A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 1/12/01:
The Story In the first county commissioners' meeting involving newly elected Mikel Richardson and Kyle Stephens, Richardson questioned the county's "inventory control" saying the current system is "a serious breach of internal control".
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The Spin Commissioner James Hubbard replied: "I think you have to assume people are honest unless proven otherwise."

The Story Marilou Becker of Boyd blasts the sheriff in a letter to the editor for appearing on Channel 11 news and saying that his department would be "outgunned" if the Connally Seven escapees were to come to Wise County. It was, she said, the equivalent of an "open invitation".
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The Spin If the escapees were to cross the county line, they probably would retreat in horror as soon as they noticed the inordinate number of gun racks that can be found in local pick up trucks.

The Story The Paradise City Council tabled action on an ordinance that would ban the use of "Jake Brakes" on diesel trucks. The special type of brake is designed to prevent excessive wear on big rigs but also, apparently, makes a great deal of noise. 
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The Spin The Spin would like to go on record as approving of brakes on trucks.

The Story A Fort Worth man locked himself out of his van last weekend which prompted him to begin "yelling". His outbursts "attracted calls to police from residents in the area." Police arrived, opened the van for him, and discovered "a mobile clandestine methamphetamine lab" which, in turn, led to the man's arrest.
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The Spin "This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs."

The Story The Texas Education Agency issued it annual Academic Excellence Indicator System report card ranking the eight school districts in Wise County in a variety of areas.
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The Spin Observations: Decatur had the highest tax rate ($1.84), ranked fifth in teacher salaries ($36,280) but ranked first in central administration salaries ($71,694).  Any guesses on which district finished second behind Northwest in the category of "Appraised Property Value Per Student"? That would, amazingly, be Chico with $195,800. Last place belong to Paradise ($100,652).

The Story Local opposition heats up after a sexually oriented business files for a permit to open a store south of Alvord. The owner, Eugene Vance of Henrietta, indicated he hopes to have videos for sale as well as video theaters.
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The Spin Doesn't he know that any respectable Wise Countian would use satellite TV instead?

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