One year ago

Smith-Green Community Schools Superintendent Dan Hile addressed a crowd of more than 100 people at a community meeting at the Churubusco Scout Building, leading up to the primary election and the voters’ decision on a referendum for the school.

Churubusco High School hosted its mock accident event in the parking lot of the school, with local law enforcement, firefighters and medics teaching a valuable lesson on drinking and driving shortly before the school’s prom.

10 years ago

State officials were closely monitoring the swine flu, though officials said it was too early to consider it a pandemic.

Churubusco Public Library added new laptop computers as another service provided by the organization. Users needed to be 18 years or older and could use the laptop for 30-minute increments in the library.

Gladys Leitch Strong celebrated her 97th birthday.

Churubusco’s baseball team beat Columbia City in a close, 5-4 come-back game. The comeback was sparked by Nick Tomei, who hit a home run.

Neal Hanni was named Republican of the Year for his 25 years of service as the Whitley County Republican treasurer.

15 years ago

A dedication ceremony took place for the new John Krieger Drive, which passes through the Churubusco Community Park.

Ashley Randall was the winner of a Grand Am that was donated by Kelly Chevrolet. The car was given away at random to students who signed a pledge against drunk driving and gave a $1 donation.

The Turtle Town Players presented “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”

Emily Norris was named Churubusco’s Prom queen at the event at the Eagle’s Event Center in Columbia City.

Connie Gordon, nominated by Margaret Bolen, was chosen as the overall Heart of Gold recipient by the Whitley County Community Foundation.

25 years ago

Bill Heinhaus, Rotary District Foundation chairman, presented Everett Jones with the Paul Harris Fellow recognition award. Jones was a member of the original 1944 Churubusco Rotary.

Cynthia Thies was selected for the position of elementary school assistant principal in Churubusco, replacing John Purcell, who was the assistant principal when Mary Chandler was tragically killed in an automobile accident earlier in the year.

First-grader Janelle Davis received a Certificate of Courage after rescuing her 10-year-old brother, who was accidentally hung in a tree while the two were playing. The boy spent five days in the pediatric intensive care unit, but improved and was released.

Glenn and June Targgart celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

TAX DISTRIBUTION — Governor Otis R. Bowen (left) indicates to State Senator Gene E. Snowden (R-Huntington) and State rep. Ralph R. Heine (R-Columbia City) the share of the Property Tax Replacement Fund approved for Whitley County in the third and final spring distribution in May 1974. A check in the amount of $318,625.42 was mailed to the county treasurer from the Indiana Department of Revenue. The money was made possible as a result of the Governor’s tax restructuring program enacted in 1973’s Indiana General Assembly.

45 years ago

A “mini-course day” was planned at Churubusco High School, in which the school would offer a variety of short courses such as a yoga demonstration, religion presentation, presentation from Dana Corp. director Gretna Morgan, Chain O’ Lakes, “Rap with your County Prosecuting Attorney John Whiteleater,” and a presentation from Dr. Linus Minick.

Applications were being taken for Camp Whitley by Mrs. Jon Hildebrand. There would be four one-week sessions for boys and three one-week sessions for girls at a cost of $37 per week.

Floyd’s Auto Sales was offering a new Ford Pinto for $2,442, a new Ford Maverick for $2,591 and a new Ford Mustang for $2,895.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kock announced the birth of a daughter, Neysa Renee.

A son, David Joseph, was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Nichter.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mullins announced the birth of a daughter, Tonya Renae.

Shelton’s IGA was selling a one-pound package of king size hot dogs for 99 cents, fresh turkey drumsticks for 49 cents a pound, green onions for 10 cents a bunch, a 10-pound bag of charcoal for 79 cents, Fame catsup, four for 99 cents and 12 Johnson & Johnson disposable diapers for 99 cents.

Airman Carl Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Meyer, was accepted by the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and would enter in July.