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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Jewelry Maker

Here’s a story I wrote about a custom jewelry maker in Warrenton, Va., who teaches couples how to make their own wedding rings. Full size versions available here: Duncan and Clarke 1 Duncan and Clarke 2    

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A River Runs Through It

Speaking of the Virginia Press Association. A pair of stories I wrote last summer on the overuse of the Rappahannock River at Kelly’s Ford in the C.F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area won first place for feature writing. A River Runs Through It  

Virginia Press Association

I went to Roanoke last weekend for the Virginia Press Association’s annual convention. Here I am after accepting the “Best in Show” award for sister publication Gainesville Times on April 21.

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Tragic Rite of Spring

Seems like every spring, we run a story about a bunch of teenagers killed in a horrific car wreck. The story below is one I wrote in the aftermath of just such a wreck. A bunch of high school students stopped by the site of

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Beer and Hymns

I find stories in the strangest locations sometimes. My newspaper, Fauquier Times-Democrat, runs a calendar of events.¬†One week, I noticed an odd item called “Beer & Hymns” that met on Wednesday evenings in the basement of a local tavern. One evening I went over to

Longest Speeding Ticket Trial

Way back at my first newspaper job, what started out as a simple attempt by a lawyer to wiggle out of a speeding ticket turned into a 12 hour ordeal. The story about the longest speeding ticket trial in West Virginia state history won first