A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 08/17/02:

The Story The City of Decatur contemplates reviving the old "Eighter From Decatur" slogan.
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The Spin Bumper stickers are being printed that read: "Eighter From Decatur . . . We Have No Idea What That Means, But Come Spend Money Here Anyway."

The Story The Messenger skewers JP Clay Poynor for holding a closed door hearing in connection with the seizure of some starved horses found within the county. "Poynor's actions were simply wrong - and scary," the editorial read.
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The Spin Next time the horses will simply appear with blue dots over their faces. 

The Story City of Rhome Police Chief Tony White resigns to take over the Sansom Park police force. In reviewing his accomplishments, White pointed out that he was responsible for writing an application for a federal grant that paid for most, if not all, of the city's police officers. "The city was supposed to pick up the wages for the officers once the grants ran out but was unable to do so."
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The Spin Can a town take thousands of dollars from a federal grant with the promise that it  will keep the police department positions permanently funded and then simply back out of the deal without penalty?  This is compassionate conservatism.

The Story Politicians begin to come out of the woodwork. State Rep. Rick Hardcastle spoke in Runaway Bay saying that "It's going to be an exciting [legislative] session. There are five or six jerks and five or six rich guys who don't know how to make a living. Other than that, it's a citizen legislature down there."
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The Spin The legislature will convene in the nearest Walmart in Austin to better reflect its makeup. The rich guys complain that they won't be able to find it. The jerks will have no such problem.

The Story Commissioners balk at a $200 a month salary for the Juvenile Justice Board. "I'm sorry, these people are well paid," said Commissioner Mike Richardson. "[T]hose are the highest paid positions in the county," added James Hubbard.
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The Spin The Political Action Committee named "Regular Guys That Support the Common Man Who Could Really Use $200 A Month To Pay Bills Because This Economy Is Really Kicking My Butt" immediately held a parade in honor of the commissioners.

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): 
6 (50%) 
111 (32%)

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