The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
Normally posted every Sunday around 10:00 p.m.
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For the week ending 10/25/03:
The Story The Messenger runs a photo of a Decatur football crowd holding up signs reading "I Got Shot" and "In the Butt" apparently in reference to an incident where a Bridgeport Cheerleader was shot by a Decatur student and/or cheerleader with a paint ball gun. The Messenger then promptly runs an apology in the following edition.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin Heck, don't apologize, run a front page story about the incident that made its way all the way to the San Jose Mercury News and the NBC News affiliate in San Diego.

The Story Speaking of sewage spills, a Rhome employee has a foul up causing raw sewage to be dumped into the Oates Branch Creek. "Due to the amount of sewage that was spilled, the state requires public notification which will come in the way of a letter published in the newspaper."
News worthiness **
The Spin Proposed Notification: "The City of Rhome would like to announce that a major league screw up happened last week. We won't go into details but anyone wishing to picnic by the banks of Oates Branch Creek should seriously reconsider their plans."

The Story
Three people were arrested in connection with an alleged methamphetamine lab. Officers, who were serving an unrelated arrest warrant, "could see a woman inside pouring items down a sink and could hear a toilet flushing. The items being flushed turned out to . . . bags [of] methamphetamine." Get this: "The sewer wasn't attached, so the baggies were flushing out at the deputies' feet."
News worthiness *
The Spin Those drug dealers are sooooo rich.

The Story Bridgeport ISD's bond advisor recommends sending the entire school board to New York City for a weekend "to lobby a bond analyst" at a cost of $1,500 per board member.   
News worthiness **
The Spin Calling H.D. Boswell. Calling H.D. Boswell.

The Story Messenger reporter Keri Pritchard gets licquored up in order to help train local law enforcement in the area of field sobriety testing.
News worthiness
The Spin She gets drunk in the Thursday edition and then writes this story in the Sunday edition. Coincidence? We think not.

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