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.

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 […]

Lloyd’s Hallmark, a Barracks Road Shopping Center staple for 40 years, has closed its doors to make way for a PeachMac. Photo: John Robinson

Rent hikes force local businesses out of Barracks Road Shopping Center

Local merchants at Barracks Road Shopping Center are trying to stay optimistic about their future. But mom-and-pop shops are dropping like flies at the city’s oldest shopping mall. Lloyd’s Hallmark, after more than 40 years at Barracks Road, closed in January to make way for PeachMac, an Apple resale store. Peace Frogs, Shenanigans, and Lynne […]

St. Anne’s-Belfield eighth grade French students created 2Lingua Kids, an iPad app that teaches basic conversational French phrases. Photo: Mackenzie Dilbeck

iPad app created by eighth grade French students has already gone global

The use of tablets and laptops in middle and high schools has created controversy in Charlottesville city schools, but St. Anne’s-Belfield School French teacher Karine Boulle has reason to rave about iPads. After 17 sessions of intense writing, translating, and coding, Boulle’s class of eighth graders completed 2Lingua Kids, a bilingual iPad app that teaches […]

Law school enrollment dropping nationwide, and UVA Law is no exception

Law school enrollment dropping nationwide, and UVA Law is no exception

Law school applications and enrollment numbers are dropping at UVA, and tuition, in response, continues to rise. Faced with the prospect of paying off a six figure loan tab in a brutal job market, students are re-evaluating whether or not a law degree is still a worthy investment, and experts expect nearly a dozen schools around the country […]

At last week's meeting, City Council voted unanimously to make the Section 3 coordinator position permanent. Photo: Charlottesville Tomorrow

City makes Section 3 position permanent with eye to moving redevelopment forward

City Council voted unanimously last week to permanently fund its Section 3 coordinator, a previously temporary position that bridges the gap between the city and the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Despite differing opinions on where the money should come from, city officials agree that the position—currently held by Tierra Howard—is essential for the Housing […]

Chris Dumler. Photo: John Robinson

Boyd calls on Dumler to step down in wake of plea deal

Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler pled guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery last Thursday, in a bargain with prosecutors that lessened his felony charge to a misdemeanor. After his October arrest for forcible sodomy—a felony punishable by five years to life in prison—the 27-year-old Democrat promised to offer a “vigorous defense.” Albemarle County voters looking forward […]

Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler as he entered the Albemarle County Circuit Courthouse to accept a plea deal in January. Photo by Graelyn Brashear.

Dumler pleads guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery

In a speedy hearing this morning in Albemarle County Circuit Court, Supervisor Christopher Dumler, charged with one count of forcible sodomy, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of sexual battery, a misdemeanor. Shortly after the 27-year-old Scottsville Democrat was arrested last October, he announced that he planned to plead not guilty to the felony charges, […]

Lok Pyakurel, from Bhutan, and Raymonde Mbahonankwa, from Burundi, come to the Jefferson School City Center each week to work on conversational English with the Literacy Volunteers. Photo: Christian Hommel

Literacy Volunteers embrace new home with an expanded mission

Maria Rodriguez, a 25-year-old au pair from Panama, found herself wondering what the heck she was doing here when she arrived in Charlottesville last spring. She knew nobody, and with an English language background limited to written words and no verbal skills, she had to constantly ask her host family to repeat themselves. She felt […]

Chris Dumler. Photo: John Robinson

Second accuser comes forward in Dumler sex case

Albemarle County Supervisor Christopher Dumler, the 27-year-old Scottsville Democrat who will appear in court this Thursday for a preliminary hearing on a forcible sodomy charge brought against him last October, may be facing a similar charge from a second woman. According to a Friday report from CBS19, newly filed court documents reveal a second alleged […]

Director Erika Viccellio is excited that, after a five-year collaboration with the Women’s Initiative, the Charlottesville Free Clinic is now offering mental health services to its patients. Photo: Christian Hommel

