Lisa Provence



“We will not be replaced” was the victory chant outside Charlottesville Circuit Court after the guilty verdicts were announced in the trial of 
self-proclaimed neo-Nazi James Fields.
Photo: Eze Amos

The verdict: Fields guilty on all counts in car attack

By Lisa Provence and Samantha Baars Last Friday evening, almost 16  months after white supremacists invaded our town, many of the same counterprotesters who were there on August 12, 2017, were once again gathered on Fourth Street. It was the spot where James Alex Fields, Jr., a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi from Maumee, Ohio, had rammed his […]

Day 12: Fields gets life plus 419 years

Day 12: Fields gets life plus 419 years

After finding him guilty of first-degree murder and nine other charges on Friday, a jury today recommended that James Alex Fields Jr. spend the rest of his life in prison for the carnage he caused here when he drove into a crowd August 12, 2017, killing Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more. On top of […]

Day 10: Guilty on all charges

Day 10: Guilty on all charges

A jury deliberated seven hours December 7 before reaching a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of self-proclaimed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. for the death of Heather Heyer: guilty. Fields also faced five charges of aggravated malicious wounding, three of malicious wounding and one count of felony hit and run. The jury of seven […]

Day 8: The waiting game in Fields’ trial

Day 8: The waiting game in Fields’ trial

The planned three-week trial of James Alex Fields Jr. is running well ahead of schedule. That’s why it was so jarring that proceedings ground to a halt with a two-hour delay December 5 because of a concern about jurors. When court finally was in session around 11am, Judge Rick Moore said some unnamed person said […]

It’s going to take more than an ad campaign to rehab Charlottesville’s image after the white supremacist violence of 2017.

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A little help: Tourism bureau seeks PR firm to turn around its image

Before the summer of 2017, a Google image search of the word “Charlottesville” might have turned up some photos of our picturesque purple mountains, or the stately columns of Monticello and the University of Virginia. These days, as demonstrated in the recent Charlottesville documentary, it turns up images of flag-waving neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Now, […]

Day 6: How Heather died—Witnesses detail severity of injuries

Day 6: How Heather died—Witnesses detail severity of injuries

Marissa Blair Martin initially was unsure if she wanted to go downtown the weekend of the Unite the Right rally in 2017.  However, after the tiki-torch march through UVA Grounds on August 11, she changed her mind. She and her then-fiance, Marcus Martin, decided, “We had to so stand up for our community,” she testified […]

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YOU issue: Ag tax break

Here’s what readers asked for: Each year Albemarle County forgoes about $20,000,000 in taxes on land use parcels, but the exact figure is not known to the public since the amount is not carried as a line item in the budget and there is no public discussion as far as I can determine.—Harold Timmeny Land […]

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YOU issue: Voter removal

Here’s what readers asked about: Georgia is not alone in removing voters from the rolls—Virginia does too, affecting tens of thousands of voters. —Jessie Audette Georgia fell under the notoriety spotlight for removing an estimated 107,000 voters from its rolls in a tight election year under the state’s “use it or lose it” law, which […]

YOU issue: Cities vs. counties

YOU issue: Cities vs. counties

Here’s what readers wanted to know: Why is Virginia the only state with multiple independent cities? The city/county split here seems to lead to more difficulties than not. —David Moltz Why did Charlottesville become an independent city in the first place? What ridiculous conflicts and duplication of services have we had over the years? Why […]

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail. Photo: Eric Kelley

YOU issue: Who’s in jail?

Here’s what readers asked for: Pick one day and find out in Charlottesville and Albemarle County the name of everyone locked up in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on that day, the reason they are there, and their anticipated release date.—Catherine Wray With close to 500 inmates in the regional jail, we pretty quickly nixed the […]

The Fountain Fund lent Kevin Mellette around $2,500 to help him pay restitution.

