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.

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 […]

Donald Trump has already stamped his logo on the Kluge Winery and Vineyards, and plans to convert the 217-acre front lawn into a world-class golf course.

Conservation group says Trump golf course violates easement policy

Donald and Eric Trump already own 14 golf courses worldwide, with locations across the United States and in Scotland and Puerto Rico, but they don’t have one in Albemarle County, yet. Three years after paying $6.2 million for the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard,  the Trumps bought the 217-acre lawn in front of Patricia Kluge’s […]

For the filming of Sugar Coated Arsenic, UVA students dressed in ’70s swag and said they felt a new connection to Black culture as a result of the project. Photo: Magdeldin Hamid

Black progress: As enrollment drops, African-American faculty and students try to preserve culture

UVA accepted its first African-American student in 1950. Black enrollment increased gradually over the following 40 years, but since hitting 10 percent in 1990, the enrollment of African-American students has dropped steadily. According to 2012-2013 numbers, African-American students make up less than 7 percent of UVA’s undergraduate student body. Students, faculty, and alumni agree that […]

Thomas Jefferson Foundation Executive Vice President Ann Taylor speaks to the crowd gathered at the CACVB's annual tourism award ceremony. Photo: Laura Ingles

Thomas Jefferson Foundation receives annual tourism award

A crowd of about 100 gathered at Trump Winery yesterday evening to wine and dine, enjoy the view of the vineyard, and watch the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) present the annual Tourism Achievement Award. Executive Director Kurt Burkhart presented the top honor to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF), for its Presidents Passport […]

Seventh grade students at Jack Jouett Middle School discuss a legal article during their daily AVID elective class. Photo: John Robinson

Jack Jouett named AVID demonstration school

It’s 11am on a Tuesday, and class at Jack Jouett Middle School is in full swing. Seventh graders in Christine Jacobs’ class are sitting in a circle, discussing a legal article they read and analyzed for homework the night before. Everybody’s either engaged in the conversation or actively taking notes, nobody is doodling in a […]

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Full circle: City seeks to improve bike access in Charlottesville

Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Amanda Poncy was shocked when she received double the amount she requested for her budget this year. The money will allow her to collaborate with Park and Trail Planner Chris Gensic to connect trails and urban passageways to create a city-wide corridor that’s easy and safe to access. “We really just […]

The new Crozet Library stands at more than 18,300 square feet, and will be open to the public this fall. Photo: Laura Ingles

New library heralds era of growth in Western Albemarle

After years of discussion, planning, and vigorous fundraising, construction of the new Crozet Library, a big step in the effort to expand the town’s downtown area, is nearing completion. The two-story building on Crozet Avenue still smells like sawdust, but the power tools and paint cans will soon be replaced by 70,000 books and more […]

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UVA hosts panel on genetically modified organisms

We’ve been eating genetically modified foods for more than 20 years, but they’re still controversial, and continue to spark national debate about food safety and ethics. On Tuesday, April 23, the UVA Food Collaborative and Department of Environmental Sciences will host a panel discussion on the topic, featuring scientists and activists on all sides of […]

Community Public Charter School eighth graders spent last Wednesday morning in the sun, sharing the findings of their nine-week river study project with parents and friends. Photo: Elli Williams

Eighth graders collaborate with UVA to establish stream buffers

Kathryn Durkee’s eighth graders at the Community Public Charter School got out of the classroom last Wednesday, and spent the morning splashing around the Rivanna River. The students were wrapping up a nine-week-long project, during which they collaborated with Youth-Nex, UVA’s Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, and other […]

The Crozet Volunteer Fire Department is one of the last in the area that does not employ career firefighters. Photo: Crozet Volunteer Fire Department

Volunteer firefighters turn pro, cause tension

A long-debated issue resurfaced at a recent Albemarle County Board of Supervisors’ meeting when lifetime firefighters expressed concern that professionals in the county fire department cannot also serve as volunteers. County officials say they need to keep the camps separate to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. But some fire department members think […]

Allen Chen works on a bicycle during Charlottesville Community Bikes' open shop hours. Photo Elli Williams

Cyclists prepare for National Bike Week

Local cycling enthusiasts are gearing up for both warmer weather and National Bike Month in May, when communities across the U.S. will encourage and celebrate bicycling for both recreation and transportation. Organizations like Community Bikes and Bike Charlottesville are hosting several events to get people of all ages excited about hopping onto two wheels. Charlottesville Community […]

The crowd at last year’s pitch night listens intently as local entrepreneurs present their big ideas. This year, the top winner will go home with $5,000. Photo:

Tom Tom to feature two innovation contests

“It takes persistence, not necessarily any particular genius, to be an entrepreneur,” said University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce adjunct professor Brendan Richardson. A UVA graduate and startup investor himself, Richardson has spent more than 20 years working with new ideas and the people behind them. The next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates might […]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Charlottesville. File photo.

Businesses respond to Terry McAuliffe’s campaign visit

When Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe visited Charlottesville last Wednesday, he meandered up and down the Downtown Mall with Delegate David Toscano, discussing the economy and promising to prioritize small businesses if elected. McAuliffe said he’s running on a platform of job creation and economic development, and wants to appeal to the entire political spectrum […]

The Shops at Stonefield, the largest development in Albemarle County's history. Photo: Jack Looney

New suit filed against Stonefield developer

Only days after The Shops at Stonefield developer and Charlottesville City Council came to an agreement that ended a long legal dispute over stormwater management, a new lawsuit has been filed in the Albemarle County Circuit Court that may halt construction of the shopping center’s second phase. According to a press release from Monday, March […]

Students nibble carrots at the Buford City Schoolyard Garden, one of two Charlottesville community gardens recognized by the Piedmont Environmental Council following a yearlong contest. Photo courtesy of PEC.

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. Hoophouse hopes: City Schoolyard Garden, […]

County staff are pushing for more native plants, which attract more diversity in pollinators and are surprisingly easy to grow, to be sold in the area.

Native plant symposium encourages nurseries to go local

Native plants are hard to find, so gardeners don’t buy them. Nobody buys them, so suppliers don’t stock them. Nobody sells them, so farmers have no reason to grow them. It’s a vicious circle that Albemarle County staff is trying to remedy. Four months after the county published its native plants online database, Water Resources […]