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 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.

Wes Bellamy. Photo: Mina Pirasteh

Wes Bellamy makes another bid for City Council

Wes Bellamy lost to Bob Fenwick in the 2013 Democratic primary for Charlottesville City Council by five votes—a frustratingly small margin, he said. But now, as the 28-year-old teacher and youth mentor launches his second bid for a Council seat, he’s glad he didn’t win last time around. A lot has happened in two years, […]

Map courtesy Dominion.

Dominion proposes alternative pipeline routes through Nelson

Dominion has announced that it is exploring several alternative routes for its planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline through Nelson County. The 550-mile natural gas pipeline, which the company hopes to have online by the end of 2018, would be routed through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, and has seen significant opposition in Nelson, where many […]

Partygoers line up to enter a UVA fraternity house on Saturday, January 31. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

UVA sorority sister: Why I quit

Last week UVA’s Greeks showed up on the national news once again, this time thanks to a decision by sorority leaders to ground their UVA chapters on Boys’ Bid Night, a men’s pledging celebration and one of the biggest party nights of the year. The mandate infuriated sorority members at the University. Simmering discontent over […]

Alexis Murphy. Photo: FBI Richmond Division.

Prosecutor: No link between Jesse Matthew and Alexis Murphy

Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin has for months maintained that there’s no credible link between accused Hannah Graham abductor Jesse Matthew and Alexis Murphy, another local teen who disappeared in August 2013 and whose convicted killer, Randy Taylor, is now serving two life sentences. Now Martin is pointing to DNA tests conducted by the FBI […]

A lawsuit wants to halt the grade-separated interchange at Rio Road and Route 29. Image courtesy VDOT.

Bell budget amendment aims to put Route 29 projects on hold

Albemarle Delegate Rob Bell has proposed a state budget amendment that would put plans for a major overhaul of Route 29’s Rio Road intersection on hold and subject them to further scrutiny. The $80 million stoplight-eliminating, grade-separated interchange is part of a package of improvements planned for the highway’s congested Albemarle stretch. The updates, which […]

Pat Durrer (second from right) of Lovingston looks on with her husband and granddaughter at an open house last week as a Dominion representative points out their property on a map of the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Dominion withdraws some suits, but forges ahead with pipeline plans

Dominion Resources has dropped 14 lawsuits against Nelson County landowners it says it sued in error, but dozens more suits over the company’s right to survey land for its proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline are going ahead as many residents continue to voice their opposition. Dominion spokesman Jim Norvelle said Friday, January 16, that the […]

Holdout fraternities sign new rules agreement with UVA

Holdout fraternities sign new rules agreement with UVA

The two UVA fraternity chapters whose national organizations issued statements earlier this week saying they wouldn’t sign a new rules agreement with the University have capitulated, according to a recent news release. UVA’s Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Tau Omega fraternities have signed a new Fraternal Order Agreement, or FOA, which defines the frats’ relationship with the […]

A UVA fraternity party in fall 2014. Photo: Martyn Kyle

UPDATED: Some UVA fraternities refusing to sign new rules agreement

At least two UVA fraternities are refusing to agree to new rules regulating house parties. The additional rules were drawn up by student fraternity leaders during a more than month-long suspension of Greeks at UVA that followed a controversial Rolling Stone story alleging a woman was gang-raped at the school’s Phi Kappa Psi chapter in 2012. […]

Fraternities are back at UVA after agreeing to new rules aimed at making parties safer. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Greek life resumes at UVA, but with new event restrictions

UVA’s fraternities again made national news this week when University President Teresa Sullivan announced the reinstatement of the school’s Phi Kappa Psi chapter, which voluntarily ended its relationship with the University in November after an explosive and now largely discredited Rolling Stone story alleged a woman was gang raped there in 2012. The rest of […]

The proposed route of Dominion Resource's natural gas pipeline through Nelson County. Image courtesy Dominion

Landowners respond to Dominion pipeline survey lawsuits

This updated and expanded story includes reporting from a previous, shorter piece on Dominion’s pipeline lawsuits posted late last month. This week, courts in Nelson and Augusta counties are expected to start delivering Dominion Resource’s Christmas present to landowners there: the first of dozens of lawsuits, announced last month, against holdout residents who since May […]

Sage Smith. Photos courtesy Charlottesville police

UPDATED: Details in Sage Smith disappearance come to light

This updated and expanded story, which appeared in print Wednesday, January 7, includes reporting from a previous, shorter piece on the Sage Smith investigation that ran online on December 24. To read the original post, scroll down for the next page. More than two years after Dashad Sage Smith* went missing, recently unsealed court documents offer information about […]

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline could run through these Nelson County mountains. Photo: Jack Looney

Dominion sues landowners for pipeline survey access

Dominion has filed suit against holdout landowners in Nelson and Augusta counties who since May have refused to let the energy company survey their land for its proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline. According to Dominion spokesman Jim Norvelle, the company filed 20 suits in Nelson County and 27 more in Augusta County last Thursday and […]

Dominion has submitted details of an alternative route for its Atlantic Coast Pipeline (in red), but officials have made it clear that they intend to stick to an eastern route (in blue), which cuts through Nelson County. Image courtesy Dominion

As Dominion makes the case for its pipeline to feds, locals say they’ll keep fighting it

Dominion’s plans for a 550-mile natural gas pipeline through Virginia are marching ahead, and with the release of the company’s first reports to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), anti-pipeline activists in Nelson County are finding more reasons to rally opposition to the multi-billion-dollar project. The federal approval process requires companies to file a dozen […]