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The Hook took home 10 journalism awards and 13 for advertising, including a Best in Show, at the April 21 Virginia Press Association conference in Roanoke.
In the news side of the house, photographers Bill Emory and Tom Daly each won two awards. In the category for pictorial photo, Emory took second and third place with his black-and-white photos of a Rotunda magnolia and the Ragged Mountain Natural Area.
In the general news writing category, Hook reporters took both first and second places, with Lisa Provence winning for "Reefer madness? Copter and SWAT team weeded out 2 plants."
"Storytelling at its best," wrote the judge. "This is one of those crazy, how-could-this-possibly-happen yarns that causes the reader to give thanks for quality, professional journalists who know how to poke, prod, and eventually get to the bottom of a complex situation...
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Getting dressed for a party at the White House in the early 1980s, Sissy Spacek and husband Jack Fisk were donning their formal apparel at a posh Washington hotel when they suddenly realized they'd rather be back home in Albemarle in blue jeans. Furthermore, they needed to meet their daughter's kindergarten teacher in the morning.
“Do we really want to do this?” says one.
“No, do you?” answers the other, as they begin packing up to go home.
Such are the back-to-hearth struggles that constitute much of My Extraordinary Ordinary Life, Spacek's new memoir written with former Albemarle resident and bestselling author Maryanne Vollers and published by Hyperion.
"I really did this for my girls, Schuyler and Madison," says the actress and mom, explaining why she spent a year making roadtrips and visiting "old haunts" before time dims her memory.
At 62, she's reached the age at which her mother died– an event, along with a brother's premature death to leukemia, that stands as rare setbacks in a life charmed by loving family, a wholesome hometown in the pine woods of Texas, and a long, happy marriage. As for the daughters, they're both following their parents into artistic careers, and now have the benefit of a written ro...