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.

An excerpt from a Cavalier Daily story reporting on a Board of Visitors meeting in the wake of the 1954 sexual misconduct case.

Buried history: A 1954 case of sexual misconduct at UVA comes to light

Again and again in the national debate over UVA’s handling of campus sexual assault that followed Rolling Stone’s explosive and discredited story about an alleged gang rape, news outlets—including this one—have stated that the University has never expelled a student over accusations of sexual misconduct. That, it turns out, isn’t true, but you have to […]

A view of the George Washington National Forest. Photo: Brian M. Powell

Forest fracking: Understanding the decision on drilling in the GW

Early on a Tuesday morning last month, Sarah Francisco got an e-mail she’d been waiting years to receive. Francisco, a senior attorney at the Virginia office of the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville, is the conservation group’s point person on the U.S. Forest Service’s long-delayed management plan for Virginia’s George Washington National Forest. The […]

UVA student Sara Surface was dismayed to see the Rolling Stone article glossed over her activist work. Photo: Emily Morone.

UVA activists, author of Rolling Stone article speak

This story is part of our ongoing coverage in the wake of the Rolling Stone story on rape at UVA. There’s more: An in-depth look at the University’s sexual assault policy, a Q&A with Board of Visitors member Helen Dragas on her reaction to the story, responses from two women who reported their own rapes while students, a […]

The planned entrance to the market as seen from the pedestrian crossing at First and Water streets. Images courtesy Powe Studio Architects, PC

Tall order: Market Plaza plans move forward

The decision to grant permits for a nine-story Water Street office and apartment building that will be home to the City Market is now in the hands of the City Council. Developers Gregory Powe and Keith Woodard’s Market Plaza concept was selected by Council in June, one of multiple proposals for the redevelopment of the […]

Vandalism has held up completion of a fence meant to block trespassers from crossing the railroad tracks near the Corner, say police. Staff photo

Mind the gap: Vandals frustrate Corner fence project

The city built it, and still they come. A 7-foot metal fence now stretches along more than 1,000 feet of railroad track from the 14th Street train trestle on the Corner north beyond the end of Elliewood Avenue, a barrier built with $385,000 in Federal Highway Administration funds. That is, it would stretch that length, […]

Peter van der Linde (left) at his Zion Crossroads facility in 2012. Staff photo

Van der Linde disputes claims of recycling slowdown

An Albemarle County supervisor has questions about a temporary slowdown in operations at a local recycling plant, but Peter van der Linde says his facility is running strong—and is about to see a big upgrade. Samuel Miller District Representative Liz Palmer serves on the county’s Long Range Solid Waste Solutions Advisory Committee, which is tasked […]

Remains identified as missing UVA student Hannah Graham

Remains identified as missing UVA student Hannah Graham

The Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond has confirmed that the remains found near a vacant home south of Charlottesville on October 18 are those of missing 18-year-old UVA student Hannah Graham, police announced Friday. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Graham family and Hannah’s friends during this incredibly difficult time,” read a release […]

The downtown Charlottesville offices of Norfolk-based MMM Design stand locked and dark on the morning of Monday, October 13. Staff photo

Belmont Bridge design firm folds, city to seeks new contractor

The architectural and engineering firm tasked with the controversial Belmont Bridge redesign has abruptly gone out of business, forcing the city to seek a new contract in a project that’s already seen years of debate and absorbed more than $1.2 million in public funds. Norfolk-based MMM Design Group announced in a September 9 letter to […]

The literati are swooning over UVA’s writer-in-residence James Salter, but the revered author imparts his wisdom with restraint. “You give your opinion, also, but you’re not really telling anybody to do it this way or that way,” he said. Photo by Virginia Hamrick.

Salter speaks: A literary great in residence at UVA

Last year, UVA creative writing department director Chris Tilghman was trying to convince a prospective MFA graduate student to enter his program when he dropped a quiet bomb. “I said we were hoping to welcome James Salter as a writer-in-residence,” Tilghman recalled. “There was this long pause on the phone, and then there was this […]

André Hakes and Catherine Gillespie, pictured with their son, received their marriage license from Charlottesville Circuit Court Clerk Llezelle Dugger at about 1:05pm Monday, October 6, making them the first same-sex couple in the city—and most likely the state—to be authorized to wed. They were married minutes later on the courthouse steps. Photo: Brianna LaRocca

Yes, Virginia, gay marriage is legal

Reporting from this previous article contributed to the following story.  Charlottesville Circuit Court Clerk Llezelle Dugger is used to hectic mornings, but this Monday delivered something out of the ordinary. Dozens of cheering locals toting flowers, rainbow flags, and, in a few cases, birth certificates descended on her office around noon, ready to be part of history in […]

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo holds up a new poster announcing a reward for information leading to Hannah Graham at a press conference Wednesday night.

UPDATED: Jesse Matthew arrested in Galveston TX, extradition begun

UPDATE, noon Thursday, September 25: An employee of the Galveston Sheriff’s Office confirmed this morning that Jesse Matthew was apprehended there after someone spotted him and called in a suspicious person report. Texas news website Click2Houston has reported that Matthew was camping on a beach on the Bolivar Peninsula when an observer reported him to authorities. A […]