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Stories of the Past: Thursday, June 28, 2001

June 28, 2001

50 years ago — Gordon Belson, El Centro Eagle Scout, will be one of the 1,000 Boy Scouts from the United States who will go to the World Jamboree at Bad Ischi, Austria, this summer. The jamboree will bring together 14,000 scouts from all over the world.

40 years ago — El Centro Police Capt. Paul Wheeler recommended the City Council pass a curfew applicable for youths up to age 18. He said many juveniles cruise in their cars late at night and frequently get into trouble as a result.

30 years ago — A familiar sight is missing in the Northend of the Imperial Valley. It is Magnolia Union Elementary School, which one expects to be standing at 4502 Casey Road, six miles east of Brawley. The old building has been demolished (with the exception of one section) by a bulldozer. Left standing is that portion that was originally the old Nazarene Church of Alamorio, a little settlement that disappeared long ago.

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20 years ago — Moped drivers around the Valley will have to pay a visit soon to the state Department of Motor Vehicles as a result of a new state law that takes effect Wednesday. The law requires all motorized vehicles (mopeds) to display license plates and drivers carry DMV identification cards.

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