Area history, July 17, 2014
In 1914: Ben Phillips, a farmhand employed on the Henry Mayes farm a mile east of Staley, was struck and killed by a westbound interurban passenger car while crossing the track near the Mayes home yesterday. Rain and hail had obscured his vision as he led a four-horse hitch across the tracks.
In 1964: Congressman William Springer conceded that some Republican votes would be lost by the nomination of Sen. Barry Goldwater for the presidency, but said the real story was elsewhere. "There are going to be some (Republicans) who will not accept Goldwater, but this isn't anything to compare to the crossover vote that's going the other way ... It's simply going to be stupendous."
In 1999: A women's prison may be coming to the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul. A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections said Rantoul is one of 28 communities that requested applications for a women's prison or a juvenile correctional facility.