The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 8/14/04:

The Story Thirteen year old Roy Thieme, Jr. of Paradise was killed in a boating accident in Montague County.  He was being pulled on an inner tube when he was hit by a bass boat being driven by Monte Lee Barnes, who, amazingly, is the Bowie ISD Superintendant.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin Horrible. Simply horrible. I cannot imagine the emotional pain the Thieme family feels

The Story The county commissioners get into it after they refuse to pay for a "public service ad" by County Treasurer Pat Younger. The commissioners' claim it was too political in nature. Younger lashed out at the Commissioners by saying "I get the gist . . . when commissioners are running for office, certain roads get fixed. What's the difference?"  A few days later, commissioner Mikel Richardson announced they would discuss the matter again on Monday's agenda. "Someone is going to ask her for [the $1,700] back [that the county has already spent on the ads]. I don't think we can ignore it."
News worthiness ****
The Spin And we just thought the Thrilla in Manilla was good.

The Story Northwest ISD announces that it will reduce its tax rate by 2 cents and the Rhome City Council agrees to roll back the city's tax rate by 5 cents.
News worthiness **
The Spin Is this April 1st?

The Story Dr. Elizabeth Rohr's probation revocation hearing is delayed due to a motion to recuse trial judge Melton Cude for an alleged improper conversation. Another judge ruled nothing inappropriate occurred and the hearing will go forward with Cude presiding.
News worthiness ***
The Spin The judge is expected to rule on a new motion entitled "I Really Didn't Mean What I Said About You In An Earlier Motion".

The Story The Northwest Communities Partnership heard a blistering attack on the news media, especially the Dallas Morning News, by Scott Milder, executive director of the newly formed Friends of Texas Public Schools.
News worthiness *
The Spin The newly formed (an odd named) group needs to learn that you don't pick a fight with an entity that buys paper by the ton and ink by the gallon.

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