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Stories of the Past: Monday, June 25, 2001

June 25, 2001

50 years ago — Mary Sones, a Central Union High School senior, placed third in state competition in the American Legion auxiliary-sponsored essays contest on "American Freedom." The essays were judged at department headquarters in San Francisco.

40 years ago — The Holtville Karting Association, the first to bring organized go-kart racing to the Imperial Valley, has brought another first to the area with the scheduled start of nighttime kart racing Saturday at the $10,000 paved track south of Holtville.

30 years ago — Brawley tax-payers can expect to pay more taxes even if the City Council doesn't raise the $3.35 tax rate to cover the $2.6 million budget. Franklin Lay, county administrator, ruled out a tax decrease to offset the higher taxes resulting from the county's setting the assessment ratio at 25 percent of market value.

20 years ago — Two more skunks have been confirmed as rabid by the Imperial County Health Department this week. The latest findings bring to 15 the number of skunks determined to be rabid in the Valley since the rabies outbreak in November. There also have been eight dogs and one bat confirmed as rabid.

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