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.

HotCakes is offering a full Thanksgiving menu this year, including seasonal treats like butternut squash gratin. Photo: Elli Williams

Overheard on the restaurant scene, Thanksgiving edition

Preparing your Thanksgiving meal doesn’t have to be a hassle. Whether you need pointers on roasting a turkey, you’re looking for the perfect pie to grab on the way to the in-laws’, or you’re leaning toward letting a restaurant do the cooking and cleaning this year, we’ve got you covered. Homemade help  Feeling ambitious about […]

Keswick's Castle Hill. Photo: Nick Strocchia

Cider Week kicks off with local tastings and pairings

Step aside, pumpkin beer and full-bodied red wines. This week, it’s all about the ultimate fall-inspired beverage: cider. Cider Week Virginia kicks off Friday, November 15, and runs through Sunday, November 14, with events like tastings, classes, and workshops every single day. The festivities stretch across the Commonwealth, from Roanoke to Virginia Beach to Fairfax. […]

Clients hold classic ballet positions and incorporate focused, isometric movements in the workout class at Pure Barre Charlottesville. Photo: Elli Williams

Is a popular ballet barre class worth the hefty price tag?

“This isn’t so bad,” I think to myself as I grip the ballet barre and sink into the plié squat I’ve been instructed to hold, glancing around at the other women in the 5:30pm Tuesday Pure Barre class. Suddenly the instructor’s hands are on my hips, gently realigning my posture, and an intense burn sets […]

Mudhouse is offering behind-the-scenes access for five lucky winners who find golden tickets in their bags of whole bean coffee. File photo

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

We’re always keeping our eyes and ears out for the latest news in Charlottesville’s food and drink scene, so pick up a paper and check each week for the latest Small Bites. Have a scoop for Small Bites? E-mail us at You probably won’t find Oompa Loompas or a chocolate river at any of Charlottesville’s […]

Post-race feelings of depression are more common than you might think, and local runners and experts weigh in on how to battle the phenomenon. Photo: Jack Looney

Feeling down after a big race? It’s normal.

For 12 weeks my life revolved around training. After-work drinks were out of the question. Friday night bedtime catered to early morning long runs. And my days couldn’t begin without yoga and a foam roller. The buzz of race day was infectious, and there was an air of camaraderie and understanding among the thousands of […]

Josh Hunt (right) with step-brother and Beer Run co-owner, John Woodriff.  Photo courtesy of The Charlottesville 29.

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

We’re always keeping our eyes and ears out for the latest news in Charlottesville’s food and drink scene, so pick up a paper and check each week for the latest Small Bites. Have a scoop for Small Bites? E-mail us at Some restaurants hold a party to commemorate its first year in business. Champion Brewing […]

Photo: Cramer Photo

What is Charlottesville’s food and drink scene missing?

Last week we asked readers for their thoughts on what needs to make an appearance on Charlottesville’s food and drink scene. The question sparked a lengthy online discussion, and here are some of the responses we got: Sandra McDaniel: Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, Fuddruckers, and I hate having to go over to Waynesboro to go […]

Recyclables stack up at a private facility that handles waste from Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Albemarle County officials are eying privatizing solid waste transfer services, saying they’re no longer willing to support the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s transfer station in Ivy. Photo by Ash Daniel.

County moves forward with plan to overhaul solid waste management

Albemarle County’s contract with the Material Utilization Center in Ivy has gotten progressively more expensive. So in an attempt to address the area’s growing need for a more efficient way for residents to dispose of solid waste without blowing the bank, contract negotiations with private company van der Linde Container Rentals and Recycling are underway. […]

Drug enforcement officers executed a search warrant at 706 Franklin St., where they removed materials used to manufacture methamphetamine. Photo: Bill Emory

Breaking Belmont: Police raid suspected meth lab on Franklin Street

Officers are still searching for answers surrounding a methamphetamine production lab found last week in an apartment on Franklin Street. On the morning of Wednesday, October 9, members of the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) executed a search warrant at 706 Franklin St.—a house that’s divided into four apartments—and confiscated equipment and chemicals known for […]

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  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 […]