Lisa Provence

Long rumored to be leaving downtown, Bank of America finally notified its customers.
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Bank of America to close downtown branch

Bank of America is closing its location on the Downtown Mall February 17, branch customers learned by letter April 20. “What, we’re closing?” a teller there asked this morning when she heard a colleague inform a customer on the phone. Built in 1916, the structure was originally Peoples National Bank and has housed Virginia National Bank, Sovran […]

Council split on Lee Park commission

Council split on Lee Park commission

City Council heard from around three dozen people at its marathon five-hour April 18 hearing on the statue of General Robert E. Lee and the forming of a blue ribbon commission on race, memorials and public spaces. Much like the citizens that spoke before them, the councilors found themselves split on how to move forward. […]

Thomas Eagleson is charged with five counts of unlawful filming after allegedly hiding a camera in his neighbor's bathroom.
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Felony charges in unlawful filming case stem from Bell bill

Forest Lakes resident Thomas Andrew Eagleson will remain in jail after his attorney, Rhonda Quagliana, told the judge in Albemarle General District Court this morning her client would not be seeking bond at this time. Eagleson, 45, appeared on video from the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, where he has been since his arrest April 11. […]

Critics say this panel of Lincoln Perry’s mural in Old Cabell Hall is inappropriate. Art historians say it’s part of a long classical tradition, and should be seen in the context of the whole work.

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Teaching moment: Renaissance tradition v. Title IX

While Charlottesville debates a petition to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, a quieter controversy has been ongoing at UVA about a prominent work of art. One day after Rolling Stone came out with its now discredited “A Rape on Campus” on November 19, 2014, the Cavalier Daily wrote about artist Lincoln […]

Neighbors say 124 units at 1011 E. Jefferson St. are too much.
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Density issue: Big apartments near Little High chafe residents

While official Charlottesville has embraced greater density and infill, some residents aren’t loving it, particularly when the density is happening in their neighborhood. That’s the case for plans for 124 units in the East Jefferson Apartments between 10th and 11th streets on a site that currently houses doctors offices. Developers are seeking a special permit […]

Delegate Matt Fariss was found not guilty of his breaching the peace charge.
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Legislator pleads guilty in hit and run

Albemarle’s favorite delegate with a rap sheet, Rustburg resident Matt Fariss, R-59th, pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run charge March 25 in Campbell County, and claims the incident that sent his Dodge Ram pickup airborne happened when he dropped a bottle of Mountain Dew and attempted to retrieve it. At the same hearing, Fariss was found […]

This was the scene for parents arriving at Venable Elementary this morning.
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Alleged man with gun frightens Venable community

Imagine you’re a parent driving up to your child’s elementary school and seeing it swarming with police cars. That was the scene this morning for moms and dads dropping off their kids at Venable Elementary School after a school employee spotted a man walking down Gordon Avenue with what appeared to be a shotgun. Charlottesville Police […]

Working as a confidential informant and setting up addicts helped Taylor Magri, right, get his own felony charges reduced to one misdemeanor. He heads to court with his attorney, Rob Bell.

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Plea deal: JADE snitch gets misdemeanor charge

A Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force confidential informant, who set up at least nine people on drug buys, had his own two felony drug charges reduced to one misdemeanor pot possession charge in Albemarle Circuit Court March 23. Taylor Magri, 23, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine […]

Paul Goodloe McIntire: Goodwill to all men?

Paul Goodloe McIntire: Goodwill to all men?

The call to remove the statue of General Robert E. Lee and to rename the park where it resides has also raised questions about the man who donated them to the city and the time in which he lived. Paul Goodloe McIntire’s gift of the Lee statue came in 1924, a time when Ku Klux […]

Unity in the community wasn’t quite achieved at Lee Park when some city leaders called for the removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee. Supporters of removing the statue as well as ones carrying the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia attended the press conference March 22.
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The Battle of Lee Park: Lines drawn over General Lee

This article is part of a three-part story on the battle over the General Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park. Read more on the history on Paul Goodloe McIntire and his statue donation. Read more on the future of the statue: Can it be moved? When Tony Horwitz wrote his 1998 classic, Confederates in the […]

