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 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 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 […]

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 […]