A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 1/19/01:
The Story The increase in natural gas prices causes local heating bills to soar. Wise County resident Lore Miner said, "My TXU bill was $1,068 in December, compared to about $600 in November." 
News worthiness **
The Spin You sure you didn't leave a door open?

The Story Two women try a "bait and switch" trick at the Walmart Branch of the local Decatur bank. One of the ladies was described as "possibly Arabic" with a "possible fake accent". (Sunday Messenger, p. 3A).
News worthiness ***
The Spin (1) Isn't "arabic" a language? (2) Since the woman was apparently from the Middle East, we would love to know what accent she was faking. Boston? New York? Alabama? Cottondale?

The Story Boyd City Councilman Jeremy McEntire responds to Kaye Fortenberry's letter to the editor which was critical of the council for not renaming the Boyd Public Library after one of her relatives. McEntire wrote, "perhaps I should feel bad that I defeated your mother in the May, 1999 election, but I do not."
News worthiness *
The Spin Ouch. An actual "yo momma" retort.

The Story The New Fairview Citizens Advisory Group releases a final report outlining the results of a questionnaire sent to over 400 of the city's residents. 
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin The majority of respondents felt there was no need for a police department but did favor alcohol sales within the city. (We are not making this up).

The Story The Boyd School Board ponders what to do about a need for additional poles for the track team's pole vaulters as well as a new landing mat. Athletic Director Joe Cartwright said that although there was enough money in the budget for two more poles, there weren't enough funds for a new mat. 
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) *
The Spin As Boyd struggles, the Plano ISD will return $78 million in excess tax dollars to the state this year because of the Robin Hood plan. (Page 33A of Sunday's Dallas Morning News. )

The Story Perry Sherwood, an employee of County Commissioner Mikel Richardson, resigned amid allegations that Sherwood misappropriated four tires and "a five gallon container of diesel fuel".  "I gave him the opportunity to resign and he accepted," Richardson said. Texas Ranger Lane Akin is leading the investigation. 
News worthiness ****
The Spin Considering the fact that Akin investigated Richardson a couple of years ago for alleged misconduct while Richardson was serving as County Auditor, can you spell T-E-N-S-I-O-N?

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