One year ago

Justin Johnson was the recipient of many scholarships through the Whitley County 4-H program, including the Extension Homemakers 4-H Scholarship, Lester and Joy Worrick Memorial Scholarship, the Indiana 4-H Foundation Senior Scholarship, the Farm Bureau Tenure Award and the Jim Teghtmeyer Memorial Award. He also participated in the 4-H STEM Connection Program, was a Farm Show Development show committee member, served Forklift meals, assisted with Humane Society auctions and participated in the National Day of Service and the Garage Sale for Riley.

After more than 20 years of serving the citizens of Columbia City, Police Chief Tony Hively called “off-duty” for the final time. He served as a patrolman, sergeant, detective, captain and most recently, chief.

Hundreds turned out for the grand opening of the Russel and Evelyn Fahl Aquatics Center in Columbia City. “This truly is a historic day in Columbia City,” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said.

Mackie Sheets was named the 2018 Miss Whitley County at the annual program — a déjà vu for many in attendance, who recalled her older sister, Kaitlyn, earning the title in 2016.

The City Chevrolet baseball team won the Minor League championship at Morsches Park, upsetting NAPA, which had only one regular-season loss. “They beat us all year,” said City Chevy coach Kris King.

10 years ago

Indiana’s new Teen Driver Law went into effect. Drivers under the age of 18 were not allowed to use telecommunication devices while driving unless calling 911; they could not drive between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for 180 days after getting their license; and they could not drive with passengers for the first 180 days after receiving a license.

The Churubusco Farmers Market was open for business, locate behind in the parking lot behind National City Bank .

Tom and Lois Renkenberger and Estel and Mary Murphy both celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries.

Corbin James Carlson was born May 22 to Daniel and Megan Carlson.

Thelma Leitch celebrated her 100th birthday.

15 years ago

Several local contestants were preparing for the Mr. and Miss Whitley County program, including Ashton Amber, Tara Cormany, Megan Daily, Adrienn Hatfield, Tiffany Murphy and James Workman.

Stan and Doris Horne were celebrating 25 years of marriage.

Andrew and Betsy Weave announced the birth of a son, Joshua Andrew.

D.V. and Sue Dillinger performed magic tricks at the Sugar Grove Church of God’s annual ice cream social, which was held at the Green Township Community Center due to construction at the church site.

25 years ago

Jennie Marie Gibson, of Churubusco, was crowned 1994 Noble County Fair Queen.

Hawks Construction was named contractor for the construction of the new Smith-Green middle school. The bid for the construction was $778,800.

Churubusco’s Town Council approved creating a retention pond on the land west of the Churubusco Town Hall to alleviate the onslaught of surface and storm water after large amounts of rainfall.

Cory Hindbaugh and Katy Smith were named Mr. and Mrs. Whitley County.

Connie Bair, vice president of Churubusco State Bank, celebrated 30 years as an employee of the bank.

Mike and Mindy Barnhard announced the birth of a son, Gunnar Lee Jacob.

45 years ago

James Sims, chairman of the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission, announced that the Revenue Department had sent a $3,984.03 check to the Treasurer of Churubusco. The money was Churubusco’s annual receipts from the Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s collection of permit fees and gallonage taxes.

Mr. and Mrs. Lou Elliott were in charge of July 4 festivities at the Blue Lake Community Club. Paul Sible won first place in the fishing contest, catching a 4.5 pound bass.

Several acts of vandalism occurred in Churubusco, only days after members of the Town Board passed an ordinance designed to prevent loitering ad littering in area drive-in restaurants, filling stations and school grounds. Four separate incidents occurred and were under investigation, with fenders kicked in on vehicles at Amber Chevrolet, damage to a sign at Myer’s Super Dollar, Marty-J Drive-In was broken into and there was an attempted break-in at 33 Club. These crimes were under investigation by the Churubusco Police Department with the assistance of Whitley County Deputy Sheriff Larry Helfrich.

Shelton’s IGA was selling Swiss steak for $1.25 a pound, Eckrich minced ham for $1.09 a pound, Nestea instant tea for 99 cents and a bottle of Heinz ketchup for 39 cents.

Mr. and Mrs. David Horsewood celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

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