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.

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 […]

Suspended: Spectra is halting its plans to build a natural gas pipeline through Virginia. The proposed route, which came close to Albemarle and would have cut through James Madison’s Montpelier, angered environmentalists and historic preservationists.

Spectra suspends pipeline proposal

Spectra Energy has suspended efforts to build a $4 billion, 427-mile natural gas pipeline through Virginia, a spokesman confirmed this week. The Houston-based company was one of three so far this year to float proposals for gas pipelines cutting through the Commonwealth. Its pipeline would transport fracked gas from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, skirting Albemarle […]

Atlantic editor Scott Stossel (left) talks during a panel on magazine writing with (left to right) journalist and short fiction author Wells Tower, VQR contributing editor Delphine Schrank, and VQR deputy editor Paul Reyes. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Counter-programming: Talking with The Atlantic’s Scott Stossel at VQR’s writers conference

The Virginia Quarterly Review hosted its first-ever writers’ conference last week, a four-day retreat at the Boar’s Head full of workshops and public panels with a host of big names in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including Atlantic editor Scott Stossel, journalist and short story writer Wells Tower, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Claudia Emerson, Slate senior editor […]

The Atlantic, a mixed-use, mixed-income development from architect-developer Bill Atwood, is planned for the 400-500 block of West Main Street. Image courtesy Southern Cities Development

Mix it up: Developer-architect Bill Atwood takes aim at West Main

Waterhouse building designer Bill Atwood is taking another stab at a multi-story mixed-use development near downtown, and while he believes he’s got a plan for a project that will push West Main Street in the right direction, some are raising concerns that it could put traffic pressure on the surrounding neighborhood. The Atlantic, which will […]

Spectra Energy’s proposed pipeline route could affect both Montpelier and the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District.

Pipeline vs. preservation: Spectra route’s path through landmark sites ‘baffling,’ say stewards

Two companies are floating plans for natural gas pipelines through Central Virginia, and while community groups and conservationists are raising environmental concerns about both, it’s outcry from historic preservationists in the Piedmont that could form the earliest challenge of the Commonwealth’s new status as a gas throughway. Houston-based Spectra Energy’s proposed $4 billion, 427-mile pipeline […]

Governor Terry McAuliffe. Photo: John Robinson

Capitol chaos: What just happened in Richmond?

“We have a budget—that’s the good news,” Del. David Toscano said Monday afternoon. The House minority leader and Charlottesville rep was on his cell, en route to Richmond for an evening legislative session to vote on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s budget vetoes. The good news, at least for any remaining hopes of bipartisan agreement on Medicaid […]

Year-over-year percent change in school population: Like Tandem, many private schools around the country experienced a steep drop in enrollment post-recession—made all the more noticeable when graphed against the steady enrollment at public schools—but are now seeing their student numbers climb.

Local private schools see growth post-recession

Early this month, the Albemarle County Planning Commission heard from not one but two private school headmasters at its regular meeting in Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building. The institutions themselves were very different: Tandem Friends School, a 44-year-old Quaker middle and high school, and Regents, a small Christian K-through-12 academy founded in 2010. […]

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What will Charlottesville’s new City Market look like?

After years of study and debate, the Charlottesville City Council is poised to pick a design for a permanent home for the City Market, the weekly farmers’ market that has occupied the municipally owned parking lot on Water Street since 1993. Four proposals are in, each including multi-story mixed-use residential and commercial buildings with space […]

Halsey Minor’s back, and he’s a Bitcoin champion

Halsey Minor’s back, and he’s a Bitcoin champion

The last time Halsey Minor’s name made national headlines was a year ago last week, when the former Charlottesville investor declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy in an effort to clear his slate of more than $100 million in debt. Minor profited wildly when he sold his Web startub CNET to CBS for $200 million in 2008, but his personal […]

UVA law professor Douglas Laycock is being criticized by a gay rights group for his legal arguments in favor of controversial laws and court arguments. Photo: UVA Media Relations

Sullivan’s law professor husband criticized by gay rights group

A UVA law professor married to the University’s president is coming under fire from an advocacy group that claims his recent legal arguments in favor of religious exemptions are aiding anti-gay and anti-woman agendas. Douglas Laycock, School of Law faculty member and husband of UVA President Teresa Sullivan, is one of the country’s leading experts […]

A conceptual rendering of what the Rio Road and Route 29 intersection could look like, thanks to a proposed $81 million grade-separated interchange project. Image courtesy VDOT.

Route 29 plan includes Rio interchange, panel chief recommends selling Bypass right-of-way

Despite sharp disagreement from some participants, the advisory panel called to examine traffic-relieving alternatives for Route 29 in the wake of the freezing of the Western Bypass project concluded yesterday with a $203 million plan that includes extensions of Berkmar and Hillsdale drives and a grade-separated interchange at Rio Road. Former Virginia Department of Transportation […]

Monticello High School graduate Ramiro Vazquez Morales (second from left, with his siblings) said the recent Attorney General’s decision making DACA-status immigrants like him eligible for in-state tuition means he’ll be able to afford college. Photo: Elli Williams

Immigrant plaintiffs who sued for lower tuition rates get a big victory

Last year, Charlottesville’s Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) filed a lawsuit seeking in-state college tuition for Virginia youth who immigrated to the U.S. illegally as children, and on April 29, the plaintiffs—including some from Albemarle County—won a major victory, though it wasn’t in the courtroom. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring stood in front of a […]