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.

UVA’s endowment, which supplies more than a tenth of the University’s operating budget, outperformed many other top-tier university investment funds. Photo by Jack Looney.

In a time of wobbly endowment returns, UVA bucks the trend

America’s universities sit on an ocean of assets, holding on to hundreds of billions in long-term investments. With an endowment worth more than $5.4 billion, UVA is one of the world’s richest institutions, and it’s seeing success where other higher ed investment funds have stumbled. “Over the last one year, three years, five years, we’re […]

Seth Avett, Bob Crawford and Scott Avett are the thrust of The Avett Brothers band. (Publicity photo)

The Avett Brothers Interview: I and Love and Charlottesville

The Avett Brothers have enjoyed a trajectory of success since the indie-Americana crowd picked up on their album, Emotionalism in 2007. Known for energetic live shows and musical versatility, the brothers from North Carolina and their band of ace players can incite the audience into a frothing mosh in one song, and then break their […]

The city is connecting old land acquisitions, including Greenbrier Park, with new ones to create a more than mile-long buffer of public park land—outlined in red—in the restored Meadow Creek stream valley.

The Meadow Creek valley as a pedestrian corridor

When Charlottesville Parks and Trails Planner Chris Gensic gave a presentation in September on the future of the Meadow Creek stream valley, he flipped through a series of aerial shots that showed almost a century of evolution in the northern spur of the city that surrounds the waterway. In all the photos—from the late 1930s, […]

An infographic from the Center for American Progress on what it says is the real cost of a Mitt Romney tax plan. Image courtesy of CAP.

Perriello touts report on Romney’s budget math

Charlottesville and Albemarle residents may have spotted a familiar face talking politics at events and on the airwaves earlier this month when former 5th District Representative Tom Perriello swung through town. He’s stumping across the country—but not for any candidates. Perriello now works for the Center for American Progress, and is CEO of its Action […]

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UVA researcher wins whistleblower case, could get $1.7 million

A jury in a whistleblower case in federal court in Charlottesville last week awarded a former UVA researcher $660,000, determining he was wrongfully fired after drawing attention to alleged misuse of grant funds from the National Institutes of Health—and the plaintiff’s attorney says his client could end up with a much bigger payout. As initially […]

The Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

The Miller Center asks the question: Do debates matter?

Whether they watched them unfold or not, many Americans point to big moments in the history of presidential debates in this country: Nixon’s no-makeup mistake; Lloyd Bentsen’s “you’re no Jack Kennedy” quip. But do those moments—or even the debates as a whole—really matter? It’s a question reporters and pundits revisit every election cycle. Because despite […]

A map from the Orange Dot Report, a study of income inequality in Charlottesville that inspired a job hub project spearheaded by this year's class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture. Photo courtesy of ELA.

Young architects take on income gap with Green Dot job hub project

An architect’s challenge usually hinges on the limits of space and scale, but a team of young Virginia professionals has spent the last nine months tackling a very different task: closing Charlottesville’s income gap. The Emerging Leaders in Architecture program, run by the Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects, gives young people in […]

Trump Winery’s billionaire owner has hinted the estate could one day be home to a resort or golf course as well as a vineyard. As wineries become more commercialized, there’s a greater chance of clashes over rural land use. Photo: Lindsey Henry

Should Virginia wineries get agricultural tax breaks if they’re not growing grapes?

To qualify for a “Class B” Virginia farm winery or cidery designation, owners have to ensure that 75 percent of the fruit they use comes from Commonwealth vineyards —not necessarily their own. And in 2007, the legislature expanded the farm wineries’ privilege and banned local governments from regulating winery activities whose “purpose is to promote, market, sell, or educate guests about the wine produced.”

A new searchable database compiled by local plant experts offers insights into growing native plants, like this viburnum, in Virginia’s Piedmont. File photo.

County, plant experts roll out new native species database

Those seeking guidance in the garden have a new resource at their fingertips: the Piedmont Virginia Native Plants Database, a searchable list of 341 native grasses, trees, and wildflowers, all found in the region before the arrival of European settlers, and all accompanied by information about where they can be put to best use. Want […]

Matteus Frankovich, owner of Black Market Moto Saloon, listens as the Charlottesville City Council discusses denying him a special use permit to allow live music at his bar and restaurant at the corner of Market Street and Meade Avenue.

