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.

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 […]

The newly approved expanded boundaries of the Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO, which now includes Crozet—but stops at the county lines. Image courtesy of Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.

Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO grows to include Crozet

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board voted unanimously last week to redraw its boundaries to include Crozet, an expansion officials say could mean more federal dollars for public transit linking Western Albemarle to the area’s urban core. Like its nearly 350 counterparts across the country—cross-governmental organizations tasked with long-term regional transportation—the MPO was […]

Convicted murderer George Huguely is escorted into the Charlottesville Circuit Court to receive his final sentence. Photo: John Robinson

Huguely asks state appeals court for new trial

George Huguely is appealing his second-degree murder charge, claiming he was denied his right to representation during his trial last February in Charlottesville and citing a number of other objections. The Daily Progress’ Samantha Koon had the story yesterday, reporting that Huguely appears to have hired new lawyers. Attorneys Paul D. Clement of Washington, D.C. and […]

Allie Tran, who works in UVA Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit, followed in her mother’s footsteps when she became a nurse. Photo: John Robinson

Open hearts: Is compassion something you can teach?

When Dorrie Fontaine became dean of UVA’s School of Nursing in 2008, a subtle shift in how nurses were taught to tackle tough situations—the death of a young patient, a family pushing back on end-of-life decisions—was already under way. Toward the end of her tenure, former Dean Jeannette Lancaster partnered with philanthropist Tussi Kluge to […]

State Senator Creigh Deeds. File photo.

Deeds weighs in on surprise Virginia Senate redistricting

The surprise redistricting bill Republicans pushed through the Virginia Senate yesterday has raised a lot of questions: Did Governor McDonnell’s office know his fellow party members were plotting a mid-decade overhaul that, if it sticks, would likely hand Republicans a State Senate majority? Could the redistricting stand up in court, considering Virginia’s constitutional restrictions? And where […]

Coran Capshaw. Photo by Ashley Twiggs.

Coran Capshaw married in private ceremony

Charlottesville’s own entertainment emperor Coran Capshaw has tied the knot. Capshaw, 54 and the founder of Red Light Management, married Parke Fontaine Eager, 44, on January 2 in what sources close to the family said was an intimate event at Capshaw’s Crozet home. Little is known about the famously private Capshaw’s bride, who is a […]

An architect's drawing of the planned YMCA in McIntire Park. Image courtesy of YMCA.

Nearly unanimous: Details of the Supreme Court’s YMCA decision

The Virginia Supreme Court last week struck down a lawsuit brought by two local gyms challenging the deal between the Piedmont YMCA and the city and county to build a new $14.5 million facility in McIntire Park. The decision means the more than 4-year-old plans for the new Y can now move forward, and according to the attorney who argued […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

What’s coming up in Charlottesville the week of 1/14

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. It’s the time of year when governing bodies put their heads together and review their notes. Albemarle […]

An architect's drawing of the planned YMCA in McIntire Park. Image courtesy of YMCA.

State Supreme Court rejects suit against Piedmont YMCA

The Virginia Supreme Court has struck down a lawsuit brought by two local gyms challenging the deal struck between the Piedmont YMCA and the city and county to build a new facility in McIntire Park. YMCA CEO Denny Blank said he was in Richmond for the Thursday ruling. “We’re ecstatic,” he said. “This is the best […]

Students nibble carrots at the Buford City Schoolyard Garden, one of two Charlottesville community gardens recognized by the Piedmont Environmental Council following a yearlong contest. Photo courtesy of PEC.

Row by row: City community gardens get kudos

When the Piedmont Environmental Council kicked off a contest to seek out and recognize the best community gardens in central Virginia last spring, its members weren’t quite sure what to expect. By year’s end, they were holding 22 applications: big plots, small plots, old ones, new ones. The diversity and strong showing, especially from Charlottesville […]

David Toscano talks with supporters at a sendoff event at Escafé last week. The delegate from Charlottesville is in Richmond this week for the start of Virginia’s 2013 legislative session. Photo by John Robinson.

Off to Richmond: David Toscano on what to expect in 2013 session

Delegate David Toscano left Charlottesville for Richmond and the 2013 legislative session last week, his campaign coffers well padded with the checks of more than 100 supporters who turned out for a fundraising sendoff dinner at Escafé last Thursday. And he carried plenty of requests with him, too. For local government, the asks have ranged […]

City and county officials head to Austin with members of the local business community in February. File photo.

Austin trip for city and county is on, despite concerns of some

Despite a last-minute flap over cost, Charlottesville and Albemarle are sending staff and elected officials to Austin next month for talks and tours they hope will help city and county replicate some of the Texas city’s economic successes here. But even as details of the trip take shape, some are still concerned it’s a waste of money. […]