>>50 years ago — New members of the El Centro Housing Authority are: John Tyler, real estate broker; E.W. Crandall, contractor; and Kick Neff, a labor union official. The three were appointed to fill unexpired terms of Dr. S.A. Gowman, Russell Yeager and John Kearney, who resigned recently.
>>40 years ago — Joe Sutton, a Brawley sheriff's deputy, has resigned after a "continual disagreement" with an "interference" by Chief Criminal Deputy Chris Hickcox. Sutton was a sheriff's employee for six years.
>>30 years ago — Actress Rebel Randall of Palm Desert, a Democrat, has announced her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 43rd District, which includes Imperial and portions of San Diego and Riverside counties. The seat is held by Rep. Victor V. Veysey, a Republican from Brawley.
>>20 years ago — Fair weather reigned for the first weekend of the California Mid-Winter Fair as a near record three-day crowd of 64,249 flooded through the gates. Only the 1977 crowd of 67,621 topped the first weekend attendance figure.