The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 3/4/06:
This Week's Overall Newsiness Rating: ***

The Story A huge apartment complex under construction across from the high school in Decatur, estimated to be worth $6.3 million once completed, becomes dormant as subcontractors walk off the job.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin City officials consider designating the area a "police free zone." "Hey, that area is gonna be one huge eye sore. If we can limit all the big crimes; you know, drug use, family violence, and a couple of murders, to just that area then the rest of Decatur would be a better place to live," said one ficticious Decatur leader.

The Story Of the 742 voters who cast early ballots (yep, only 742), only eight ask for paper ballots while the remainder used the county's new electronic voting system.
News worthiness **
The Spin Unfortunately, of those 742, all but ten walked away saying, "I don't know how to work the dang thing."

The Spin The City of Decatur has taken over restaurant health inspections of restaurants and the Messenger vows to publish the results of those inspections under the Open Records Act.
News worthiness **
The Spin We beg of you, don't do it! We like eating out in Decatur. You'll ruin it for us!

The Spin County Commissioners vote to display the Confederate Flag in the courthouse. "After the meeting, [County Judge Dick] Chase said the county did not need the negative publicity that could come with flying the Confederate flag over the courthouse."
News worthiness ****
The Spin He was dead on right about that, as the Star Telegram called the county on the carpet two days later for even displaying the flag within the courthouse.  Can we please stop this back-woods-redneck attitude?

The Spin Kevin Riedle is arrested at 4:30 in the morning at his home in Runaway Bay on allegations that he downloaded "kiddie porn" over something called "the Internet".
News worthiness ***
The Spin His initial response to deputies as they showed up at the front door was "Could you wait a second, the chat room is really heating up," according to one ficticious police report.

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