City Council’s Moto Saloon vote overturns compromise

When the Charlottesville City Council denied a live music permit for Matteus Frankovich’s Black Market Moto Saloon property near the Woollen Mills neighborhood on Monday, the move came as something of a surprise to those who had worked to reach a compromise between the bar owner and local residents. The 4-1 vote—Dave Norris was the […]

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. File photo.

Romney and Ryan to campaign in Fishersville Thursday

According to several media outlets, including CNN, Republican nominee Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan plan to campaign in Virginia this Thursday, October 4, a day after the first presidential debate. With country music artist Trace Adkins joining the candidates onstage, the hopefuls will host a Victory Rally at Augusta Expoland in Fishersville, about […]

Eric Trump stands with Patricia Kluge at a celebration marking the opening of Trump Winery on her own auctioned-off and rebranded estate in 2011. Kluge worked as vice president of operations at the vineyard for the last year, but her contract wasn’t renewed. Photo by Nick Strocchia.

Trump snaps up Kluge mansion, now owns entire estate

Watch, circle, and wait for a bargain. Looks like that was the Trump family’s strategy when it came to acquiring the Kluge estate. Donald Trump and his son Eric have slowly nibbled away at the massive property of friend Patricia Kluge, the third wife of late billionaire John Kluge, who spent much of her massive divorce […]

Local residents crowded into the Jack Jouett Middle School cafeteria Thursday night to formally submit opinions on VDOT's environmental assessment of the proposed Western Bypass. Photo by Graelyn Brashear.

Bypass forum draws hundreds

Hundreds of local residents packed the cafeteria at Jack Jouett Middle School Thursday night for VDOT’s public information forum on its environmental assessment of the long-planned Western Bypass around Charlottesville, lining up to leave written or dictated comments on the controversial project. By 6pm, there were few parking spots at the school, which lies close […]

Hawks aren't the only birds the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch volunteers spot and count. Here, an osprey soars above Afton Mountain. Photo by Vic Laubach.

Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch keeps tabs on raptors

On a slow September Saturday back in the early 1990s, Brenda Tekin took a drive up Afton Mountain in search of something to occupy her for the afternoon. She’d read about the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, a group of birders who kept tabs on migrants from the parking lot of the Inn at Afton each fall, […]

Human Rights Task Force co-chair Jesse Ellis listens to colleagues during a recent Task Force meeting. Photo by Graelyn Brashear

Human Rights Task Force nears deadline for recommendation on Commission

More than seven months, two community forums, and several field trips later, Charlottesville’s Human Rights Task Force is approaching a deadline. In December, the 10-member Task Force will make a recommendation to the City Council on whether Charlottesville needs a permanent Human Rights Commission to combat discrimination, and just what such a commission should look like. Task Force co-chair Jesse […]

Soundboard. Image by WTJU.

Soundboard 9/21: This week’s top news in a live radio format

Each week, the C-VILLE news team joins reporters from Charlottesville Tomorrow at WTJU 91.1 FM’s on-Grounds radio station for Soundboard, an hour-long, straight-from-the-source news show that touches on the big stories of the week. On this week’s show, we took a look at the Charlottesville Free Clinic in its 20th anniversary year, checked in on […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

On the fate of the Farm Bill

An economics professor I had in college once told my class the Farm Bill was the most important piece of legislation that nobody in America cares about. Granted, I went to an ag school, so maybe she had a slightly skewed perspective. But she’s got a point. The Farm Bill—these days, officially known as the Food, […]

UVA President Teresa Sullivan takes notes as acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announces a federal grant to support high-tech research in Virginia at a press conference at the Rotunda on Wednesday, September 19. Photo by Graelyn Brashear.

UVA and research partners get $1 million grant to speed innovation

UVA will be at the center of a new state support network for high-tech researchers, thanks to a $1 million federal grant announced yesterday. Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank—a former Clinton advisor who was on the faculty of the University of Michigan when UVA President Teresa Sullivan was Provost there—announced the award in […]