Lisa Provence

Cheryl Maroney (left) passed on her expertise to VFH apprentice Robinette D. Cross (center) through performances with the Family of Praise Gospel Choir. Photo by Pat Jarrett.

Who we are: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities marks 40 years

In a 21st-century world that pushes education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, anyone studying philosophy or English has likely gotten bashed with the question, what are you going to do with that? Rob Vaughan, president of and co-founder of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, has spent a career defending and demonstrating the value […]

Lockn’ organizers say the festival drew around 30,000 people and went off without a hitch. Photo: Tom Daly

Rockn’ Lockn’: Festival’s second year smooths out kinks

Despite a crowd-clearing thunderstorm Saturday night and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control’s threat to the Lockn’ Music Festival’s license, the local craft beers flowed, around 30,000 music lovers grooved to Tom Petty and Willie Nelson, and the mood was decidedly mellow at the September 4-7 music festival. “I had four fabulous days at Lockn’,” said […]

Lockn' Festival. Photo: Tom Daly

Lockn’ limbo: No news is good news for festival in ABC dispute

Headliners like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson, and Widespread Panic are onboard for this year’s Lockn’ Music Festival in Nelson County over Labor Day weekend. Not onboard so far: the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control, which has not issued a decision from a May 16 hearing during which the agency sought to revoke Lockn’s […]

The Virginia Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control alleges numerous instances of drug use among the 25,000 attendees at the Lockn' Music Festival. Photo: Tom Daly

Lockn’ shock: Nelson County cop compares ABC agent to “storm trooper”

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control took starkly different approaches to policing last year’s Lockn’ Music Festival, testimony revealed at a May 16 hearing in Richmond, which concluded the state agency’s investigation into whether the festival should lose its license to sell alcohol. While ABC agents videotaped a […]

Alexis Murphy's parents Laura Murphy and Troy Brown stood outside the courthouse after the jury recommended two life sentences. Photo: Lisa Provence

Day 6: Randy Taylor guilty in murder of Alexis Murphy

In little more than six hours, a Nelson County jury found Randy Allen Taylor guilty of abduction with intent to defile and first-degree murder in the commission of an abduction for the death of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, who disappeared August 3 and whose body has not been found. A grim-looking jury that avoided looking at […]

Photo: Nelson County Visitor's Bureau/Inset by Lisa Provence

Day 4: Mystery man testifies in Randy Taylor trial

A week after 17-year-old Alexis Murphy was last seen at the Liberty gas station in Lovingston and her DNA had been found in his camper, Randy Taylor finally admitted Murphy had been at his property on August 3, the evening she disappeared, and claimed she was with a black man with cornrows who’d been driving […]

Photo: Nelson County Visitor's Bureau/Inset by Lisa Provence

Day One: Jury selection in Randy Allen Taylor trial

The murder trial of Randy Allen Taylor, accused of the murder and abduction of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, began May 1 in Lovingston with the selection of a jury in a case with no trace of the victim since she was last seen August 3. Members of Murphy’s family already were seated in the Nelson County […]

Lockn' promoter Dave Frey said the ABC didn't notify him of the numerous alleged videotaped violations at the festival in Nelson County. Photo: Lisa Provence

Buzz kill: ABC claims illegal drugs abounded at Lockn’ music festival

The Lockn’ music festival’s food concession contractor faced three charges at an April 30 disciplinary hearing at the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control office in Lynchburg, but time ran out before testimony could be heard about the topless woman or the dim lighting that threaten the festival’s ABC license. Instead, the six-hour hearing only covered one […]

André Hakes and Catherine Gillespie, pictured at the Charlottesville Circuit Courthouse in 2013, asking for a marriage license. Photo: Christian DeBaun

We do: Eager-to-wed couples await judge’s decision on gay marriage

For the past few years, André Hakes and her partner, Catherine Gillespie, have trooped to the Charlottesville clerk’s office on Valentine’s Day and requested a marriage license. And each time, they’ve been denied that piece of paper that heterosexuals take for granted. This Valentine’s Day, they’re going to both Charlottesville and Albemarle clerks’ offices to […]