faring well at the state event.

Whitko High School senior Rozlyn Bishop competed at the State FCCLA Convention, receiving a gold medal, and qualified for nationals for the fifth consecutive year.

Students at Churubusco High School earned 13 awards in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

10 years ago

Two Whitley County students were named recipients of full, four-year college scholarships as the Whitley County Community Foundation’s 2009 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Tiffany Lefever and Shannon Kauffman would each receive full tuition to the Indiana college or university of their choice.

Transportation was provided by Whitley County Transit, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for $2 within a four-mile radius of Columbia City and $5 within the county lines.

15 years ago

Thomas and Vonetta Trowbridge and Nancy and Robert Jones celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries.

H.A.N.D.S. members Kyle Johnson, Krissy Fries, Matt Metzger and Jessia Gaerte visited C&A Tool for a discussion of “values and vision.”

Ryan and Amanda Baughman announced the birth of a daughter, Jaylynn Alexis, and Shane and Tracie Manth announced the birth of a son, Kaden Morris.

Papa’s Place relocated north of Churubusco in Noble County with a new name, The Thirsty Turtle, where visitors could still have mouth-watering sausage rolls and Papa Burgers.

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Nicole Pippenger, Brooke Shearer and Emily Polakovic were named U.S. National award winners in cheerleading.

25 years ago

Tim Lower, a biology teacher at Churubusco High School, died as the result of a vehicle accident in February. He was the passenger in the car of CES Principal Mary Chandler, who died the next day. Superintendent Howard Hull said Lower appeared to be improving, out of his coma and talking to family members, but fell back into a coma and died a week later.

Dave Byrne was the new owner of Byrne Auto Sales on South Main Street in Churubusco. He had worked at another auto sales company before deciding to branch out and open his own dealership.

Tom and Vonetta Trowbridge celebrated 40 years of marriage.

Ron and Laura Goodwin announced the birth of a son, Brandon Charles.

Emanuel and Mable Geiger celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Three Churubusco High School students were selected for the Hoosier Boys/Girls State: J.D. Trotter, Joe McLaughlin and Trina Green.

A check for $100 from the Xi Upsilon Eta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority’s annual Style-Bridge was presented to Ron Krider, president of the Churubusco Park and Recreation Board, by Doris Sheets (left) and Donna Cassidy (center), 45 years ago. The check would be used to help fund new flooring for the kitchen in the Scout Building at Churubusco Community Park.

45 years ago

Whitley County tax statements were delayed, according to County Treasurer Dan Sauers. The State Board of Accounts was delayed in getting information to the counties, and county officials were in the process of computing individual statements.

Schools in Churubusco dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on Good Friday.

The IHSAA set qualifying standards for girls and boys track athletes to advance to the state finals, which included 10.5 seconds for the 100-yard dash, 11-foot-6 for the pole vault, and 5 feet, 9 inches for high jump. For girls, shot-putters needed to throw 29 feet, the softball throw was 180 feet and high jump was 4 feet, 8 inches.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baughman announced the birth of Melissa Sue.

Debra Blaugh married Thomas Frazier in a candlelight service on March 30, 1974.

Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Roe celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Krider-Bair Funeral Home offered 24-hour ambulance service led by Keith Bair, emergency medical technician.

Groundhog numbers increased in Whitley County, based on the number of complaints from farmers, said R.J. Haworth, extension agent. The most successful control method was the cyanide cartridge.

70 years ago

Floyd Diffendarfer offered bargains in used cars, as a 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster sold for $1,545, a 1947 Frazer with overdrive sold for $1,395 and a 1941 Chevrolet with radio and heater sold for $795.

Easter baskets ranged in price from four cents (empty) to 59 cents (filled). Easter hams ranged in price from 47 cents to 63 cents per pound. Miracle Whip sold for 51 cents a quart, a dozen eggs were 52 cents and three pounds of Crisco was 95 cents.