A (sometimes) 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 7/16/00:
The Story During the hottest week of the year, a power failure in Decatur knocks the electricity out for four hours. "Sitting on their porches, or in their lawn chairs, people actually seemed unbothered by the inconvenience".
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin "Honey, I didn't realize how we overrated air-conditioning. Maybe we should shut off the water as well."

The Story Ed Hart, Republican candidate for Sheriff, runs a 1/3 page ad. (7/16/00 edition of the Messenger, page 8A).
News worthiness ***
The Spin The Spin does not recall a paid political advertisement ever being published before Labor Day. Hart appears to be ready to spend some money for the upcoming fall campaign.

The Story Front page Messenger headline on 7/13/00: "Hear that barking? It's the dog days of summer"
News worthiness 0 stars
The Spin "What we really mean is that there is absolutely no news to report."

The Story After the city was found to be "deader than a doornail", an editorial in the Messenger on 7/13/00 calls for Decatur to have an organized fourth of July celebration in the year 2001 .
News worthiness *
The Spin "What we really mean is that we wouldn't have to run stories about the 'dog days of summer' if we had pictures of a parade."

The Story Steve Misner, head of the oddly worded "Coalition for Dis-annexation", continues to give the city of New Fairview fits by registering several domain names that the city wished to own. Misner believes the city's boundaries have never properly been set. 
News worthiness **
The Spin So what does mayor John Christian say to support his contention that he knows  exactly where the boundaries are? "[B]efore becoming mayor he attempted to get his own property de-annexed. He said he also hired an attorney and did file the proper paperwork but was still unable to detach his land from the city". 

The Story Weatherford College, which has a campus in Decatur, extends the contract of school President Dr. Don Huff for two more years.
News worthiness *
The Spin Did you know this college president is paid $42,000 a year less than the Superintendent of the Northwest Independent School District?

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