|The Story||The United Way falls short of its $200,000 goal with
contributions of "only" $154,000.
|News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5)||*|
|The Spin||Considering that last year's goal was $165,000, the
$200,000 might be a little wishful thinking.
|The Story||We learn in the Messenger
that some "Mexican" New Year's Eve traditions include
wearing a particular color of underwear. "Red brings good luck . . .
green brings money . . . ."
|The Spin||Thank goodness the Speedo I
received for Christmas is red with a green trim.
|The Story||Buster, a paralyzed Australian shepherd, is fitted with a doggy wheelchair.|
|The Spin||Although there are complaints that he has been abusing the handicap parking at Petsmart.|
|The Story||Charles Wilhite, in his normally heart warming Letter to
the Editor, writes about assisting a funeral director after a
double murder in Decatur in May of 1955.
|The Spin||Going dark for 2004.
sheriff's office investigates the stabbing of George Metts, 28, of
Newark who had "gone next door to a vacant trailer and returned with
the wounds." "Investigators haven't located a weapon and he said he
didn't know who did it . . . . He also couldn't give a good
description" of the attacker.
|The Story||"Finishing school guru"
Deborah King, who moved from Seattle to Decatur, gets a feature in the Messenger about how she teaches
young people the finer points of manners. A check of her web site
reveals that "twelve young women" can attend
a week long program at Garrett Creek Ranch to learn of such things
as "floral arrangement, tea etiquette, [and] meal planning". The cost .
. . (and we are not making this up) is . . . $1,995.
|The Spin||We'll be over there as soon as we finish eating a slab of
ribs with our hands at Mattie's.