One year ago

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Oasis 27, a new tanning salon in Churubusco, named in honor of Cameron Amber, a stand-out football player for Churubusco who was killed in a car accident.

Absentee voting was underway for the primary election, which included an important decision for Churubusco-area residents — a referendum for a tax rate increase for school funding.

Columbia City moved forward with a panhandling ordinance, which would end panhandling and solicitation in the business districts.

Bayman Auctioneers, of Whitley County, was one of several businesses in Indiana that were honored by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb for over 50 years of business.

Columbia City’s boys golf team won the county meet over Churubusco and Whitko at Eagle Glen Golf Course.

Churubusco’s boys track team won its own invitational for the 11th time in a row.

10 years ago

Churubusco’s fine arts department was putting on “Meet Me in St. Louis” in cooperation with the Turtle Town Players. Cast members included Taylor Sordelet, Kerry Stauffer, Kelsea King, Tori Schemm, Alicia Stauffer, Alex McDowell, Cassandra Petrie, Will Stauffer, Charity Stauffer, Bob Schemm, Leslie Whonstetler, Zane Sade, Tyler Ahlfeld, Ron Speaker, Harrison Sade and Jeri Crance.

Branch managers at Churubusco financial institutions planned a six-week food drive to help with the increased demand at local food banks. The institution that collected the most would get a banner to display and “bragging rights.”

Former Churubusco teacher Vivian Harris turned 100 years old.

Fred and Berneice Clifford were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

15 years ago

Farmers & Merchants officials got together to bid adieu to Rebecca Gross, Churubusco vice president and branch manager, after she announced she would retire to spend more time with her family.

The Whitley County Humane Society was set to open in June.

Lori Snyder was named the new branch manager and vice president at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Churubusco.

Dale Delanoy was named Listing Agent of the Month and Jerry Guiff was Selling Agent of the Month for Orizon Real Estate.

Mitch Daniels was the guest speaker at the Whitley County Republican dinner.

25 years ago

The Smith-Green Board of School Trustees approved several claims regarding the new middle school, which was tentatively set to begin construction later in the summer.

Churubusco’s Joe Boersema broke the school record in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.94 in a track meet against Garrett.

Justin Shively was selected as Class 2A All-State by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

Prize winners at the Jaycee Easter Egg Hunt April 14, 1974, were, in front, from left: Amy Gilbert, Wesley Gray, Jamie Perlich and Rachel Jackson. In back: Tom Wappes, Marc Berryhill, Holly Wright and Steve Cook. Despite strong winds and threatening weather, more than 100 children turned out for the community event.

45 years ago

Workmen placing glycol in air conditioning equipment in the Churubusco Schools near the close of the school day put some of the solution in one of the three water lines that supplied the school. Fortunately, the mistake was discovered before any great quantity went into the water line, but not before some pupils had drunk water containing the solution. The accident occurred at the close of the school day and pupils had gone home before most of them were informed. It was decided that anyone who had drunk water from the line should get medical attention. Teachers called as many of the houses as they could, and a radio broadcast was made to advise parents to take their children to the doctor if they drank from the contaminated line.

Five County Mental Health Clinic in Warsaw opened a satellite clinic in Columbia City for those unable to commute to Warsaw. Counseling for marital problems, mental disorders, behavior problems in children, alcoholism or drug addiction was offered by Max Colpetzer. Connie Schlatter was the office manager.

Churubusco Town Board member Ellsworth Hodges died unexpectedly.

General Telephone (GTE) was providing residential extension installations for $18. The extensions could extend phone service into bedrooms, family rooms, or anywhere that an additional phone would be a convenience.

Shelton’s IGA was selling Nescafe for 59 cents, sour cream and onion dip for 29 cents, Roka blue cheese for 49 cents and Pop Tarts, two for $1.

Bertha Hollopeter celebrated her 100th birthday.

70 years ago

A crop judging team of Gene Geiger, Clarence Resler, Dale Parish and Gene Gaerte won top honors in the county contest.

American Legion Post 98 in Columbia City planned an open house to show off its new facility.

Classified advertisers offered throw rugs, swing sets, sow pigs, studio couch, motor scooter, day nursery service, wedding and party photography, crocheting and fresh lard.