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Stories of the Past: July 5, 2001

July 05, 2001

50 years ago — Ward Casey of Brawley was elected district deputy for California's southern district of Elks at an Elks convention in Chicago. Casey is not expected back until later this week. The convention began July 1.

40 years ago — A new high school and city park south of Ross Avenue would be an outstanding asset for the city of El Centro, planning consultant Simon Eisner declared. Eisner outlined the new general plan just issued by the city Planning Commission.

30 years ago — A bomb threat cleared the Brawley Plaza during the "battle of the bands" at the city's July 4 celebration shortly after 11 p.m. Two more calls at 11:45 p.m. caused police to clear the crowd from a nearby drive-in.

20 years ago — A roaring fire flashed through the Roadhouse Lanes bowling alley and the Ups and Downs Roller Bowl in Imperial on Sunday leaving only a smoldering pile of rubble, twisted metal and charred exterior walls in its wake. An estimated 37 persons were inside the facility when the swift moving flames were reported shortly after 11 p.m. All are reported safe today, even an 11-year-old who had been listed as missing early today.

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