A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 10/06/01:

The Story The First National Bank of Decatur . . . er . . . The First National Bank of Texas . . . uhhh, no  . . . The First State Bank of Denton, Decatur Branch . . yeah, that's it . . .  is sold to Wells Fargo - "a $290 billion diversified financial services company".
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin "Welcome to your friendly, local Inter-Galactic Bank of North America. Please hold."

The Story The Decatur Planning and Zoning Committee makes way for a Deluxe Inn Express Motel at FM 1810 and Highway 287.
News worthiness **
The Spin Just when you thought that intersection couldn't become any more dangerous. (Ironically, the story appeared on a page in the Messenger opposite the Obituary of a man who was killed at that intersection last week).

The Story New Fairview, refusing to learn from past mistakes, considers hiring a police officer. The mayor pointed out that "a city can take in up to 30 percent of its revenue from traffic citations."
News worthiness **
The Spin To quote Steve Martin's character of Nathan R. Johnson in The Jerk: "Ahhh Haa! It's a profit thing!"

The Story Two separate headlines from the Messenger: "Rhome Delays Booze Permits" and New Fairview Gets Voter List, Prepares for Booze Petition"
News worthiness  *
The Spin Not to be picky, but isn't "booze" considered slang?

The Story James Gregg Cole, 41, of Chico agrees to a plea bargain of five years in prison on a methamphetamine charge.
News worthiness  *
The Spin Does this mean the War on Drugs has been won?

The Story The Wise County Domestic Task Force scrambles to find a place for a fund raiser since the National Guard Armory no longer opens its doors to the public. As a side note,  Rhonda Bell, the Task Force Coordinator, "said recently the group has assisted more men than women".
News worthiness **
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