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.

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 […]

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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  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 […]

What’s coming up the week of July 8?

What’s coming up the week of July 8?

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 in the comments section. Albemarle County’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements Committee (ACE) will meet at 5pm Monday, July 8 at […]

Capshaw’s Starr Hill Presents enters partnership with The Southern

Capshaw’s Starr Hill Presents enters partnership with The Southern

Coran Capshaw is expanding his live-music footprint on the Downtown Mall, today announcing a new partnership with The Southern Café & Music Hall. Starr Hill, the concert promotion arm of  Capshaw’s Red Light Management, released a statement today that confirmed the new relationship pairing the small venue on South First Street with the local industry giant, […]

Sigora Solar employees install solar panels on a commercial roof. Founder Andy Bindea says Dominion Power’s new solar purchase program could be a boon for customers. Photo: Sigora Solar.

Dominion rolls out solar purchase program

Dominion Virginia is wading into the renewable energy credit market, and it’s offering its customers a way to cash in. Andy Bindea, co-founder of Waynesboro-based residential and commercial solar installation company Sigora Solar, said Dominion’s new solar power purchase program, launched June 20, is a big step for sustainable energy in the Commonwealth. The power […]

Employees at the UVA-affiliated Boar's Head Inn say that even after two investigations found their employer had violated labor laws, wage issues persist at the resort. Staff photo.

UVA Foundation-owned Boar’s Head under fire for wage issues

Hospitality staff at the Boar’s Head Inn, the Ivy resort owned and operated by UVA’s nonprofit development corporation, are complaining of unpaid wages and retaliation by management, and their outcry has shed light on a history of labor law violations at the University-affiliated hotel and country club. In an anonymous letter mailed last month to […]

Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford's letter to Colonel Steve Sellers.

Commonwealth’s attorney clears boy, parents in Crozet shooting

Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford has determined that the 10-year-old Crozet girl who was shot to death by her brother in their living room last month was killed accidentally. According to a legal analysis Lunsford delivered to Albemarle County Police Chief Colonel Steve Sellers Thursday morning, no charges will be filed against either the […]

Chris Dumler. Photo: John Robinson

Dumler’s out—what’s next?

Eight months after his felony sexual assault arrest, four months after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery, and just five days after a judge denied a petition to force him out of office, Scottsville representative Chris Dumler announced his resignation from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, surprising some of his harshest critics and […]

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To the polls Tuesday: Democratic primary recap

The Democratic primary is Tuesday, June 11, and besides the statewide contests for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General (in which Albemarle residents will cast votes, too), Charlottesville voters will select Democratic candidates for three upcoming races in November: Commonwealth’s Attorney, Commissioner of the Revenue, and Charlottesville City Council. Dave Chapman, who has served as Commonwealth’s […]

Judge Edward L. Hogshire received the first-ever Clarence Earl Gideon Award Thursday. Photo: Graelyn Brashear.

Good judgment: Hogshire awarded first-ever Gideon award

On Thursday, Judge Eward L. Hogshire addressed a packed Charlottesville Circuit courtroom—not an unusual occurrence. But he didn’t do it from the bench. Hogshire, dressed in his usual bowtie but not his usual robes, offered a few words from a lectern, the guest of honor at a ceremony held by the Citizens Advisory Committee for […]

Joy Johnson calls on City Council to adopt an ordinance establishing a Human Rights Commission in Charlottesville at a public meeting last Monday. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Council approves Human Rights Commission with enforcement powers

After two years of study and debate, Charlottesville has a blueprint for a Human Rights Commission. The City Council voted 3-1 last Monday to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance and an agency to enforce it. For months, the discussion over what to do with recommendations to form a commission—first from the Dialogue on Race, and later […]