Lisa Provence



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Registration pros and cons: GOP sues to keep felons from voting

As if a presidential election year weren’t exciting enough, about a month after Governor Terry McAuliffe signed his April 22 bombshell executive order restoring the voting rights of 206,000 felons, General Assembly Republican leaders filed a lawsuit to keep them out of the polls. Voter registration has skyrocketed in 2016 from this time a year […]

Ethan Zuckerman walks the small-footprint walk, using recycled Coke kegs for the company’s kombucha, which is sold in reusable bottles.

Photo Tom McGovern

Gallo aggrieved: Wine giant sues local kombucha maker

When we last checked in on Barefoot Bucha proprietors Kate and Ethan Zuckerman in November, their probiotic beverage business was going great guns, except for a little trouble with Gallo, which objected to their attempt to register a trademark. The wine goliath feared that drinkers of Barefoot wine would be confused and buy non-alcoholic kombucha […]

Will it stay or will it go? The Albemarle County Office Building could become the general district court in a scenario the Board of Supervisors is considering, with its offices headed 
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On the move: County office relocation plan causes consternation

Squeezed-to-the gills Albemarle courthouses in downtown Charlottesville’s historic Court Square have long been an issue for the county. Last week, the Board of Supervisors ramped up its resolution by commissioning a study to look at moving the general district court to the County Office Building in the former Lane High School, and shipping the offices […]

Ribbon-cutting attendees toured the eight-lane firing ranges, at which law enforcement can practice accuracy at 150 feet. Photo by Ryan Jones

Partners in arms: City, county and UVA cut ribbon on indoor firing range

While it’s not always smooth sailing between the city and county, collaboration was the word of the day as officers and officials from Albemarle, Charlottesville and the University of Virginia gathered May 12 to dedicate a long-in-the-works, state-of-the-art Regional Firearms Training Center. Albemarle County Police had been looking for a shooting range since the 1980s, […]

Mark Lane, photographed in 2012 in his Bellair backyard, holds the manuscript of "Rush to Judgment."
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‘Citizen Lane’ dies at 89

If a major event happened during the 20th century, attorney and civil rights legend Mark Lane likely was there. The man who wrote in 1966 Rush to Judgment, which disputed the Warren Commission conclusions and spawned a conspiracy-theory industry on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, died May 10 at his Charlottesville home at age […]

Two young lovers and two heinous murders: A documentary of the Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering story premieres this summer.

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Soering documentary to premiere at Munich Film Festival

With the success of the podcast “Serial” and Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” wrongful convictions are a hot topic. Joining the debate is a documentary about one of central Virginia’s most notorious double homicides—and the convicted murderer who has insisted he’s innocent for 30 years. The Promise: The Story of Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom heads […]

Former RWSA executive director Tom Frederick and Chair Mike Gaffney inspect the plaque that commemorates their efforts in getting the Ragged Mountain Dam built.

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Reservoir reservations: Critics still question Ragged Mountain plan

Perhaps nothing this century has shaken the Charlottesville area more than the drought of 2002, when carwashes closed, restaurants served on paper plates and the water supply was within 60 days of running out. And perhaps nothing has divided the community more than the multi-year battle waged over the plan to build a 129-foot-tall mega-dam […]

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Downtown Charlottesville sees hotel boom

Between the Corner and downtown Charlottesville, five hotel projects are in the works—and that doesn’t include the recently opened Residence Inn on the corner of West Main Street and Ridge-McIntire Road, nor Graduate Charlottesville, which opened last year. City and tourism officials say this hotel-building frenzy is an economic windfall for the area and provides […]

The big question is will the city’s dispute with Mark Brown close the Water Street Garage. Both sides say no—while escalating the battle.
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Parking wars: City fires back in Water Street Garage death match

Despite concerns that the Water Street Garage could close should the company that manages it and Charlottesville not resolve their escalating legal battle, the city filed a counterclaim April 29 against Charlottesville Parking Center one day after owner Mark Brown sent a letter urging the city to sell the complicatedly owned garage to him. And […]

General Robert E. Lee: Will he stay or will he go? Blue ribbon commission to advise City Council by the end of the year. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Council okays commission on Lee et al.

City Council unanimously approved a Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces May 2 after a Charlottesville High School student presented a petition to remove the statue of General Robert E. Lee and rename Lee Park in March. The nine-member commission will look not only at Confederate monuments like Lee and Stonewall Jackson, […]

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 […]