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Stories of the past: Wednesday, June 20, 2001

June 20, 2001

50 years ago — You won't have to feed the parking meters in certain areas of downtown El Centro from July 1 to Sept. 15. A moratorium on the payment of coins into the meters of parking spaces in the city-owned lot adjacent to City Hall and both sides of the 500 block of State Street was declared by the City Council on Wednesday night.

40 years ago — Members of the 1961 graduating class at Holtville Union High School earned scholarship awards of $17,725. Principal Ed Van Dam said this was the largest amount of scholarship money ever awarded a graduating class in Holtville.

30 years ago — Brawley's Migrant Health Clinic received notice from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare that it will be funded for $560,511 for its second year of operation. The grant doesn't include the $140,000 dental program, according to clinic Director Ventura Huerta.

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20 years ago — El Centro has a new mayor but is still lacking a councilman because the City Council has not decided how to fill the vacancy. Previously Mayor Pro Tem Tony Beltran was promoted to fill the post vacated by the surprise resignation of Mayor Jim House, who left earlier this month to take a job near Bakersfield.

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