Government & Courts

Judge Cheryl Higgins swears in Robert Tracci as Albemarle commmonwealth's attorney December 17. Staff photo

Tracci sworn in as Albemarle commonwealth’s attorney—twice

Robert Tracci won’t officially take the job as Albemarle’s top prosecutor until January 1, but he was in court December 17  to be sworn in, an oath Judge Cheryl Higgins requested he take a second time because she had instructed him to say “fairly and impartially perform the duties” rather than “faithfully and impartially.” Republican Tracci […]

The Flats required a 101-foot special use permit. Staff photo

A city divided: Should West Main be rezoned?

Locals voiced concerns about a potential zoning amendment in the plans for West Main Street at a public forum in front of the City Planning Commission and City Council December 8. Amendments to the current zoning laws could include dividing West Main into east and west sections with the bridge by the Amtrak station being […]

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Gun crazy: The columns that we hate to write

There’s no doubt that we have hobby horses we love to ride. Redistricting is a huge one, along with voter suppression, income inequality and the improbable perfection of Mark Warner’s teeth. But, believe it or not, we do not relish yet another opportunity to write about gun violence. Especially in a week when our patron […]