Samantha Baars

Samantha Baars

The plaque currently memorializing Vinegar Hill is often hard to spot, but at least it’s no longer flanked by a big black planter and a trash can bolted to the ground. Staff photo

A Vinegar Hill memorial you can actually see

A forthcoming addition to the Downtown Mall will commemorate Vinegar Hill, the historically African-American neighborhood that saw displacement of 158 families when city residents voted to develop the land in the 1960s. Officially called Vinegar Hill Park, this chunk of real estate between the Omni hotel and Main Street Arena will house $15,000 worth of interpretive […]

Albemarle County officials want to move their courts out of Court Square. Staff photo

County needs professional help moving courts

“We don’t have the capacity to do any of this without some help,” County Executive Tom Foley said at a December 14 Board of Supervisors work session in which he recommended Albemarle County staff hire an adviser for development, financial analysis, valuation and other aspects of moving the circuit and general district courts out of […]

If approved, hikers and bikers will have access to 13 miles of trails at Ragged Mountain Natural Area. City of Charlottesville

UPDATED: Biking greenlit at Ragged Mountain

After a year of debate, and a plea last week from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to delay a decision, the Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 December 19 to allow mountain biking and trail running at Ragged Mountain Natural Area. “We are looking forward to working collaboratively with the city parks staff and all […]

Photos and videos of Martese Johnson's bloody arrest went viral. Photo: Bryan Beaubrun

ABC and one agent nixed from Martese Johnson’s suit

A federal judge ruled that a former UVA student was not falsely arrested during a controversial incident occurring on St. Patrick’s Day last year, and dropped the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control and one of its agents from his $3 million lawsuit December 13. Videos of Martese Johnson’s bloody arrest went viral after he was denied […]

If approved, hikers and bikers will have access to 13 miles of trails at Ragged Mountain Natural Area. City of Charlottesville

Hike vs. bike: Council will likely let them ride

Senior citizens who enjoy quiet but challenging hikes are only accommodated in one place in Charlottesville and all of Albemarle County, according to former mayor Kay Slaughter. And that’s Ragged Mountain Natural Area, where three out of five city councilors say mountain biking and trail running should be allowed—which would make the vicinity a little […]

Melissa Wender, Sue Frankel-Streit and Melissa Luce started a protest in front of West Main's George Rogers Clark statue to voice their support for Standing Rock and their opposition to building the Dakota Access Pipeline through the sacred reservation in North Dakota. Staff photo

Standing their ground: Part II

In November, C-VILLE reported on locals who spent their Thanksgiving holiday protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock Reservation. The Army Corps of Engineers halted its construction weeks later, but some say the fight isn’t over. Holding a sign that says, “STOP DAPL FOR GOOD,” Charlottesville resident Melissa Luce says Energy Transfer Partners—the company […]

Joshua Wheeler reminds Donald Trump that the U.S. Supreme Court has already given the green light on flag burning. Photo by Amy Jackson

Burn notice: Flag burning still inflames some

President-elect Donald Trump, known for his uncanny ability to raise eyebrows with 140 characters or less, sent out this particularly scrutinized tweet November 29: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag—if they do, there must be consequences—perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail!” While one Virginia man voices the same grievance, […]

Booking photo courtesy of the Charlottesville Police Department

UPDATED: City cop charged with sodomy denied bond

Christopher Seymore, an ex-officer with the Charlottesville Police Department, appeared in the city’s general district court via webcam December 2. Charged the previous day with two counts of forcible sodomy, he was denied bond until he can meet with his court-appointed attorney. Seymore, 35, was employed with the CPD for 18 months and terminated December […]

Albemarle police say they are internally investigating the incidient in wich an off-duty K9 attacked a young horse. Staff photo

Police K9s attack again

In early November, an Albemarle County police K9 bit and injured a colt owned by an Augusta County farm owner—just a year and a half after a dog with the Charlottesville Police Department attacked a child. Is it time for man’s best friend to be laid off? While on a jog with its handler November […]

Greer Johnson, a co-founder of Rohvi, supports the service that allows customers to return worn clothing for store credit in her boutique, Duo.
Photo by Eze Amos

UPDATED: Local inventors help you rotate your closet

Tired of tucking tags into your new party dress so you can return it after you wear it to a big event? You’re in luck—two local innovators have solved that problem for you. And it’s completely legal. Introducing Rohvi, a technology platform that allows subscribers to buy full-price items at local boutiques, wear them and […]

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 […]