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Byline Watch: Video catches moment Shoal Creek Saloon wrecked by floods

As heavy rains swelled riverbanks throughout Central Texas on May 25, many businesses along Shoal Creek were flooded in downtown Austin. New video shows just how quickly Shoal Creek Saloon was inundated by the creek that shares its name.

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Byline watch: Houston oil exec charged with assaulting Austin gay couple

The president of a Houston oil company has been charged with misdemeanor assault after attacking a gay couple in Austin in April, according to reports.

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Local Government, Investigative Journalism: Annexation proposal sparks outrage, criticism

Students React to Annexation Petition

State annexation law could allow Shepherdstown to increase its population on the 2010 census by over 600 with a petition bearing only 10 signatures.

University Annex Plans Not Brand New

“Annexation of surrounding communities to raise revenue has been a recurring campaign issue raised by Mayor Jim Auxer throughout his political history in Shepherdstown. Procedurally, it can trace its roots back to a series of actions taken in early 2003, when officials from both Shepherd University and Shepherdstown initiated annexation talks that involved the entire West Campus property.”

First Reading of Annex Proposal Delayed

“Concerns about the political implications of adding 633 college students to Shepherdstown’s potential electorate and confusion among council members and the public over how video lottery funds are distributed among the cities in Jefferson County helped force the delay.”

House of Pain, Professional Wrestling School

This short , gritty portrait of the underground wrestling scene was produced for my senior year Documentary Journalism class at Shepherd University. We were each assigned to produce, edit and present a 15 minute documentary to be shown at a local documentary film festival put on by the Shepherd Communication Department

I shot over 15 hours of footage for this documentary over a one month period. At the end of the semester, it was chosen to headline the class film festival. My professor, Narissa Young, thereafter encouraged me to submit House of Pain to some regional film festivals. I heeded her advice, and the film went on to garner 2nd place honors at the  2006 West Virginia International Film Festival in Charleston, W. Va., and was an official selection of the 2006 Annapolis Film Festival in Annapolis, Md.

I hold a special place for this film in my heart, for it was in filming, interviewing, and examining the characters within that I became enamored with journalism and documentary storytelling.