Government & Courts

Teresa Tomlinson at a hearing on an injunction to block the closure of Sweet Briar College on April 15, 2015. Photo: Hawes Spencer

Fireworks as Sweet Briar injunction hearing moves forward

If the women who want to save their 114-year-old Sweet Briar College are David and the state’s top lawyer is Goliath, David seems to be winning this battle. On Tuesday, a Bedford County judge cleared the way for Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer’s motion seeking an injunction to block the closure of the school. Her […]

Ann Mallek and Lawrence Gaughan were the first contenders in the Board of Supervisors race. Photos: John Robinson, Jackson Smith

No rush to the races: A look at this year’s county contests

In Charlottesville, five candidates had tossed their hats into the ring by February for three open City Council seats. In Albemarle, which has open seats for constitutional offices as well as the Board of Supervisors, it’s April, and candidates don’t seem to be in much of a hurry to declare they’re running. Only two races […]

The fight to save Sweet Briar College in Amherst heads to the Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday, June 4. 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 […]