One year ago

More than $35,000 was raised for the Columbia City FFA program, surpassing last year’s amount of just less than $30,000, at the Blue Jacket Bash, held at Indian Springs Middle School.

Churubusco High School graduate Dalton Blessing was named to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Academic All-State baseball team for the 2018 season.

Out of four candidates, Bruce Johnson and Nathan Van Horn were selected at the Churubusco Town Convention at the Smith Township Fire Station. Other candidates were James Horne and Gerri Johnson.

10 years ago

Several members of the Blue Lake Association spent a day knee-high in the chilly waters of Blue Lake to preserve the eastern shoreline. Due to a prevailing west wind, the shoreline behind J K Mac’s flower shop on the east end of the lake was slowly deteriorating.

A Churubusco Pool Committee, which was helping make decisions for a $300,000 donation from the Paul Muller estate, decided that since putting in a swimming pool on school or town property wasn’t feasible, that a splash pad may be in order.

Walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters had a safer place to exercise in Churubusco thanks to the Churubusco Trailways project. The first phase was completed, providing a half-mile of trails through the Churubusco Town Park, connecting to Thresher Ridge.

15 years ago

Churubusco Elementary School science teacher Liz Schemm was named a “Champion in Education” by Midwest Living Magazine. Schemm was honored for her work as a science teacher at CES.

Ken and Marlene Kurtz celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Greg Hockemeyer was the Whitley County Democratic Chairman.

Adam and Krista Marshall announced the birth of a son, Alexander Lee.

For the month of August, the Churubusco Police Department investigated three traffic accidents, had 16 traffic arrests, three OWIs, worked a total of 752 hours and drove 4,394 miles.

25 years ago

Whitley County EMS paramedics Mark Pepple and Tim Trimmer were recipients of the Governor’s Cup at the paramedic competition at the Indianapolis Emergency Response Conference.

Planned Parenthood was closing its doors in Columbia City after an anti-abortion activist, Bernie Squires, bought the building that housed the clinic. Squires was president of Whitley County Right to Life and director of the Whitley County Life Center.

Churubusco resident Arthur Stone was a world champion bareback bronc rider.

Trier Ford in Columbia City had several vehicles at reduced prices for its “blow-out sale.” It was selling Fort T-Birds for $15,699, Ford Explorers for $23,750, Jeep Grand Cherokees for $28,799 and Dodge Intrepids for $17,699.

Newly elected PTA officers at Churubusco Elementary School were Pam Smith, Nancy Poyser, Terry Lienzler, Gloria Hanley, Karen Hoffman and Becky Chordas.

45 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Gross celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

General Telephone Company of Indiana announced that it would no longer verify the status of a customer’s line—except in an emergency situation.

The move conformed with actions being taken by other telephone companies throughout the U.S. The service resulted in thousands of calls each day to telephone operators.

An open house was planned for the Indiana State Police Post in Ligonier.

Navy Airman Recruit Randy D. Geiger, son of Mrs. Betty Geiger, graduated from recruit training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.

A three-month study of 29,000 blood donors showed that smokers had excess amounts of carbon monoxide in their blood. Researchers were questioning the practice of transfusing blood from smoking donors.

Members of the Churubusco Elementary School Student Council were Byron Zolman, Todd Crance, Rick Green, Lori Herron, Jeanne Barrett, Jim Cormany, Paul Sade, Tanny Baker, Molly Fisher, David Maxton, Jerry Mourey, Will Norris, Terry Hilton, Sally Demaree, Kristin Lein, Scott Geiger, Jim Wappes, Todd Herron, Paula Kemple, Bonny Coburn, Brian Riedke, Leigh Delagrange and Mary Lou Wappes.

Shelton’s IGA was selling whole frying chickens for 39 cents a pound, Eckrich Smok-Y-Links for 89 cents a package, Mishler’s Dutch loaf for $1.09 a pound and a one-pound bag of Kraft Maxi-Mallows for 49 cents, in flavors of cherry, banana and chocolate.

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Allman were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter DeHaven announced the birth of a daughter, Danielle Lauren.

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