A (sometimes) tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
Normally posted every Sunday around 6:00 p.m.

For the week ending 4/14/00:

The Story The Decatur School Board will vote on geographical boundaries this week determining which students will go to Carson Elementary and which will go to Rann Elementary. 
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin Forget about the boundaries, the previous decision made with little fanfare (to have two Pre-K through fourth grade schools) will forever change the landscape of Decatur education as well as local socio-economic attitudes.  Does anyone believe that five years from now the public will perceive the two schools as "equal"? Las Vegas wouldn't even put odds on a bet like that. 

The Story Front Page Messenger story features a local dachshund named "Rocket" who will compete in a twenty yard dog race named the "Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals" to be held at Billy Bob's honky tonk on April 19th.
News worthiness *
The Spin The Spin first thought that the dog must have won a few preliminary events to qualify for the "Nationals". But low and behold, the story reveals that Rocket is receiving all of this attention because "They faxed us [the owners] an entry form and we signed up for it . . . . She's never raced before." Huh?

The Story A letter to the editor urges donations to local fire departments for "proper equipment and training for killer bee rescue. It's just a matter of time before they are called to rescue a person, pet or farm animal". 
News worthiness *
The Spin The Spin is all for supporting the local fire departments, but we don't think the Killer Bee factor is going to be a big selling point. 

The Story Decatur Masonic Lodge #447 presented "25 year service awards" to six individuals including Sheriff Phil Ryan and Constable Dennis Hudson.
News worthiness **
The Spin The Spin (1) did not realize those folks were Masons, and (2) has never understood exactly what the Masons do. 

The Story Former County Auditor Mikel Richardson defeats incumbent Farley Bridges for the Republican nomination for Precinct 3 County Commissioner. 
News worthiness ****
The Spin Wow.

The Story County Commissioners hear from the public regarding regulation of mobile home parks. Speaker Mike Sibila said that the 250 mobile homes in Chisholm Hills generated $219,000 in taxes this year, but that those homeowners still owe $102,000 of that amount.  Taxpayers in the rest of the county, meanwhile, have paid in excess of 90 percent of their taxes.  "There’s going to be a (tax) revolt,” he warned.
News worthiness ***
The Spin Considering taxing entities have the power of foreclosure, which they exercise quite frequently, The Spin doubts that unpaid taxes will ever be a problem. (Additionally, we wanted to note that the weekly streak of mobile home disparagement in the public forum lives on).

The Story Decatur's Read's Jewelers is going out of business. (There really was no story, we just saw the full page ad).
News worthiness ***
The Spin Someday, perhaps not too long from now, the small business owner will be nothing more than a memory in this country. At least until we come to the realization that cheapest price is not worth the accompanying shopping chaos and non-existent service.

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