The Biscuit Run deal certainly spoke to the idea that when it comes to getting things done, it’s a straight-up question of who you know. Environmentalists applauded the deal that traded the specter of 3,100 new homes in southern Albemarle for the promise of a state park when Craig, joined by Dave Matthews Band fiddler Boyd Tinsley and then-Governor Tim Kaine, announced the state had purchased the property. And as Will Goldsmith points out in his comprehensive cover story this week, it’s very likely that in generations to come, when there’s a lovely park to enjoy only minutes from town, no one will care who made a phone call to which Richmond bureaucrat to fast track what plan nor whose wife sat on what board of directors with whom. Read the cover story here, and don’t forget to leave your comments.
A 2011 Dodge Avenger left running in the parking lot at Guadalajara with a baby in the backseat July 26 rolled across Market Street and crashed into a truck in the parking lot beside the Charlottesville Recreation Center. The baby was unharmed, according to Charlottesville Police’s Steve Upman.
“I’m proud of what we’ve done for more than 21 years. It’s the little guys, the small business that really get to make an impact on the community,” says Mark Tramontin, owner of Sneak Reviews. This month, the local video store closes its doors, marking the end of one of Charlottesville’s most
On Monday, McGraw Hill Financial announced it had signed a definitive agreement to buy Charlottesville-based SNL Financial for $2.225 billion in cash from privately held New Mountain Capital. Jason Feuchtwanger from McGraw Hill says his company is committed to Charlottesville as a strategic
The town of Scottsville, home of Albemarle’s first county seat, is located at the intersection of Routes 20 and 6 straddling the three counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Buckingham. Though set in the midst of a rich agricultural area, it is part of the Charlottesville SMSA and offers
Though difficult to read and even harder to pronounce, Sliabh Luachra, a region in southern Ireland on the border of Cork and Kerry, has birthed a rich style of music that is easy on the ears. Jackie Daly is renowned for his talented instrumentals, heralded by the New York Times as “probably
I’m one of those people who cleans compulsively. I snap into straighten up mode when I feel overwhelmed by the number of notebooks on the sideboard, of unattended flip-flops by the door, of projects on my inexhaustible to-do list. In my world, order reigns as a reflex—a knee-jerk to save me
Five days after the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team won the FIFA World Cup on July 5, a group of young female soccer players from the Charlottesville area had an international victory of their own. The Soccer Organization of Charlottesville-Albemarle Elite U14 Girls won the Italy
Since dropping out of college 15 years ago to become a writer and comedian, Tennessee native Stewart Huff’s star has been rising on the national and international horizons. Get to know his original and refreshing humor at the latest installment of the Laugh Your Ass Off Comedy Showcase, where
It’s been about two-and-a-half months since a 7.9 earthquake rocked the small, South Asian country of Nepal April 25. Though news coverage has dissipated and camera crews have long since returned home, the era of rebuilding the devastated capital city of Kathmandu and surrounding areas has only
As anyone who has ever worked in a professional kitchen—or any aspect of the restaurant industry—will adamantly testify: The life of a chef is by no means for the faint of heart. The hours are long and strange. The work relentlessly demanding, ulcer-inducingly stressful. And yet, we’re assured,
The newest proposed route for the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, announced July 15, would avoid a pending historic district around Wingina in southern Nelson County, but cut through a state wildlife management area along the James River. On July 14, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision
A celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin, The Heritage Theatre Festival’s production of I Love a Piano follows a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to modern day. The story’s brought to life by Berlin classics such as “There’s No Business
In 2013, City Council candidates in the Democratic primary spent an average of around $2,500. In this year’s June primary, that average number soared to nearly $19,000. And the surge in spending is causing some concern. “I am worried the cost is going up and will discourage people from
It’s a Friday morning in late June, and Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford is sitting on the patio at Java Java Coffee Shop on the Downtown Mall, a few blocks away from the courtroom where, in a hearing a day earlier, Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins declined
New spirits tasting room headlines swath of beverage shake-ups Want to drink acclaimed Virginia Distillery Company whisky without dealing with pesky middle men? You’re in luck—the spirits maker is opening a tasting room to the public this fall. “Guests to the distillery will be able to tour the
The controversial development that puts a Fairfield Inn on the corner of Ridge Street and Cherry Avenue, nixed by the Planning Commission 5-0 and rejected by more than 500 petition-signing residents, got a 3-2 go-ahead from City Council July 21. The Southern Development project was in front of
If you’re like us, you spend at least a few minutes every day thinking “What’s good ol’ Jim up to these days?” Jim being, of course, former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, the visionary leader who won the commonwealth’s highest office by promising to eliminate Virginia’s much-hated car tax.
With the unlikely style of Billy Joel meets Johnny Cash, Ike Reilly, a former grave digger from Illinois, tells timeless tales of love, lust, drugs and drinking through reckless tunes and poetic lyrics. Reilly may have an unconventional past but it’s birthed a unique perspective on life and
Most of us are born with a seedling of art in our hearts—the desire to create our dreams on paper, in space or on the stage. But we’re taught early on that the path of an artist is hard, one that requires dogged determination and gumption, the kind of commitment to take-no-prisoners passion
Local realtor and Ivy resident Andrew Middleditch, 55, was charged with felony involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence July 13, a charge stemming from a May 25 crash in which Lonnie Wycliffe Branham, 78, was killed on Barracks Road. Middleditch previously had been charged