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YOU issue: Criminalization of poverty

Here’s what readers asked for: I’d like to suggest a piece on the criminalization of poverty (which is essentially what is happening to people who are incarcerated and are low-income), and a look at what we do at the Fountain Fund, where we provide low-interest loans to the formerly incarcerated to help them get their […]

Day 1: Seating a jury in the James Fields trial

Day 1: Seating a jury in the James Fields trial

Lawyers for James Alex Fields, 21, the Ohio man charged with the first-degree murder of Heather Heyer and accused of plowing his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of demonstrators on Fourth Street August 12, 2017, suggested he may argue self defense in early questioning of potential jurors. Fields, a self-described neo-Nazi, is also charged with […]

Actress Olivia Wilde introduces her mom, Leslie Cockburn on election night.
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What next? 5th District flippers move on to the next race

Three Democratic women in Virginia upset Republicans in House of Representatives races Tuesday–but Leslie Cockburn wasn’t one of them. The investigative journalist and Rappahannock County resident fell short against Republican Denver Riggleman in the 5th district race, despite raising more money and an army of 1,500 volunteers. The district, which includes Charlottesville and Albemarle County, […]

Hat-wearing protesters gathered in front of the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters in Richmond to ask them to take back the monuments the organization planted throughout the South.
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Uninvited callers: Activists confront United Daughters of the Confederacy

As the United Daughters of the Confederacy gathered in Richmond last week for its annual convention, members were met with some unexpected visitors. Around four dozen demonstrators from Charlottesville and Richmond, many of them wearing hats, pearls, and white gloves, stood outside the UDC’s mausoleum-like headquarters on the BoulevardNovember 4. They came to accuse the […]

A ball python in Fry’s Spring took a liking to an area outside Chris Bailey’s basement door.

Chris Bailey

Python rescue: Who ya gonna call?

Chris Bailey was a little unnerved to see a snake she thought might be a copperhead hanging around her basement door in Fry’s Spring three times over a three-week period. After checking the Virginia Herpetological Society website, “I figured it wasn’t a copperhead,” she says. “My husband said, this isn’t a Virginia snake.” With a […]

Mountain View Street will be a little darker this holiday season because Jeff Norford will not be putting up his 60,000 lights and 350 inflatables that 15,000 people visited last year.
Martyn Kyle

Dark Christmas: Lights go out on Mountain View Street

For more than 20 years, Jeff Norford has staged the brightest holiday light display in town, a must-see on any light tour that’s been visited by thousands of Charlottesvillians. Which is why a collective “oh no” arose when he announced he would not be putting up lights this year. “I’m tired,” he says. “I don’t […]

Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church performed a mortgage burning October 28 for its Lankford Avenue facility.
Martyn Kyle

The burning

A mortgage burning is a 20th-century ritual that doesn’t occur much anymore, partly because few Americans stay in their homes long enough to pay off a mortgage. That’s not the case for Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, which has been around since 1867 and torched its deed of trust October 28. When the historic […]

Leslie Cockburn and Denver Riggleman faced off at PVCC in October. Photo: Sanjay Suchak

Midterm madness: Can the 5th district be flipped?

In any other year, the Republican incumbent in the 5th District would be a shoo-in. But this year, two things make the election something of a horse race: One, Congressman Tom Garrett announced in late May that he would not seek a second term, leaving an open seat without the incumbent advantage. And two, Donald […]

Xavier Murphy is the son of Trina Murphy, who became an advocate for Help Save the Next Girl after Randy Taylor was convicted of killing her niece, Alexis Murphy. That her son was charged with a woman's death she called “an all too familiar story in my timeline” in a statement after his arrest.
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‘Middle ground’: Murphy pleads guilty to girlfriend slaying

  Trina Murphy has already sat through a long murder trial—that for the death of her niece, 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, in 2014. She did not want to do the same for her son. Xavier Murphy, 24, was charged with second-degree murder in the June 22 shooting of his girlfriend Tatiana Wells. Wells’ family also didn’t […]

The city shut-down placard sounds a lot worse than a collapsed ceiling.
Photo courtesy Sean Tubbs

Divide revives

West Main passersby were alarmed last week to see yellow caution tape stretched in front of Parallel 38 and Gus’ Custom Tailoring, and a sign declaring Continental Divide “unfit for human habitation or occupation.” Despite that dire warning, the problem (a collapsed ceiling) should be repaired and the restaurant up and running again next week, […]

The Starlight Express was using the Meatpacking District in New York before it became hip.

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Starlight memories: Bus service folds with coming of Megabus

Oliver Kuttner saw a need. In the early part of this century, it wasn’t easy to get from Charlottesville to New York. Amtrak did not have daily service—and with connections, a plane ride could take almost as long as driving. So real estate/light car developer Kuttner partnered with David New. They gutted a Trailways bus, […]