Area history, July 11, 2014
Today is Friday, July 11, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Champaign has had a high school for about 40 years, and within the last 10 years, it has more than doubled in size. Taxpayers have provided a new school building that ranks with the very best in architectural beauty and facilities. It contains about 70 rooms, and will accommodate 800 to 1,000 pupils. It has an auditorium large enough to seat 1,000 people, complete with a stage. There also is a swimming pool, a gymnasium, well-arranged science laboratories and lecture rooms, a lunchroom, fireproof vaults, locker and toilet rooms and corridors that are 16 feet wide.
In 1964: A 33-year-old Arthur man, Robert Trower, shot and killed his father-in-law and mother-in-law and then took his own life as officers approached a farm where he had taken refuge.
In 1999: A Pennsylvania-based broadcasting company has reached agreement to purchase WCIA-TV in Champaign and two other central Illinois stations from Midwest Television Inc. Nexstar Broadcasting Group will purchase WCIA, WMBD in Peoria and WCFN in Springfield for $110.2 million. The sale ends 46 years of ownership of WCIA by the family of August Meyer, who founded the station in 1953.