A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
Normally posted every Sunday around 10:00 p.m.
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For the week ending 07/13/02:

The Story Gov. Perry makes a campaign stop in Decatur and touts his vision for a 10 lane highway between the Metroplex and San Antonio.
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin That had been such a big concern of ours. Now, about school funding?

The Story Apollo, the computer company that supports the software linking many of the county's departments, declares bankruptcy.
News worthiness **
The Spin There has been no bigger fiasco and waste of taxpayer dollars than the current computer network/system used by county government.  Get prepared for a huge cash outlay to remedy a ridiculous situation.

The Story It's budget time for the county, and the the county attorney and county judge want raises to increase their salary to $110,000. 
News worthiness ***
The Spin Isn't there a major league baseball strike looming on the horizon? 

The Story The Justin Whistler closes down leaving only the Justin Journal to serve the town.
News worthiness *
The Spin Justin had two newspapers?

The Story A closed door meeting is scheduled for next week by the Rhome City Council to discuss the police department. According to the Update, there are some rumors concerning the disbanding of the department.
News worthiness ***
The Spin So the town goes from needing a police force the equivalent of a Desert Storm invasion to not needing one at all? Call us confused.
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): 
0 (0%) <-- record
91 (33%)

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