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Tuesday, March 04, 2003
VOL. II Issue 3B
Hyde County has 2 organized townships, Valley and William Hamilton. Both are having their annual meeting today. Valley could be meeting for the last time. Longtime township clerk Emil Eckstien will be resigning his post. If a suitable replacement is not found, Valley Township may be forced to unorganize and all assets and liabilities of the township government turned over to the county.
There are 6 households in Valley Township compared to 3 in William Hamilton, which has not announced plans to disorganized for whatever reason. Valley Township's disorganization is not a done deal. Something may be done to save her yet.
Today is Brittany Hinkle's sixth birthday she will be the guest of honor at a party to be held from 3:30-5:00 at the Thunderbird in Highmore. The theme of the party is Barbie/Spiderman. Brit's grandmother, Mary Hinkle baked two cakes for the occasion and babysat for the birthday girls brother and sister.
This evening Harold and Mary will bring Shelby and Justin home and present Brit with her present. Darrel and Kristi will have another party for Brit on Saturday, but Harold and Mary will be down south by then, as they are striking out for Arizona on Thursday.
by Michael Kahn of Reuters
The California school district at the center of a legal battle over the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance said on Monday it will seek a stay of an appeals court decision striking the words "Under God" from the pledge until the issue can be decided by the Supreme Court.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last Friday affirmed an earlier ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional, setting the stage for a Supreme Court showdown over whether the words "Under God" breach the wall separating church and state.
Under the 9th circuit ruling, starting March 10 it will be illegal for schoolchildren in nine Western states to recite the pledge because of the phrase.
California's Elk Grove Unified School District, where the legal battle over the pledge began, will ask for a stay of the decision while it fights the case in the U.S. Supreme Court, Superintendent Dave Gordon said on Monday.
He added if the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to grant the stay, the district will comply with the ruling and not have children recite the pledge. Instead, the district will substitute patriotic songs, poems and other exercises.
"We are asking the 9th circuit to continue the stay ... pending our request for the Supreme Court to hear the case," Gordon said, adding attorneys would ask for a decision by Thursday.
The Justice Department had joined the Bush administration, the U.S. Congress, State of California and others in asking the 9th circuit to reconsider its ruling.
A three-member panel had ruled 2-1 in a lawsuit brought by a California atheist who sued on behalf of his daughter that the phrase violated the separation of church and state because it appeared to endorse religion.
Michael Newdow, an atheist, conceded that his eight-year-old daughter was not required to recite the pledge at her elementary school in Elk Grove, California, but said she was nevertheless hurt by having to "watch and listen."
That decision sparked a wide anger. The liberal court was accused of taking a hammer to one of the pillars of U.S. civic society and bowing to political correctness run amok. President Bush called the decision ridiculous, while the U.S. Senate voted 99-0 for a resolution expressing support for the pledge.
After the court on Friday stood by its June ruling, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said the Justice Department would spare no effort to defend the pledge.

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