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.

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 […]

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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 […]

UVA's Rotunda. Photo: Dan Addison, UVA Public Affairs.

UVA eyes privatization as public funds diminish

In a preliminary report released earlier this week, a University of Virginia panel proposed that the Commonwealth’s flagship university take significant steps toward operating more like a private school. Jenna Johnson at the Washington Post broke the story of the 11-page report earlier this week. It was drafted in April by the UVA Strategic Planning […]

The City allocated $200,000 to redevelopment and home repairs in 10th and Page, which has been designated the “priority neighborhood” for fiscal year 2013-14. Photo: Elli Williams

As HUD funds dry up, housing organizations compete for money

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program, two grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are drops in the bucket when it comes to the city’s housing budget. But like other federal funds, they’re drying up at a time when the city’s affordable housing crisis is a […]

Alan Jones, Mark Bernardo, and Kelly McPhee appeared in court and pled guilty to manufacturing fake IDs. Contributed photos.

Fake ID ring suspects plead guilty

The three suspects arrested in May for manufacturing at least 20,000 fake IDs in a Rugby Road mansion pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts: conspiracy to commit identification document fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The combined charges hold a maximum of 17 years in prison, according to U.S. District Court Judge Norman K. Moon. […]

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 […]