A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 4/19/03:

The Story The Decatur School Board was told on Thursday that "too many 5-year-olds are not ready to met the challenges of kindergarten."
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The Spin Kindergarten is challenging? Another sign the apocalypse is upon us. 

The Story Rumors fly in the Runaway Bay City Council race as three candidates have aligned themselves to the same "platform".
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The Spin If the platform doesn't concern watering the greens and preventing police from stopping a citizen for going 56 in a 55, most voters don't care about any platform.

The Story After the Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission nixed the idea of allowing smaller lots in a 121 acre development because of "traffic", the mayor fired off his own refreshing and straightforward opinion: "We've seen too many builders go to Bridgeport and build there because they don't want to put up with the BS like we're doing here."
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The Spin Where's the ballot for Decatur's "Man of the Year"?

The Story As the booze vs. no booze vote comes to a head in Decatur, the letters to the editor keep pouring in while local churches and politicians have stayed out of the fray. One letter pointed out that the Chamber of Commerce annual fund raiser and some "Casino Nights" (i.e. the fund raiser for the Domestic Violence Task Force) freely serve alcohol.
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The Spin And regardless of the vote, that won't change.  Alcohol, apparently, tends to make getting those donations just a little bit easier.

The Story In this season of local politics, our favorite quote comes from John Foster, candidate for the Runaway Bay City Council: "Whatever our police department needs, from weapons on up to safety provisions to make this a safe community. As far as weapons, I hold a federal firearm license. I can get those weapons, anything they want, at my cost." 
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The Spin The police department immediately sent in a purchase order for a couple of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles. 

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