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Stories of the Past: Sunday, February 18, 2001

February 17, 2001

50 years ago — Honored guest John Wayne was introduced with the theme song "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" at the dedication ceremony for the new El Centro National Guard armory. The event was attended by several hundred guests.

40 years ago — The federal food stamp plan for distributing surplus farm products to relief recipients is expected to be in operation in El Centro before April 1. County supervisors signed an agreement with the Surplus Marketing Administration.

30 years ago — The Brawley City Council on Tuesday voted to petition the state Division of Highways to reinstall the crosswalks removed from the middle of the 500 and 600 blocks of Main Street last month. The crosswalks were removed from Main Street in the downtown district when parallel parking and left-turn lanes were installed.

20 years ago — The relative stability of beef prices over the past six months has afforded Valley shoppers some relief at supermarket check-out counter. Some stores have even offered sales on beef. That is about to change. Experts predict that prices will rise rapidly — some as much as 25 percent — within the next few months.

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