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.
Charlottesville and Albemarle saw three murders committed, one serial rapist caught and a whole host of men messing around sexually with minors (real or digital, as the case may be).
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 […]
"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 […]
"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 […]
Mess with The Man and you will pay. That's the lesson for Double H farmers Richard Bean and Jean Rinaldi…
COMPASS Day Haven, a homeless services group, is homeless themselves…again. In the second week of December
Mess with The Man and you will pay. That's today's lesson for Double H farmers Richard Bean and Jean Rinaldi…
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…
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 […]
"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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On Friday, December 7, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich will appear at Lane Auditorium in the County Office building to, as he says
In the 1960s, Charlottesville was undergoing the desegregation of its schools, but as African-American teachers made their way to the area, they confronted a different type of restriction.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Last March, a teeming Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center was the site of an impressive show of numbers.
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. […]
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 […]
On the night of November 1, the City of Charlottesville and Monticello Ridge Crossing were faced with an immediate conundrum.