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Worth the read

The May 2012 edition of GQ features an in-depth and very interesting story entitled “Uncatchable.” It’s about America’s most elusive fugitive, 68-year-old George Wright, who called Halifax County home as a youngster.

Wright, who grew up in Halifax County and graduated from Mary Bethune High School in 1961, was convicted of murdering a World War II veteran in a New Jersey gas station holdup a year later.

He claims in the GQ article that up to that point, the worst thing he’d ever done was to sneak into his high school gym to play nighttime basketball with his friends.

But the story just begins there. After being convicted of murder, he would escape from prison by driving off in the warden’s car.

He moved to Detroit, and more trouble followed. He would help hijack a commercial airliner while dressed as a priest carrying a gun in a hollowed-out Bible.

I’m not making this stuff up.

Years later he eventually settled into a quiet family life in Portugal.

After eluding capture for over four decades, last year the FBI caught up with this man — someone they describe as a “domestic terrorist.”

However, in the GQ article, Wright’s attorney claims his client has changed and is now “a completely different man, kind and gentle to a fault…”

In the in-depth interview, Wright tells his life story to writer Michael Finkel, something he’s never done with anyone, he says, not even his wife.

And thus his story unfolds on the printed page.

Today, George Wright is a free man living in Portugal after three Portuguese judges weighed Wright’s life and last November completely absolved him believing he is truly a changed man.

Now as long as he remains in Portugal, he will receive no punishment.

If you get a chance, it’ll be worth your while to go online to GQ’s May edition and read the former Halifax man’s fugitive story, “Uncatchable.”

 

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A little closer to home and with much less intrigue…

Lakefest highlights start on Thursday, and everyone is invited to come out to Clarksville and enjoy the beauty of the hot-air balloons.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spend the evening watching the balloons inflate and provide fun, free hot-air balloon rides for children 12 and younger.  

This event is scheduled for Thursday starting at 6 p.m. at the Lake Country Business Park located on Noblin Farm Road (next to Clarksville Elementary School). 

With the weather cooperating (pilot can fly only when the wind is less than 10 mph, and there are no storms within a 60 mile radius), all activities will continue until dusk.  

For more information, contact the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce at 434-374-2436. 

MeadowView Terrace staff is gearing up to serve some tasty treats at the hot-air balloon tethered rides--hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and ice cream.  Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Southeastern Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information about the 35th Annual Virginia Lake Festival visit the Clarksville Chamber website at clarksvilleva.com.

 

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Just checked the Virginia Food System Council $10 a week campaign page at http://virginiafoodsystemcouncil.org/10week-campaign-2/ 

So far $393,848 has been pledged by citizens of Virginia to buy at least $10 a week in local products to stimulate our local economy. 

Let’s all do our part and keep the momentum going!  Continue spreading the word with the promotional materials included in the online $10 a week Buy Local Toolkit: http://virginiafoodsystemcouncil.org/10-a-week-campaign-toolkit/ and if you haven’t yet pledged please consider it.  Everyone matters, and little things mean a lot.

If every household in Virginia spent just $10 a week on local Virginia-grown food, $1.65 billion would be kept in our state to support our farmers, fund our schools and contribute to a healthy local food system.