A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 7/28/01:

The Story From Wednesday's Update: "Four mobile homes in the New Fairview area  were evacuated overnight after reports of a gas leak sent firefighters and police to the  area near the Blewett Community Center. Sheriff's deputies said that 35 people were evacuated to the Fairview Baptist Church."
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin That's over eight people per mobile home.

The Story The Bridgeport Index reported that Howard Garrett, the "Doctor of Dirt" to local AM radio listeners, lashes out in his newsletter about the recent "trimming" of the tree on the lawn of the Wise County Courthouse. (First revealed here in The Spin)
News worthiness **
The Spin "The moron that did this should be fined heavily and put out of business. And, whoever from the county contracted for his service should be fired," wrote Garrett.

The Story The Sheriff's Office warns against an email scam (similar letter here) that promises you 35% of $126 million if you simply assist the African Development Bank in transferring the money to the United States.
News worthiness *
The Spin We suspect anyone silly enough to believe the email is also not the type of person that adheres warnings from the WCSO.

The Story Runaway Bay Police Department scandal ridden?
News worthiness ***
The Spin From the Bridgeport Index: "Cries of police harassment, promises to bring in the [ACLU] and Texas Rangers to investigate, rumors of lawsuits being filed against the city, and insinuations that the local newspaper is shirking it responsibility are symptoms of trouble brewing in Runaway Bay."

The Story The annual Wise County Reunion comes to Decatur.
News worthiness *
The Spin The Dusteater ride found on Perspiration Alley was very popular this year.

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