>>50 years ago — For the first time in nine years, the El Centro Elks Lodge won the area ritualistic contest, it was announced today. Participating in the contest were chapters from Brawley, Calexico, Needles, Indio and Blythe.
>>40 years ago — The Brawley City Council adopted a resolution to accept a written agreement with the government under which the city will receive a federal grant for an engineering survey to determine the need for improving, enlarging and modernizing the domestic water system.
>>30 years ago — Jeff Magin, pitching and hitting star for the Holtville High Vikings, has been selected as the Chaparral League's Most Valuable Player by conference coaches. The 6-foot, 175-pound Carrot City senior led the Vikings to the league championship with a .380 batting average.
>>20 years ago — The Central Union High School District will review the possibility of instituting an independent study program that would be designed to assist students who, for one reason of another, are not able to attend class on a regular basis. Ellie Kussman, director of the CUHS compensatory education program, has recommended instituting the plan for students who do not fit existing educational options and, as a result, fall by the wayside.