A (sometimes) tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 10/14/00:
The Story The proposed incorporation of the small community of Allison leads to a "heated exchange" in the courthouse requiring a police officer to be summoned.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin The Spin cannot express how very, very excited it is about the potential for future material that the City of Allison would bring to the table. We encourage the citizens to vote to incorporate - but only by the narrowest of margins and hopefully in an election embroiled in controversy.

The Story Contributions for the Sheriff's race (Phil Ryan and Ed Hart) and the County Attorney's race (Carol Ann Carson and Greg Lowery) exceed $10,000.
News worthiness **
The Spin That sound you hear is the Messenger's cash registers.

The Story The Northwest ISD (we know, not technically Wise County) admits that one of its coaches made a racial slur when referring to the wet field in a football game against Denton: "Africa is surrounded by water. They should be used to it."
News worthiness ***
The Spin Obviously the reference to Africa caused the bomb to go off. But once you get past the racist overtones, the comment may be as confusing as it is bigoted.  A wet field and a continent (any continent for that matter) surrounded by water (aren't they all?) have what to do with one another?

The Story Dan Mooney, Jr., in a letter to the editor, thanks Decatur Coach Kyle Story for having his team show "respect" during the National Anthem.  "It is men of high caliber, such as yourself and those who work with you, who will restore dignity to our nation".
News worthiness **
The Spin So long as you keep winning, we love everything about you. Go 1 and 9 next year and all bets are off.

The Story Kyle Stephens, candidate for Precinct One Commissioner, runs the first ad ever printed in Spanish: "Trabajare ara Usted! Vota por Kyle Stephens". 
News worthiness ***
The Spin Loosely translated means: "I promise to hire Salma Hayek as a road hand and start Living La Vida Loca."

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