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.

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 […]

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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 […]

Dr. Lynn Dengel, a breast surgeon at Martha Jefferson Hospital’s Virginia Breast Care, joins local peers in sticking to the recommendation that women start getting annual mammograms at 40. Photo: Elli Williams

Health issue 2014: Local docs on the controversy over breast cancer screening

This story is part of our 2014 health issue, which also includes articles on concussions in young athletes, rhabdomyolysis, and gluten intolerance. Just over four years ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—an independent, federally funded panel of physicians—rocked the cancer community when it changed its breast cancer screening guidelines, recommending that women get mammograms […]

Landmark hotel. Staff photo.

Landmark’s last stand? More security, structural reports called for

For a brief moment last week, it looked like the towering unfinished shell of what was to be the Landmark Hotel was doomed to be reduced to rubble, as the Charlottesville Planning Commission declared the structure blighted and debated demolition as a fix: Should the city, as former commission chair Genevieve Keller suggested, “un-Landmark the Landmark”? […]

Rivanna Master Naturalist trainees explore an Albemarle County stream. The 40-hour Master Naturalist course offers instruction in a wide range of ecological and environmental topics. Photo: Ida Swenson

Rivanna Master Naturalists gear up for 2014 training

Starting in February, two dozen locals will give their Tuesday nights over to the study of rocks, plants, and birds—and together will pledge to devote nearly 1,000 hours annually to environmental study and education. They’ll be 2014’s class of Rivanna Master Naturalists, the newest members of a statewide corps of highly trained volunteers. Charlottesville is […]

(Left to right) Albemarle Superintendent Pam Moran, Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center Board Chair and Albemarle County School Board Chair Steve Koleszar, and Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins evaluate potential models for CATEC. Photo: Tim Shea

Education beat: CATEC looks to add pre-K, plans for the future

In the coming years, the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) might welcome students who have yet to reach high school. During a strategic plan work session Tuesday, the CATEC Board approved Director Adam Hastings’ request to conduct a feasibility study about starting a preschool teacher training program at the regional center. “So far our […]

Arrowhead Farm is set to become a nature preserve thanks to a partnership between Albemarle County and the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Elli Williams.

Once-rejected Arrowhead Farm set to become county nature preserve

Albemarle County officials have accepted a 410-acre land gift they initially rejected, approving a plan to partner with a local nonprofit that will maintain the new southern Albemarle park as a nature preserve and a site to release rehabilitated wildlife. “We’re very, very pleased that the land will be secure under a government agency,” said […]