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Charlottesville Works Initiative’s Ridge Schulyer says there’s nothing wrong with starter jobs, but it’s tough to support a family on minimum wage. 
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Tourism revenue up while 18 percent of families live in poverty

Two recent reports demonstrate the highs and lows of area economics. Tourism in Albemarle and Charlottesville brought in more than $553 million in 2014, while 18 percent of families in this area don’t make enough money to pay for basic needs. The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau reported a $29 million increase in revenues […]

Jesse Matthew's attorneys Michael Hemenway and Doug Ramseur wait for their case to be called at Albemarle Circuit Court.
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Judge denies Jesse Matthew’s request for secret hearing

Attorneys for Jesse Matthew, who is accused of capital murder in the death of UVA student Hannah Graham, asked in court October 7 for a separate judge to hear their request for experts without the prosecution’s presence. Even naming the expert or the broad area of expertise in open court would “compromise” Matthew’s trial strategy, […]

Mourning outside Norris Hall at Virginia Tech in 2007. Photo Tobias Beard

Mass murder in America: What General Assembly candidates say

The slaughter of unarmed people has become a regular feature of American life. Relatively unknown Umpqua Community College in Oregon joins the body count list with 10 dead from yesterday’s rampage. President Barack Obama made his 15th speech on mass shootings since he took office, according to CNN. “We’ve become numb to this,” he said. […]

Motorists trying to use the McIntire Interchange can find themselves backed up to the County Office Building as they wait to squeeze through the 18-second green light. Photo by Martyn Kyle

18 seconds: Why the McIntire Interchange doesn’t move

On September 9, C-VILLE reported that many citizens felt the recently opened $33.6 million McIntire Interchange was a “disaster” and that traffic was worse than before the pricey project was built. City officials said they were adjusting the timing on the lights both at McIntire and at Park Street September 3, and, three weeks later, […]

The investigation report of Martese Johnson’s arrest was released after the three arresting ABC agents gave permission. Photo: Bryan Beaubrun

ABC records: released—for the wrong reason?

In a change of heart, Governor Terry McAuliffe released the Virginia State Police investigation report of Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents’ March 18 arrest of UVA student Martese Johnson, the bloody image of which went viral. When he initially declined to make the report public, McAuliffe claimed the Freedom of Information Act prohibited […]

Supervisor Liz Palmer led the charge for a much smaller addition to the growth area than originally proposed. Photo: Submitted

‘Baby step’ boundary adjustment could deter brewery

The Albemarle Board of Supervisors snatched victory from the jaws of a 223-acre growth area expansion and approved the addition of only 35 acres south of the Interstate 64/U.S. 29 interchange to the comprehensive plan’s development area at a September 23 special meeting. When the supes last met September 9, it looked like they were […]

Lieutenant Mike Wagner is evaluating body cams for Albemarle police and getting stakeholders on board.
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Candid cameras: Albemarle police hear citizen concerns on body cams

In January, C-VILLE reported that body cams were “imminent” for Charlottesville police. Nine months later, city cops still are not sporting the cameras and the University Police Department became the first local law enforcement agency to outfit its officers. The Albemarle County Police Department is moving toward the cameras as well, and approximately 50 people […]

Jane Dittmar greets supporters before announcing her run for the 5th Congressional District.
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See Jane run

Albemarle Board of Supervisors Chair Jane Dittmar chose the front of the County Office Building to announce her run for Congress September 17 because “this was where I began my public service and where I was sworn in,” she said. That was not quite two years ago after she won a special election, and now […]

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Sage’s grandmother beseeches City Council

A couple of grim anniversaries were noted on September 13: the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 18-year-old UVA student Hannah Graham, and five years since 19-year-old Orange resident Samantha Clarke vanished. Her last known contact was with Randy Taylor, the man convicted in 2014 for the murder of missing teen Alexis Murphy. The grandmother […]

Former supervisor Sally Thomas urges the current board to reject the comp plan amendment. Staff photo

Supes not swayed: Board poised to expand southern growth area boundary

Story updated September 16 More than 30 citizens voiced their opposition to a change to the county’s comprehensive plan that would expand its southern growth area at the Interstate 64/U.S. 29 interchange, with a couple quoting the lyrics of Simon and Garfunkel (“People hearing without listening”)  and Grandmaster Flash (“Don’t push me ’cause I’m close […]

The Board of Supervisors could vote to adjust the comprehensive plan boundary at the September 9 meeting.

