A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
Normally posted every Sunday around 6:00 p.m.

For the week ending 2/26/00:
The Story The annual Wise County Swap Meet occurs in Decatur.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) *
The Spin There are three things in life that The Spin does not understand: NASCAR, the World Wrestling Federation, and the fascination with auto parts that cannot be purchased at Pep Boys.

The Story The normally apolitical Wise County Messenger takes the Commissioners' Court to task in a February 24th editorial for attempting to sell a building in Boyd for under its appraised value.
News worthiness ***
The Spin With phrases like "how stupid", "give me a break", and "give me a ballot for the March primaries", this is analogous to  normally sleepy Switzerland suddenly lobbing nuclear warheads across Europe.

The Story County Attorney Todd Durden demanded $50,000 from Boyd after councilman Jeremmy McEntire stated "Maybe he felt guilty about costing the county so much money in the sexual harassment lawsuit that he decided this time he would save the county a little money." Durden claimed the statement was libelous because "The lawsuit referred to was tried on the basis of wrongful termination, the false and malicious allegations of sexual harassment were dismissed by the court."
News worthiness *****
The Spin How many people were aware of Mr. McEntire's comments before the claim against the city of Boyd was made?

The Story In connection with the libel claim, Durden stated "It is my hope that the city of Boyd and I can resolve this matter swiftly in a way that will serve the proper interests of all involved."
News worthiness *****
The Spin Durden demanded $50,000.

The Story Despite seventeen local candidates speaking for five minutes a piece, the first political forum of the year is boring, boring, boring.
News worthiness *
The Spin For the sake of the entertainment minded Wise County electorate, The Spin encourages all candidates to immediately engage in negative campaigning and the "politics of personal destruction". 

The Story The Alvord Gazette runs a front page story indicating crime "seems" to be increasing. As support, it notes "The Gazette has also heard reports concerning a local resident being taken outside of town, beaten and cut on his face. The cut, according to reports received by the Gazette, required several stitches to close".  No further elaboration was provided.
News worthiness *
The Spin Any chance he participated in the Golden Gloves competition in Fort Worth?

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