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A look back at interesting history from the pages of The Normalite

50 Years Ago
April 23, 1965
Comprehensive plan Outlines Normal’s Future - The Committee of Commercial and Industrial Development presented a comprehensive plan for the future of Normal at the Town Council meeting Monday night. It is to be hoped that this report gets the attention it deserves from the Mayor and Council and does not become a forgotten document as so many such reports do.
A general policy of development and expansion of commerce and industry in Normal was presented and was accepted. The plan is one that can be put into effect during the future years, with some points deserving immediate attention.
It is encouraging to note that the Council will next week take action on one of the recommendations: the expansion and improvement of its water storage and water purification system. The Council will meet with the City Engineers Tuesday night to hear reports on this project which is the first and most important step now facing Normal.
A second suggestion that deserves immediate action is a planned program of extension of the corporate limits to provide lands for future need including business, industry and homes. The committee recommended boundaries one mile east of Route 66, one mile north of Interstate 55 and one mile west of Interstate 74. If such a move is made Normal wlll not only provide for future growth; but will protect its tax base for civic and school purposes.

25 years ago
April 19, 1990
Unit 5 selects one of its own for Superintendent of Schools - Unit 5 School Board searched far and wide but it found its choice for a new superintendent right down the hall. in a 5-2 decision Tuesday night in a special session the board offered Normal Community High School Principal Dr. Robert Malito the unit’s top position.
The 42-year-old Malito, the leader at NCHS for the past nine years, was given one week to accept a two-year contract calling for $70,000 per year.
Dr. Malito had withdrawn from the list of candidates when he learned that he did not have full support of the board. After the board had narrowed its choices to two other candidates he asked to be readmitted as a finalist. The board approved his request by a 5-2 vote April 10.
Other finalists for the position include school chief Mike Heckman of Ripon, Wis. and Cairo Superintendent, Ed Armstrong.
He and his wife, Barbara, who teaches at Tri-Valley Grade School, have two children, John, and Allison, both students at University High School.
City Council thanks property owner for deed - Normal City Council had only a few items on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting. One unusual event occurred though. A property owner deeded something to the city. Ron Rave of Bloomington, who recently purchased property next to the railroad tracks on Ft. Jesse Road, said he preferred giving the city a deed to a well site the city had been leasing for a number of years at $250 per year rather than go through the hassle of drawing up a lease arrangement each year. The council and City Manager David Anderson expressed their gratitude for such an unusual gesture.
Hoose to host jungle safari - The Colene Hoose P.T.O. wlll be hosting a jungle safari at the school on Saturday, April 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to raise money for educational supplies. The event will include food, games, prizes and a volleyball game between teachers, students and parents.


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