A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 5/5/01:

The Story Country singer Faith Hill visits Decatur to film a music video for the much hyped upcoming movie "Pearl Harbor".
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin Isn't it ridiculous that a large number of Wise County folks stood around for hours just to get a glimpse of another human being . . . . And The Spin couldn't resist being right in the middle of it. (By the way, the Messenger shocked us by listing the appearance of Hill in the fifth item of Thursday's Update - the heck with city and school elections, where are your priorities?)

The Story Bids begin coming in for a new Wise County Appraisal District building. However, the chief appraiser told the County Commissioners that even the lowest bid was "more than anticipated".
News worthiness **
The Spin Isn't there something a bit ironic about the Appraisal District feeling its own property should have been judged lower in value?

The Story Financial troubles plague Wise County precinct number 1. Commissioner Kyle Stephens rightfully blamed his predecessor, James Flusche, for leaving him in such a bind. Stephens told the other commissioners. "Y'all had to bail him out . . . . I'm going to have to have help."According to the Messenger, "Stephens request was met with silence [from the other commissioners]."
News worthiness ***
The Spin As everyone sat around staring at one another, the only sound was a cricket chirping in the background.

The Story Dannielle Wilke writes a letter to the editor criticizing the Alternative Education system used by public schools to punish students for a variety of infractions. "I hope someone will realize what a mistake this approach is . . . . Maybe then they will realize that is why students become the bitter, angry teens who bring weapons to school.".
News worthiness  **
The Spin Say what?

The Story Shaun Douglas, a home health nurse who was on the job for only two weeks, helped deliver a calf at the home of one of her clients. The client tied a rope around the hooves of the calf and started pulling when she decided to assist him due to his health problems. After pulling the calf out, she "continued to help out with the revival procedure, shaking the calf's leg, hitting it on the chest and even removing placenta from his throat and nose".
News worthiness  *
The Spin The Spin would quit the job immediately and run screaming back to the metroplex.

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