A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 11/16/02:

The Story After years of delay, county commissioners finally authorize a new EMS building at a cost of $475,000.
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The Spin A defibrillator for the taxpayers was not included.

The Story In an effort to increase security, commissioners vote to lock every courthouse door with the exception of the entrance in the basement..
 News worthiness **
The Spin How many taxpayers per year will walk up the steps to one of the four courthouse doors only to find it locked?

The Story The commissioners fret over the need to expand the Wise County Jail at a cost of millions of dollars.
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The Spin Former Dallas Cowboy Mark Stepnoski might be able to help you out.

The Story The Decatur School Board makes plans for a third attempt to pass a bond package.
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The Spin What would happened to a student if he failed the TAAS test three times?

The Story The Decatur Eagles won a bi-district game to improve to an amazing 11-0 on the season.
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The Spin Did you note that the third place team from the district, Lake Dallas, qualified for the playoffs despite having a record of 3-7? Did you see what happened to them in the playoffs? That would be a loss to Everman by a score of 78-0.

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): 
2 (33%) 
150 (31%)

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