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San Luis Obispo

The Grover Beach man accused of assaulting officers while high on methamphetamine fell on his way into the courtroom Friday morning and was taken to the hospital, according to his lawyer.

Randal Clay Corvey, 50, was scheduled to be in court for the second day of testimony in his trial in which he is accused of assaulting the officers Oct. 18. He has pleaded not guilty.

Corvey, who has physical ailments including back and knee problems, was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, said his attorney, Tom McCormick.

Jurors assembled in the morning and returned in the afternoon, but the case was postponed until Monday at 8:30 a.m. in Judge Barry LaBarbera’s courtroom.

Corvey’s condition wasn’t announced in court Friday.

— Nick Wilson

Cal Poly

The university has moved up 24 spots from last year in Forbes magazine’s list of 610 best colleges and universities in the U.S. for 2010, according to university officials.

The university is now ranked 177 nationally of 610 campuses and 21st out of California’s top 50.

Cal Poly appeared at No. 369 on the inaugural 2008 list, and then at No. 201 in 2009. This marks the third year that Forbes has produced the list.

The rankings focus on matters concerning undergraduate students, including interesting courses, speed of graduation, job prospects after graduation, and how much debt students rack up during their studies. The magazine evaluates using students’ assessments of courses and instructors, post-graduate success, estimated average student debt after graduation and graduation rates.For a full list of the rankings, go to www.forbes.com.

— Nick Wilson

South County

Lucia Mar school district board member David Foster has resigned from the school board, district administrators said Thursday.

Foster, who was first elected to the board in 2006 and represents the Oceano area, said in a statement from the district superintendent’s office that he is moving temporarily out of the area because of family obligations.

“I have enjoyed my term of board service on behalf of our students and community,” he said.

The position will remain unfilled until the Nov. 2 election.

Lucia Mar trustees are elected from four areas, depending on where the board members live, but are voted on by South County residents at large. The school district is the largest in the county and has about 10,700 students.

Longtime board member Georgie O’Connor is not running for re-election, ending her nearly five decades of service on the board.

The other seat up for re-election is held by Paul Teixeira, who represents the Nipomo area and will not run for re-election. Teixeira and Arroyo Grande attorney Mike Zimmerman are in the November runoff for the county Board of Supervisors seat representing much of South County.

According to the county Clerk-Recorder’s website, small business owner Tiffany Alcantara has been qualified to run for the Nipomo seat. Two seats are open in the Arroyo Grande trustee area; school board President Colleen Martin, retired teacher Mark Millis and real estate agent Cathy Springford have all qualified to run.

In the Oceano trustee area, Oceano Community Services District director Vern Dahl and Adelina “Nina” Grabiel have qualified to run. One seat is up for election in that area.

— Cynthia Lambert

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