A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 02/09/02:

The Story A settlement is reached between Debbie Kraft, who was paralyzed in a vehicle "roll over case", and Ford Motor Company moments before the lawsuit was called to trial in district court in Wise County. The settlement, however, is "sealed" and not made public.
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin They don't "seal" small settlements, do they?

The Story UIL realignment is announced. Alvord moves up to 2A while Bridgeport and Decatur remain in the same district.
News worthiness *
The Spin Do you think Alvord, who went 0-10 in 2000 and 0-10 in 2001, is pleased with this?

The Story Deliberate dumping of some 5,000 gallons of oil behind Allsups in Decatur results in a costly clean up.
News worthiness **
The Spin "It appears that probably tanker trucks backed up to the back edge of the parking lot behind the building and were letting their loads go," said Jim Kerlin of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Committee.

The Story "The North Texas Singles Club will meet Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Sand Trap Restaurant, located in the Nocona Hills Country Club. The meal is an all-you-can-eat buffet. A dance with a live band will follow the meal."
News worthiness *
The Spin You guys might want to rethink that all-you-can-eat concept.

The Story The Messenger runs a page dedicated to "nicknames". Among those featured are: Peep, Coco, Rowdy, Sug, Tooter, Biff,  and Coon.
News worthiness  *
The Spin And we just thought Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Snoop Dog, and Master P. were silly.

Special Highly Technical Research Project to be Conducted Throughout 2002: 
 New This Week
Year To Date
Number of new births announced in the Wise County Messenger
Number of new births announced by parents with different surnames (or no father identified): 
4 (31%)
23 (33%)

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