The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 1/3/04:
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 . . . ."
News worthiness *
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.
News worthiness *
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.
News worthiness *
The Spin Going dark for 2004.

The Story The 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.
News worthiness **
The Spin Hmmm.

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.
News worthiness
The Spin We'll be over there as soon as we finish eating a slab of ribs with our hands at Mattie's.

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