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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2007

Area News In Brief

Readers won’t give up voting for taxes

Dislike of taxes doesn’t overcome the value placed on the right to vote by most respondents to an online poll.

“Would you be willing to give up your right to vote in exchange for not paying income taxes?” The Daily asked in a fanciful poll as Tuesday’s tax-filing deadline loomed.

Forty-three readers — 76.8 percent of the 56 who answered — said no. Thirteen said yes.

The two-day poll at was unscientific. It ended Sunday.

Steve Stewart

Group honors Owens school

ATHENS — A Limestone County school with fish, a weather lab, an observatory and a wireless mobile computer lab is among the outstanding ones in the state.

That’s according to the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, which chose Owens Elementary as a banner school. Owens is west of Athens.

CLAS chose 12 schools for their outstanding educational programs.

Owens implements the Alabama Reading Initiative using the mobile lab, and gives students hands-on studies with an outdoor classroom that includes fish and plants. It also has an observatory and weather lab as part of the outdoor curriculum.

School officials will go to the CLAS convention in June to accept their award.

Holly Hollman

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