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.

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 […]

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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 […]

The University of Virginia. Photo:  Dan Addison/UVA Public Affairs

SACS examines UVA’s governance in wake of Sullivan controversy

Nearly six months after UVA’s Board of Visitors caused an uproar among students and faculty for ousting President Teresa Sullivan, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has issued a warning to the University about its governing practices. The UVA community and its accrediting organization agree that, despite the Board’s decision to […]

Dashad "Sage" Smith, a 19-year-old from Charlottesville, went missing two days before Thanksgiving last year. Photo: Rashaa Langston

The search for Dashad “Sage” Smith continues

The last time Charlottesville resident Dashad “Sage” Smith talked to his family was Tuesday, November 20, two days before he was supposed to visit his mother’s house in Louisa and surprise his younger sisters for Thanksgiving. He never showed. That weekend, the Huffington Post ran an article about the black gay transgender 19-year-old from Central […]

Shoppers check out at Reid Super Save Market, a Charlottesville institution for decades. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

In a crowded field of grocery options, loyalty goes a long way

From Feast! to Food Lion, Charlottesville is home to dozens of grocery stores, and recent months have brought more to the already crowded field of options for shoppers. The city is packed with small urban markets, specialty shops, and big box stores. Trendy chain Trader Joe’s arrived with great fanfare last month, and two new […]

Last Saturday a group of friends, family, and strangers walked along the railroad tracks toward Preston Avenue searching for anything that could give them a clue about Dashad "Sage" Smith's whereabouts. Photo: Laura Ingles

Search continues for missing 19-year-old Dashad “Sage” Smith

Latasha Grooms was surprisingly calm and collected last Saturday when she and at least 80 other Charlottesville residents gathered to conduct a search for her 19-year-old son, Dashad “Sage” Smith. The transgender teenager went missing the day before Thanksgiving, and was last seen near the 500 Block of West Main Street, allegedly on his way […]

Notes from the news desk. File photo.

Silverchair Learning Systems to close Charlottesville office

Silverchair Learning Systems, a local designer of online training products for the senior care industry, announced this week that its Charlottesville branch is closing. According to Mike Mutka, the company will merge with Essential Learning, LLC, and consolidate in Cary, North Carolina. Vista Equity Partners acquired both Essential Learning, LLC, and Silverchair Learning Systems earlier […]

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. 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 Solo safe: Whatever the season, safety […]

Members of Charlottesville’s Outdoor Adventure Social Club trek through the snowy Blue Ridge. The temperature has been dropping, but local outdoor lovers still have plenty of options to stay active. Photo courtesy OASC.

Outdoor Adventure Social Club stays busy, even when the mercury drops

Charlottesville is crawling with outdoor and nature enthusiasts, and who wouldn’t want to be outside when it’s 75 degrees and sunny? As the days get shorter and colder, though, it’s tempting to stay indoors and save the outdoor action for springtime. One group of local adventurers sees no reason to slow down. The Outdoor Adventure […]

Last week the City Planning Commission approved a special use permit allowing the developers of the Plaza on Main Street to increase the building’s size, but residents of nearby Fifeville are not pleased. Photo: Riverbend Management

Planning Commission approves permit for an even bigger Plaza on Main Street

The Plaza on Main Street, an eight-story, 595-bedroom apartment building proposed for the property between the Hampton Inn and Amtrak station, is seen as the final piece of the West Main development puzzle. But while developers, city officials, and the media have been discussing the project’s potential transformation of the stretch between Downtown and UVA, […]

Trader Joe's, the California-based grocery chain, is coming to Charlottesville November 14. Photo: Laura Ingles

The shopping mall battle: Stonefield vs. Barracks

After a decade of planning, the largest development project in Albemarle County’s history is finally almost open for business. Last Friday Pier One Imports made its debut as the first retailer to open at The Shops at Stonefield, the new upscale shopping center on the corner of Hydraulic Road and Route 29. I was one […]

Everybody wants quality care for their kids, but low-income families who don’t qualify for federal assistance are often stuck in the middle and forced to make sacrifices. File photo.

Childcare crunch: What happens if you’re not poor enough for federal aid?

This is the third installment of a four-part series on childcare in Charlottesville. The first story looked at choices parents make in regards to their careers, with input from working parents and stay-at-home moms. Part two focused on the most expensive options in the area and families’ financial sacrifices for quality.  Parents and providers agree that every […]