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.

VDOT recently released a detailed rendering of the proposed grade-separated interchange of Rio Road and Route 29. Image courtesy VDOT

Route 29 panel urges VDOT to include bike and pedestrian plans

The Virginia Department of Transportation is on track to begin $230 million worth of road projects along Route 29. According to a state mandate, all four components of the plan, dubbed the Route 29 Solutions, must be completed within the next three years. But as the long-anticipated alternative to the Western Bypass moves forward, stakeholders […]

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Vaping: The cigarette alternative picks up steam in Charlottesville

Brooke Jenkins was an unlikely smoker, and an even more unlikely quitter. A devoted athlete, she successfully avoided cigarettes in high school by playing soccer and hanging around other health-conscious jocks. But when she went on to Eastern Carolina University to play on the Division I soccer team, she was shocked to see that cigarettes were everywhere.  

Hannah Graham’s disappearance has dragged the cases of other missing women back into the public eye.

Vanished: Virginia’s other missing women

Hannah Graham’s disappearance has dragged other local missing persons cases, abductions, and murders back into the public eye—particularly those of Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy, whose body is still missing even as her convicted murderer, Randy Allen Taylor, sits in jail, and Morgan Harrington, whose remains were found in Albemarle in 2010 three months after […]

Governor Terry McAuliffe. Photo: John Robinson

Environmentalists respond to McAuliffe’s ‘no fracking’ promise

The statewide debate over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest continues. Last week, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced at a climate change commission meeting that he will not support fracking in the GW. Local environmentalists and forest advocates said they’re grateful for the governor’s support, but because the decision is ultimately […]

Queer and allied gender-inclusive fraternity Sigma Omicron Rho hosted a “BBQueer” last week to kick off a year of advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Where do you live as a UVA first-year if you’re trans?

This week marks our first-ever pride issue—just in time for Charlottesville’s Pride Festival this weekend. Check out our other feature stories on deciding whether to marry as a gay couple, on what it was like to be gay at CHS in the ’90s, and on the  festival itself. The dorms at the University of Virginia became […]

SweetFrog owner Derek Cha is gearing up for Zzaam!, a new Korean restaurant featuring build-your-own noodle bowls and tacos. Photo: Brianna Larocco

Froyo owner preps Korean BBQ spot Zzaam! for September opening

It’s been eight months since Arch’s Frozen Yogurt on Emmet Street closed up shop. Now, the owner of another yogurt company is gearing up to reopen the space, but the cups of ice cream, cookie dough bites, and whipped cream will be replaced with noodle bowls, Chinese broccoli, and kimchi. Owner Derek Cha, founder of […]

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Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s food and drink news

Bye, guys  Five Guys Burgers and Fries is down to two Charlottesville locations. The Downtown Mall spot, which was often bustling with lunch breakers and bar-goers, closed its doors for good earlier this week. The restaurant’s owner did not return calls for comment by press time. Lettuce celebrate  Next week, Local Food Hub will celebrate […]

Local bodyworker Sue Bovenizer has been treating clients using craniosacral therapy since the 1990s.  Rammelkamp Foto

Could craniosacral therapy be a key to migraine treatment?

As a migraine sufferer who’s been on and off different prescriptions and treatments for 12 years, I’m skeptical of any alternative therapy with claims to address or heal chronic headaches. But I’ll try anything once, so after making some calls to Common Ground Healing Arts, I found myself covered with a bedsheet, face down on […]

Last week, the owners of MADabolic, Tru Pilates, and Opal Yoga came together to lead MADrave, an intense 90-minute workout, complete with body paint and glow sticks. Photo courtesy MADabolic

MADrave: Boutique fitness facilities join forces for fun

It’s 9pm on Saturday, and I’m finally catching my breath. I’ve got glow sticks tied around my ponytail, hot pink face paint smeared on my cheeks, and sweat dripping down my nose. I do as I’m told and push my forearms against the wall, leaning deeper into a lunge position to stretch my calves. The […]

Mark Brown took over Yellow Cab of Charlottesville in 2012, and is worried that the 
newly-established Yellow Cab Company is creating confusion in the marketplace. Photo: John Robinson

How many Yellow Cabs can one town hold?

Tension is rising among Charlottesville’s already competitive cab drivers, especially now that UVA students, who make up the bulk of their business, are gone for the summer. You may have noticed a recent influx of cars on the road with the words Yellow Cab painted on the side, but look closely—the cars differ in color, […]