A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 07/06/02:

The Story The final census numbers are released for the cities in Wise County.
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin
  • Highest home value: Runaway Bay at $110,700. Lowest is Alvord with $54,600
  • Youngest population: Alvord and Boyd (tie). Oldest population: Runaway Bay
  • Highest median family income: Runaway Bay at $57,656. Lowest is Alvord at $42,434
  • Best place to meet women: Bridgeport (women outnumber men 2,323 to 1,896)
  • Most surprising stat: Median price of homes in New Fairview is $101,100
  • Average number of Big Macs, Whoppers, and Jumbo Jacks with Cheese consumed by typical resident: Not Disclosed.

The Story Gov. Rick Perry will make a campaign stop in Decatur this week.
News worthiness **
The Spin Opponent Tony Sanches will simply mail every Wise County voter a check for $25.00.

The Story James Wood sells the Club at Runaway Bay. 
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The Spin New owner Rick Mai said "In the next two or three years we may be questioning ourselves, but this is a five to ten year project."

The Story Runaway Bay holds its annual Fourth of July "Golf Cart Parade".
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The Spin The number of participants this year: four. (Messenger, July 7, 2002, at p. 5A) (Aren't there more carts than that on the first hole of the golf course?)

The Story Runaway Bay seeks to extra police officers. 
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The Spin We think some recently laid off Rhome officers might be interested in this slice of heaven: the benefit of a 70 to 55 mph speed limit reduction. Can you imagine what Rhome would have been like with that speed limit?
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): 
6 (38%) 
91 (33%)

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