A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 1/25/03:

The Story After 10 days of confusion, there will be a wine and beer election in Decatur after all.
News worthiness  (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin Has everyone involved been in the hooch?

The Story New Fairview aims to legalize beer, wine and liquor sales.
News worthiness *
The Spin The manufactures of Maddog 20/20 have increased production in anticipation.

The Story In more alcohol news, the Cross Timbers Wine Society of Texas inducted its new officers in Decatur and managed to get page 1 billing in the Messenger's "All Around Wise" section.
 News worthiness *
The Spin Members of the Cross Timbers Nazi Lab / Crank Society immediately began a letter to the editor campaign asking for equal billing.

The Story Firefighters respond to house fire in South Wise County that was labeled as suspicious. A passerby noticed "a grassfire in a circle around the house". Inside, "a gas can filled with what was later discovered to be anhydrous ammonia . . . an ingredient to manufacture methamphetames."
News worthiness **
The Spin Hey, maybe the Cross Timbers Nazi Lab / Crank Society had their own officer swearing in ceremony?

The Story Decatur Coach Kyle Story turns down an informal job offer to become the head coach of Stephenville. The Stephenville position pays $70,000 plus "$5,000 to $8,000 for a  radio show."
News worthiness **
The Spin What's more surprising: (a) that he is staying or (b) that the Stephenville coach has a radio show.

The Story The Wise Regional Health System (aka the Decatur Hospital) considers an addition that would cost $57 million.
News worthiness **
The Spin Make no mistake about it, health care is big business.

The Story A fire storm of letters to the editor regarding details of a sexual assault trial prompt the Messenger to spend a full page apologizing. 
News worthiness **
The Spin Life, sadly enough, encompasses more than Vacation Bible School, flowers and puppies.

The Story In a series of photos about the Fort Worth Stock Show, one Messenger picture depicts a lady sleeping in a stall between two heifers. (Thursday edition, page 2A). 
News worthiness *
The Spin That's one of the oddest things we've seen in a while.

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