If you call for an ambulance, chances are that an all-volunteer squad will respond and that you’ll only be charged for medical supplies on the way to the hospital. But this budget season, local officials are exploring the idea of imposing fees, as much as $450 per ride. And as the closed-door discussions continue between […]
Though police reports show that there were only eight accidents involving bicyclists in Charlottesville last year, local bike activists beg to differ.
Debated issues come and go with each session of Virginia’s General Assembly—this year’s fan favorites are sure to include mental health reform and bad driver fees—but there is at least one topic ripe for debate among the state’s legislators year in and year out: abortion. With the new session on the horizon, organizers on both […]
The temperatures outside have finally started to dip, but the waters of Lake Anna are unseasonably warm this time of year. Not from any natural hot springs in the area—instead, the warm waters of the lake, located about 30 miles from Charlottesville, are the result of discharge generated from the nearby nuclear power plant’s cooling […]
A motivated group of UVA students is attempting to do something that has never been done at Mr. Jefferson’s university—implement the first student-proposed major. For the past year, members of the student-run Global Development Organization have been lobbying the administration for the creation of a new global development major. While the interested students recognize the […]
The debate surrounding a second vehicular crossing of the Downtown Mall just got a lot more confusing.
When five Charlottesville government officials wanted to go on a business trip on the city's dime to Italian sister city Poggio a Caiano last week…
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule over the country November 3, suspending the constitution and shutting down all independent media outlets. While some critics from around the globe have called this the desperate act of a weakened leader, Musharraf affirms that he is doing what is necessary to save his country from inner conflict […]
Dena Bowers’ $1 million lawsuit against UVA for her firing in late 2005 is now in the hands of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, following a decision by a lower court judge that threw out most of Bowers’ First Amendment claims. But serious legal conflict between attorneys on both sides of the case continues […]
In a $1 million lawsuit nearly two years in the making, the appeal of Dena Bowers’ case against UVA is set to begin oral arguments in January 2008. Previous coverage: "I can’t say I don’t get some pleasure out of mixing it up"Debbie Wyatt, the local courts’ inconvenient woman, prepares to retire Bowers set to […]
In discussing this year’s planned $300 million budget cuts, Governor Tim Kaine has emphasized that education, public safety and public health will be protected. "Throughout this difficult process, we made a determined effort to keep these budget cuts from impacting our most vulnerable citizens," Governor Kaine said in an October 1 press release. "In fact, […]
Heated debate concerning the North Anna Power Station is expected to continue Wednesday, October 24, as Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff meet with members of the public to discuss the intention of Dominion Power to build a third nuclear reactor at the site, located 30 miles from Charlottesville.
Five bridges spanning railroad tracks in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are considered "structurally deficient" by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and there are currently plans to replace only one of these troubled overpasses. These figures are the result of a recent study of area bridges by local VDOT officials. The qualification of "structurally deficient" […]
Beginning September 26, various local churches and self-described “pro-life” organizations began gathering at the local Planned Parenthood clinic on Hydraulic Road to pray and voice their objection to abortion as part of a national “40 Days for Life” campaign. They hope to maintain an active presence outside of the building 24 hours a day until […]
Many sex crimes involving children and the Internet can appear similar, at least in terms of sentences. Former Western Albemarle High School teacher Richard Neal Willetts has pleaded guilty to coercion of a minor and is potentially facing 10 years in prison. Stephen Michael Fortney, Bryan Petersen Malmstrom and Walter D. Gregory, all of Albemarle […]
Charlottesville City officials are considering a new tax to fund an expensive repair to the deteriorating stormwater drainage system. Currently, city management of the stormwater drainage system is funded from the general budget to the tune of $915,000 annually. The proposed changes recommended to City Council at the September 17 meeting would push that cost […]
UVA graduation, or what’s known as Final Exercises, is a grand affair any way you measure it. Whether you count the 5,900 degrees awarded in May or the estimated 45,000 friends and relatives who come to witness their conferment, Charlottesville is packed to the brim every year for this 178-year-old tradition. The only thing more […]
Charlottesville city officials are considering the feasibility of building a low-power AM radio station to transmit general, visitor and emergency information to the general public. If built, the station would be noncommercial and would have a limited transmission range of about six miles. The city already has the capability to transmit certain types of information […]
Linda Swartz has been carpooling to work for almost 30 years. In addition to saving gas money, she says she is less stressed in the mornings, which has made her 30 minute commute from Stuarts Draft, across the mountain in Augusta County, to Fontaine Research Park a lot more fun. "We usually talk, or sometimes […]
Despite warning of growing local gang activity, authorities in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are currently not receiving any federal or state funding designated for fighting gang violence. These funding streams, however, are beginning to appeal to local officials. "We’d be open to it," says Albemarle County police Lieutenant John Teixeira. "We have to be flexible […]
Two Albemarle County men charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography have been arrested by Albemarle County police, and a third man sought for identical charges is currently on the run. According to authorities, 27-year-old Stephen Michael Fortney of Crozet and 29-year-old Bryan Petersen Malmstrom of Charlottesville face felony charges for their inappropriate […]
Local residents looking for an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their household hazardous waste must wait until October 6 to get rid of potentially harmful adhesives, pesticides and cleaners.
The Charlottesville Planning Commission denied an application August 14 to rezone property at the corner of W. Main Street and McIntire Road for which a nine-story building is planned, citing the project’s lack of affordable housing. The proposed high-rise would contain 79 condo units and four retail establishments with more than 180 parking spaces on […]
Coran Chapshaw’s plan for a mixed-used development around downtown Charlottesville’s trademark coal tower is one step closer to reality. At an August 14 meeting, the city Planning Commission unanimously approved an application for a preliminary site plan for the project. The coal tower, a longtime landmark, is now becoming a focus of residents’ worries about […]
Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors both officially declared a "drought warning" on August 16 and approved measures to restrict public water use. The declarations came a day after a recommendation from the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) upgrading the situation to the second of three stages of possible water-shortage […]
Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors both officially declared a “drought warning” on August 16 and approved measures to restrict public water use.
The City of Charlottesville will help fund a study to define an optimal population for the Albemarle-Charlottesville community. A request for $11,000 by the Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP) was unanimously approved by City Council at its August 6 meeting. The city’s contribution comes on the heels of a $25,000 appropriation from Albemarle […]