A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 5/19/01:

The Story After new evidence was discovered, charges against former EMS Director Michael Putnam for theft are dropped within days of his arrest.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin We now throw it to special correspondent Homer Simpson for this week's commentary. That being said, at least positive actions were taken to immediately clear Putnam's name once the evidence was discovered.

The Story The City of Decatur finally approved a "sign ordinance" that that had been the subject of much controversy.
News worthiness *
The Spin It was noted during the city council meeting that a $60,000 sign that has been ordered for the new Decatur Civic Center would not be legal under the new ordinance. A variance will probably be requested. 

The Story A new bill approved in Austin will allow the Brushy Creek Vineyard in Alvord to sell wine on its premises.
News worthiness **
The Spin Since city officials from New Fairview indicated last week their desire to go wet, perhaps the city should now open up a "Mad Dog 20/20 Vineyard" instead.

The Story A Messenger column points out that proposed redistricting in Wise County would lead to this result: "A commissioner who has often gone along with another commissioner in opposing issues that are important [to] Decatur will now represent a large part of the city."
News worthiness **
The Spin Who in the heck are we talking about? There public always feels it doesn't know what is "going on at the courthouse" and this tidbit, although interesting, doesn't provide us with all the information we need to know.

The Story John Battaglia was charged with the murder of his two daughters in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas.
News worthiness  *
The Spin So what does this have to do with Wise County? The Spin thought the name sounded familiar and then recalled this sign on Business 380 in Decatur next to the Golden Wok restaurant. (For the record, it is not the same guy, but the appearance of the unusual name is a bit freaky.)

The Story The lone tree on the courthouse lawn is, er, trimmed.
News worthiness  *
The Spin If Neil Sperry were dead, he would roll over in his grave. (Photo from afar and close up.) 

The Story Vickie Diane King allegedly leads police on a high speed chase for over an hour that went through Decatur, Bridgeport, Paradise and Boyd. King managed to avoid road spikes at two separate locations as well as an attempt to shoot one of her tires out with a shotgun that "was not immediately effective." 
News worthiness  ***
The Spin On behalf of all entertainment seeking Wise Countians, we implore law enforcement officials to immediately send the tape in to Fox's Scariest Police Chases.

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