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Brittany Caine-Conley stayed in the Oceti Sakowin camp, where all people are referred to
as relatives. 
Photo by Brittany Caine-Conley

Standing their ground: Local arrested in North Dakota prayer circle

We’ve all heard tales of the first Thanksgiving in 1621, a three-day feast among Native Americans and pilgrims, celebrating the latter’s first harvest in the New World. This year, some locals spent the holiday at Standing Rock Reservation, supporting the indigenous people in North and South Dakota who have come together to protest a pipeline […]

The Quirk Hotel would take over historic structures at 501 and 503 W. Main St., including Paxton Place, a home that was built in 1824. Courtesy of the Board of Architectural Review

Quirk-y: Deluxe hostelry underway on West Main

Another development planned for West Main Street comes in the form of a Richmond-based, 75-room boutique hotel and art gallery called Quirk. On August 30, an application for the project was presented to the Board of Architectural Review, and neighbors were there to voice their concerns. “It’s an inevitable thing that the piece of property […]

File photo.

Smoke in the air

The faint smell of smoke surrounding the city Tuesday morning is coming from two large wildfires in Nelson and Amherst counties, according to Charlottesville Fire Department Chief Andrew Baxter. The situation in Nelson County, referred to as Eades Hollow Fire, is currently consuming between 300 and 500 acres of private land just north of Lovingston, […]

Photo by Tom McGovern

Shop talk: What kind of effect will Wegmans have?

Wrapped in a blue fleece blanket covered in pineapples, a sleepy Dori Mock has held her place as first in line at the supermarket’s November 6 grand opening since 4am. “I’m buying into the hype,” she says, though she’s never been to a Wegmans and doesn’t quite know what to expect. A crew of six […]

Mayor Mike Signer announced today the city's acquisition of a half-acre of land, which will be used for public parking. Staff photo

Space invaders: City promises more parking downtown

Charlottesville officials held a press conference November 15 to announce their latest step in solving the city’s parking crisis. “We hear you and we want to help,” Mayor Mike Signer said before announcing the city’s acquisition of a $2.85 million half-acre parcel currently housing Guadalajara and Lucky 7 and located on the northeast end of […]

Sharon Love’s attorney asked November 2 to continue her March 2017 civil trial against George Huguely, convicted in 2012 with second-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Yeardley Love, to a later date. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Will George Huguely’s trial be further delayed?

Attorneys for former UVA student George Huguely and Sharon Love, the mother of the woman he was charged with killing in 2010, met November 2 in Charlottesville Circuit Court for a motions hearing in which Love’s attorney asked the court to continue her March 2017 civil trial against Huguely to a later date—though the same […]

Nancy Damon took her mother-in-law, 102- year-old Grace Damon, to vote early. The registrar brought her ballot out to the car. Photo courtesy of Nancy Damon

Girl power: Locals proud to stand with her

Born in 1914, Grace Damon was 6 years old when women were given the right to vote. And while few can say they’ve been politically active for nearly a century, this 102-year-old Democrat was chauffeured to the polls October 12 to cast her ballot early for the person she hopes will become the first female […]

Signs prohibiting pets at Ragged Mountain Natural Area were recently posted in its new parking lot to limit confusion and people breaking the rules. Staff photo

Bikes in, dogs out at Ragged Mountain

In a 6-2 vote, the Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Advisory Board recommended on October 19 that City Council allow biking on some trails at Ragged Mountain Natural Area, but some sports enthusiasts still have their concerns about the endorsement. Dave Stackhouse, an advocate for shared use of the trails, says he’s disappointed the board recommended […]

A parking map for Saturday, October 22. A larger version can be found at the bottom of the story. Courtesy of UVA Police

Potential traffic nightmare

UVA football and Carrie Underwood fans could be on a collision course this weekend. The University of Virginia Police Department has issued a traffic and parking advisory for Saturday, October 22, near UVA Grounds, and suggests avoiding the area if possible. The UVA football team will face a longtime rival, the University of North Carolina […]

Darius Nabors and Trevor Kemp, two UVA graduates, visited all 59 national parks in 59 weeks. Photo by Trevor Kemp

UVA alums return from national park road trip

Two University of Virginia graduates put their young professional lives on hold when they took the chance of a lifetime. With a year’s worth of supplies crammed into a Dodge Ram 2500 truck, they quit their jobs and embarked on a journey to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service—by visiting all 59 […]

Entering the courthouse for his sentencing, social media celebrity Bryan Silva offered no comment to the media. Staff photo

‘Free me:’ Silva sentenced for standoff

  Social media celebrity Bryan Silva, who prompted the first SWAT standoff of the year, was sentenced to one year and nine months of jail time October 18 in Charlottesville Circuit Court for possessing and brandishing an illegal firearm and disobeying the court. Silva’s attorney, John March, asked for a lesser sentence, arguing that the […]

Officer Ben Rexrode with the UVA Police Department has been wearing a body camera since July 2015.
Photo Eze Amos

I spy: Changes in local police surveillance

When photos of Danville police popping the hoods of their patrol cars spread on social media last month, so did speculation that it was being done to shield dash cams from filming officers’ interactions with civilians. While that city’s department explained that their cars have had a continual issue with overheating and it has vowed […]

Terra Glick has been clowning around since she was a kid, hanging with Patch Adams’ son. She's photographed in Armenia in 2015.

