The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 4/23/05:

The Story Decatur ISD prepares to announce the new girls basketball coach on Thursday.  Nearly 50 applicants turned in resumes.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin The list was quickly narrowed down by eliminating anyone who asked the question of "What happened to the last coach?"

The Story Roy Eaton pens a column about local television news.  He likes Channel Five "but the bombastic style of Mike Snyder and Jane McGarry irritates me".
News worthiness **
The Spin Truer words have never been spoken. But there is no more comical moment on television like the last 10 seconds of any Channel Five newscast when Jane and Mike try to engage in witty banter only to come across like uncomfortable ex-classmates at a high school reunion.

The Story The director or the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation resigns and "police chief Randy Singleton confirmed that [the] computer from the EDC office has been seized as part of an ongoing investigation."
News worthiness ***
The Spin Just like the term "shallow grave", the words "seized" and "police" are never the sign of a good thing.

The Story The Boyd Parks Board comes under scrutiny for it's bookkeeping practices. "It was suspicious when there was no receipt to back up a $1,000 check written to the same person who signed the check," said councilperson Jeannette Harmon.
News worthiness **
The Spin We did a quick check with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and confirmed that any such transaction should always be handled with cash so no one can question the transaction later. 

The Story Grace Fellowship Church cuts a deal with Paradise ISD to rent the school's facilities for $39,000 a year. "That's a teacher's salary, " said the superintendent who supported the move.
News worthiness *
The Spin And just think if that teacher was hired from the congregation. They could just hand her the money and bypass the school.

The Story We learned this from Messenger: "The female [phorid] fly deposits an egg in the body of the fire ant worker. When the fly egg hatches, the larva paralyzes the fire ant by eating its way into the head capsule of the fire ant. Enzymes are secreted by the developing fly that dissolve the connective tissue holding the fire ant’s head onto its body. So, the fire ant’s head pops off and the now-adult phorid fly emerges from the fire ant’s head."
News worthiness *
The Spin The FCC immediately imposed a $10,000 indecency fine. An  agency spokesman released a statement indicating: "Since that Janet Jackson debacle, we've got to keep everyone on the straight and narrow. What if some kid read about an ant's head popping off?  Those country kids can't handle that type of violence."

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