Area history, Aug. 8, 2014
In 1914, Illinois State Water Survey chemist and bacteriologist H.P. Corson reports that there is no typhoid in the Champaign-Urbana water supply. Corson says that the local water supply is obtained from wells about 160 feet below the surface in gravel known geologically as glacial drift.
In 1964, local authorities believe they've made a major breakthrough in solving several recent fires and acts of vandalism with the arrest of a man who was shot in the act of setting a high explosive charge at a Peoria warehouse. Champaign County Sheriff Everett Hedrick said that Jesse G. Van Dyke had been under surveillance by sheriff's deputies.
In 1999, the Unit 7 school district in southern Champaign County is again in the process of siting new schools to replace the aging grade schools in each of the five communities in the district. Two of the schools — in Sidney and Philo — are more than 100 years old.