Government & Courts

Native son Earl Smith is running for the Scottsville seat on the Board of Supervisors.
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‘Squeaky wheel’: Earl Smith joins Scottsville supes’ race

Earl Smith’s best-known foray into civic engagement came in 2013 when former Scottsville supervisor Chris Dumler was convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery—and refused to resign from the Board of Supervisors while spending weekends in jail. Smith decided to do something about it. “We have so many Facebook warriors who yell and scream about it,” says […]

Gregory Briehl, 61, and Stephen Hales, 60, are charged with voter fraud by making a false statement, an unusual charge in Albemarle County.
Photos: Albemarle County Police

Voter fraud? Briehl one of two arrests made in Albemarle

For as much legislation passed that demands identification to vote, voter fraud is still a pretty rare crime. That’s why it was eyebrow-raising last month that not one, but two people were arrested in Albemarle County for election fraud for allegedly making false statements, and one of them is a former minister who made news […]

Delegate Matt Fariss hopes industrial hemp will be a crop that helps revitalize Southside, and now it’s legal for universities to grow it for research.
Illustration Jason Crosby

New laws: What’s legal, what’s not

Virginians may begin to see hemp production and more public breastfeeding with the new laws that went into effect July 1, several of which were inspired by local events and people. Jesse Matthew, the man accused of killing UVA student Hannah Graham and linked by DNA evidence to the case of slain Virginia Tech student […]