Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings in the comments section. Charlottesville’s HUD Community Development
Literacy Volunteers Holds Record-breaking July Tutor Training Last Saturday, Literacy Volunteers hosted one of its most successful summer tutor trainings yet. “July is historically a tricky month to pull in a large numbers of new tutors since many people are on vacation,” said Executive
A Nelson County Circuit Court judge sentenced Randy Taylor to two life sentences in prison for the abduction and murder of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, whose body has never been found. Taylor has maintained his innocence, but during the July 23 sentencing hearing, his attorney said Taylor would
Just how much are we looking forward to the July 28 kick-off of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen? Well, let’s just say that any visitor to Odd Dominion headquarters over the next six weeks will encounter a giant “Do Not Disturb” sign and the
Two dozen family members and friends sat in Albemarle Circuit Court July 22 for the sentencing of 53-year-old Mark Weiner, who was convicted of abduction with intent to defile in May 2013 and has been jailed since his arrest in December 2012. But instead of a sentence, Judge Cheryl Higgins
Headliners like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson, and Widespread Panic are onboard for this year’s Lockn’ Music Festival in Nelson County over Labor Day weekend. Not onboard so far: the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control, which has not issued a decision from a May 16 hearing
Charlottesville’s City Council voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of replacing the aging connector between downtown and Belmont with an “enhanced bridge” as opposed to an underpass—an option that would have routed traffic below existing rail lines, and enjoyed vocal support from
A recent U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Virginia Medical Center and Martha Jefferson Hospital among the best hospitals in the region and state, based on a three-year average of data used to compile the list. In the 2014-15 ranking, the UVA Medical Center was second in
Charlottesville police today announced the arrest of 43-year-old Uriah Bashun Lofton for malicious wounding in a July 7 stabbing case that sent one person to the hospital. Police were called to the 600 block of 7 ½ Street SW for a stabbing at approximately 1:30am, according to a news release.
The former Peabody School teacher accused of assaulting the wife of 57th District Delegate David Toscano waived her right to a preliminary hearing—the proceeding to determine if there is sufficient evidence to go to trial—by appearing in court Thursday. The case will now proceed in front of a
Ladies Night with Sizzle: An African Fashion Show and Health Update Next Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6pm, the African American Heritage Center will host an African Attire Fashion Show and Health Update as part of the 25th Chihamba Annual African American Cultural Arts Festival. The show will
It’s been a year since parents checked their kids’ cubbies at Barrett Early Learning Center and found the letters announcing the board’s abrupt decision to close the preschool that’s been known for its diversity and affordability for nearly 80 years. The new board and staff are making long term
The company that owns or controls most of the public parking spaces in downtown Charlottesville is readying itself for a takeover by a local businessman in a move with major implications for the future of development in the city. According to an announcement sent to the company’s shareholders
Two companies are floating plans for natural gas pipelines through Central Virginia, and while community groups and conservationists are raising environmental concerns about both, it’s outcry from historic preservationists in the Piedmont that could form the earliest challenge of the
The Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has dropped its case against a local restaurateur and event planner who faced felony abduction and strangulation charges after the prosecution’s main witness, the alleged victim in the case, failed to show up for a jury trial last week.
Former longtime Albemarle County Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Dayna Awkard pleaded guilty Friday morning to the embezzlement of nearly $14,000, according to court records. Awkard, a 24-year employee of the circuit court clerk’s office, resigned on March 21, shortly after a tip from an unnamed
It’s no secret that we here at the Odd Dominion lean a bit to the left. Luckily for us, Virginia Republicans make our job pretty easy, as barely a week goes by without some excitable elephant saying or doing something completely boneheaded somewhere in the Commonwealth. But that certainly
Common Ground Healing Arts Welcomes New Executive Director Elliott Brown, Common Ground’s new Executive Director, was immediately captivated by the organization’s mission to provide access to complementary healthcare, regardless of income, because of its intersections with her professional and
University of Virginia graduate Elliot Rosenberg has been lucky enough to attend two soccer matches in Brazil since the 2014 FIFA World Cup began. But while soccer fans from every corner of the globe fill hotels and hostels across a dozen cities, Rosenberg is working around the clock on an
UVA Medical Center has sued more than 30,000 people over unpaid bills since 2010. One woman is pushing back.