A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 05/18/02:

The Story A cat named Smokey, whose owner moved her from Paradise to Cisco, travels back to Paradise on a 14 month journey. Neighbors "nursed the cat back to health with herbal remedies of echinacea, garlic gold seal - and lots of food."
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) *
The Spin Smokey will also undergo therapy after declaring 'I'm not willing to commit, emotionally speaking, anymore."

The Story American Online comes to Decatur.
News worthiness **
The Spin It's only 2002. Boy, that was quick.

The Story Decatur ISD board member Laura Montgomery expresses her frustration at the rejection of the multi-million dollar bond package two weeks ago. "Part of me is angry with the community. We had all these open meetings and no one from the public showed up except school employees . . . . "
News worthiness *
The Spin Hey, Survivor was getting real good.

The Story In one of the wedding announcements (hey, it was a slow news week), one bride to be "works for Neiman Marcus in Dallas and freelances as a make-up artist, actress and on-line make-up artist for Bobbi Brown.".
News worthiness *
The Spin The Spin feels technologically hip, but what the heck is an "on-line makeup artist"?

The Story The Decatur girls varsity basketball team will look for a new coach for the fourth year in a row as Shanna Briggs leaves to coach Hardin-Simmons.
News worthiness *
The Spin Decatur ISD considers a bond package to fund a higher salary for the position but fears trouble when the they can't describe what the new coach will look like or where her office will be located.

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 (28%) 
64 (32%)

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