Laura Ingles

Laura Ingles
Laura Ingles grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, but came to Virginia at age 18 and never left. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2010 she dedicated a year and most of her sanity to a private wilderness boarding school for at-risk teenage girls, and Charlottesville became home in January 2012. Laura spent two years reporting the news for C-VILLE Weekly before taking on the role as Living Section Editor.

UVA's Rotunda. Photo: Dan Addison, UVA Public Affairs.

UVA looks to Posse Foundation for answer to diversity problem

What happens when urban high school graduates are plucked from city life and transplanted to a liberal arts university halfway across the country? University of Virginia officials hope that—for a group of first-years from Houston, Texas, many of whom may be first generation college students from low-income families—the answer is they’ll hit the ground running. […]

Shenandoah Valley farmland. File photo.

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 news@c-ville.com.  Birds of a feather: […]

Clockwise: Kristin Szakos, Bob Fenwick, Charles "Buddy" Weber, Michael Farruggio. Photos: Elli Williams and Chiara Canzi

GOP and Democratic candidates vie for two City Council seats

For the first time since 2006, the Democratic candidates for City Council face two Republicans in a race for two empty seats. This year’s Democratic candidates are Vice Mayor Kristin Szakos—who’s running for a second term and is the only candidate with prior experience as an elected official —and local construction contractor Bob Fenwick, who […]

UVA's Rotunda. Photo: Dan Addison, UVA Public Affairs.

UVA eyes privatization as public funds diminish

In a preliminary report released earlier this week, a University of Virginia panel proposed that the Commonwealth’s flagship university take significant steps toward operating more like a private school. Jenna Johnson at the Washington Post broke the story of the 11-page report earlier this week. It was drafted in April by the UVA Strategic Planning […]

The City allocated $200,000 to redevelopment and home repairs in 10th and Page, which has been designated the “priority neighborhood” for fiscal year 2013-14. Photo: Elli Williams

As HUD funds dry up, housing organizations compete for money

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program, two grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are drops in the bucket when it comes to the city’s housing budget. But like other federal funds, they’re drying up at a time when the city’s affordable housing crisis is a […]

Alan Jones, Mark Bernardo, and Kelly McPhee appeared in court and pled guilty to manufacturing fake IDs. Contributed photos.

Fake ID ring suspects plead guilty

The three suspects arrested in May for manufacturing at least 20,000 fake IDs in a Rugby Road mansion pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts: conspiracy to commit identification document fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The combined charges hold a maximum of 17 years in prison, according to U.S. District Court Judge Norman K. Moon. […]

North Downtown residents gathered last Thursday for an Our Town Charlottesville meeting to discuss concerns they have about the area, particularly regarding traffic and park safety. Photo courtesy Charlottesville Tomorrow

North Downtown residents discuss misbehavior in parks, traffic safety

During a public forum at City Space last Thursday, about 70 residents gathered with City Councilors and staff to voice their concerns about neighborhoods north of the Downtown Mall. With topics ranging from traffic and pedestrian accessibility to park cleanliness and Downtown police surveillance, officials and staff came away with one common thread: Residents are […]

Family favorite Eppie's offers kids outdoor seating and a menu that includes Nutella and marshmallow fluff. Photo: Elli Williams

Family friendly: Eight eateries for kids (and their parents)

Students, hipsters, and couples may always be raving about Charlottesville’s restaurant scene. But where are parents taking their kids to eat these days? Kids’ menus may be hard to come by, but here are several local favorites that are more than happy to accommodate little appetites. Eppie’s: The macaroni and cheese is a go-to at […]

Barrett Early Learning Center has been serving low-income families since the 1930s. Photo: Annalee Grant

What financial model will sustain Barrett Early Learning Center?

Since forming last month, Barrett Early Learning Center’s new board of directors has raised $30,000 in a fundraising effort that began after the former board announced that the 80-year-old preschool on Ridge Road would close due to cash flow issues and delayed reimbursements from the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). More than a dozen […]

Photo: Elli Williams

Kate Zirkle: To the next level

It’s 3pm on a Thursday, and Kate Zirkle holds the door open for a dozen 10-year-olds, each clutching a juice box and string cheese. The kids all smile and say “thank you” as they pass through the doorway and rush up the steps into the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia for snack and […]

Photo: Eric Kelley

Kenny Ball: Pounding pavement

“Nothing has ever been planned in my life,” said Kenny Ball. When Ball arrived in Charlottesville in the 1980s for a job working with and showing horses, he never dreamed that 30 years later he’d own a successful antiques shop and be training with the area’s top marathon runners. He’s passionate about everything he does, […]

Photo: Billy Hunt

Amy Sarah Marshall: Loud and proud

It’s not difficult to picture a 13-year-old Amy Sarah Marshall standing up at eighth grade graduation, telling her classmates to forego their catty middle school tendencies and learn to love and accept one another. As the president of Cville Pride, and organizer of the city’s first pride festival last summer, Marshall is no stranger to […]

Charlottesville could learn a thing or two from Virginia Beach when it comes to projects like City Walk, the 301-unit market-rate apartment complex being built by Coran Capshaw’s Riverbend Management in the Woolen Mills neighborhood.

City considers new approach to development in growth area

Charlottesville is one tenth the size of Virginia Beach, but city officials say we have a lot to learn about smart development from the coastal town. After the PLACE Design Task Force met for a video conference with Virginia Beach city staff and watched an hour-long presentation on its efforts to develop strategic growth areas, […]

File photo.

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 news@c-ville.com.  Fun with farmers: The […]

Owner Jeff Thomas (left) and human resources director Jay Dymek, who’s also a retired colonel, recruit veterans to SHINE and are partnering with Darden to host next week’s
Virginia Values Veterans conference.

UVA to host conference on benefits of hiring veterans

The unemployment rate for veterans has been decreasing since this time last year, and as of last month, was at 7.2 percent. Here in Virginia, 9.4 percent of young vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan can’t find jobs, and the number of people in the Commonwealth who have filed for unemployment benefits has more than […]

Last week, Kroger announced that it plans to buy Harris Teeter in a $2.44 billion deal. Both stores have a large presence in the Charlottesville area, and will dominate nearly half of the local grocery sales as one company. File photo.

Kroger announces purchase of Harris Teeter grocery stores

The area’s two largest grocery store chains are merging in a $2.44 billion deal. Kroger announced last week it will buy Harris Teeter, putting the six stores that control almost half of local grocery sales under the ownership of one company. It’s big news in a city where food retail options are diverse, shoppers are loyal, […]