A (sometimes) tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 11/11/00:
The Story Republicans sweep up in the local elections.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ****
The Spin Actual stat: One in five voters filled out a Straight Republican ballot. Heck, you made the trip - don't you at least want to read the ballot?

The Story Veteran's Day celebrations take place over the weekend.
News worthiness **
The Spin Random thought: No American in their mid 40s and under has ever owned a draft card.

The Story Greg Lowery wins the county attorney's race.
News worthiness *
The Spin Congratulations, Greg, but what's up with that front page photo?

The Story The City of Bridgeport agrees to pay Mark Hess $68,500 to settle a lawsuit he filed in the name of "Bridgeport Hanger", but the Bridgeport Index doesn't tell us why (despite it being a front page headline).
News worthiness **
The Spin Other than announcing the settlement, we learn that "City Administrator Jeff Howell said it was the equivalent of purchasing five airplane hangers".  Hey, we just want to know why the city is paying the equivalent of 68,500 one dollar bills.

The Story County Commissioners name Charles Dillard as EMS director.
News worthiness *
The Spin The Messenger's spin: We don't offer endorsements during the election season, but this appointment was a "wise choice". The Index's spin: The Commissioners made a "surprise move" by passing over interim director Larry Wilson. The Spin's spin: Yawn.

The Story Joseph Wilkinson, who was convicted earlier this year by a Wise County jury of aggravated sexual assault of a child but sentenced to probation by the same jury, was arrested in Michigan for a similar offense.
News worthiness ****
The Spin Oh, the joys of the criminal justice system.

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