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.

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. […]

Construction on Market Plaza is set to begin next summer. Photo courtesy Woodard Properties

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 lawsuit wants to halt the grade-separated interchange at Rio Road and Route 29. 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 […]

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Photo: Adrin Snider/MCT/

Big victory for local Legal Aid center as Herring extends in-state tuition to DACA-eligible immigrants

Last year, Charlottesville’s Legal Aid Justice Center filed a lawsuit seeking in-state college tuition for Virginia youth who emigrated to the U.S. illegally as children. Today, the plaintiffs in the suit won a major victory—though not in the courtroom. Attorney General Mark Herring announced this morning that under Virginia law, immigrants covered by the Obama administration […]

A recent open house at HackCville, a student-centric incubator and "idea clubhouse" on Elliewood Avenue. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

UVA undergrads give entrepreneurs a boost with online news site

When Spencer Ingram launched HackCville in 2012, the 2007 UVA grad saw the student-centric off-Grounds startup incubator as a way for undergraduates to take their aspiring careers in tech into their own hands. Students came to the Elliewood Avenue “clubhouse” with ideas, and got the mentoring and advice they needed to turn them into real […]

The Western Bypass. File image.

Road map: Why the route to Bypass alternatives won’t be easy

If not a Bypass, then what? That’s the question being put to a committee of local and statewide elected officials, business leaders, and environmental advocates tasked with advising the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on how best to spend the $244 million allocated for the scrapped Western Bypass around Charlottesville. The advisory panel of 10 meets […]