Graelyn Brashear

Graelyn Brashear began her career in journalism at New Jersey's Asbury Park Press, where she covered municipal beats for number of Jersey Shore towns, wrote features, and formed a deep attachment to newsrooms and the kind of people who fill them. She moved on to online news network Patch.com in 2010, where she served as a local editor for the small town of Barnegat. She joined C-VILLE as news editor in March of 2012, and while she remains the staff's token New Jersey apologist, she's very happy to be back in her native Charlottesville.

A recent open house at HackCville, a student-centric incubator and "idea clubhouse" on Elliewood Avenue. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

UVA undergrads give entrepreneurs a boost with online news site

When Spencer Ingram launched HackCville in 2012, the 2007 UVA grad saw the student-centric off-Grounds startup incubator as a way for undergraduates to take their aspiring careers in tech into their own hands. Students came to the Elliewood Avenue “clubhouse” with ideas, and got the mentoring and advice they needed to turn them into real […]

The Western Bypass. File image.

Road map: Why the route to Bypass alternatives won’t be easy

If not a Bypass, then what? That’s the question being put to a committee of local and statewide elected officials, business leaders, and environmental advocates tasked with advising the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on how best to spend the $244 million allocated for the scrapped Western Bypass around Charlottesville. The advisory panel of 10 meets […]

Claire Kennedy Ogilvie. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

Update: Police arrest Charlottesville woman for abduction, assault of wife of Delegate David Toscano

Update: Wednesday 12:38pm Citing a conflict of interest, Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman has recused his office from prosecuting the woman charged with breaking and entering, abduction, and malicious wounding in an incident involving State Delegate David Toscano’s wife Nancy Tramontin on Monday, February 24. “I have known David and Nancy for many, many years […]

File photo.

Schock denied bond; prosecutors allege Web contact with minors

A city elementary school teacher arrested on child pornography charges on February 10 will remain behind bars unless a forensic psychologist can determine that he poses no risk to himself or others if released on bond, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Jay Swett ruled in the second of two back-to-back bond hearings Wednesday. More details of […]

Alberene Soapstone in Schuyler has brought on a new partner, Canadian stone company Polycor, in a collaboration that will lead to a major expansion. Photo: Elli Williams

Nelson’s Alberene Soapstone partners with Canadian industry giant

What do the walls of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, the window sills of New York City’s Rockefeller Center, and Martha Stewart’s kitchen counter have in common? They were all carved out of the ground 25 miles southwest of Charlottesville. Now Alberene, the Schuyler soapstone company whose quarries produced those and countless other pieces over the last […]

Leaders of some local arts non-
profits think the Charlottesville Convention and Visitors Bureau should be doing more to promote the area’s cultural scene—
instead of encouraging their organizations to buy ad space on its website. File photo

Should arts nonprofits have to buy their way onto local tourism site?

“Can your organization really afford to NOT have a high profile presence on VisitCharlottesville, particularly if your competitor does?” That was the sales pitch in an e-mail sent last month to Jody Kielbasa, director of the Charlottesville Film Festival, by an Arizona company called Destination Travel, a contractor hired to push ads on the website […]