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.

Maxed out: Western Albemarle and Albemarle high schools are set to exceed their enrollment capacity sooner than county officials anticipated.

County schools look ahead to looming crowding issues

As the Albemarle County Public School District works to find a short-term fix to overcrowding at two local elementary schools, parents and officials are eyeing a capacity crunch down the line. The writing is on the wall: When the ever-growing classes of school kids across the county hit ninth grade, the county will face costly […]

John Freeman, a 25-year-old UVA grad, is the man behind the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Facebook success. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Charlottesville’s Facebook page goes viral

Every marketing firm and tourism board in the country is searching for social media’s magic bullet, and the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau might have found it. With a small budget and a young social media coordinator’s instinctive touch, the CACVB’s Facebook page has shot to the top of national user engagement ratings. John […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

What’s coming up in Charlottesville the week of 11/26

Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings, too. The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Board meets from 2-3pm Tuesday at its headquarters at 695 Moores Creek Lane. […]

TJPDC director Steve Williams has come under fire for the organization's mishandling of a federal grant. Photo courtesy of Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Criticism of TJPDC over $500,000 grant mix-up continues

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission executive staff has come under fire after a scathing internal report by a committee of its own board members revealed a $500,000 budgeting error on a project funded by a Department of Housing and Urban Development grant, and county and city officials are now calling for more oversight of […]

Keswick's Castle Hill. Photo: Nick Strocchia

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. Cider celebration: The first-annual Virginia Cider […]

The Shelton family farm in North Garden is home to approximately 250 varieties of apples, many of them Virginia heirlooms from past centuries. Photo by Andrea Hubbell.

Contemporary cideries are key to keeping heirloom apple varieties alive

Appalachia is home to more apple varieties than the rest of the country combined, legacy of a bygone era when mountain settlers experimented with fruit trees in relative isolation. According to Gary Nabhan, an Arizona-based conservation biologist, sustainable agriculture activist, and “scholar in residence” during Virginia’s first annual Cider Week, the American apple is inextricably […]

Charlottesville pitches in, donates to Sandy relief

Charlottesville pitches in, donates to Sandy relief

For locals with ties to New York and New Jersey, the last two weeks in the wake of Hurricane Sandy have been hard. Seeing destruction and suffering in a place you’ve called home—a place where you still have loved ones and cherished memories—is a difficult thing, and the Web has made it easy for us […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

Help for veterans: A C-VILLE reader speaks up

Last week, ahead of Veterans Day, we ran a story about local vets and their struggles—and successes—coming home to the civilian workforce. It was a profile-oriented piece, but one reader, an Iraq veteran from Earlysville, pointed out that there weren’t a lot of specifics in the article about the resources out there for returning military. […]

Jacquelyn Fisher talks with other veterans at Piedmont Virginia Community College. A veterans advisor, she helps walk former military servicemen and women through the process of applying for college credit and receiving the benefits owed them. Photo by Elli Williams.

For veterans, the job hunt comes with extra challenges

Kerry Rock had been in Charlottesville a week when the then-22-year-old Iraq War veteran found himself in the grocery store, a packet of chicken in one hand and his phone in the other. “I’d done Chinese food and pizza,” he said. “I finally realized I needed to learn how to cook. So I called my mom from […]

Coles Hill in Pittsylvania County is the site of one of the world's largest uranium deposits.

Uranium mining debate heats up as political season winds down

In the runup to Election Day, the debate over whether to lift a 30-year-old ban on uranium mining and milling in Virginia became more politically charged than ever, with both candidates in the 5th District Congressional race accusing each other of misleading voters about their ties to the industry. But Hurt’s reelection won’t mark the […]

CFA Institute leaders join city officials and others for a ceremonial wall breaking to mark the start of major construction at the former Martha Jefferson hospital, set to be the financial organization's new home within a year. Photo courtesy of CFA.

CFA Institute announces fall 2013 move-in to old Martha Jeff site

The redevelopment of the former Martha Jefferson Hospital in North Downtown may be running behind schedule, but the anchor tenant is eager to show work is underway. The CFA Institute, currently headquartered just outside the city limits, held a “wall-breaking” ceremony yesterday with city officials and neighborhood association reps to mark the start of major […]

Hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast. Photo by NASA.

Tracking Sandy: On armchair reporting in a disaster

Fourteen months ago this week, I spent a long night hunkered down with my laptop in a middle school gym on the Jersey Shore as Hurricane Irene, roaring like a freight train overhead, made landfall a few miles to the south. At the time, I was the editor of a local news website covering a […]

UVA neurosurgeon Neal Kassell has given up the OR in favor of working to advance a surgical technology he says could be the most important medical device development since the invention of the scalpel—and he’s building a new research funding model in the process. Photo courtesy of UVA Medical Center.

UVA study testing ultrasound surgery treatment on Parkinson’s patients

Researchers at UVA have embarked on a new study to determine whether an advanced, noninvasive surgical procedure could help alleviate some of the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Dr. W. Jeffrey Elias, a UVA neurosurgeon, is overseeing the placebo-controlled, FDA-approved study, which is treating patients with focused ultrasound waves. Treatments involve pinpointing a trouble spot in […]

A sign directing voters to an Albemarle polling place. File photo.

From sign theft to voter fraud, silly season takes a turn for the crazy

Allegations of voter fraud, intimidation, sign theft, and other reprehensible electoral doings are about as common at this time of year as Halloween decorations. As Election Day approaches in Virginia, the flapping and hollering has started to get pretty intense—and the misbehavior pretty serious. Last week, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office arrested a young man […]

Virgil Goode to debate Tuesday with other third-party candidates

Virgil Goode to debate Tuesday with other third-party candidates

Virginia’s own Virgil Goode is taking the stage for a debate tonight with three other third-party presidential candidates in a token nod to—I mean, late-in-the-game look at America’s alternative options in the race for the White House. Goode, the former Republican (and before that, Democratic) 5th District representative who narrowly lost to  Tom Perriello in […]