Lisa Provence



Unchecked, the rapacious kudzu vine creates a 
landscape of green mounds called “kudzu sculptures,” which smother the trees and plants underneath.

Kudzu defies no-trespassing warning

What do you do when “the vine that ate the South” takes up residence in your neighborhood—and your neighbor doesn’t get rid of it? One concerned Crozet resident pulled up some vines in a nascent kudzu infestation last year on property owned by the Rockbridge homeowners association—and was reprimanded by the HOA president for her […]

Tom Oakley, pictured, says he doesn't want anyone else to get hustled by Charles Almy. Photo: Lisa Provence

Bond broken: Vet sues investment adviser for allegedly bilking retirement funds

Broker Charles Almy’s wife Katharine was involved in one of Albemarle’s longest—and most bizarre—lawsuits. She sued author John Grisham, St. Anne’s-Belfield development director Alan Swanson, and his wife Donna for emotional distress from accusing her of writing anonymous letters and for going through confidential school files to obtain a sample of her handwriting. Now Almy […]

Jeff Lenert's progressive talk radio station WPVC has been forced off the air by communications giant Saga. Photo: Eze Amos

Radio silence: Progressive station signs off; Saga sacks six, gears up for more acquisitions

WPVC has been a reliable progressive talk radio voice on Charlottesville’s airwaves since 2015. But on June 17, the low-frequency station went off the air. Michigan-based corporation Saga Communications has reshaped the Charlottesville radio landscape in recent months—Saga has laid off staff from the local stations they own, and filed legal petitions to shut down […]

WXRK's Mike Friend calls Saga's petition "legal junk."  Photo: Eze Amos

License to bully?: Local nonprofit stations say Saga is out to bankrupt them

Last month, corporate radio giant Saga Communications petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to deny license renewal to five small, nonprofit Charlottesville stations. It’s a move one station owner calls “a blatant attempt at economic bullying through litigation” that if successful, would shut down the area’s only progressive talk radio and programming geared toward African American […]

Robert Tracci hopes to fend off challenger Jim Hingeley to retain his seat as the Albemarle County commonwealth’s attorney in a race that’s already had an “unprecedented” twist. Photo by Jen Fariello

Turning up the heat: Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci faces a progressive challenger with deep pockets

Political races in Albemarle County are usually pretty staid compared to Charlottesville’s—except for the commonwealth’s attorney race. Prosecutors Jim Camblos (in 2007) and Denise Lunsford (in 2015) were both ousted after controversial, high-profile cases. And 2019 has promised to be another closely watched contest—even before incumbent Robert Tracci’s opponent received an unheard-of $50,000 donation. Republican […]

A petition to close Fourth Street to vehicle traffic prompted immediate protest 
from downtown business owners, 
who started a counter-petition to keep the mall’s crossings open. (Staff Photo)

Crossed off: Petition to close Fourth Street withdrawn

The woman collecting signatures to close the Fourth Street Downtown Mall crossing has withdrawn her petition and deleted her Twitter account. “There was so much outcry, so much hatred,” says petitioner Aileen Bartels. Safety was her primary concern, and she wanted people to be able to visit the mall without worrying about cars. Although her […]