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.

Westhaven, one of Charlottesville's public housing projects. Photo by Jack Looney.

HUD report criticizes foundering, divided housing authority

The Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA) got a thrashing last week with the release of a highly critical report on its operations by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and since then, parties on all sides of the debate over how to fix public housing in the city have been leveraging […]

Results from an annual government-mandated survey of local homeless individuals were recently released by a local data analysis organization. File photo.

City homelessness survey highlights a common cause

Over the course of two days in late January, teams of volunteers filed into shelters in communities around the country to conduct a massive point-in-time survey on homelessness, including here in Charlottesville. The results of the survey of about 130 locals have just been released. The data doesn’t offer a complete picture of the homeless […]

Snowy train tracks under the JPA bridge on March 6. Photo by Graelyn Brashear.

What will it take for Dominion to bury power lines?

Before the end of the winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in central Virginia and put the Commonwealth into a state of emergency last week, 233,000 Dominion Power customers around the state were without electricity in freezing temperatures, including tens of thousands in Charlottesville and Albemarle.  At 10am Wednesday—the morning after […]

Paul and Sonia Tudor Jones. File photo.

UVA-linked public school yoga program comes under fire

A yoga program in a California public school district that’s linked to UVA’s Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) is the subject of a religious freedom lawsuit filed last week in San Diego County, and the plaintiffs’ expert witness is using language from UVA professors to help her make her case. The CSC, a collaboration among several […]

“Children don’t need to be reminded that they’re poor,” said Atkins. “They live it every day.” Photo: Cramer Photo

Grading education: How good are Charlottesville and Albemarle schools?

Virginia schools are about to get their grades. The state legislature passed a new measure at the end of its 2013 session last month instituting an A-through-F assessment system for public schools. Supporters of the new guidelines—particularly Governor Bob McDonnell, who was largely responsible for pushing it through both houses—say it will bring clarity and […]

The Lankford House, built by Jobes Builders at 229 Lankford Ave. in Charlottesville, is the first certified passive house in Virginia. Finished last year, it’s built to standards that slash home energy consumption by 80 to 90 percent of a traditionally built house of the same size. Photo by Ross McDermott.

Waste not: Passive house movement gaining traction in local market

When Bill Jobes learned about the ultra-high-efficiency building concept known as passive house, “it was love at first sight.” Jobes, CEO of Jobes Builders, has worked in home construction in the Charlottesville area since 1977, when he started apprenticing with Shelter Associates. He’s always been inspired by efficient home design, he said, and not just […]

Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler as he entered the Albemarle County Circuit Courthouse to accept a plea deal in January. Photo by Graelyn Brashear.

Dumler issues statement of apology, says he won’t resign

Despite escalating pressure to resign from office—including from all five of his fellow Albemarle County supervisors—embattled Scottsville representative Chris Dumler released a statement today apologizing for his actions and saying he does not intend to step down following his guilty plea on a sexual battery charge stemming from an arrest for forcible sodomy late last […]

Jim Baldi. Photo courtesy Albemarle County Police.

Who will try Jim Baldi on embezzlement charges?

Last week, two and a half years after fleeing indictments, former Charlottesville restaurateur and accused embezzler Jim Baldi made his first appearance in local court, but the nature of the charges against him make it difficult to predict what the path forward looks like for the area’s most notorious bookkeeper. Altogether, Baldi, who managed the […]

On February 25, UVA students will vote on what could be the most substantial changes to the University’s much-lauded Honor Code in the 170-year history of the student-policed system. File photo.

UVA grapples with how to reform its embattled Honor Code

On February 25, UVA students will vote on what could be the most substantial changes to the University’s much-lauded Honor Code in the 170-year history of the student-policed system, which demands that all Wahoos pledge not to lie, cheat, or steal, and threatens them with expulsion if they’re caught. But the storm of debate over […]

Kathy Galvin, Elaine Echols, and Steve Williams weigh in on the comprehensive plans being finalized by city and county. File photos.

What’s in a comprehensive plan?

Few local government topics are as mired in planning jargon—or more likely to cause eyes to glaze over at public meetings—than the revision of a comprehensive plan, the massive guidance document that lays out broad ground rules for a municipality’s growth and development. “It’s sort of this giant cloud that hangs over the community for […]

Special Resource Officer Pete O’Malley greets students at Monticello High School. A task force convened by Governor Bob McDonnell in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting is still examining the question of whether more SROs should be assigned to Virginia schools. Photo by John Robinson.

Gun shy: Charlottesville, Albemarle confront school safety

Albemarle County School District Assistant Superintendent Matt Haas remembers the day Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and themselves at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999 as a day he knew his job would no longer be the same. A climate of fear was born overnight at the Virginia Beach high school where […]

The 2009 purchase of Biscuit Run, the 1,200-acre tract at the center of the $20 million tax credit battle, still holds the record as the biggest land deal in Albemarle County history.

Judge clears way for Biscuit Run suit to go to trial

The original purchasers of the 1,200-acre Biscuit Run tract just south of I-64 have been battling Virginia’s Department of Taxation for years over a $20 million tax credit claim, and on Tuesday, a county judge denied a challenge from the state, clearing the way for a spring trial date. “It’s wonderful news,” said Craig D. […]

Chris Dumler. Photo: John Robinson

Dumler faces censure, calls for resignation

Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler faced official censure and angry calls for his resignation at his first Board of Supervisors meeting after pleading guilty to sexual battery last week, and may also have to beat back a challenge to his continued presence on the Board. An overflow audience—some holding signs calling for the Scottsville representative […]

Developers hope to start construction of the Fifth Street Station shopping center—which will include a Wegmans grocery store—as early as the end of this year. Image courtesy of River Bend Management.

Site prep for future Wegmans shopping center scrutinized

Plans for a shopping center with a Wegmans grocery store just south of Charlottesville are marching forward, despite recommendations of caution from staff and the qualms of some neighbors. Last week, the Albemarle County Planning Commission gave its stamp of approval to a special use permit allowing developers to fill in parts of the site […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

What’s coming up in Charlottesville the week of 2/4

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 Charlottesville City Council meets Monday night at 7pm at City Hall. Two big topics on the […]

The Blue Ridge in winter. Photo by Jack Looney.

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 March of the Priuses: A parade of […]