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Stories of the past: Wednesday, April 25, 2001

April 25, 2001

50 years ago — A portion of the former Wilson School site on West Main Street in El Centro was sold yesterday to Safeway Stores Inc. The sale price was $85,000.

40 years ago — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of Dr. Paul O'Rourke, director of health services for El Centro. The supervisors decided the resignation shall become effective May 15.

30 years ago — Calexico Customs officials have added a dog to their roster to help sniff out marijuana as it comes across the border at the Calexico Port of Entry. Officially, Bub is known as M-167 by the U.S. government.

20 years ago — Agriculture is still the No. 1 industry in Imperial County, according to Claude Finnell, county agriculture commissioner, despite claims that tourism is now the top industry in the state.

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