Preparing for the Huguely media blitz, opening the John Warner Parkway, and more

Charlottesville prepares for Huguely media blitz
The Charlottesville Circuit Court’s largest courtroom holds 200 people, plus court personnel. When the February murder trial for former UVA student and lacrosse player George Huguely begins, 20 of those seats will go to media—with first priority to those reporters who covered preliminary hearings. Twenty-five seats will be reserved for family members, and another 80 will be saved for members of the general public. C-VILLE plans to be there.

The John W. Warner Parkway opens
Last Friday, the road formerly called Meadow Creek Parkway opened its doors. The 1.4-mile, $11.8 million road runs from East Rio Road in Albemarle County to Melbourne Road. County supervisors renamed it for longtime U.S. Senator John W. Warner, who secured $27 million for the 250 Interchange, one of the two city portions of the road. 


The John W. Warner Parkway opened on January 6 in Albemarle County. Now, about that city portion… (Photo by John Robinson)

City School Board rep does revenue sharing homework
The Albemarle School Board wants the state’s funding formula to account for a revenue sharing agreement with Charlottesville. In response, Ned Michie sent media a 50-page report on the history of the revenue sharing agreement, and his own analysis. In defense of the agreement, Michie says an annexation by Charlottesville would still hold consequences for the tax bases of both localities. Read the report on

The City of Promise grant
Children, Youth and Family Services was one of only 15 applicants to receive the coveted Promise Neighborhood Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. CYFS will work with other local agencies to address daily challenges facing students who live in poverty. The $470,000 Promise Grant will help students from the Westhaven, Tenth and Page, and Starr Hill neighborhoods access vital educational services and mentoring from early age to after college.

VCU grows pharmacy program with UVA’s help
Virginia Commonwealth University announced plans to open a satellite pharmacy location in Charlottesville, according to the Associated Press. The pharmacy will be based at the UVA Medical Center, and VCU will increase its pharmacy school size by 10 students. However, Charlottesville residents still have to drive to Richmond to go to Trader Joe’s.

Occupy investigation almost over
Eighteen Occupiers were arrested in the early morning hours of December 1 in Lee Park. Now, according to the Daily Progress, a review of complaints filed by two members of Occupy Charlottesville is nearly completed. The final report of the investigation, however, will not be made public. Shelly Stern and Bailee Elizabeth Hampton argued that they were roughed up during their arrests. Stern said she was hurt when her arresting officer jammed a metal rod close to her ear. Those arrested in Lee Park will have their day in court on January 27.

Keswick Hall sold
Keswick Hall has been reportedly sold to Richmond developer William Goodwin Jr., for an undisclosed amount, reports The Hook. Goodwin already owns the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond and other properties in South Carolina and abroad. In November, the picturesque retreat was named best small resort in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.


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