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Alpine schools

Students appear to be raiding their piggy banks for a donation drive at Cedar Ridge Elementary School. The school wants to raise $1,000 by Tuesday for the families of the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Teachers say students have brought in sacks full of coins since the school started collecting money for the United Way. Parents also have sent checks and cash with students.

Nebo schools

A crisis-management plan has been adopted by Nebo's board of education. The plan gives principals a guideline to follow if there is a medical problem, a crime or outbreak of school violence or a weather-related emergency.

Each school also has an evacuation plan. A copy of the evacuation locations, with a brief explanation of the crisis-management plan, was sent to parents before school started. For questions about the plan, call 354-7400.

Provo

A bomb threat at the 4th District Court complex in Provo prompted authorities to seal off the surrounding streets and evacuate the building this morning.

Utah County Sgt. Dennis Harris said the court office received a phoned threat Friday morning, saying there was a bomb in the building.

"It was credible enough that the judges postponed court this morning," Harris said.

Sheriff's deputies conducted a sweep of the four-story building but reported finding nothing suspicious. Deputies at the scene said the building would be opened back up for employees and the public by this afternoon.

Harris said it is customary to evacuate the building when such a threat is received, just as a precaution.

Spanish Fork

Two development issues will face the Planning Commission when the panel meets on Wednesday, Oct 3.

A citizens' group called the 2000 East Committee is asking for a new zone to regulate commercial development on the east bench, while Les Allen has requested a change from the five-acre minimum lot size to medium density residential zoning at 2900 E. Canyon Rd. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 40 S. Main.

UVSC

Utah Valley State College continues to grow.

Official fall enrollment figures show that 22,609 students are attending classes — a 7.9 percent increase over last year.

The number of full-time students increased 12.3 percent.

UVSC President Kerry D. Romesburg said the school expects to attract even more students in the next five to 10 years.

"The more surprising number this fall is the nearly unprecedented jump in full-time students, likely a reflection of the increased demand for our four-year programs," he said.

The growing number of students have been accommodated by the partial completion of the new computer sciences and engineering building and a 10-classroom addition to the Gunther Trades Building.