Area history, March 4, 2014

Area history, March 4, 2014

Today is Tuesday, March 4, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

In 1914, the Urbana public schools reopened this morning after having been closed for a week because of the scarlet fever. The attendance was nearly normal. The board of health reports conditions in the community to be greatly improved, although there was one new case today. Ralph Burwash, the son of Dr. Thomas Burwash, a University of Illinois engineering student, was declared last night to be suffering from the disease.

In 1964, state highway crews began putting up detour signs in connection with the widening and resurfacing of University Avenue between Romine and Race streets in Urbana. Part of the project calls for moving the Peoria & Eastern Railroad tracks to the west, falling more into the intersection of Lincoln and University. The new crossing will be protected by flasher signals.

In 1999, the University of Illinois is spending $200,000 to curb a South Farms odor problem that raised a stink with homeowners in the Lake Park subdivision northeast of Savoy. By late this year, the UI hopes to connect its Swine Research Center lagoon to the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District sewer system, eliminating one source of odors from the South First Street facility.

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