Courteney Stuart

Courteney Stuart
Courteney Stuart is an award-winning journalist with more than 17 years experience. She started her career in Richmond, Virginia in 1996 as assistant editor at both Style Weekly and its sister publication, Inside Business magazine, and spent 11 years at the Hook in Charlottesville, where she served first as senior editor and then as chief editor. She is the recipient of more than two dozen journalism awards from the Virginia Press Association, including multiple first place prizes for investigative reporting and feature writing. Her written work has appeared in publications including Las Vegas Weekly and Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she has appeared on numerous national television news programs including Dateline NBC, Primetime Crime, Nancy Grace, as well as on the Headline News, Investigation Discovery and E! News channels.

Big changes are in store for West Main Street in 2014. Photo:  Bill LeSueur

Coming soon… Our news section looks ahead to the big stories of 2014

Charlottesville still has some qualities of a small town—gossip travels fast, you can’t go anywhere without running into someone you know… But anyone paying attention to local news also knows we face big issues from controversial roads to transformative development of critical segments of Downtown to high profile crimes that need solving. Here are a […]

“There is strength in numbers,” said Gil Harrington, pictured here embracing Alexis Murphy’s aunt, Trina Murphy (left). “We have a big number of people.” Photo: Help Save the Next Girl

Call to action: Friends, family of Central Virginia victims come together after Jamisha Gilbert’s death

Three days after the body of 18-year-old Lynchburg teen Jamisha Gilbert was discovered, the families and friends of nine missing or murdered young people from Central Virginia came together on Saturday, December 7, to issue a call for community action. “This is not right!” exclaimed Ronald “B.B.” Shavers, head of the Lynchburg-based nonprofit youth group […]

Convicted embezzler James K. Baldi is currently serving his sentence at the Cold Springs Correctional Unit in Greenville and could face additional prison time for a new federal charge.

Pay back: Former Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi sentenced for embezzling

The former Charlottesville restaurateur and accountant who duped clients out of more than $200,000, then went on the run, is likely to remain behind bars for less than three years, a judge ruled in Charlottesville Circuit Court on Thursday, December 5. Fifty-year-old James Kirk Baldi told Judge Edward Hogshire that shame led him to flee […]

Experts say educating teens directly is the best way to effect change.

Cell phone as sex toy? The struggle to respond to teen sexting

Last month, terror struck Albemarle County when a Dunlora teen vanished from her neighborhood late one night. Frantic, her parents took to social media to plead for help in what they described as an abduction, and police sprang into action, asking for the media’s assistance in issuing an alert. In the wake of other recent […]

Route 29 North outside Charlottesville. Photo: Jack Looney

With Dems ruling Albemarle, can the Western Bypass be rolled back?

A week after Democrats swept the Albemarle County Supervisors election, focus on the Western Bypass is heating up yet again. In the weeks before the election, a group called the Charlottesville Bypass Truth Coalition stirred controversy by running anti-Bypass ads that pushed for the defeat of Republican Bypass supporters Duane Snow and Rodney Thomas.  Some […]

He was transformative in everything he did,” said Silverman’s girlfriend, Dana Ostrowski. “He was constantly reinventing. He was an unbelievable force of life.” Photo: Jackson Smith

Gabe Silverman, developer, architect, and arts patron, dies at 73

Remembered by family and friends as a brash visionary with a heart of gold, Gabe Silverman, 73, godfather of Charlottesville Downtown development and the arts, died after suffering cardiac arrest on Sunday, November 10 in New York City. Days after his death, those who knew and loved Silverman are struggling to believe they’ll never again […]

Virginia ranks 12th for deer collisions nationwide, according to State Farm statistics. File photo.

Oh, deer: November the deadliest month for road run-ins

Love is in the air for white-tailed deer this month. Unfortunately for humans, there’s nothing romantic about a smashed car, and deer-vehicle collisions soar in November as the randy animals roam through woods, over fields, and into roadways during the peak of their mating season, which coincides with the start of deer hunting season. According […]

And the winners are: Jane Dittmar (D), Scottsville; Diantha McKeel (I), Jouett; Liz Palmer (D), Samuel Miller; Brad Sheffield (D), Rio. Contributed photos.

Albemarle County feeling blue after big Dem wins

Election day delivered a big shakeup in Albemarle as Democrats swept three races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and a left-leaning independent took a fourth. Democratic newcomer Jane Dittmar had the biggest margin of victory, taking 57.73 percent of the vote in the Scottsville special election to Republican Cindi Burket’s 42.05 […]

Update: Arrest in Woodland Drive shooting

Update: Arrest in Woodland Drive shooting

Charlottesville police have made an arrest in last month’s shooting death of 22-year-old Jarvis C. Brown. Twenty-one-year-old Charlottesville resident Tsaye Lemar Simpson has been charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police responded to a 911 call to the 2500 block of Woodland Drive in the Fry’s Spring neighborhood […]

"We cannot grow Virginia's economy by suing scientists," said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAufliffe, referring to former UVA professor Michael Mann, whose work was the subject of a lawsuit by Ken Cuccinelli. In his campaign speech, McAuliffe stressed job creation, education and his progressive position on social issues. Photo: Courteney Stuart

Clinton stumps and charms in Charlottesville

It may be nearly 13 years since he left the Oval Office, but Bill Clinton can still pack an auditorium. On Wednesday, October 30, Clinton arrived at the Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall to stump for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor. With only six days before the election, Clinton, McAuliffe and […]

Ludwig Kuttner (right) and his son Fabian have no problem with drivers turning their Ix property into a shortcut. Photo: Mallory Benedict

Ix fix: Downtown property gets a drive-through makeover

That “dead end” sign posted at the Second Street SE entrance to the Ix building off Elliott Avenue? Ignore it and come on through! The 17-acre commercial property two blocks south of the Downtown Mall, bordered by Elliott and Monticello avenues, is now an owner-sanctioned shortcut that can help Mall-bound Downtown drivers avoid rush hour […]

Jonathan Messer. Photo courtesy Albemarle County Police.

Man arrested on Albemarle child porn charges “never in trouble”

The man arrested on child pornography charges relating to the October 18 disappearance of a Dunlora teen, who was found safe less than 12 hours after she vanished, was denied bond in Albemarle Charlottesville Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Monday, October 28. Jonathan Lee Messer was arrested on October 23—his 24th birthday—in an incident […]