>>50 years ago — The El Centro City Council hiked the pay of all city employees a flat $20 a month. The boost is retroactive to March 1. According to the city clerk's office, 135 employees will receive the extra $20 a month. It will boost the city's monthly payroll about $2,700 a month.
>>40 years ago — Anglers who do their fishing in the Salton Sea will be happy to find out the limit on sargo has been raised from 10 to 25. This rule became effective on "fish day," March 1. The increase was recommended because of the tremendous increase in the ocean-type perch, which were transplanted in the sea a few years back.
>>30 years ago — The inaugural Celebrity-Produce Invitational Golf Tournament was a rousing success at Imperial Valley Country Club. Celebrities, baseball players and produce men enjoyed exceptional weather and fine overall playing conditions.
>>20 years ago — A 16-year-old Holtville girl became the biggest winner of the 1982 California Mid-Winter Fair over the weekend with the sale of her 113-pound supreme champion Suffolk lamb for a record $62,150. The $550 per pound price, according to fair officials, sets a California state record. Purchaser was Loren "Lefty" Sheppard of the Guy Packing Co., Holtville.