|The Story||The annual Swap Meet comes to
Decatur and is met with cold and rainy weather.
|News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5)||*|
|The Spin||A local Baptist youth group
set up a "What Hell Is Like: It's The Swap Meet" Booth on the
midway. "The response was incredible," said one fictitious youth.
"Heaven never looked so good after being trapped in all of this mud and
old car parts. We actually scared some people to church today. All this
car crap was a gift from God."
|The Story||Figures released indicate the
Sheriff's office had an increase in 911 calls from 50,738 in 2001 to
84,566 in 2005.
|The Spin||If my math is right, that's
over 230 a day. Of course, once you subtract out the calls of "my kid
is back-talking me", "one of my chickens is lost", "I got this email
from a guy in Nigeria", and "my wife said she was going on a
girls-night-out but it's 5:00 a.m. and she's not home yet", the actual
per day emergency 911 calls numbered: 5.
|The Spin|| Side by side stories in the Messenger: (1) Devon Energy's net
income for 2005 was $2.9 billion and (2) Devon donated $4,000 to Chico
ISD to buy three laptop computers.
|The Spin||The donation had
accidentally spilled out of petty cash.
|The Spin||On the first day of early voting with the county’s new electronic voting machines, county Clerk Sherry Parker-Lemons said 38 people voted – 27 Republicans and 11 Democrats|
|The Spin||The excitement is palatable.
|The Spin||Juicy: The County Commissioners
will hear on Monday from an individual from Bowie who wants the
national flag of Confederate States of America to be flown over the
courthouse in the first week of April.
|The Spin|| If they say yes, they
might also designate the first week of April as "Redneck Capital of