Although temperatures didn’t require much of one, Churubusco High School bandsmen are shown here during a warm-up session prior to their appearance in the Mermaid Festival Parade at North Webster in June 1974.

One year ago

Whitley County Consolidated Schools planned to purchase the former Eagles building on South Main Street in Columbia City, which was formerly the Trier’s service building, to use as a bus garage. The purchase would potentially save the district money from outsourcing its bus repairs, and would also fill a vacant building in Columbia City.

The winner of the Morsches Park Major League baseball tournament was not a surprise to many. The undefeated Auto World squad completed its 13th game with a win over VFW, led by stand-out pitcher Adler Kneller, who delivered 11 strikeouts.

A new medical device manufacturer planned to build a new research and development facility in Whitley County, creating up to 20 new, high-wage jobs in the community. Wright Medical Group N.V. broke ground on the facility in the Park 30 Business Center.

10 years ago

Winners of the Ideal Fish and Game Club trap shoot were Dennis Tomlinson, Randy Dellinger, Les Keener and Gary Bowman.

Shannon Kuznar, a junior at Churubusco High School, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, an accomplishment achieved by only 5% of Senior Girl Scouts across the nation.

Brandon and Lindsay Peterson announced the birth of a daughter, Kyleigh Rose.

Alverda and Dailey Fogel celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Sarah Coburn, daughter of Stephen and Charlotte Coburn, of Churubusco, earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University.

15 years ago

A longtime doctor’s office in Churubusco closed its doors after 50 years of service. The staff of seven local people had more than 125 years of combined tenure: Nancy Wright, nurse practitioner, 43 years; Lori Henning, office manager, 11 years; Marna Perlich, receptionist, 18 years; Arlene Shively, R.N., 39 years; Deb Trump, receptionist, five years; Florence Johnson, file clerk, six years; and Jan Geiger, R.N., three years.

Melanie Robertson and her daughter Olivia were the new occupants of the new Habitat for Humanity house, the first to be built in Churubusco that year.

The Whitley County Commissioners approved the purchase of a former county landfill site located near Columbia City. The old landfill was closed in the late 1980s and state regulations required that it could only be used if the site’s soil was not disturbed. County officials said the purchase would ensure that state regulations regarding the site would be followed.

Kay Fleck was the recipient of the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development Robert Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award. She was the executive director of Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation in Columbia City.

25 years ago

Damon Bailey, a former Indiana University basketball star and 44th pick by the Indiana Pacers in the NBA draft, visited Churubusco High School for a Fort Wayne Fury Tournament camp.

Churubusco High School held a three-day cheer camp, led by April Aguilera, Carisa Ballinger, Christy Draper, Kassie Fletter, Sarah Gore, Melissa Ott, Jennifer Rollins, Lindsey Walden, Aimee Resler, Tracy Shively, Danel Wall and Amy Young.

Jayda Miller, Sandy Miller, Brett Ohlwine, Bruce Miller, Ben Miller and Gloria Love was set to leave for Jamaica for a two-week Workteam Trip, involved in building projects, Vacation Bible School and music ministry.

The Indiana State Police reported 13 investigations initiated, 18 criminal arrests, six accidents investigated, 193 traffic citations, 361 warnings, 62 child restraint/seat belt tickets and five DUI arrests in Whitley County in June 1994.

45 years ago

Lester Sheets was elected president of the board of trustees of Smith-Green Community Schools. The board reappointed Mrs. Laura Smith to the position of treasurer of the corporation, and Mrs. Phylis Zolman as treasurer of the Churubusco extra-curricular program.

Mr. and Mrs. John Blaugh were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

Churubusco Super Dollar was selling a 32-ounce jar of Elf Salad Dressing for 49 cents, Joy liquid detergent for 49 cents a bottle, one gallon of ice cream for 99 cents, three cans of frozen orange juice for a dollar and a bottle of Downy fabric softener for 49 cents.

The Churubusco Police Department added two new staff members, both German Shepherds — one belonging to Officer Jim Starr and another as a guard dog for the department.

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