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 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 of Living Section Editor.

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, […]

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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, […]

Sarah White and Josephine played last March at a showcase hosted by The Southern, which recently went into a partnership with Coran Capshaw’s Starr Hill Presents. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Capshaw’s Starr Hill Presents enters partnership with The Southern

It’s a long overused joke in Charlottesville, but it’s funny because it’s true: The C in “Cville” could very well stand for “Capshaw.” Coran Capshaw, who has a hand in management, promotion, and merchandising in Charlottesville, and whose titles include Dave Matthews Band manager, founder of Red Light Management and Riverbend Management, and owner of […]

After Chris Dumler resigned his position as Scottsville’s representative on the Board of Supervisors, the county had 45 days to fill the seat in the interim. File photo.

Board of Supervisors to select new Scottsville representative

It’s been eight months since former Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler was arrested on a charge of forcible sodomy. Now that the rallies, mid-meeting outbursts, plea bargaining, court hearings, and Dumler’s resignation are in the past, Scottsville is ready to move forward. Ten people have applied for the interim position on the Albemarle County Board […]

David Via inspects a mushroom found on a foraging outing in the George Washington National Forest. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

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 guys: Love mushrooms? […]

LLW Architects’ Paul Lague presented renderings of the proposed Marriott Residence Inn at last week’s Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review meeting. Image courtesy Design Develop LLC

Local businesses pack up as city makes way for Marriott

Cat Thrasher opened the doors to her photography studio in the Random Row Warehouse at the corner of West Main Street and McIntire Road during the summer of 2009. She invested money and elbow grease into getting it up to snuff, and even got married in the space. Four years later, her picture-perfect warehouse studio […]

Ann Lawrence Grasty says her son, Pierce, is more verbal than some kids on the autistic spectrum and she hopes the study might improve upon those skills. Photo: Elli Williams

Connecting the dots: UVA takes part in a nationwide autism study

Eight local autistic children are participating in a nationwide study that could change the way developmental disorders are perceived and treated. Most existing autism medications only treat the irritability and aggressive aspects of the disorder, and for the first time, doctors are testing a drug that could improve social interaction and communication skills. ConnectMe is […]

Primary tie-breaker: Fenwick beats Bellamy by five votes

Primary tie-breaker: Fenwick beats Bellamy by five votes

Bob Fenwick is officially on the ballot for the November City Council election, having beaten fellow Democrat Wes Bellamy for the spot by five votes after a dramatic second-place tie on Tuesday. “It’s the darndest thing I’ve ever been through, I know that for a fact,” Fenwick said after the final votes were counted on […]

Now that the City has acquired 40 acres of land between Meadow Creek Gardens and Greenbrier Park, trail planner Chris Gensic plans to connect the parklands with new trails, creating a five-mile loop for nature lovers and commuters. Image by Max March

City approves master park plan with five-mile commuter loop

The City of Charlottesville acquired the last parcel of a 40-acre tract of parkland along Meadow Creek early this year, and with City Council’s go-ahead, trail planner Chris Gensic can’t wait to get his hands on it. Last week, Council unanimously approved the Department of Parks and Recreation’s master plan for the stream valley, which […]