Lisa Provence



Ed Miller takes issue with the Board of Visitors leadership. Photo: UVA University Communications

Miller cuts UVA Board term short, blasts leadership

Dr. Edward D. Miller, former Johns Hopkins medical school dean and health system CEO, resigned from UVA’s Board of Visitors March 15, and said in a statement he could “no longer support the direction the University of Virginia’s leadership continues to pursue.” His resignation is effective June 30. Miller, who was also on the UVA […]

Charlottesville Fire Chief. Photo: Kelly Kollar

City fire chief announces retirement

Chief Charles Werner said he’s calling it quits this summer after a 37-year career at the Charlottesville Fire Department. Werner started at the department at 18 years old, became chief in 2005, and in January, his department received the insurance industry’s top Class 1 rating, which translates into lower premiums for residents. Werner started a […]

Virginia Flaggers Susan Hathaway and Patrick Anderson were in town March 2 to object to City Council ditching Lee-Jackson Day. Their organization has a Sandston address.
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Red flag? Group plans to hoist Confederate flag

The same people who came to Charlottesville earlier this year to defend the city holiday honoring Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, which City Council axed March 2, now plan to raise a Confederate flag on private property here. “Any time people try to take something away from our heritage, we try […]

Photo: Martyn Kyle

Illegal norms: Is the 21 drinking age working?

Americans have an uneasy and contradictory relationship with alcohol—and with how underage drinking laws are enforced. Last week, while Virginia was reeling from another high-profile arrest of a 20-year-old, the Richmond Times-Dispatch published an editorial that urged rethinking the nation’s minimum drinking age of 21. The same day, Mothers Against Drunk Driving sent out a […]

Martese Johnson (in red tie) and his attorney, Daniel Watkins (right) approach Charlottesville General District Court for Johnson's first appearance since his arrest by ABC agents that required 10 stitches. Staff photo

SRO at Martese Johnson’s first court date

A standing room only crowd of dozens of supporters packed Charlottesville General District Court Thursday morning for Martese Johnson, the 20-year-old UVA student bloodied by Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents early March 18. Johnson, accompanied by his attorney, UVA Law School grad Daniel Watkins, stood before Judge Robert Downer for fewer than two […]

A law enforcement officer and his wife said the inclusion of current events in a Black History Month program at Orange County High was inappropriate and that students should stick to celebrating Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. 
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Outrage in Orange County: Black history program upsets cop

Orange is the new Black History Month flashpoint following a March 12 high school program titled “Black Lives Matter.” An anonymous deputy called the event “anti-police” and “political” in a Facebook message that went viral, and by Monday, March 16, parents were keeping their children home because of alleged threats of violence. Students at Orange […]

Waterhouse condos' commanding views command premium prices. Staff photo

Waterhouse condos go on the market

Nearly four years after architect Bill Atwood completed a mixed-use building on Water Street to house the educational travel agency WorldStrides, the 17 deluxe condos on the top floors have finally gone on the market as some of the most expensive real estate downtown. The problem, said Atwood, was trying to add a ninth floor […]

Images of human impact on the world pack this book recently distributed to local leaders by the group Advocates for Sustainable Albemarle Population. Staff photo.

Oversized book on overpopulation

A group concerned with local growth is distributing a seven-pound, 300-page coffee table book on overpopulation. Advocates for Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP) presented copies of Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot to the Board of Supervisors March 11, and made a similar back-breaking delivery to City Council. (C-VILLE received its own copy—one of the 70 ASAP gave out.) […]

Virginia State Police will investigate the ABC's arrest of Martese Johnson. Photo courtesy Martese Johnson

Prosecutor asks for criminal investigation of ABC officers in Martese Johnson arrest

Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman has requested the Virginia State Police to launch a criminal investigation into ABC agents’ arrest of UVA student Martese Johnson early March 18. Governor Terry McAuliffe had already asked state police to investigate the arrest of the 20-year-old student who, in a photo that went viral, was photographed handcuffed on the […]

J.R. Harris says his pursuit of legal fees for his wrongful termination from the Charlottesville Fire Department wasn’t about the money, but about what took place.
Photo: Martyn Kyle

City refuses to pay attorney fees in spycam case

A personnel appeals board gave Charlottesville Fire Department mechanic J.R. Harris the job back from which he was fired last October, along with back pay and benefits. The city declined, however, to cover the $16,000 he spent on attorney fees to get reinstated. Human Resources Director Galloway Beck said that’s because there’s no legal authority […]

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

Business entities sue VDOT over Rio interchange

The owners of Albemarle Square and a local Wendy’s have hired state Senator and former attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain to file a federal lawsuit against VDOT and Federal Highway Administration officials over the planned grade-separated interchange at Rio Road and Route 29. The suit, filed March 6, alleges that VDOT failed to get a […]

J.R. Harris got his job back at the Charlottesville Fire Department, but still unresolved is the matter of the big bucks he paid to attorney Janice Redinger to help him get reinstated.
Photo: Martyn Kyle

Spycam case: Fired fire department mechanic reinstated

A three-person city panel ruled that J.R. Harris, the Charlottesville Fire Department mechanic who was fired in October because his bosses said his work was a safety hazard and because a liquid alleged to be alcohol was found in his desk, should be reinstated. The one-sentence February 26 letter to Harris said, “After considering oral testimony […]

Seven Oaks sans oaks has   a new owner. File photo

Seven Oaks sells—finally

After nearly seven years on the market, Seven Oaks, the Greenwood estate owned by Dave Matthews Band manager, MusicToday founder and real estate tycoon Coran Capshaw sold October 31 for $5.5 million. The 100-acre historic estate was listed for $12.5 million when it went on the market in 2008. The new owner is an entity […]

Virginia's House districts. Image via Virginia Division of Legislative Services

Redistricting reform bills die in House subcommittee

A handful of bills to reform gerrymandering died February 12 in a seven-person House of Delegates subcommittee by voice vote. Delegate Steve Landes (R-25th) was one of those voting to kill the bills. “Our districts are not gerrymandered,” he said. “They’re approved by the Department of Justice.” The state constitution makes legislators responsible for drawing […]