Submitted photo

Funny business: Good clowns protest bad rap

A call about a clown allegedly living in some Albemarle County woods came into the Emergency Communications Center on September 29 around 4pm. They’re here. And one local clown—however mischievous she may be—says these incidents are giving her and her cheery friends a bad rap. The widespread clown craze originated in Greenville County, South Carolina, where […]

Trinity Irish Pub, a popular bar on the Corner, fights charges by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control. Staff photo

Trinity vs. ABC: Bar allegedly serves drunk people, too dark

Trinity Irish Pub on the Corner, a favorite destination for UVA students, has previously made headlines for being a weekend hot spot for those of legal drinking age and their underage friends. But in a September 28 court hearing with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, underage possession of alcohol or fake ID usage […]

Adam Jamerson was caught allegedly fliming a female changing clothes at the Downtown Mall's Urban Outfitters. Staff photo

Urban Outfitters filming scandal

Adam Jamerson, a 25-year-old Buckingham County man, was caught reportedly videotaping a nonconsenting girl while she tried on clothes at the Downtown Mall’s Urban Outfitters around 1pm September 22. The victim brought the incident to the attention of store management who then spoke with Jamerson, says Charlottesville police spokesperson Steve Upman. The victim reported the […]

Aimee Atteberry and Anna Harrison, C-VILLE Weekly's publisher and marketing director, present a $9,076 check to the 2016 Best Of C-VILLE party's benefactor, the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program. Pictured from left to right, back to front: Ravi Respeto with AHIP, Dave Frye with sponsor Lockn' Festival, Carrie Slaughter with sponsor Ting, Thomas Roper with sponsor Ting, Aimee Atteberry with C-VILLE, Jennifer Jacobs with AHIP and Anna Harrison with C-VILLE. Staff photo

Best of C-VILLE beneficiary AHIP receives donation

On September 28, C-VILLE Weekly awarded a $9,076 check to the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, the beneficiary of the 20th annual Best of C-VILLE party and fundraiser. “We are blown away,” says the nonprofit’s Executive Director Jennifer Jacobs. “Not only was the event really fun, but this is incredible.” AHIP helps low-income families in need […]

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline could run through these Nelson County mountains. Photo: Jack Looney

Bipartisan issue: Survey says majority of Virginians oppose pipelines

Though Dominion Virginia Power announced last week the hiring of a contractor to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, efforts to halt its construction, and that of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, have not ceased. A new survey released September 21 by two anti-pipeline groups, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Virginia Organizing, shows that 55 percent […]

Christian and and Rochelle DeBaun recently returned from a two-week vacation in Scotland. One of them emerged as an international superstar. Photo by: Christian DeBaun

‘A Yank in Scotland:’ Local man gets global recognition

  When local photographer Christian DeBaun set out on a Scottish vacation with his wife in August, he never imagined he’d return to the United States an international superstar. “I’ve been getting e-mails and friend requests and phone calls from people all over the world,” DeBaun says. “It’s been phenomenal.” His claim to fame? A […]

Albemarle County staff would like to impose new regulations on weddings at local farm wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries. Photo by Aaron Watson

Revamped regulations: County hears proposed wedding ordinance

At a heavily attended June work session, which C-VILLE referred to as a “war on weddings,” the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and planning commissioners discussed proposed regulations for events at farm wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries. Though the county’s Planning Commission has yet to vote on these changes, the topic was debated at its […]

From left to right, Sepehr Zomorodi, Zachery Davis, Payam Pourtaheri, Ameer Shakeel, Joseph Frank and Dr. Mark Kester are current members of the AgroSpheres team. Courtesy of Payam Pourtaheri

Startups compete for $25,000 prize

This month, 30 startup companies across the state will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges in an attempt to snag one of five grants. Though it might sound like an episode of “Shark Tank,” the competition is part of the Virginia Velocity Tour, and five companies pitching their food-and-agriculture-themed products September 23, […]

Michael Mann, a former UVA professor known for climate research that drew a lawsuit from former attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, will be in town to speak about his book September 15. Courtesy photo

It’s a madhouse

Michael Mann, a former UVA professor and climate scientist whose work resulted in a lawsuit from former attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, will speak about his book, The Madhouse Effect, at 7pm September 15 at City Council Chambers. “Through satire, The Madhouse Effect portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away […]