Area history, March 18, 2014

Area history, March 18, 2014

Today is Tuesday, March 18, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

In 1914, judging from a report by a special inspection committee in Champaign, 22 buildings within the city limits are unsafe. Committee members instructed the city attorney to take steps to remove frame buildings on Oak Street, University Avenue, Main Street, First Street, Walnut Street, Fremont Street and Neil Street, and brick buildings on Market, First and Main streets. A draft ordinance would prohibit the erection of any frame structures within the city limits.

In 1964, scrappy Arcola, the biggest underdog in the Sweet 16, held an early lead over Decatur but was finally worn down in the second half, falling 53-37. The streaking Reds won their 27th straight game in the Normal supersectional. Other schools advancing to the Assembly Hall for the Elite Eight were Glenbard East, Evanston, Pekin, Rock Island Alleman, Centralia, Galesburg and Cobden.

In 1999, Champaign County government paid $75,000 to Joy Anders, the mother of suicide victim David White, to settle her wrongful death lawsuit against the county. White hanged himself with a bedsheet strung through a padlock while confined at the Youth Detention Center in 1995.

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