The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 11/12/05:

The Story After an odd Amber Alert, it appears that the person reporting the missing child might be charged with Making a False Report. The child was recovered unharmed but "it looks like he could use a bath" said Decatur PD Chief Rex Hoskins.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin We could all use a bath after that incident.

The Story Tracey Pound, 39, of Decatur is found dead near a pump jack (presumably fatally injured by the pump jack) on CR 2290.  He had no connection to the land or the company in charge of the equipment.
News worthiness ***
The Spin That story sounds a little weird but maybe I've been watching too much Law and Order.

The Story Messenger Editor Skip Nichols takes another shot at Judge Melton Cude in "Inside Wise". Cude claims he is owed back pay by the county.
News worthiness **
The Spin I'm not sure why Skip (whom I like) is so fixated on dogging Judge Cude (whom I like).  Cude, who rules against me far more often than he rules with me,  doesn't deserve the criticism. (And, the Messenger, by the way, is better since Skip has come along).   Have I pleased everyone?

The Spin A Jack County jury  finds that Micah Renfro of Decatur did not use a deadly weapon during a traffic accident involving alcohol last year. Special Prosecutor Bill Ray told the Messenger he was "very surprised" by the verdict and that "the jury just flat decided not to believe" his witnesses.
News worthiness ****
The Spin Huh? I distinctly remember a moment during jury selection when the defense lawyer said "You may believe every witness that the prosecution brings you but you may still find that the evidence is insufficient to support a deadly weapon finding".  That's what happened.

The Spin Sometimes-he-shows-up-sometimes-he-don't State Rep. Phil King addressed the Decatur Lions Club and tells everyone that schools are fine and there "existed no correlation between funding levels and better achievement."
News worthiness *
The Spin Hey, goofball, no one is complaining that the schools are inadequate. The concern is about school funding.  (I admit my obsession. Skip and I should go to counseling together).

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