The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
Normally posted every Sunday around 10:00 p.m.
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For the week ending 3/18/06:
This Week's Overall Newsiness Rating: **

The Story After being turned down for an additional payment to a contractor for jail construction, project manager/architect Jeff Heffelfinger announced that using inmate labor saved the county some $400,000 in construction cost.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) **
The Spin Commissioners then considered lifting any racial profile restrictions in order to increase the jail population and labor supply but quickly thought the better of it. 

The Story A monstrous flag is placed on the south side of Decatur alongside 287. It measures 30 feet by 60 feet and is well lighted at night.
News worthiness **
The Spin A Confederate Flag would have gotten you five stars for new worthiness.

The Spin Three young people died in a wreck at 287 and 1810. Reports indicate that the driver ignored the forced right hand turn requirement and tried to cut across 287 when struck by an 18 wheeler. All victims were 20 and under.
News worthiness ****
The Spin The renovations to the intersection were intended to prevent accidents like this. But kids are invincible - or at least we all thought we were at the time.

The Spin The county's population grows to 56,966. 
News worthiness **
The Spin
In an amazing demographic quirk, all of the increase in population consisted of Republicans, Christians, and  Nascar fans.

The Spin Two Letters to the Editor this week support outlawing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
News worthiness *
The Spin The authors will appear in an upcoming new video called, "When The Right Wing Isn't Right Enough".

The Spin In a huge front page photo, Claudene Griffith is pictured in front of the courthouse collecting signatures for Kinky Friedman's run for governor . She wore a T-Shirt that read, "May The God Of Your Choice Bless You."
News worthiness **
The Spin "We tried to figure out a way to arrest her for that T-shirt," said one fictitious courthouse official. "She must be from New York or something since everyone knows that the Methodist God and the Baptist God is the same guy. And her willingness to keep saying 'Kinky' over and over again was kinda offensive - I've got a family I'm trying to protect." (That, and other such T-shirts, can be ordered here).

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