The first issue of the Hook hit the streets February 7, 2002, in an America still reeling in post-9/11 shock— not quite sure how our world would change, but with an uneasy feeling that it would not be for the better.
Earlier this year, the Hook won the state's top journalism award for its coverage of the attempted ouster of UVA President Teresa Sullivan last year. It is the third time the Hook has won the coveted prize for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service, given to only two newspapers every year at the Virginia Press Association's annual award ceremony.
One of the first stories I wrote as a full-time employee for the Hook in 2005 was about the planned renovation of a Downtown park. I spoke to advocates of the renovation, city parks and rec officials, the architects, local residents, and cranked out a piece you'd find in hundreds of small community papers. I was happy with what I wrote. It was good, solid reporting about a community project, and...
Since its inception, the Hook has shone a spotlight into the darkest corners of our community, forcing us to confront issues that most would just as soon ignore.
One of the town's biggest boys lay dead underneath one of the town's smallest cars. Initially, cops claimed that 19-year-old James Patrick Akins had been dragged from Greenwood to Charlottesville under a Triumph TR3.
About a year ago, Scottsville Council member Dan Gritsko went for a walk through the woods just outside of town, part of the 63 acres of land that make up the Van Clief Nature Area. Eventually, he encountered another man out on the same walk. “Isn’t it so beautiful back here?” the man asked him, “and no one knows about it.”“Well, I’m trying to change that,” Gritsko replied.
Robert Davis said all along he didn't do it. Now both of the siblings convicted in the horrific 2003 Crozet murders of Nola Annette Charles and her toddler son say he didn't do it either. But Davis, who has had a clemency petition before Governor Bob McDonnell for a year, continues to languish in prison. Related stories McDonnell's desk: Governor gets clemency plea in Crozet killings
The headlines in the Daily Progress that September described a world that was as distant as the moon to the boys who slept and woke on Dice Street. “France Prepares for War Threats,” one read; in Germany, Hitler joined “50,000 disciplined youths” at the annual Nuremberg Rally and watched as hundreds of artillery units and tanks streamed past the reviewing stand and the Hindenburg hovered overhead...
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Luminaria Cville and Sin Barreras (Without Barriers) are presenting Charlottesville's first annual Latin American Festival. All ages are welcome to share in the authentic festivities and enjoy live traditional music, folkloric dances and fun activities for the kids. There’s also going to be a dance competition, prizes and tasty Mexican food provided by Taqueria Mi Ranchito.Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3pm at McGuffey Art Center Lawn. 434-293-6361. Free WVPT Kids' Book Festival Whether your kids can’t be torn away from their favorite books, or you’re cheering when they read the cereal box, the WVPT Kids Book Festival should be an entertaining day for everyone. This family-friendly event will feature games, activities, entertainment, healthy snacks, storytelling and more. Kids under 10 get a free book! Plus, they’ll get to say hello to (or hug) Cubby the WVPT Bear, Flicker the Flame, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11am at nTelos Wireless Pavilion. 540-437-2462. Free The Hungry Hungry Games Fans of The Hunger Games books and blockbuster films should check out The Hungry Hungry Games, a live stage comedy at The Paramount based on the books by Suzanne Collins. This show will have the whole family laughing out loud as it spoofs your favorite scenes and the characters you’ve grown to love. Director and co-writer Jim Millan comes from a comedy background, including work on the legendary sketch comedy show The Kids in the Hall and SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody, which is currently touring the U.S.Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30pm at The Paramount. $35-$65. 434-979-1333 Sept. 19History: CSI-Cville 1904-Style walking tour. Downtown Mall in front of Marco & Luca Noodle Shop. 8pm. $0-$15Poetry: Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournament. BON Coffee. 7pm. FreeReading: Rebecca Lilly will present her collection of Haiku poetry book, A Prism of Wings. New Dominion Bookshop. 5:30pm. FreeBusiness: Better Business Challenge Happy Hour Kick-off. Main Street Arena. 5:30pm. FreeArt: Night at the Museum with new exhibition and artist David Bosun. Kluge-Ruhe. 5pm. $0-$5 Sept. 20Art: Serendipitea and Safe as Houses. PVCC Gallery. 5pm. FreeArt: An exhibit by the members of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC). CitySpace. 5:30pm. FreeComedy: Third Fridays Improv. PVCC Campus. 6pm. Free Sept. 21Fundraiser: ScucciFest. American Legion Post 354, Midlothian. 1pm. $25-$30Food: Bangladeshi cooking class, The Haven. 11am. $20Sports: UVA Football vs. VMI. Scott Stadium. 3:30pm. $19-$38 Sept. 22Film: The First Wives Club. Paramount Theater. 2pm. $4-$6Theater: Troilus and Cressida. Blackfriars Playhouse. 2pm. $18-$42Theater: Oklahoma! Burnley Moran Elementary School. 3pm. $9 Sept. 23Art: Looking at the New West. UVA Fralin Museum of Art. All day. FreeFood: Farm-To-Table Dinner with Saunders Brothers. Devils Backbone. 6pm. Reservations required Sept. 24Art: Ansel Adams: A Legacy. UVA Fralin Museum of Art. All day. FreePoetry: Local poet Hilda Ward shares her work at Poetry Exploration. Jefferson City Center's Carver Rec Center. 1pm. FreeArt: Woodcarver David Bosun Artist Talk. Campbell Hall. 5:30pm. Free Sept. 25Festival: Tomtoberfest Candidate Forum for Start Up Cville. Old Metropolitan Hall. 7pm. Free Dance: Swing Dancing at Cats Corner. Swing C'ville. $5Theater: The Hungry Hungry Games. Paramount Theater. 7:30pm. $35-$65 SOUND HOUND Sept. 19Kip Moore at Jefferson Theater. $20-$25Mister Baby at Blue Moon DinerSteve Michael Smith at Carter Mountain OrchardJacob Paul Allen at Whiskey Jar Sept. 20The xx at Charlottesville Pavilion. $35Heretics in the Lab, Oh So, Little Black Rain Clouds at Main Street AnnexThe Nick Driver Band at Blue Moon DinerChamomile & Whiskey, Erin & The Wildfire at the Southern. $8-$12Flight of Salt at Whiskey JarArt Wheeler Quartet at EscafeLouis Smith Band at Miller's DowntownLisa Miller and Juke Joint Junkies at Wild WolfThe Mad Anthonys at Heritage on Main Sept. 21Kishi Bashi at the Southern. $10Lotus, DJ XSV at Jefferson Theater. $22-$40Jimmy Stelling Trio at Wild WolfGrits and Gravy at Rapture/R2Bomar & Ritter at Mountfair Vineyards Sept. 22Lotus, DJ XSV at Jefferson Theater. $22-$40El Ten Eleven, Eliot Lipp at the Southern. $10-$12Miracles of Modern Science at Jefferson VineyardsBubba Rose at Wild Wolf Sept. 23Superchunk, Spider Bags at The Southern. $17.50-$20Sigur Rós at JPJ. $42Sabra's Honky Tonk at Blue Moon Diner Sept. 24Son Volt, Colonel Ford at Jefferson Theater. $20-23Bill Adams at Blue Moon Diner Sept. 25Titus Andronicus, Lost Boy at the Southern. $12-$14Toubab Krewe, Greensky Bluegrass, Fruition at Jefferson Theater. $16-$18Lord Nel

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