A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 12/14/02:

The Story C.L. Gage begins to collect 1,217 signatures to force an election in Decatur regarding the legalization of the sale of beer/wine within the city.
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin Wouldn't it be interesting to see the names of those signing the petition printed in the Messenger?

The Story Police continue to search for the culprit who committed a December 1st robbery of McDonalds.
News worthiness **
The Spin "Hand over all the cash you got and throw in a Happy Meal while you're at it."

The Story Decatur and Paradise ISDs shut down due to the flu.
News worthiness ****
The Spin And everyone else freaks out when they so much as a sense a headache coming on.

The Story Michael Harley of Alvord, who lived in a fifth wheel motor home, lost everything when it was destroyed by fire. An "electric heater had been acting up for about a a week, and it wouldn't shut off." 
News worthiness **
The Spin Think about that while you buy a bunch of expensive Christmas gifts that will never be used. 

The Story Decatur sets the election on whether to become a home rule city for February 1st.
 News worthiness *
The Spin Las Vegas sets the over/under voter turnout line at 5%. We'll take the Under.

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): 
3 (27%) 
169 (33%)

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