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Stories of the Past: Monday, May 28, 2001

May 28, 2001

50 years ago — A hero's welcome was given yesterday to Staff Sgt. Avelino Barrows, recipient of the soldier's medal for heroism in the Korean War. The 21-year-old El Centro resident was greeted by top Valley officials at the El Centro Naval Auxiliary Air Station.

40 years ago — A 25-acre shopping center and a 45-acre trailer park are the primary plans for a strip of land just north of El Centro now being zoned. A $42 million development with leasing agents is planned. Tenants under consideration include a bank, a super-drug outlet, a variety store and a men's ready-to-wear center.

30 years ago — Imperial, the fifth-largest community in the county, reportedly had in April more inmates in the county juvenile facility than any other city. This allegation has spurred the local drug abuse committee into action.

20 years ago — After seven "frustrating, nerve-wracking hours" Wednesday, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar L. Gastelum of Calexico learned their 21-year-old son was safe aboard the USS Nimitz, where 14 persons were killed and 45 had been injured when a jet crash-landed on the aircraft carrier's deck.

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