The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 1/24/04:
The Story The Messenger urges the Commissioners to "hold the line" to avoid spending over $10 million on the new jail
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin It's good stuff whenever the paper puts pressure on local politicians. Money, taxes, state mandates, and election time are a juicy combination.

The Story It does not appear that proponents of a wet-dry election will obtain the 98 signatures needed to force an election.
News worthiness **
The Spin "Heck, why would I want to buy beer in Paradise and risk the pastor walking in on me when I can sneak over to Decatur to get it," said one fictitious Paradise farmer.

The Story Boyd will raise the minimum amount of deposit for renting the Boyd Community Center to offset the amount of damage and repairs needed. Ten of the center's 44 tables need replacing. "[The damage is] only happening when alcohol's involved," the mayor said.
News worthiness *
The Spin Hey, everyone knows it's not a real party unless someone gets drunk and plays the "watch me dive on to this table" game.

The Story Valarie Ironmonger writes a Letter to the Editor complaining of profanity in the high school production of "Annie Get Your Gun".  Pleading with the administration to stop it, she writes that "it will only get worse."
News worthiness *
The Spin Her degradation of common decency has come true: On page 8A of the same issue of the Messenger, it was reported that the Bridgeport ISD had approved the "Bulls to Babes" fundraising event in "which male students dress in evening gowns or shorts to lip-synch and dance . . . . "

The Story The Decatur Church of Christ opens its door on a rebuilt and larger 40,000 square foot facility. The church was heavily damaged during a tornado in 2001.
News worthiness **
The Spin "Those Baptists and Methodists have really raised the bar around here but this shows 'em that we are major players," said one fictitious member.

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