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Because of a reporter's error, an Across the Area item Tuesday incorrectly stated the amount of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department's proposed fee increase. The department held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss increasing the fees by $25.

The Augusta Chronicle regrets the error.

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Grad rates show improvement by local school systems

Graduation rates in both Richmond and Columbia counties followed the statewide trend of slow and steady increases in 2014, although progress in individual schools varied greatly.
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