Area history, Aug. 28, 2014

Area history, Aug. 28, 2014

Today is Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Here are news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

In 1914: The branch junk house of Ben Gudder and Co. of Centralia, located on North Market Street in Champaign, was plundered last evening by burglars who took about $50 worth of tinfoil. The burglars broke a heavy lock on the front door.

In 1964: Local and state officials will gather at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kirby and Prospect avenues for a ribbon-cutting marking the opening of Kirby Avenue. It is uncertain, however, whether the mile-long stretch of divided pavement from Prospect to Mattis Avenue would be available for immediate use. The opening of the $620,189 project will mark the end of a long struggle to improve the condition of Kirby, which has become an increasingly important traffic artery as southwest Champaign has developed.

In 1999: An abandoned swimming pool at the old Chanute Air Force base could see new life as a public garden. Rantoul Mayor Joe Brown has proposed filling in the pool on Flessner Street with clay and topsoil.

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