The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 7/8/06:
This Week's Overall Newsiness Rating:  I'm Falling Asleep

The Story A petition for the sale of alcohol in Bridgeport fails to gain the requisite number of signatures, and a similar petition in Newark is expected to come up short as well.
News worthiness ***
The Spin "We know that we had the support, we just couldn't find those dang people to sign the petition," said one fictitious supporter. "Next time were gonna track 'em down whether they be in Frilly's or Rodeo Exchange. But for now were just gonna go home and have a brewski - That we have to purchase in Decatur, by the way!"

The Story A public hearing on the proposed route of the Trans-Texas Corridor running from Texas to Oklahoma will be held in Decatur on July 11th. The current proposed route will run past the east side of Dallas. The alternative route would run through a portion of Wise County. 
News worthiness *
The Spin There's a vocal opposition that actually wants the corridor to run through Wise County - fearing that commerce would dry up if it were built 150 miles away. (That opposition does not include those who own land that would be in its path).

The Story Bridgeport breaks ground for the construction of a $2 million law enforcement center. Mayor Don Majka said "This new building will be added to form a municipal complex which will make the city of Bridgeport the premier city of the county."
News worthiness **
The Spin "That's crazy," said one fictitious Decatur leader. "If you ask me, he's been watchin' too much of the Kim Jong feller on the television and gettin' a little too big for his britches. Next thing ya know they'll be launchin' bottle rockets at us. Thank God for the fireworks ban."

The Story Decatur ISD is forced to call an election to have voters approve of two methods for compensating for being a property rich district (like educating students from another district). If not, the State could detach the district's mineral wealth from its tax base. It's needlessly complicated and some official fear that the voters will  think the election will actually be another bond election.
News worthiness **
The Spin I think it will pass, but if you want to see a record for low voter turnout, get ready. With about 400 total votes cast in the last school board election, this thing could be decided by less than 100.

The Story As we feared, the Messenger begins publishing reports of restaurant inspections that have recently been implemented in Decatur. We got to learn of "hair on the food prep table" and "rodent droppings in the closet where drink syrup boxes are stored."
News worthiness ***
The Spin I don't want to know. I don't want to know. I don't want to know.

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