Lisa Provence



Delegate Matt Fariss, R-Rustburg, represents southern Albemarle and sits on the Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee that regularly kills gun safety measures. File photo

DOA: Gun safety bills die in subcommittee

Andy Goddard has been going to the General Assembly since 2008, the year after his son was shot four times in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. In his 11th year monitoring the legislature and how it deals with mass murders and guns, not much has changed. “It’s the same old thing,” says Goddard, who’s the […]

Steven Meeks' abrupt resignation from the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society comes at a time the city is questioning the organization's subsidized rent in the McIntire Buidling. Photo Eze Amos

Steven Meeks has left the building

The controversial president of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society abruptly resigned February 11 after cleaning out his office in the city-owned McIntire Building. In a “hastily written note,” says Will Lyster, a historical society director, Steven G. Meeks resigned from the organization he’s headed for about a decade. The board asked Lyster to step in […]

Olivia Gallmeyer co-edits the Western Hemisphere. Photo Eze Amos

High school beat: Newspaper editors share the real stories

What’s it like to be a teenager in 2018? We figured nobody’s better plugged in than newspaper editors, so we checked in with the editors at Charlottesville High and Western Albemarle, as well as a CHS junior. Here’s what we learned about the differences between city and county schools—and what they have in common. Olivia […]

Charlottesville High School guidance counselor Sarah Elaine Hart says more than 1,750 individual student sessions were logged the first six weeks of the school year. Photo by Eze Amos

Traumatized teens deal with aftermath of horrific events

Young people in Parkland, Florida, are dealing with an unspeakable act that killed 17 people and destroyed countless lives and feelings of safety in their daily routines, much like what students in Charlottesville had to cope with at the beginning of the school year after the August 12 white supremacist invasion left three dead and […]

It took 20 seconds for the Amtrak train to stop after slamming into a garbage truck, says the National Transportation Safety Board.
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Time Disposal employee killed in Crozet train crash

More details on the January 31 fatal collision of an Amtrak train carrying Republican congressmen and a Time Disposal garbage truck at a railroad crossing in Crozet were released Thursday, and the National Transportation Safety Board lead investigator says the agency is aware of reports of issues at the crossing at Lanetown Road. Christopher Foley, […]

An Amtrak train collided with a Time Disposal garbage truck in Crozet.

Amtrak train and garbage truck crash in Crozet

An Amtrak train carrying GOP congressmen bound for the The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia hit a garbage truck at Lanetown Road in Crozet around 11:20am today. One person is reported dead, according to NBC29, and UVA says three people have been transported to its hospital, one in critical condition. Amtrak says two passengers and […]

Ian Dixon and Sara Stovall, at a Charlottesville for Reasonable Health Insurance meeting in December at Random Row Brewery, have raised more than $17,000 and hired a powerhouse lawyer to question Optima’s tripled health insurance premiums.
Stephen Barling

Locals hire attorney, challenge Optima premiums

After Charlottesville earned the dubious distinction of having the most expensive health insurance premiums in the country, some of the area residents who couldn’t afford to pay $3,000 a month formed Charlottesville for Reasonable Health Insurance and retained a lawyer who’s made a career out of keeping insurance companies honest. Washington, D.C., attorney Jay Angoff […]

Jason Kessler stops for a moment to blame local media for prejudicing the jury pool with its coverage of him. Staff photo

Kessler perjury trial will remain in Albemarle

Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler was in Albemarle Circuit Court today with a one-inch-thick motion to move his March 20 perjury trial out of this area, claiming the dozens of news stories included in the motion “demonized” him and made it impossible to get a fair trial here. His attorney, Mike Hallahan, argued that […]

Architect Bill Atwood’s plan to land bank the top floors of Waterhouse has taken an abrupt turn toward foreclosure and auction at the courthouse January 29.
Stephen Barling

UPDATE: Auction postponed for Waterhouse condos

The foreclosure auction of four Waterhouse condos scheduled for Monday, January 29, was canceled, and trustees for the sale are mum about why. Isak Howell is named as a substitute trustee on the legal notice that ran in the Daily Progress, but the phone number listed is for a Roanoke law firm that says he […]

Pat Napoleon, founder of Rise Chalottesville, announced in November the group was circulating petitions to oust all five city councilors in office at the time. 

Natalie Jacobsen

The Charlottesville 5: More petitions to remove city councilors

It’s extraordinarily hard to remove an elected official from office in Virginia, especially if she hasn’t been convicted of smoking pot, sexual battery or a hate crime, the offenses spelled out in state code. Nonetheless, for the second time in a year, petitioners are trying to remove a city councilor—or in this case, three city […]

In the first meeting since new councilors Nikuyah Walker and Heather Hill were elected mayor and vice-mayor, respectively, the normally disruptive crowd kept things civil, unlike the first City Council meeting of the year on January 2 when audience members held up signs and jeered throughout.