Bob Stroh has been a fixture promoting downtown Charlottesville for 40 years.
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Stroh retires, Norris named parking center general manager

Former Charlottesville mayor Dave Norris has been named general manager of the Charlottesville Parking Center, which has just sued the city Norris served for two terms as mayor. The lawsuit alleges the city has kept parking fees below market rate in the Water Street Garage, which is managed and partially owned by the parking center. […]

Earl Hamner on the stage of the Hamner Theater in Nelson County. Photo Nancy Mulrine

Good night, John-Boy: ‘Waltons’ creator Earl Hamner dies at 92

Schuyler native Earl Hamner Jr., who put Nelson County on the national map with his 1970s Emmy-winning series, “The Waltons,” died from cancer March 24 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles listening to “Rocky Mountain High,” according to his son’s post on Facebook. He was 92. Best known for “The Waltons,” he also wrote episodes […]

Jackie says Nicole Eramo’s attorneys shouldn’t get to depose her because of her “fragile” state as a sexual assault victim.

‘Jackie’ balks: Wants subpoena quashed in Rolling Stone lawsuit

The young woman at the center of Rolling Stone’s now-retracted 2014 article, “A Rape on Campus,” filed a motion March 15 to quash her deposition subpoena in the defamation lawsuit filed by UVA Associate Dean Nicole Eramo against the magazine and its reporter. That same day, Eramo’s attorneys filed a motion to depose Jackie for […]

The Office of Human Rights has one employee currently and doesn’t get a whole lot of traffic. Staff photo

$84K assistant: Human rights office not being gutted, says Jones

Three years ago, local activist Walt Heinecke was elated when, after years of task forces on human rights, City Council finally approved a human rights commission with enforcement power and put $197,000 into funding an office. Today, Heinecke accuses City Manager Maurice Jones of “killing” the Office of Human Rights by cutting its staff while […]

Delegates Steve Landes and David Toscano applaud increased spending for education, but disagree on how Medicaid should be used to provide health care.


Winners and losers: The General Assembly is adjourned

Legislators in Richmond ended the General Assembly session one day early after passing a record $105 billion biennial budget March 11 and sending it to Governor Terry McAuliffe. Both sides of the aisle praise its passage, while regretting the what-might-have-beens. McAuliffe didn’t get the Medicaid expansion he wanted—again—but he commends the oft-contentious legislature for investing […]

Donald Trump seemed to forget that he bought his winery from old friend Patricia Kluge, not her ex, John Kluge. Trump Winery is owned by Eric Trump, left, according to its website. 
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Trump truth meter

Following his March 8 wins in the Mississippi and Michigan Republican presidential primaries, Donald Trump held a press conference at the Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida, and talked about Trump Winery. He invited the press to check facts about whether he owns the winery, which he bought at a foreclosure auction in 2011, […]

Howard Pape had an “easy, natural generosity,” says his friend Jay Kessler, and he gave people what they needed, both personally and through Building Goodness and Live Arts.
Photo Karen Pape

Live Arts’ loss: Show must go on without Pape

Howard Pape spent his next-to-last day alive installing a real tree—upside down, so that its roots would be the branches—for the set he’d helped design for Live Arts’ upcoming production of To Kill a Mockingbird, according to director Fran Smith. Performing such formidable tasks for the community theater was his creative outlet, say his family […]

No word yet on how long a portion of a major downtown thoroughfare will closed.
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Nightmare on Water Street

Utilities relocation for Market Plaza had already closed the eastbound lane on Water Street and detoured traffic to South Street and Second Street SE, and when Second Street was also closed last week, many who park in the Water Street Garage were trapped in an extraordinarily long exit line March 3. “Staff met with [contractors] […]

Virginia bets on fantasy sports websites with new law.

Just in time for March Madness

Virginia became the first state to legalize fantasy sports websites when Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the Fantasy Contests Act into law March 7, according to CNET. While other states are outlawing websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel, saying they violate state gambling regulations, Virginia embraces what advocates call a game of skill. “Today, Virginia became […]