A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 12/07/02:

The Story Alvord ISD shuts down due to 115 kids missing school with flu like symptoms.
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin And the West Nile Virus was discovered in Wise County only three months ago? Where's rumor and panic when you need it?

The Story Speaking of libations, Carol Giles of Alvord writes a letter to the editor blasting the possibility of wine and alcohol sales in Decatur. "[W]here is the Christian community or have our churches become therapeutic, theological tombs; graveyards full of bones sucked dry by secular socialites?".
News worthiness *
The Spin A bit dramatic, but we may have an Ernest Hemingway among us.

The Story Amanda Higgins of Chico writes a letter to the editor praising the nice soul that found her purse in the Walmart parking lot and returned to the Lost and Found.
News worthiness *
The Spin Isn't it amazing that we get excited when someone does the right thing?

The Story Boyd public works employee Shawn York, 19, is arrested on a charge of "sexual assault" with a bond set at $100,000. Mayor Raymond Jordan said "he thought, with the bond set so high, that the judge must have thought the case was serious." 
News worthiness **
The Spin Trust us, there is no rhyme or reason to why a bond will be sky high in one case and only pennies in another. This case, hypothetically speaking, could involve alleged consensual sex with a 16 year old and still be labeled "sexual assault". (Note that the father of the alleged victim made the initial complaint).

The Story Lloyd Jordan, 32, of Boonsville was arrested for possessing 64 pounds of marijuana.
 News worthiness **
The Spin Meanwhile, 780 pounds of Jack Daniels were delivered to the new liquor store in Rhome. 

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 (29%) 
166 (33%)

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