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Stories of the past: Wednesday, February 1, 2006

February 01, 2006

>>50 years ago — Faye Manley, chairman of the folk and square dance festival to be staged in conjunction with the ninth annual Carrot Festival, announced that Ray Close and Leana Little, both of Lemon Grove, will conduct a round dance workshop at 2 p.m. Feb. 4. Seven visiting callers already have signed up for the square dance festival to start at 8 p.m.

>>40 years ago — A Red Cross bloodmobile will draw nearly 200 pints of blood from Imperial Valley College students concerned with the welfare of Vietnam servicemen. The students and faculty members have signed up to contribute blood under a campaign launched several months ago by the college’s Theta Rho Phi fraternity.

>>30 years ago — An ammonia spill at Imperial Ag Chemin of El Centro had county and city fire units scrambling this morning. “Our first report said there had been an explosion and fire in the plant,” said Melvin Womack, El Centro assistant fire chief. It was reported one of the workers in the plant had filled an ammonia field rig and driven away before disconnecting the hose from the main 50,000-pound tank.

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>>20 years ago — Tourism and corporate manufacturing and assembly jobs were offered as possible answers to Imperial County’s sagging economy and high unemployment rate by Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy during his visit here Friday. While meeting with county officials and private citizens in El Centro, Holtville and Brawley, McCarthy urged locals to unify county and regional economic efforts by diversifying the economy and recruiting industrial interests in this part of the state.

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