Eze Amos

Climate change: All quiet on the council front

The second City Council meeting of the new year on January 16 was markedly different from council meetings of the past year: no interruptions, no yelling and no profanities, behavior that suspended 2018’s first meeting two weeks ago. Newly elected Vice-Mayor Heather Hill ran the meeting in the absence of Mayor Nikuyah Walker, who was […]

Jason Kessler, right, says he's the victim of "political prosecutions."
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Kessler harassment charge dropped

A charge against white-rights provocateur Jason Kessler for posting online the address of activist Emily Gorcenski was dismissed January 18. “The victim brought information to us that made her believe Mr. Kessler was not the person who posted information about her,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nina Antony. She said the case remains under investigation. Outside […]

DBAC chair Joan Fenton says the Downtown Mall has suffered after this summer, and the city needs to pitch in for what’s one of the area’s top tourist attractions. 
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Dire straits: Business association wants $250,000 for mall recovery

The Downtown Mall is not faring well, at least according to the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville, which wants the city to pump up the maintenance and provide DBAC with $250,000 for advertising, staff, rent and holiday lighting. Business in the entire city of Charlottesville dropped $14 million—nearly 12 percent—in September, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber […]

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And many happy returns

Indivisible Charlottesville threw an early retirement party January 11 for Republican Congressman Tom Garrett, who has not been popular with many of his Democratic constituents here. Ken Horne had a card for Garrett that listed the top five reasons he should retire, including the prediction that he would be fired anyway in this year’s midterm […]

Many protesters at the July KKK rally covered their faces after police used tear gas. 
photo Eze Amos

Charges dropped for mask-wearing protesters at KKK rally

Three people charged with wearing a mask at the July 8 KKK rally in Justice Park were in Charlottesville General District Court today, where the prosecution dismissed their felony charges because tear gas used by police could have been a factor in why they covered their faces. Diego Trujillo, from Charlottesville, Sarah Barner from Waynesboro […]

Frances Loose owned Tuel Jewelers and worked there with her daughter Mary Loose DeViney up until a week before she died.
Andrea Hubbell

Tuel Jewelers owner dies

Frances Elizabeth Gibson Loose, who bought Tuel Jewelers in 1975 and who worked in the store for 65 years, passed away January 5 at age 86. She was a familiar sight on the Downtown Mall, always professionally dressed for work, even in recent years, when her daughter Mary Loose DeViney pushed her to the store […]

Nikuyah Walker was elected mayor January 2, beating out Kathy Galvin, right, who cast the single "no" vote against Walker.
Photo by Eze Amos

Independent Nikuyah Walker elected first black female mayor

  The first meeting of the new City Council January 2 went into uncharted territory with formerly behind-the-scenes decisions—the new mayor and vice mayor—made publicly, and for some on the dais, uncomfortably. New councilors Nikuyah Walker and Heather Hill were elected mayor and vice mayor, respectively, while the airing of the grievances allowed some rebukes […]

Piedmont Family YMCA CEO Jessica Maslaney appreciates Walker Catlett’s concerns about birds thunking into the Brooks Family Y windows, but says she has to put people first. Photos by Natalie Jacobsen

Crying fowl: New YMCA threatens birds, says teen advocate

On the treadmill at the Brooks Family YMCA, it almost feels like you’re outside running, thanks to an expanse of glass looking into the woods of McIntire Park. And that expanse of glass has taken out a tufted titmouse, a dark-eyed junco, a hermit thrush, a cedar waxwing and a white-throated sparrow, according to Charlottesville […]

Craig DuBose was surprised to learn he’s been reported to U.S. Capitol Police for allegedly making threats to Congressman Tom Garrett’s staff, and says it’s an attempt to intimidate. Photo by Eze Amos

Unfriended: Garrett staffer calls cops on constituent

Craig DuBose likes to let his 5th District congressman know how he feels about issues, and he regularly posts comments on Tom Garrett’s Facebook page—until he discovered he’d been blocked December 7. DuBose says he called Garrett’s Washington office the next day, and was transferred to communications director Matt Missen, who told him he’d violated […]

Imperial wizard Billy Snuffer came to court to support fellow Klansman Richard Preston, accused of firing a gun at Emancipation Park August 12. Daryl Davis has made it a mission to meet KKKers to find out why they hate him for the color of his skin.
Eze Amos

August 12 shooter and Market Street Garage attackers go to grand jury

Three out-of-towners who were charged following the August 12 Unite the Right rally were in court December 14 for preliminary hearings, where a judge determined there was probable cause to seek grand jury indictments. Baltimore resident and Confederate White Knights of the KKK imperial wizard Richard Preston, 52, is charged with shooting a firearm within […]