>>50 years ago — It was annual sample day at the weekly El Centro Rotary Club meeting in the Barbara Worth Hotel. Members were permitted to distribute samples and advertise their businesses without fear of being fined. Samples included key rings, beer, orange juice, cigars, cigarettes, spark plugs and sulfur.
>>40 years ago — Alfalfa is in danger of being damaged by beet armyworms in some Imperial County alfalfa fields. It takes only a few days for alfalfa to take an appearance of having been hit by the blast from a shotgun.
>>30 years ago — The county Board of Education approved the first step in a long process of involving local school personnel and residents in determining how public schools may be improved. The plan will be developed through guidelines established with the Legislature. The overall aim is "accountability."
>>20 years ago — Sheriff Oren Fox is used to wearing both a county and a California National Guard hat. Now, however, his second hat has been changed to one with eagles. In formal ceremonies Sunday in El Centro, Fox was promoted from a National Guard lieutenant colonel to full colonel.