The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 2/25/06:
This Week's Overall Newsiness Rating: *

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.
News worthiness *
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.
News worthiness *
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
News worthiness *
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.
News worthiness **
The Spin If they say yes, they might also designate the first week of April as "Redneck Capital of Texas" week.

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