Area history, Aug. 24, 2014

Area history, Aug. 24, 2014

Today is Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: The Champaign County Fair will open tomorrow with more entries than ever before. The street railway company had its heaviest day of the year on Sunday, hauling an estimated 10,000 people to the grounds during the day for previews.

In 1964: The days are numbered for the 1893-vintage Urbana fire station on Elm Street. The building, along with other adjoining city buildings, is to be razed to make way for a parking lot. The department is moving to new quarters at 402 S. Vine St.

In 1999: Heidi Ladd assumed her seat as an associate judge with a pledge to remember her days as a trial lawyer. The veteran of 17 years as a prosecutor was sworn in Monday, replacing Don Parkinson, who announced his resignation in May. Ladd, 42, will likely preside over noncriminal matters for one to two years because of her history of prosecution work.

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