Area history, Jan. 14, 2018

Area history, Jan. 14, 2018

Today is Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, delivery of the Sunday edition of Champaign Daily News was not confined to the News' ordinary large territory, but extended into Danville. A Danville newsboy, more enterprising than his brethren, obtained five copies of the Sunday paper and sold them within five minutes that afternoon. The News was the only newspaper that appeared for sale on Danville streets on account of the snowstorm.

In 1968, voters in an area covering slightly more than four Piatt County townships overwhelmingly defeated a plan to re-establish a river-conservancy district. The defeat left the Piatt County Board of Supervisors as the probable governing body to negotiate with the Army Corps of Engineers over terms of the development of a proposed Oakley Reservoir.

In 2003, progress was slow, but the difference in the interior of the Fischer Theater was obvious to those stopping by to have a look. More people would be checking out the changes when the Vermilion Heritage Foundation held its Golden Globe Awards Party in conjunction with the NBC telecast. Former Danville resident Gene Hackman was to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award during the awards show. The party was a fundraiser for the Fischer Theater project. A big-screen television would allow partygoers to see Hackman's acceptance speech.

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