Graelyn Brashear



The conversion of coal-fired power plants to natural gas—like Dominion’s Bremo Power 
Station in Fluvanna—is part of what’s fueling the push to expand gas transmission lines into the southeast. File photo

With Central Virginia poised to become a gas pipeline cut-through, conservationists urge caution

In the span of three months, a trio of pipeline proposals through Virginia has turned the Commonwealth into a key player in the country’s rapidly expanding natural gas industry. The projects, two of which follow preliminary paths that come close to Albemarle County, aren’t exactly unexpected. Still, they have some nearby landowners worried, and conservationists […]

Governor Terry McAuliffe. Photo: John Robinson

Capitol chaos: What just happened in Richmond?

“We have a budget—that’s the good news,” Del. David Toscano said Monday afternoon. The House minority leader and Charlottesville rep was on his cell, en route to Richmond for an evening legislative session to vote on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s budget vetoes. The good news, at least for any remaining hopes of bipartisan agreement on Medicaid […]

Year-over-year percent change in school population: Like Tandem, many private schools around the country experienced a steep drop in enrollment post-recession—made all the more noticeable when graphed against the steady enrollment at public schools—but are now seeing their student numbers climb.

Local private schools see growth post-recession

Early this month, the Albemarle County Planning Commission heard from not one but two private school headmasters at its regular meeting in Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building. The institutions themselves were very different: Tandem Friends School, a 44-year-old Quaker middle and high school, and Regents, a small Christian K-through-12 academy founded in 2010. […]

The Local Food Hub is teaming up with the city and county to develop a business plan for a flash-freezing facility in Central Virginia. Photo: Elli Williams

The big chill: Why city and county are betting on a flash-freezing facility to grow the local food movement

 Ever check to see where your frozen veggies from Whole Foods were grown? In the future, the back of that package of peas could read “Albemarle County.”  Charlottesville and Albemarle have received a joint Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) grant from the state to craft a business plan for a flash-freezing facility, and those […]

A lawsuit wants to halt the grade-separated interchange at Rio Road and Route 29. Image courtesy VDOT.

Route 29 plan includes Rio interchange, panel chief recommends selling Bypass right-of-way

Despite sharp disagreement from some participants, the advisory panel called to examine traffic-relieving alternatives for Route 29 in the wake of the freezing of the Western Bypass project concluded yesterday with a $203 million plan that includes extensions of Berkmar and Hillsdale drives and a grade-separated interchange at Rio Road. Former Virginia Department of Transportation […]

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Photo: Adrin Snider/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com

Big victory for local Legal Aid center as Herring extends in-state tuition to DACA-eligible immigrants

Last year, Charlottesville’s Legal Aid Justice Center filed a lawsuit seeking in-state college tuition for Virginia youth who emigrated to the U.S. illegally as children. Today, the plaintiffs in the suit won a major victory—though not in the courtroom. Attorney General Mark Herring announced this morning that under Virginia law, immigrants covered by the Obama administration […]