Jayson Whitehead



Board of Zoning appeals denies Monticello Ridge

Board of Zoning appeals denies Monticello Ridge

On October 31, Charlottesville city Zoning Administrator Read Brodhead sent a letter to Louise Wright informing her that her plan to offer transitional housing to the homeless was in violation of a nonconforming use permit she had been granted a year earlier to run the former assisted living facility on 218 Ridge St.

I'm Not There

I'm Not There

cd Todd Haynes’ film I’m Not There is a Bob Dylan fan’s dream: six different actors representing six different sides of the rock ‘n’ roll chameleon, replicating familiar scenes from his life and myth, all set to the music of the master of words himself. In a particularly effective maneuver, we get many of Dylan’s […]

Lunsford readies prosecutor's office

Lunsford readies prosecutor's office

On November 7, Denise Lunsford won the right to be Albemarle County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney, defeating four-term incumbent Jim Camblos. Even though her first official day is not until January 1, Lunsford says she has been "touching base" with all the agencies and organizations she’ll be dealing with as Commonwealth’s Attorney. "I won’t say it’s taking […]

Supporting the troops

Supporting the troops

"We invite you to dance," says conductor Leo Mallek almost as soon as we sit down at a fold-up table off to the side of the wood floor. "1-2-3-4," an older lady on keyboards counts off as the big band—three clarinets, two tubas, a trumpet and drums—lurch into Glenn Miller’s "In the Mood." Couples stand […]

Eastern connector limps along

Eastern connector limps along

"I will be dead before this road is built," said Albemarle County’s Director of Community Development Mark Graham near the end of a steering committee meeting for the Eastern Connector, a proposed roadway that would deliver transit from Pantops to 29N. The comment—delivered with a subtle mirth from a middle aged but by no means […]

No direction homeless

No direction homeless

In July 2004, local reference librarian Jim Barns wrote a letter that appeared in The Daily Progress. "The plight of the homeless comes to my conscience quite often," he wrote. It was true, the Market Street branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library where he works serves as a shelter of sorts for area homeless…

Joint housing task force finally meets

Joint housing task force finally meets

A week before Thanksgiving, the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation reported an unsettling statistic. Of any town in Virginia, Charlottesville has the highest average cost of a Turkey Day dinner for 10. While the state’s average is $40.74, our area’s is close to $50. Less than two weeks later, a smattering of local officials and housing […]

Teacher gets 10 years for enticing minor

Teacher gets 10 years for enticing minor

"Neal Willetts is a young man who has amazingly supportive friends and family," said a letter crafted by his attorney, Francis Lawrence, and released to the media December 4 shortly before the former social studies teacher at Western Albemarle was sentenced in federal court to 10 years in prison. Neal Willetts will serve 10 years […]

Of Cars, cows and courts

Of Cars, cows and courts

Let’s say that it is 2:30 in the morning, you are out driving, and you take Stony Point Road. Turning off 250 at Pantops, you pass a McDonald’s on the left, its lights dimmed. As you drive along, picking up speed—the limit is 45—you go past Darden Towe Park on one side and a sign […]

The gospel according to Kucinich

The gospel according to Kucinich

More on Kucinich’s visit: Winning a losing campaignDennis Kucinich preaches to his choir in Charlottesville Also: Check out the Charlottesville Podcasting Network for audio and video. "He breathes life into everything that is American," a young man said as he stood on the top step of the classical Greek promenade that fronts the Albemarle County […]

UVA students arrested for abduction

UVA students arrested for abduction

On the evening of November 20, just two days before Thanksgiving, UVA students Guan Yu Lu and Baichan Shu waited in Tysons Corner for another Chinese national who had been called by an associate and asked to help out with car trouble, according to Fairfax Police Officer Don Gotthardt. Instead of finding a friend to […]

Alleged killer details shooting

Alleged killer details shooting

A week after 26-year-old Jayne Warren McGowan was found shot dead, police raided the home of the future wife of one of McGowan’s alleged killers, William Douglas Gentry. The previous night, November 15, Jenna Critzer had appeared on NBC29 to offer a defense of her fiancé. Michael Pritchett, one of two charged with the murder […]

Neighbors mourn dam's passing

Neighbors mourn dam's passing

For hundreds of years, probably thousands, a type of fish known as the American shad would leave its birthplace in the Rivanna River to travel to the Atlantic Ocean by way of the James River and Chesapeake Bay. Like the better known salmon, shad are an anadromous species that are born in fresh water, but […]

Plenty of priors for murder suspect's father

Plenty of priors for murder suspect's father

Two days after Michael Stuart Pritchett and William Douglas Gentry, Jr. were arrested for the murder of Jayne Warren McGowan, Pritchett’s grandfather issued a public statement of his "deepest regrets" to McGowans’s family. It brought the family of the alleged killers into the light, making a connection that is often put forward when evaluating the […]

Prof almost got pot past Nixon

Prof almost got pot past Nixon

In 1969, Richard J. Bonnie was teaching at UVA's School of Law, from which he had just graduated, when he read about a case in Roanoke that involved a sentence of 20 years in jail for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Budget hawks prepare for battle

Budget hawks prepare for battle

Previous coverage: Supes struggle over tax rateCounty approves 68 cents, city opts for 95 cents Pressured leaders lower tax rateCounty schools look to lose some funding County attacked for tax rateSupervisor Slutzky irked by “intellectual dishonesty” Last April, as the county Board of Supervisors were trying to set the real estate tax rate as part […]

The race is over, let's start the race

The race is over, let's start the race

It was the day of the 2007 elections, but Tom Perriello was working to win votes for 2008. "Wherever people are suffering, we can do better," he said on November 6 to a group of 25 seniors in the back of the Pantops Ponderosa. In between campaigning for State Senate candidate Connie Brennan, he was […]

Farm now, but forever?

Farm now, but forever?

In May 2001, media mogul (and sometime Albemarle resident) John W. Kluge gave a gigantic gift of 7,379 acres to the University of Virginia Foundation, the taxable real estate branch of UVA. Valued at the time in excess of $45 million, the land is located in southeastern Albemarle County and comprised 11 farms and estates. […]

All you can't eat

All you can't eat

The immediate years that followed World War II are universally known as the boom years, and as newly reunited couples everywhere became consumers, and spawned millions more, their insatiable appetite was met by an agricultural industry that was altering its practices.