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Stories of the Past: Friday, August 24, 2001

August 24, 2001

50 years ago — The El Centro Kiwanis Club is making final plans today for its fishing rodeo for young men and women. Raymond Reeder, president of the club, welcomes all youngsters ages 14 and 15 to the rodeo tomorrow. It is the fourth annual National Better Fishing Rodeo

40 years ago — Leo Dickerson is the newly appointed Westmorland police chief. The appointment was announced yesterday by Westmorland Police Commissioner Tommy Gallardo. Dickerson will be sworn in Friday night at a City Council meeting in Westmorland.

30 years ago — Attempts to smuggle marijuana, heroin and other caches of narcotics and dangerous drugs into the United States by way of the Mexican border, through or near the Calexico Port of Entry, are facing intensified crackdowns by U.S. Customs agents. Last year the Calexico port began using an electronic system that stores the license numbers of suspected smugglers and feeds it back in a number of minutes.

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20 years ago — Five runs crossed the plate in the seventh inning Sunday as Hell's Belles won the Brawley Women's Modified Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament championship in Hawthorne Park by defeating Whitted Liquor's, 7-3. The 1981 champs were behind 3-2, entering the final stanza.

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