A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 2/17/01:

The Story The county's "fire fund" was divided up with the largest share of the money going to the Boyd Volunteer Fire department who reported 539 calls for service - the largest of any fire department. Some commissioners questioned the method of apportionment (which is based soley on the number of calls reported) noting "there have been some allegations of abuse". 
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin "It's strictly under the honor system," fire marshal Mike Bement said. Although the number of calls could be verified, they are not because "its a time consuming process".

The Story The old Decatur Post Office will be put up for sale if no federal agency wants it. Decatur Mayor Bobby Wilson said that it would make a great police station.
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The Spin Decatur PD began making plans to adopt a "next day" response time with a $9.95 service charge.

The Story Newark Pastor Dan Hunt, in a letter to the editor, blasts the movie Hannibal. "I wonder how long we are going to stand for Hollywood putting out this garbage . . . ."
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The Spin We'll be standing for a very long time: Hannibal, which isn't a bad flick, took in $103.9 million in just 10 days.

The Story The City of New Fairview settles a lawsuit and plans to receive $50,000.
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The Spin The city council immediatley began planning a hostile takeover of Jeterville.

The Story Northwest ISD renews its superintendent's contract at a salary of $140,000 a year, and begins to lobby for its $19.5 million bond package for a new football stadium.
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The Spin So that's the meaning of the phrase: "and no child shall be left behind".

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