Area history, May 15, 2014

Area history, May 15, 2014

Today is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: A contract will be awarded soon for construction of a two-story building on Taylor Street in downtown Champaign. The front of the building will be white brick and terra cotta with a large plate glass display window on the first floor. The lower floor will be occupied by the Star Restaurant.

In 1964: Champaign County Sheriff Everett Hedrick has issued a warning to county residents to be alert to "fly-by-night" salesmen he said are operating statewide. The salesmen offer specialities in termite control, magazine sales and "extremely low cost barn painting," Hedrick said.

In 1999: About 75 percent of Rantoul Township High School's 800 students didn't show for class Friday, after rumors of violence at the school. Superintendent Jerry Zachary dismissed class at 11 a.m. after just two periods, saying that a "mass hysteria" had affected parents and students nationwide in response to the school shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

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