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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

Power of Words

I wrote this story during the run up to the first Gulf War in 1990. I was assigned to cover the local national guard group’s departure and had already written a story about them leaving the day before, based on a ceremony held in the