A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 1/12/02:

The Story A new Decatur ISD bond proposal is on the horizon setting up yet another bloody battle between High Taxes vs. Good Schools. (In May of 1998, voters rejected a $34.9 million bond proposal.)
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin We couldn't help but notice this rather optimistic quote from Superintendent J.D. Kennedy in an unrelated story concerning funding for an athletic track: "We would have really appreciated [having accurate information from the repair contractor] and would have no problem using [them] when the bond package passes . . . . "

The Story The State announces that at least a portion of highway 114 will begin being widened sometime before 2005, but we don't know if the Wise County portion will be included.
News worthiness *
The Spin In the story, we learned that those two eerie signs on 114 (one which reads something like "Please bring my mommy home safe - Widen 114!") have generated 347 phone calls. 

The Story The Dr. Laura Schlessinger Foundation of California donates a variety of items to CASA, a private organization that assists CPS and considers themselves to be advocates for abused children.
News worthiness *
The Spin We wonder if a condition of receiving the donation was to be berated and belittled in front of a national radio audience by a condescending and arrogant woman who is out of touch with the struggles of the average American working mother? 

The Story Those Salvation Army bell ringers (that made you feel guilty outside of Walmart over the Christmas holidays) were manned this year by local volunteers instead of paid workers from Fort Worth. "[I]t brought in more than 15 times the money as last year and the money will stay in Wise County instead of paying bell ringers from Tarrant County."
News worthiness *
The Spin You mean that normally the money that we dump in those little kettles goes to the person ringing the bell?

The Story The Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission allows Calvary Baptist Church to replat their land but, by doing so, a private alley is eliminated. "[Naomi] Batis, who angrily interrupted the P&Z deliberations several times, said she and her husband had invested $100,000 in their home and the alley closing would devalue their investment."
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The Spin Now if it had been a Methodist church, that would be different.  But we're talking Baptists here!

Special Highly Technical Research Project to be Conducted Throughout 2002 (which has already received at least one complaint): 
Number of new births announced in Wise County in 2002: 12
Number of new births announced by parents with different surnames (or no father identified): 6

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