50 years ago — It will be up to individual stores in El Centro whether they close for Good Friday services in the Christian Church from noon until 2 p.m. The public has been invited to attend the services, sponsored by the El Centro Ministerial Association.
40 years ago — A farm laborer was arrested by U.S. Customs agents at the border station in Calexico for possession of a dangerous drug — opium. The man was booked in the county jail after officers of the border inspection allegedly found the opium in his clothes.
30 years ago — About 1,000 Valleyites are expected at the annual Blue Angel Day appreciation barbecue at the California Mid-Winter Fairgrounds, Sponsored by the county Board of Supervisors and Valley chambers of commerce, honored guests will be Vice Adm. B.M. Strean, Congressman Victor V. Veysey and state Assemblyman Ray Seeley.
20 years ago — Four months after the firing of his predecessor, Abdel Salem was appointed El Centro city manager Wednesday by the City Council. After a long closed session, the council chose Salem by the same 3-2 vote by which it fired City Manager George Parker in November. Salem had served as both financial director and acting city manager since that time.