News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, Oct. 10 to 16

Sunday | 10

School Board Assailed

When the Charles County Board of Education recently compiled a list of goals and suggestions for improving the school system, several items drew questions from parents and other residents. Proposals such as removing books from reading lists on the basis of their use of foul language or depictions of immorality, distributing Bibles in schools and removing science books "biased toward evolution" were criticized by those who said school board members were trying to impose their personal religious beliefs on students.

Monday | 11

ATV Crash Kills Youth

James Eric Baldwin, 15, of Huntingtown died Sunday afternoon when he lost control of the Yamaha all-terrain vehicle he was riding and crashed into a large pine tree, the Maryland State Police said. Investigators said speed was a factor in the accident on Willow Way in the Hunters Ridge neighborhood in Prince Frederick.

Tuesday | 12

Water-Quality Fee Backed

A poll paid for by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and conducted by a bipartisan research team found that a majority of those surveyed would support paying $50 a year in fees to help clean up the bay and its tributaries. Of the 1,215 registered voters in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District, 64 percent said they would support such a fee if it were dedicated to improving water quality in the bay, rivers and streams.

Thursday | 14

Bar Scene Wanes

St. Mary's County's long tradition of an active nightlife at dozens of local bars is slowly winding down as the economy changes from farming and fishing to high-tech defense contractors, where employees are more likely to head to the gym or a restaurant after work rather than hang out at the neighborhood watering hole.

Friday | 15

Scrutiny for Land Deal

A deal that would turn over state land in St. Mary's County set aside for conservation to the head of a Baltimore construction company will come under scrutiny before a legislative committee this week. The move comes after lawmakers voiced concerns about the way being cleared for a tax break for a major political donor for both Republicans and Democrats. The buyer, Willard Hackerman, president and chief executive of Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., would donate the acreage needed for at least two St. Mary's schools and then sell the development rights for the rest of the land back to the state, allowing him to claim a federal tax deduction, state officials said.