One year ago

Whitley County and Columbia City were honored at a permitting recognition reception, hosted by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and HPG Network, for work on streamlining business permitting.

Jack Junk, a student at Little Turtle Elementary School, was one of several who received writing awards in Peabody Public Library’s contest, for his comic book. He had written and illustrated a total of 14 comic books as a fifth grader.

Columbia City author April Gerard took center stage at the TEDx Fort Wayne Conference to bring the topic of homelessness into the spotlight.

Eric Burkholder and Eric Yager were named valedictorians at Columbia City High School.

10 years ago

Jessie Tartaglia and Jordan Hamilton were named Churubusco High School’s Prom Queen and King.

Churubusco’s Town Council moved ahead with its long-awaited water treatment plant project, opening 13 bids for the project with a $2.2 million budget.

Smith-Green Community Schools hired a new superintendent Stephan Darnell.

Churubusco’s boys track team claimed the NECC title.

15 years ago

Three Churubusco students, Josh Herron, Heather Storms and Eden Ellis, competed at the 2004 competition for the News Sentinel Sterling Sentinel Awards.

Churubusco Rotary President Roger Barnhart presented four Churubusco High School seniors with scholarships: Stephanie Clapper, Alayna Kilworth, Jamie Ladd and Megan Daily. Each student received $1,500 a year for two years to use a college or university of their choice.

Ken and Jean Smolek celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Jason Keith Fields graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey.

Michael and Julie Dafforn announced the birth of a son, Arthur.

25 years ago

A fire destroyed an historic building in downtown Columbia City on the Courthouse Square. No injuries were reported, but the recently renovated building was destroyed by fire. Ironically, Mayor Jim Teghtmeyer was in a meeting while the fire was in progress, discussing Columbia City’s need for a new snorkel truck to fight fires.

Howard Gordon was in for a shock when he found a large cluster of morel mushrooms — 66 around the base of an old elm tree.

Churubusco’s Steve Jacobs was training for the 1996 Olympics for boxing.

David and Jill Maxton announced the birth of a daughter, Erika.

45 years ago

Bernie Wappes oversaw the draft of the Churubusco boys Little League baseball teams by coaches at the Churubusco Community Park.

Tim Liggett set a new record in the 440-yard run (about 400 meters) for Churubusco Middle School with a time of 57.9 seconds.

70 years ago

No angle parking anywhere in the business district, a four-way traffic signal at SR 205 and U.S. 33, and Line Street made one-way from the highway junction to the fire station were some of the recommendations of a state traffic engineer who surveyed problems in Churubusco.

The Whitley County Council of the Indiana Department of Conservation elected John Jones of Ideal Fish and Game Club vice-president and Arthur O’Dier, of Whitley County Sportsman’s Club, as secretary.

LeRoy Krider was presented as an Eagle Scout, attaining Scouting’s highest honor.

Shelton’s IGA was selling 50 pounds of peat moss for 99 cents, 12 ounces of Nestle’s chocolate bits for 69 cents, Mexican wiener-wrap for 27 cents each, a one-pound package of bacon ends for 49 cents and a pound of ground beef for 99 cents.

Mr. and Mrs. Cortney Parks celebrated their golden anniversary with an open house at the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post in Churubusco.