A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 03/09/02:

The Story The Decatur School Board calls for a $38 million bond package in an effort to persuade voters to build an often talked about new high school. If it passes, taxes would increase 22 cents per $100 of property value.
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin That's $1,100 a year more on a typical $500,000 home.

The Story The Decatur Planning and Zoning Committee considers a "mixed" zoning area west of downtown. "I think it's a wonderful idea," said member Marilyn Dodson. "I think it's a terrible idea," said Rex Gage. 
News worthiness *
The Spin Can't we all just get along?

The Story Wise County Republicans outnumber Democrats in early voting by a 53% to 47% margin. Four years ago, Democrats were on top by a 58% to 42% margin.
News worthiness **
The Spin Is there anyone left who still refers to Wise County as "primarily Democratic"?

The Story An auto accident in Bridgeport leaves one dead and four others in the hospital. Those involved were ages 17 to 23.
News worthiness ****
The Spin What a terrible tragedy.

The Story On Friday night, a Livingston, Texas man put $40 in quarters into the "Jeopardy!" slot machine at the Hollywood Casino in Shreveport. Moments later he hit the $8.1 million jackpot - the largest in Louisiana history.
News worthiness **
The Spin Yeah, it doesn't have anything to do with Wise County (unless you count the number of Wise Countians that will make the trek across East Texas over the next month).

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): 
1 (14%)
34 (32%)

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