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.

Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal prion disease that does not appear to be transmissible to humans, was first found in Virginia deer in 2009. File photo.

Wildlife officials bracing for spread of fatal deer disease

The symptoms of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer read like something out of a horror movie: emaciation, a lolling head, an odor of rotting meat, and—invisible until autopsy—a spongy degeneration of the brain. CWD is a prion disease affecting cervids—elk, moose, and our own white-tailed deer. Like mad cow in cattle and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease in […]

Cavalier Daily Editor-in-Chief Kaz Komolafe and Executive Editor Charlie Tyson (standing, left and right) look over pages with staff on the day their paper made the switch to digital-first content. Photo: Christian Hommel.

Cavalier Daily prioritizes online publishing

UVA’s Cavalier Daily is an unusual specimen in the world of campus newspapers. Founded in 1890, it is financially and editorially independent from the University. Students sell the ads to generate an annual budget of a few hundred thousand dollars, which pays for a print circulation of about 10,000. Students write the copy. Students edit […]

The grave of Jesse Scott Sammons, a descendant of the Hemings family of Monticello, was in the path of the Western Bypass. Photo by John Robinson

Sammons cemetery gets historic status; could affect Bypass route

A federal official’s announcement last week that a cemetery and house site in the path of the planned Western Bypass is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places has become the latest hang-up for the road project, and has some questioning the process the Virginia Department of Transportation used to evaluate the property […]

Who's who in the four 2013 races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors?

Albemarle County Supervisor showdown: Jack Jouett

As we head into election season proper, we’re taking a look at the four contested races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. We’ve already introduced the Scottsville, Rio, and Samuel Miller district candidates. Today, we hear from the two vying for the Jouett District seat: Independents Diantha McKeel and Phillip Seay. Phillip Seay Party: Independent […]

The Racial Dot Map, created by UVA demographer Dustin Cable, shows the U.S. population color-coded by race down to the neighborhood level. 
Image courtesy Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

UVA demographer’s race map gets national attention

Dustin Cable suspected the online map he built to plot the distribution of the entire U.S. population by race—a color-coded dot for all 308.7 million Americans identified by the 2010 Census—would be interesting, useful, and maybe even important. He didn’t think it would be so beautiful. “I didn’t expect, for instance, the blending of colors […]

Who's who in the four 2013 races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors?

Albemarle County Supervisor showdown: Rio

As we head into election season proper, we’re taking a look at the four contested races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Yesterday, we introduced the two Scottsville District candidates. Today, we hear from the Rio candidates: Incumbent Republican Rodney Thomas and Democrat Brad Sheffield. Rodney Thomas Party: Republican Age: 69 Occupation: […]

The scene where Rosson was shot and killed. File photo.

Albemarle officer cleared in June 8 shooting death of Crozet man

The county police officer who shot a 21-year-old Crozet man to death in a confrontation June 8 won’t be charged with a crime, Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford announced today. Nearly 11 weeks after the incident, Lunsford released a six-page statement with a legal analysis of the investigation into the shooting that stated Albemarle County police […]

Photo: Elli Wiliams

Wendy Fisher: The life of an adminstrator

Wendy Fisher fell in love with Montessori through the experience of her children. Fisher, now head of school at Mountaintop Montessori on Pantops, spent so much time in the classroom of the school in Washington, D.C. that the oldest of her five kids attended that the head of school suggested Fisher explore getting certified to […]

Randy Allen Taylor. Photo: FBI Richmond Division.

Suspect in Alexis Murphy case has long history with the law

Rapid developments in the case of missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy following the arrest of a 48-year-old Lovingston man have attracted the interest of news outlets around the country, and are shining new light on another unsolved disappearance. Randy Allen Taylor, a convicted burglar and arsonist, was arrested Sunday, August 11, and charged with […]

Dr. Rick Turner, president of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Chapter of the NAACP, addresses the crowd at last week’s rally in remembrance of Trayvon Martin. Photo: Annalee Grant

Hundreds gather to remember Trayvon Martin

The cry rang up and down Charlottesville’s rainy Downtown Mall last Wednesday evening, a call-and-answer chant heard at rallies across the country in the weeks since George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the February 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. “I am!” “Trayvon Martin!” But Eden Zekarias, the UVA third-year who […]

Photo: Barefoot Bucha

Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at news@c-ville.com.  Eco-activist onscreen: The Thomas […]

Biomass, set for launch in 2020, will use microwaves to map and measure the carbon load of the Earth’s forests on a scale never seen before. Photo courtesy European Space Agency.

UVA professor helping develop powerful forest mapping satellite

Hank Shugart has been waiting a long time for a view from space. Shugart,  UVA’s W.W. Corcoran Professor of Environmental Sciences, is a global forest ecologist whose work has made him a key consultant on Earth-mapping projects. He was with a crew of researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland on February […]

Mashed bananas, a flashlight, and a sheet? Yep—those are the tools you’ll need to get up close and personal with some nocturnal summer insects. File photo.

Ivy Creek experts offer tips on after-dark bug hunting

Last week, two volunteer naturalists offered visitors to the Ivy Creek Natural Area’s Education Center a new take on local nightlife. In an evening lecture at the preserve off Earlysville Road, Ivy Creek Education Programs Coordinator Bruce Gatling-Austin and volunteer guide and Master Naturalist Rachel Bush shared some illuminating facts about local nocturnal insects, and […]

William "Petie" Craddock has been named the interim Scottsville representative on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Photo: Graelyn Brashear.

Craddock named interim Scottsville supervisor

William “Petie” Craddock is the pick to serve as interim Scottsville representative on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, filling the seat left vacant when Chris Dumler abruptly resigned after months of controversy following his arrest on a felony sodomy charge and eventual guilty plea to a misdemeanor sex crime. Board members officially voted on […]