A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 04/27/02:

The Story The upcoming bond issue for DISD reaches a fever pitch with several forums being held and several letters to the editor being written.
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin It looks like it's The Establishment vs. The Rabble Rouser . . . and The Establishment hasn't done very well lately in Texas politics.

The Story One of the bond forums was held in New Fairview where a grand total of . . . four people showed up.
News worthiness **
The Spin The other twelve folks were out pulling a calf.

The Story Wise County considers purchasing the old appraisal district building, but the appraisal district puts the value of the building at $143,000.
News worthiness *
The Spin Why do we think that the tax roles would somehow show it to be worth $300,000?

The Story The City of Decatur purchases the old post office for the purpose of making it a new police station. 
News worthiness *
The Spin In honor of the former tenant, a new response time schedule of "next day", "next day before 10:00 a.m.", or "whenever we get there" will be implemented.

The Story The North Central Texas Council of Governments releases updated population figures. Bridgeport showed the biggest increase from the 2000 census with 500 people being added in the last two years. City officials pointed out that the increase was primarily due to the prison population of Wackenhut being overlooked in the 2000 census. 
News worthiness **
The Spin "Come to Bridgeport where 4,850 people call it home, although not all of them do so voluntarily."  (Hey, it was a very slow news week).

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): 
2 (40%) 
54 (32%)

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