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 9/9/00:
The Story Precinct One, run by County Commissioner Jerry Flusche, "is, for all practical purposes, broke". County Commissioners will meet on Monday to determine if the other three precincts  will "shut down" Precinct One or instead provide financial assistance. Commissioner James Hubbard said, "My great disappointment is that Jerry chose to put his political aspirations ahead of the county and his precinct".
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin Any bets on the tension level during the Monday meeting?

The Story The City of Bridgeport joins Denton in a lawsuit against TXU for alleged underpayment of franchise fees. The city council was informed by the City Administrator that it would cost "about $2,000" to join the litigation.
News worthiness *
The Spin Sounds cheap. The Spin couldn't get divorced for $2,000.

The Story Gary Vance Read drowns in Lake Bridgeport on Labor Day weekend.
News worthiness ****
The Spin Didn't this rate at least a mention in the Fort Worth Star Telegram or Dallas Morning News?

The Story A letter to the editor from Ayelet Hines from Austin (yeah, Austin) blames tree harvesting for the increase in wild fires in the West and cites as authority a report from the "Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project of 1996" and also references the Sierra Club.
News worthiness *
The Spin The Austin Spin: Bless you, my child. 
The Wise County Spin: Hippie.

The Story W.B. Woodruff writes the Bridgeport Index to advise that he discovered a copy of a Wise County Proclamation from 1861 which indicates that the County voted to secede from the Union by a narrow vote of 78-76.
News worthiness **
The Spin Low voter interest was blamed on the grand opening of Walmart.

The Story The Messenger prints its annual best "Best Of Wise County" ballot which includes such categories as "Best Salad" (isn't K-Bobs the only salad bar in the county?), "Best Tea" (isn't Mattie's the only place that gives you the option of "sweet" or "unsweet"?), and "Best Catfish" (isn't Catfish O'Harlies the only self-proclaimed catfish restaurant in the county?).
News worthiness ***
The Spin We note there's a category for "Best Local Web Site". If Wise County on the Web could afford the obligatory "Thank You" ad (we had gross revenues of $0.00 last year - our best year ever), we would engage in shameless self promotion and beg for your vote. But we're above that. Kind of.

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