A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 1/18/03:

The Story The County rejects a petition that would have allowed an election in Decatur concerning the legalization of beer and wine sales. County officials struck down 108 signatures causing the petition to end up 18 signatures short of the required number. 
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin Opponents celebrated with a dirty martini behind closed doors.

The Story H.D. Boswell gets back to letter writing by criticizing President Bush's proposal to exempt dividends from taxes. "In the real world, [a rich guy who receives $600,000 a year in dividends] will more than likely give $100,000 to the Republican Party and rathole the other $500,000."
News worthiness *
The Spin Since the only way the $500,000 would not be put back in the economy is to bury it in the back yard or store it in a mattress, we want to meet this rich guy.

The Story In defense of rock haulers, Marcella Jones writes, "So the next time you start to say such harsh words, go to the Texas Department of Public Safety and see how many deaths in Wise County are caused by rock haulers. Then send an apology . . . .".
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The Spin Are we talking about Wise County, Texas?

The Story The Messenger prints details about testimony that occurred in a sexual assault of a child case that was tried in Wise County.
News worthiness **
The Spin Think they will catch any flak about that? (To their credit, they ran a disclaimer that warned of "graphic sexual descriptions".)

The Story The Decatur School Board met in closed session from 9:30 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. to consider an extension of Superintendent J.D. Kennedy's contract. The board then voted 6-1 to extend the contract one year to 2007.
News worthiness **
The Spin Maybe the process would be more civil if the board would come out dressed in flowing Roman robes and simply give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down".

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