The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 7/23/05:

The Story The price tag for renovating the old portion of the jail rises to over $100,000.  "Showers in the old jail will require extensive facelifts."
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin Commissioners will consider eliminating the multi-setting shower heads that include a deep muscle relaxer mode.

The Story A  "western footwear" company (they used to be called "boots") is considering  relocating to Decatur and the Economic Development Corporation ("EDC") has already approved a $200,000  "inventive package" to lure the  firm.  But, the EDC would not release the company's name.
News worthiness **
The Spin In this era of open government, we stay confused over the generally secretive EDCs.  Especially when those "incentive packages" are funded by taxpayer money via a 1/2 percent sales tax.

The Story Decatur High School promotes its "personal seat license" for season football games which guarantee the same seat every year. They cost $9 a year.
News worthiness *
The Spin That sounds oddly cheap. (Southlake charges $50). Come on, take advantage of us like a good government subdivision should.

The Story The Decatur School Board votes to allow Sophomores (in addition to Juniors and Seniors) to leave campus for lunch.
News worthiness **
The Spin In other news, everyone else will avoid FM 51 like the plague which it comes to lunch time.

The Story During the special session called by the governor to revamp school education, State Rep. Phil King manages to get the House to pass the object of his oddly obsessive first love: the telecommunications bill which was backed, among others, by corporate behemoth SBC Communications.
News worthiness ***
The Spin And the sad thing is he doesn't even pretend to have his priorities straight.

The Story "PICK UP MEDALS — If your daughter was a part of the Decatur girls’ softball league and she missed the closing ceremony, stop by M and M Truck Conversion to pick up their medallion. Call (940) 627-8807 for more information."
News worthiness *
The Spin We've created a new verb: The "overmedaling" of society.


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