Mainstreaming mental health: Inside Charlottesville’s Free Clinic’s study on integrated care

John Davis never pictured himself going to the Charlottesville Free Clinic, much less to regularly meet with a therapist. Mental health patients have to conquer society’s stigma and the negative connotations surrounding treatment, and until Davis found himself uninsured and spilling his guts to the Charlottesville Free Clinic’s licensed social worker, he said he never […]

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards,
made up of nature lovers who focus on the identification, planting, and preservation
of trees in the area, are beginning their
yearly training class on Tuesday, February
19. The group participates in local outdoor projects and is currently reaching out to homeowners with funds and tips for planting new backyard trees. (Photo: Rosemary Connelly)

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards spread community awareness

Self-proclaimed tree hugger Martha Orton said she’s had an interest in learning about trees and forest health since her son told her, while on a reforestation trip to India, that “trees all look different when you know their names.” A retired social worker, Orton enrolled in the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards’ 14-week training class in […]

Last week, City Council reallocated $400,000 of the funds originally earmarked for redeveloping properties like Crescent Hall. Photo by Jack Looney.

City Council steers public redevelopment money to nonprofits

Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority officials weren’t surprised when the city reallocated $400,000 of their redevelopment funds to local nonprofits last week. A cash-strapped agency with a revolving door of leadership for over a decade, the housing authority is unable to use the money this year, and both sides agreed that other organizations with housing […]

YMCA Child Care Learning Center Director Ikeia Prince has been anxiously awaiting the move into five large classrooms at the Jefferson School City Center, and said it opens up entirely new possibilities for kids and teachers. Photo: John Robinson

Jefferson School reopens as cultural community center

The new Jefferson School City Center officially opened its doors to the public on Monday, January 7, kicking off a costly and hopeful experiment to preserve local history and provide services for underserved communities close to Downtown. After a year-and-a-half of renovations, the center is offering an African American heritage center and other cultural, multi-generational […]

Ellie Kates displays Songa Designs International’s handcrafted African jewelry. Photo courtesy Songa Designs

Ellie Kates is on a mission to improve Rwanda’s jewelry-making industry

If someone had told Charlottesville native Ellie Kates 10 years ago that before age 30 she’d be living in Rwanda running an international jewelry business, she likely would have smiled and said, “You’re probably right.” For the 29-year-old artist and entrepreneur, traveling, creating, and helping others has become a way of life. Kates is co-founder […]

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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 Teddy trek: Bundle the kids and […]

The Rivanna River. Photo: Jack Looney

Rivanna watershed snapshot shows progress, room for improvement

The Rivanna River was recognized in 2000 as a “national treasure,” and local organizations want the waterway to maintain its value. The Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC)—a regional organization representing Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Green counties, that recommends programs for enhancement of the river and its watershed—recently released the 2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot to […]

Hawes Spencer, founder and editor of The Hook, announces his plans to move on

Hawes Spencer, founder and editor of The Hook, announces his plans to move on

Hawes Spencer, the 48-year-old journalist who’s been covering weekly Charlottesville news for 23 years, has resigned from his post as editor-in-chief of The Hook, effective January 1. Spencer has also agreed to sell his ownership stake back to the Charlottesville Publishing Group, which owns The Hook’s parent company, Better Publications, and C-VILLE Weekly’s parent company […]

Neighbors of the new Shops at Stonefield, including landlords and business owners, are concerned about the area’s new traffic patterns. A concrete median prevents left-hand turns onto Swanson Drive off Hydraulic Road, making it difficult to access Nuckols Insurance and other small businesses. Photo: Jack Looney

Neighbors complain about traffic patterns near Stonefield

Most shoppers and movie-goers in town are thrilled to have easy access to Trader Joe’s and the Regal Stadium 14. But new traffic patterns around the massive shopping center—which still hasn’t opened entirely—are causing backups and accidents. Residents and business owners who frequent the area for reasons besides a jar of sunflower seed butter or […]