March 17th, 2011 issue #1011

March 17th, 2011
  • Plotting Along: Contest winners pack a punch with their fiction

    "I had the twist ending in mind about the teacher," explains 2011 Hook Short Story Contest winner and high school teacher Steven Turner. "Maybe in some Freudian way, this was a little insight on the idea of the powerlessness teachers feel sometimes." To win the acclaim of best-selling author John Grisham, Turner used unique elements of perspective and plot. So did the other two winners. "I like my stories to be about things that aren't quite as they seem," says third place winner Gary Kessler.

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  • Short story winner: 'A Small Brown Box'

    I don’t know why I’ve even bothered telling this story again– principals, officers, magistrates. They’ve finally given me a lawyer, but it looks like he’s on their side. Everyone’s on their side. I never had a chance. That’s how it’s been every day since I first walked through the doors of that building. No one cared how I felt, what I was good at. Just follow the rules and do what you’re told. I wish now that I had done what I really wanted to when I had the chance. I’m going to end up paying for it anyway. I can’t believe he’s still talking– I have to interrupt.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Worst disaster: A 9.0 earthquake hits Japan March 11, killing thousands of people in a tsunami afterward, leaving thousands more homeless, millions more without power, and ...

The Dish

  • Chang update: No walk-ins for three months?

    Our friends at Mas to Millers (a local food blog) say they tried to go to Peter Chang's China Grill on the public opening on March 2– the parking lot was packed with ...

  • Dumpling v. dumpling: No buffer between buffets?

    The recently opened Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet on Route 29 may have some curious company in the near future, as a place called Ultimate Buffet has laid claim to the f...

  • Imbibe digs Blue Mountain

    Southern breweries that Imbibe Magazine loves? Afton's own Blue Mountain Brewery, one of 12 the magazine chose as part of its recent "Southern Issue."

  • Queen City feast: Thrifty eatin' in Staunton

    Better look out, Charlottesville food scene. Staunton is on the move. Fresh off a big article in Baltimore Magazine that called our neighbor to the west " one of the countr...

  • What's on TAP? Clean water for the world

    Wait persons at Hotcakes, Bang!, Blue Moon Diner, College Inn, St. Maarten's, Horse & Hound, Eppie's, Duners, and The Ivy Inn, to name just a few, will soon be watering...


Real Estate - $old

  • Property transfers

    ALBEMARLE7/15F. Robert Hollo to James B. Ball, 1318 Darley Row, Glenmore, Keswick, $600,000. Leonard Pogensky, executor, to Virginia E. Loiacona, trustee, 1684 Foxtail Pine...

Real Estate - On the Block

Real Estate - Update

  • Still Available

    APPEARED IN THE HOOK: November 11, 2010 in issue ADDRESS: 412 Altamont Street, North DowntownASKING PRICE:  $399,000ASSESSMENT: $374,200 SELLER'S AGENT:  Jim McVa...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    March 17 at 9:30am at the Albemarle County CourthouseProperty: 504 Fontana DriveDebtor: Dinah WilliamsonAmount owing: $340,000Bidder brings: $30,000 or 10 percent sale pri...

Art Features

  • Under the influence: Moore lays it on thick

    Several small blocks sit stacked beside cigar-box dioramas depicting itty-bitty galleries, complete with tiny paintings, in one corner of Dave Moore’s exhibition, “Thes...

DR. HooK

Movie Reviews


The Brazen Careerist

Sports Doctor

Strange But True


Black and White

  • Ragged Mountain

    Walked the trail around the Lower Ragged Mountain Reservoir in late January. Some signs of geotechnical activity. Thirty vertical feet of terrain to be clear-cut and submer...

Full Stories List for March 17th, 2011 issue #1011

4Better Or Worse

Black and White

Real Estate Property auctions

Real Estate - $old

Real Estate - Update