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Stories of the past: Wednesday, August 8, 2001

August 08, 2001

50 years ago — A fire that began shortly before midnight and still smoldered this morning at Holly Sugar Corp.'s feed mill. left in its wake damage of about $108,000. Eighteen-hundred tons of sugar beet molasses pulp was lost.

40 years ago — Dr. Ben Yellen of Brawley appeared before the Imperial Irrigation District District Board of Directors today to object to the tax rates charged by the district. He claims that large landowners are not being charged enough.

30 years ago — In 10-foot-tall letters, a neon sign atop the Security Pacific Bank building on West Main Street in El Centro, signals the new location of KXO radio station. First broadcasting from their third-floor studios Aug. 1, the station's move was the first in 25 years, reported Gordon Belson, KXO president and general manager. The station, which has been on the air for 44 years, previously was on South Fourth Street.

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20 years ago — Imperial County is on the verge of lifting its rabies quarantine since today marks the sixth-month since a rabid dog has been identified in the Valley. At the same time, however, new fears are rising as four more bats were picked up in Brawley over the weekend, just days after a bat nabbed in Brawley was confirmed as rabid last week.

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