A (sometimes) tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
Normally posted every Sunday around 6:00 p.m.
For the week ending 7/23/00:
The Story The annual Wise County Reunion prepares to kick off in Decatur.
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The Spin Under the blanket of 105 degree temperatures comes the wonderful convergence of carnies, dust, and a whole lot of standing around.

The Story Decatur ISD, after eliminating the homestead exemption, announced that this year's tax rate would drop 17 cents per $100 in value.
News worthiness ***
The Spin Before a smile could be mustered on the face of taxpayers, Decatur ISD also announced that the state ranking of the school will drop from "recognized" to "acceptable".

The Story An Arizona man becomes the 19th traffic fatality in Wise County this year.
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The Spin What the heck is going on? Every time you pick up the paper there is another story regarding the carnage on 114, 380 and 287.

The Story Decatur High School announced that a sexual abstinence program would be presented of August 14th named "Aim for Success". An unidentified spokesman for the program stated, "Sex is an awkward subject for parents and their children and there are few role models to follow".
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The Spin Care to rephrase that?

The Story The Bridgeport Index gets aggressive in a front page story labeled "County Attorney Durden Disputes Allegations of 'Job Abandonment'"
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The Spin Durden explained that "I am here Monday through Thursday, then I drive down [to Uvalde, Texas] on Thursday afternoon to spend a long weekend with my family".

The Story After months of feuding with Bridgeport Building Inspector Robert Fuller, Kinnie Kimbro gave up on her chances to remodel the old Zero Food Locker into a downtown steakhouse. "He's a public servant," Kimbro said of Fuller, "but he gives no indication that he has a servant's heart". 
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The Spin So was Fuller too tough? Well considering the fact that the restaurant plans were abandoned because the the walls of the building collapsed while its rotted roof was being removed, we think not.

The Story Tommie Reid defends all things confederate in his letter to the editor and adds: "It concerns me to see a very, very large [American] flag flying over a car dealership that sells cars from the Pacific Rim".
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The Spin Pacific Rim? You mean I've got my "Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jefferson Davis" bumper sticker on a Honda Accord that was made by those people?

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