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Modesto counselors rated among best

The nonprofit Campaign for College Opportunity chose Modesto City Schools' college counseling program as one of the state's top programs to give students a better shot at higher education. The report released Wednesday showcased 15 programs, including Modesto's, which put a full-time college counselor on each high school campus to help students and families with applications, testing and financial aid. Some of the program's highlights since it began during the 1998-1999 school year include:

The number of students accepted to four-year colleges grew from 1,500 for the class of 1999 to nearly 2,500 during the 2004-2005 school year.

Students' financial aid awards increased by 350 percent over seven years, from $6.3 million to $23.8 million.

To read the full report, click on the links with this story at www.modbee.com/local.

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50 YEARS AGO: Only Merced County of the four counties in the region exceeded the state and regional averages in the payment of grants to needy senior citizens. Figures compiled by the state Department of Social Welfare for the three-month period ending June 30 showed the average monthly payment to needy seniors in Merced County was $77.37. California's average was $75.15. San Joaquin County paid an average of $74.63 a month and the needy in Stanislaus County got $74.51 a month. Tuolumne County was the lowest for the quarter, with a $71.27 per month payment.

25 YEARS AGO: Henry Rios, a former assistant golf professional, scored his first hole-in-one in more than 40 years of play. He used a 4-iron to ace the 185-yard No. 6 hole at Municipal golf course. Playing with him were Larry Short and Ted Lillemoen. Rios was an assistant pro at Del Rio Country Club from 1952-62 and at the Turlock Country Club in 1964 and '65.

-- Karen Aiello