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 3/11/00:
The Story The city council of New Fairview debates whether to hire a police officer and also discusses the current canine problem. "Everywhere I go when I drive around, I'm met with a pack of dogs," said Mayor John Christian.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin Although The Spin loves being on the look out for pick up trucks with overhead red lights on Highway 287, might we suggest creating the position of dog catcher instead? 

The Story After a Bud Kennedy article and three more letters to the editor (one invoking the name of former County Attorney Stephen Hale), current CA Todd Durden issues an apology for demanding $50,000 from the city of Boyd for alleged defamation.
News worthiness ****
The Spin After a dog pile of biblical proportions, Durden yells "Uncle".

The Story A meeting was held by Wise, Denton, and Tarrant County officials regarding the  regulation of mobile home developments. "There's nothing wrong with people who live in modular homes . . . but they do not pay their proportionate share of taxes," said Denton County Commissioner Jim Carter.
News worthiness ***
The Spin Huh? We weren't aware of the law that says you will be taxed according to the value of your property unless it's not worth very much whereupon you need to (1) pay a higher percentage or (2) move to a big brick home in a nice neighborhood. 

The Story Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Kenneth Crouch is finalist for Mount Pleasant job and Chico narrows its list in a search to replace outgoing Superintendent Susan Laskoskie.
News worthiness **
The Spin The two most volatile jobs in the world: School Superintendent and County Commissioner.

The Story Someone actually registers the web site www.wisecountysucks.com
News worthiness ****
The Spin To dislike Wise County so much, the site sure doesn't offer much to tell us why. (A little research reveals it is registered to a Charlotte Wilson of Boyd).

The Story Kasi Kelly, a 1999 graduate of Bridgeport High School, wins Miss Fort Worth allowing her to compete in the Miss Texas USA pageant.
News worthiness ***
The Spin This girl is legitimately good looking (see cover photo in Bridgeport Index). Nevertheless, we demand that she be immediately stripped of her title for failing to represent her homeland.

The Story A Messenger editorial chastised the Wise County electorate for failing to attend political forums. "The forum [in Decatur] was a brisk and lively two hours. You would have missed, at most, three or four less-than-prime-time television shows".
News worthiness ****
The Spin A "brisk" two hours? This is from the same paper that wrote, in its 2/27/00 edition, that "If voters were looking for a fight at Thursday night's candidate forum in Bridgeport, they should get their money back". Sorry, we've read about what goes on in those forums and have concluded that even Moesha and WWF Smackdown are more entertaining.

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