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.

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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 […]

Ruth Haske’s oldest daughter Maya waters the family garden, which will be instrumental at the new Ivy Forest School. Photo: Ruth Haske

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.  Happy hour:  Looking for […]

WNRN was co-founded by Mike Friend, who lost his job as general manager in 2011 and is now suing the station for $33,000 in unpaid commission.

WNRN co-founder Mike Friend sues station for commission

Twenty years after creating the nonprofit that launched independent community radio station WNRN, station co-founder Mike Friend is suing his former employer for unpaid sales commissions. Filed on March 15, 2013, the suit claims WNRN refused to pay Friend commission for advertising sales. The court documents state that WNRN had a “well-established practice amounting to […]

Scottsville district representative Chris Dumler will remain on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Photo: Elli Williams

Judge rules in favor of Dumler, throws out petition

Chris Dumler will remain on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, he announced Friday, after Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins threw out a petition that would have removed the embattled Scottsville representative from office. “It’s a matter of the law,” Dumler said outside the courthouse. “We don’t rely on activist judges to remove […]

Learn how to keep your backyard goats from eating toxic plants. Photo: Nick Strocchia

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.  Brews for the Bay: […]

The Route 250 Bypass interchange from above. Photo: Jack Looney.

Red dirt roundup: Road projects to watch out for in Charlottesville-Albemarle

The latest developments in the Western Bypass planning process may be getting the lion’s share of the road-related ink lately, but what about other local road construction? Here’s an update on pending and ongoing city and state projects worth noting as we barrel toward summer. Route 250 Bypass/McIntire interchange  The City of Charlottesville expects construction […]

Steven Ally (right) has been doing home repair work including remodeling, additions, and painting for 13 years. He recently graduated from the Community Investment Collaborative, and said he was excited to tap into a new market through C’ville Central. Photo: Elli Williams

Toan Nguyen’s C’ville Central gives small business owners a leg up

The movement to buy local is growing beyond homemade jam and freshly picked tomatoes at the City Market. It could be the key to solving the city’s growing poverty problem. The goal of fledgling corporation C’ville Central, the latest brainchild of C’ville Coffee owner Toan Nguyen, is to connect local business owners with the area’s […]

Charlottesville Tomorrow Executive Director Brian Wheeler moderates as Democratic City Council candidates Bob Fenwick, Adam Lees, Wes Bellamy, Melvin Grady, and Kristin Szakos answer media and audience questions at last week’s public forum. Photo: Christian Hommel

Republicans plot course for City Council race

While the Democrats prepare for the June 11 primaries, two Republicans are quietly taking notes on the issues raised and looking ahead to the November general election, hoping to become the first conservative representatives on City Council since 2002. The five Democratic candidates fielded media and audience questions during an open forum last Thursday, where […]

Embattled Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler leaves the courtroom after today's petition trial. Photo: Laura Ingles

Judge hears arguments, puts off decision in Dumler petition trial

A small group of protesters holding signs that read “Dumler must go” gathered outside the Albemarle County Circuit Courthouse this afternoon for the trial to determine whether Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler will be removed from office. Four and a half hours of testimony later, Judge Cheryl Higgins announced that she will review the evidence […]