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.

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 […]

Police have released a photo of Graham they say were pulled from surveillance footage, apparently in an apartment hallway, a few hours before she disappeared. In the images, she's wearing the outfit she was last seen in: a shiny crop top and black skinny jeans. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

Hannah Graham’s family releases statement, police refocus search

The family of missing UVA second-year Hannah Graham has issued a statement thanking the University community for support and asking for help in finding the 18-year-old girl, whom they say “would not disappear without contacting family and friends.” John and Susan Graham described their daughter as empathetic, highly responsible, and organized. “She loves the University of […]

Sara Surface spent her summer helping launch a new initiative at UVA to help end sexual assault. Photo: Emily Moroné

New UVA campaign trains community to counter sexual assault

If UVA third-year Sara Surface has to write a “how I spent my summer vacation” essay at the start of this semester, the gist would be something like this: Helped my school end rape culture. Surface, a global development studies major from Northern Virginia and a student leader with the University’s Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition, […]

Chris Kelly today. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Kids in the halls: What was it like to be gay in high school?

This week marks our first-ever pride issue—just in time for Charlottesville’s Pride Festival this weekend. Check out our other feature stories on deciding whether to marry as a gay couple, on UVA’s lack of gender-neutral housing for trans students, and on the festival itself. Here’s an “it gets better” stat for you: According to Equality […]

Nelson County residents protest Dominion's planned natural gas pipeline outside an August community meeting in Lovingston. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Dominion formally announces pipeline partnership

Dominion Resources has formally announced it will pursue its planned natural gas pipeline through Virginia as part of a multi-billion-dollar partnership with North Carolina electricity giant Duke Energy and two other energy companies. The proposed 550-mile pipeline, previously called the Southeast Reliability Project, is now dubbed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Until the formal partnership announcement […]

Musictoday founder Coran Capshaw helped facilitate the sale of the company, according to the CEO of Musictoday's new owner, San Francisco-based Delivery Agent.

Spinning off: Musictoday buyer promises expansion

Crozet-based music merchandising company Musictoday has been snapped up by San Francisco e-commerce firm Delivery Agent, and while locals are mum on the deal, the CEO of Musictoday’s new parent company says the buy will mean growth and jobs in Charlottesville and Albemarle. Musictoday was founded in 2000 by Charlottesville’s Coran Capshaw, the Dave Matthews […]

There was standing room only in the 650-seat auditorium at Nelson Middle School Tuesday night as residents gathered to hear county officials talk to Dominion reps about the company's proposed natural gas pipeline. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Hundreds turn out to hear Nelson supes grill Dominion on pipeline

“Virginia is for lovers, not pipelines.” “You shall not pass.” “Humpback wails over pipelines.” The gauntlet of signage on the sidewalk outside Nelson Middle School Tuesday evening ahead of the community’s first public meeting with representatives from Dominion Resources made the sentiments of hundreds of local residents clear: They don’t want to see the company […]