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.

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 […]

Allie Cooper. Photo: Eli Williams

Saying goodbye

Whenever I hear anyone make a snide remark about a “townie,” I glare and then I puff out my chest. Who do these students think they are? They are the ones here temporarily, taking advantage of our turf. I moved to Charlottesville in seventh grade, and came to UVA as a first-year in 2009. My […]

Members of UVA’s iGEM team, a student group that tackles complex synthetic biology challenges in an annual international competition, are in the process of selecting a project that they’ll work to develop for the next six months. Photo: Elli Williams

Bright young things: UVA’s self-directed synthetic biology stars

Ask some of the newest members of UVA’s International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition team why they plan to spend the summer in a lab on Grounds splicing DNA, and they have a tendency to talk over one another in their eagerness to explain. “It’s undergraduate research, but we’re not treated like undergraduates,” said 19-year-old Josh […]

The house at 920 Rugby Road, where federal investigators say three Charlottesville residents were manufacturing fake IDs. Photo: Graelyn Brashear.

UPDATED: Details emerge following fake ID ring raid

This is an updated version of a story that ran last Wednesday, shortly after the three Charlottesville residents arrested earlier in the week for manufacturing fake IDs appeared in court for the first time. Secret surveillance at the Charlottesville post office. Swapped license plates. Luxury cars paid for in cash. A stockpile of money and […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

Two arrested, one at large following Rugby Road fake ID raid

Two Charlottesville residents suspected of manufacturing fake IDs are in custody and one is at large after a Monday night raid on a house near UVA. Kelly Erin McPhee, 31, and Mark G. Bernardo, both of Charlottesville, were arrested by federal agents executing a search warrant at 920 Rugby Road, according to Brian P. McGinn, […]