Brielle Entzminger

Brielle joined C-VILLE Weekly as a news reporter in September 2019. She graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2019, receiving her bachelor's degree in Media Studies and American Studies and a minor in French. She is an Emma Bowen Foundation Alumna and has formerly interned at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Charlottesville Tomorrow, and Ivy Publications. She loves dancing, reading, and listening to true crime podcasts. She and her boyfriend have a cat named Mahogany.

Coronavirus case numbers continue to rise in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties.
PC: Blue Ridge Health District

On a roll: Health department begins vaccinating non-hospital health care workers

The local vaccine rollout process continues. About a month after the first coronavirus vaccines were shipped to hospitals across the country, Charlottesville’s frontline health care employees who work outside of hospitals are now getting vaccinated. On Monday, the Blue Ridge Health District (formerly known as the Thomas Jefferson Health District) began offering the first dose […]

Leaders at the Unitarian Church on Rugby Road accused the police department of racial profiling in October. The police department denies the claim. PC: Staff photo

False alarm?: CPD refutes racial profiling claims, calls on church leaders to “apologize or be terminated”

In October, leaders at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlottesville penned a blog post accusing the Charlottesville Police Department of racial profiling. According to the clergy, CPD unnecessarily detained and intimidated a Black congregant as he was walking to church. On December 10, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney held a press conference during which she […]

The cold, dark days of winter bring an added level of stress for people who are already struggling. PC: File photo

Seasonal strain: Dealing with the winter blues

There’s no question that the pandemic has spiked everyone’s stress level. Millions of people have lost jobs. Parents are struggling to balance work lives with kids’ remote learning. Many have been stuck inside their homes for months, away from loved ones. And on top of all of that, coronavirus cases and deaths continue to increase […]

Shelby Marie Edwards, daughter of beloved Charlottesville activist and former vice mayor Holly Edwards, is PHAR’s new executive director.
PC: Zack Wajsgras

Stepping up: PHAR welcomes a new executive director

For Shelby Marie Edwards, serving her community comes naturally. Edwards grew up watching her mother, Holly Edwards, advocate for low-income residents as a parish nurse for the Jefferson Area Board for Aging and as program coordinator for the Public Housing Association of Residents. Now the younger Edwards is following in those footsteps as PHAR’s new […]

Area activists wonder why Joe Biden, who’s made Charlottesville a central part of his campaign, hasn’t visited the city.
PC: Gage Skidmore

Campaign pain: Joe Biden talks about Charlottesville a lot. Charlottesville isn’t sure he’s listening.

When Joe Biden announced last year that he was running for president, the first words he uttered were “Charlottesville, Virginia.” The campaign video that followed featured footage of the Unite the Right rally overlaid with a voiceover from Biden, responding to President Trump’s infamous comment: “[You] had people that were very fine people, on both […]

To help the many families who cannot afford private tutors or school, Direct Learning Solutions is opening a new learning center in Stonefield.
PC: Eze amos

Hard decisions: New learning center comes to Stonefield, as controversy reignites over in-person instruction

Beginning next month, Albemarle County Public Schools will bring kindergarten through third grade students back to classrooms for in-person instruction two days a week. That’s frustrated some teachers who maintain that the safety concerns outweigh potential benefits. Meanwhile, off-site learning centers aim to assist with childcare by hosting virtual learning. As local schools began the […]

The Virginia Department of Health terminated the Charlottesville Free Clinic’s Rose Hill Drive lease, so the facility is moving to the Wellness Center, eight blocks down the road, on Preston Avenue.
PC: Zack Wajsgras

Charlottesville Free Clinic finds a new home

For the past 24 years, the Charlottesville Free Clinic has provided no-cost physicals, prescriptions, mental health services, dental care, and more for the uninsured and underinsured from its Rose Hill Drive facility, which it has long shared with the Thomas Jefferson Health District. But in May, the Virginia Department of Health announced it was terminating […]

Beginning October 1, guns will be prohibited at government buildings like City Hall, as well as in parks and recreation and community centers, and near permitted events. PC: Skyclad Aerial

Guns down: City gun control ordinance draws fire

In June, the Virginia General Assembly passed a slew of gun control bills, including one that allows cities and counties to prohibit guns on public property. Localities across the state, like Newport News and Alexandria, have since enacted such a ban—and last week, Charlottesville followed suit. Beginning October 1, guns will be prohibited in parks, […]