André Hakes and Catherine Gillespie, pictured at the courthouse in 2013, hope this will be the year they can finally get married in Virginia. 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 […]

Second graders at Baker-Butler Elementary last week celebrated the year of the horse with a festival of Chinese culture. Photo: Tim Shea

County School Board to Supes: Show us the money!

The Albemarle County School Board last week voted 6-1 to send a $164.28 million funding request to the Board of Supervisors. This funding request exceeds anticipated revenues by $6.76 million. Despite the decision to forward the request to the Board of Supervisors, the school board is expecting to make cuts and will now begin to […]