Jayson Whitehead



Supes to study land use tax changes

Supes to study land use tax changes

On Wednesday, May 14, the county Board of Supervisors voted to unanimously “re-validate” the Land Use Taxation Program while also agreeing to study substantial changes to the program. Under the current system, landowners are allowed to significantly lower taxes on undeveloped land used for agricultural uses, while only having to pay full taxes on their […]

Helping the homeless…by bowling

Helping the homeless…by bowling

At the same time that Charlottesville’s homeless population is growing, so are the efforts to help them. After conflicts with city government and lack of funds have forced the Hope Community Center to close a homeless shelter, another attempt to help the homeless took place Saturday, May 17, when people congregated in Kegler’s for the […]

UVA wrestlers charged in Corner brawl

One night last summer, Gary Hoffman’s two sons went to the Corner with two friends to hang out. While in the Biltmore Grill, his 22-year-old son Jason somehow got into an argument at the upstairs bar with some UVA wrestlers. Shortly thereafter, the fight spilled out front onto Elliewood Avenue. As a result of the […]

Missing girl turns up in Chicago

Missing girl turns up in Chicago

A missing Charlottesville 12-year-old was safely located in Chicago by federal and local authorities less than two weeks after she went missing. Lorena Sanchez-Toledo had been gone since April 15, after she came home from Buford Middle School. She was last seen near her home in the Meadows Neighborhood. Three days later, an abandoned red […]

Area lacks in fingerprinting tech

Area lacks in fingerprinting tech

When someone perched near I-64 and fired into several vehicles one night in late March, local police shot into action. Area schools were canceled as law enforcement frantically searched for evidence. By the next day, they had arrested two suspects, and charged both with 10 felonies apiece in Albemarle County. “That was a priority,” says […]

Instruments returned after burglar bust

On March 4, Scottsville resident Woody Ward received a distressing call from his friend Andy Waldeck. A diminutive thief had apparently crawled through the dog door of Waldeck’s house in Nelson County and stolen a load of stuff—digital cameras, some jewelry and musical instruments—including two basses that belonged to Ward. “I guess they pretty much […]

Strom sentenced for child porn

Strom sentenced for child porn

Kevin Strom’s long journey through the court system concluded on April 21, when he was sentenced to 23 months in jail, with credit for time already served. That sentence followed his January guilty plea for one count of child pornography, which carried a maximum penalty of 10 years and a possible $250,000 fine, plus a […]

Shad shed shackles, roam free in Rivanna

Shad shed shackles, roam free in Rivanna

“Shad, shad, shad,” sang more than 70 fourth graders from Stone Robinson Elementary at around 1:30pm today as they prepared to release approximately 10,000 of the tiny fish”all bulging eyes and translucent amoebic tail”into the Rivanna River at Shadwell.

Man on a mission

Man on a mission

It was a cold day in early December when Covenant Church pastor Harold Bare received an urgent e-mail from COMPASS. The troubled shelter group had leased the Hope Community Center in the 10th and Page neighborhood from Bare’s nonprofit, the Hope Foundation, during the month of November. But they had yet to pay rent and […]

However big you think you are

More feature articles: Man on a mission Josh Bare is driven to shelter the homeless. Last week, the city wanted to shut him down. Now, it will try to help. The Sixth Annual Homeless Census and Point in Time Count The Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless finds that number of homeless has risen […]

Is Hope duplicating PACEM?

More feature articles: Man on a mission Josh Bare is driven to shelter the homeless. Last week, the city wanted to shut him down. Now, it will try to help. The Sixth Annual Homeless Census and Point in Time Count The Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless finds that number of homeless has risen […]

Where is the First Street Church?

Where is the First Street Church?

More feature articles: Man on a mission Josh Bare is driven to shelter the homeless. Last week, the city wanted to shut him down. Now, it will try to help. The Sixth Annual Homeless Census and Point in Time Count The Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless finds that number of homeless has risen […]

County Circuit Court goes online

County Circuit Court goes online

Almost a year ago, the state jerked more than $50,000 from Charlottesville’s Circuit Court after it found that clerk Paul Garrett falsely claimed his office’s records were online—state law required that all municipalities have their records online by July 2007. Then the General Assembly granted a reprieve for another year, extending the deadline to July […]

Van shooting suspects denied bond

Van shooting suspects denied bond

Less than one week after driving a van into a chain-link fence, Curtis Tyrell Montague, Candace Marie Williams and Jada Marie Dubrose Dickerson were denied bond until May 1, when they will appear in court to set a preliminary hearing. Together, Montague, Williams and Dickerson were charged with first-degree murder, robbery and firearms charges in […]

BZA to hear homeless shelter appeal

BZA to hear homeless shelter appeal

On Thursday, April 17, 40 to 50 men, women and children will learn from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals whether their home at Hope Community Center will have to shut its doors. For a little more than four months, the Hope Community Center, run by Josh Bare with his father, Harold, has housed the […]

Student cultivates ideas for Morven Farm

Student cultivates ideas for Morven Farm

When John W. Kluge donated 7,379 acres of Albemarle County land in May 2001 to the UVA Foundation, he stipulated that the 749-acre core property, Morven Farm, be held in perpetuity to be used to support UVA’s educational programs. Almost seven years later, the non-core properties have been sold off, with Dave Matthews buying a […]