Residents petition BOS to slow comp plan amendment

People living around the property at the Interstate 64/U.S. 29 interchange, which the Albemarle Board of Supervisors is considering adding to the growth area to attract a West Coast brewery, are circulating a petition to slow the process. “We started being concerned about a factory across the street surrounded by a rural and residential area,” […]

Benjamin Dick was photographed in his law office in 2006.
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Legendary attorney, Foxfield president Benjamin Dick dies

Stetson-wearing James Benjamin Dick, longtime Charlottesville attorney and colorful president of the Foxfield Racing Association, died August 29 at age 67 in Winchester, the town where he was born. Dick graduated from Virginia Military Institute and served in the Army during the Vietnam War. His penchant for Stetsons started at Fort Leavenworth, where he once […]

As a surviving hashtag, Martese Johnson has been in demand to give speeches all over the country. Photo: Jackson Smith

#MarteseJohnson: Scarred, still alive and seizing the moment

March 17—St. Patrick’s Day—was a pretty typical day for third-year Martese Johnson at the University of Virginia. A Tuesday, it was one of the heaviest academic days for the media studies and Italian major, and he was in class until mid-afternoon. That evening, “I hung out with friends on the Lawn for a time,” he […]

Andrew Baxter is the new city head firefighter; the county's Dan Eggleston gets an award from the international fire chiefs org.
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Where’s the fire, chiefs?

Local fire chiefs were in the news last week. The city hired Henrico County Assistant Chief Andrew Baxter to head the Charlottesville Fire Department, succeeding Charles Werner, who retired after 37 years in the department. Although he’s worked in Henrico since 1995, Baxter has lived in the Charlottesville area for 25 years, and he has […]

Sandra Marks’ psychic reading business on Seminole Trail was quite lucrative, according an indictment that details the millions she allegedly got from defrauding the vulnerable.
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No bond for psychic

Sandra Marks, 41, who was known locally for her Readings by Catherine business on U.S. 29 North until she disappeared following a big raid a year ago, made it back to town August 28 for a bond hearing in U.S. District Court. Marks was arrested in New York, and a 34-count indictment accuses her of […]

Attorney Jeff Fogel says city police don’t want to release narratives of stops and frisks because of “dirty linen.”
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Exempt or not exempt? Judge considers FOIA lawsuit

The Public Housing Association of Residents and local branch of the NAACP passed the first hurdle in their lawsuit against the City of Charlottesville for police records of stops and frisks when a judge refused the city’s request to throw out the suit August 25. The case is also raising questions about how government bodies […]

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Dangerous time of year on Grounds

Those heady first weeks of freedom as a college student have a name: the red zone, the time when freshman females are most at risk for sexual assault. And this year, the University of Virginia is mandating two online classes on alcohol and substance abuse, and sexual violence for both male and female students. UVA […]

Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford explains that the judge admonished her to adhere to the rules about not making comments that would affect fairness of a jury trial.
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Shackled, but no gag: Judge denies most Jesse Matthew motions

Jesse Matthew shuffled into Albemarle Circuit Court in a greenish-gray jail jumpsuit, leg shackles and a belly chain that attached his handcuffed wrists to the middle of his torso. That attire was the subject of one of 12 motions filed by his attorneys, who argued that his appearance in jailhouse garb was prejudicial to a […]

Civil rights legend Julian Bond was ahead of the pack in supporting gay marriage. 
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Julian Bond: Death of a civil rights icon

President Barack Obama called Julian Bond “a hero,” and many thought the man who was the telegenic face of the civil rights movement since he co-founded Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s would be America’s first black president. Bond, who was professor emeritus at UVA, died August 15 at age 75 following a short […]

The dotted line marks the possible expansion of the growth area south of I-64 and U.S. 29 where an unnamed beverage company (let's take a wild guess: could it be a brewery?) wants to locate.
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Trust us: Albemarle jumps through hoops for mystery company

    The preservation of Albemarle County’s rural beauty can directly be attributed to its comprehensive plan, the holy grail of where development can occur and where it may not. That’s why some are surprised the Board of Supervisors is fast tracking an amendment that moves 223 acres from rural to growth area for a […]

Alexander Ikefuna is the city's new planning chief.
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Tolbert successor named to neighborhood development

The spot vacated by longtime director of Charlottesville neighborhood development services Jim Tolbert in February officially will be filled August 17. Alexander Ikefuna, former director of community services and planning in Mobile, Alabama, will step in to take over the position that’s been held by interim director Missy Creasy since Tolbert left. Ikefuna discovered he […]

Can you identify this man? Photo courtesy of the Charlottesville Police Departmenet

Burglar bullies Bang!

Bang! restaurant has become the go-to spot for a local burglar, who has broken into the Second Street eatery three times this year and always steals the same thing: booze, according to owner Tim Burgess. The latest hit was July 28, and unopened bottles of gin, bourbon and Absolut vodka disappeared. Each heist has cost […]