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Stories of the past: Thursday, September 27, 2001

September 27, 2001

50 years ago — Holly Sugar Co. announced today that checks amounting to about $150,000 will be mailed Oct. 10 for sugar beets harvested in the spring of 1951. W.H. Ziegler, vice president of Holly Sugar, said the $150,000 will be distributed among some 100 Holly growers in the Imperial, Coachella and Yuma valleys.

40 years ago — The Calexico school system will swing into a full schedule starting next week. The outside schedule calls for the school day to continue until 3:36 p.m., according to Lewis Smith, superintendent.

30 years ago — The first melons of the Imperial Valley fall season were picked by Abatti Produce, Inc., in a field off Heber Avenue east of Highway 111. Others picking included Shimamoto Bros. and Jackson Produce. The fall melon harvest this year includes 3,000 acres of cantaloupes, plus about 800 acres of mixed melons.

20 years ago — Two police officers were injured and four persons arrested Sunday night following a rock-and-bottle-throwing incident in which 15 law enforcement officers used tear gas to disperse a crowd of some 100 people. Calexico police Sgt. Willie Valenzuela and officer Alex Maedasuffered minor injuries as a result of the confrontation at Rockwood Plaza with a mainly youth-oriented crowd.

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