Area history, Feb. 16, 2014

Area history, Feb. 16, 2014

Today is Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, the United Charities Association is proposing that if the city of Champaign provides brooms or shovels and an overseer, it will furnish a meal to each homeless man who clears snow from the streets for an hour. It will provide dinner to anyone who works two hours or more. Under the current arrangement, homeless men are given shelter at the city building where they sleep on the concrete floor in the basement with a single layer of old newspapers as their only mattress or cushion. In the morning, they are turned out without breakfast to seek food as best as they can. Some apply to the charities association and are given a single meal.

In 1964, Champaign's new senior high school, just north of Centennial Park and Jefferson Junior High School, will only have one access road unless local officials and property owners can reach an agreement. City officials hope to develop a plan calling for extending John Street from Mattis Avenue, where it now ends, to Kenwood Road. Presently the only access to the site is from Crescent Drive.

In 1999, Champaign County will begin drug court, a new program to help drug-addicted criminals, within 30 days. "It is designed to provide treatment to people who need it rather than have some other form of control or incarceration inflicted upon them," said Presiding Judge J.G. Townsend.

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