Government & Courts

The fight is on to save Sweet Briar College in Amherst. Photo by Norm Shafer

Judge agrees to hear motion to block Sweet Briar closure

It’s been a good week for the activists trying to keep Sweet Briar College from closing. Nearly six weeks after the Amherst County college’s board of directors announced it planned to shutter the school at the end of the spring semester, the nonprofit Saving Sweet Briar announced it had raised $10 million in pledges from […]

Sidney Stinnie (left) said it was devastating to be accused of forcible sodomy by James Halfaday while in jail. Photo Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

Another Halfaday accusation: Forcible sodomy case dismissed

Sidney Stinnie admits he shot a man. He admits he sold drugs. But he emphatically denies that he sexually assaulted former City Council candidate James Halfaday in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail in 2013. The prosecution appears to agree and dropped a forcible sodomy charge against him in February. “I lost family members,” said Stinnie, […]

Charlottesville Fire Chief. Photo: Kelly Kollar

City fire chief announces retirement

Chief Charles Werner said he’s calling it quits this summer after a 37-year career at the Charlottesville Fire Department. Werner started at the department at 18 years old, became chief in 2005, and in January, his department received the insurance industry’s top Class 1 rating, which translates into lower premiums for residents. Werner started a […]