Lisa Provence



City Council wants to  augment private security cameras on the Downtown Mall and West Main. Staff photo.

Council considers security cameras

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo laid out four options for cameras on the Downtown Mall and West Main corridor May 4, and asked City Council for guidance on which way to go. Councilors favored using already installed private cameras, with the city filling in the gaps. The most expensive plan and least favored by councilors […]

The former UVA swimmer filed his suit at the U.S. District Court in Charlottesville.
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Mistrial declared in Kevin Quick murder trial

Just days into a six-week trial, U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad declared a mistrial May 12 for four of the six defendants in the gang-related murder of Waynesboro Police Reserve Captain Kevin Quick after one of the defendants obtained a copy of the jury list. An FBI agent told the judge at least two […]

Rick Randolph wants to succeed Jane Dittmar as Scottsville supervisor. Photo courtesy Rick Randolph

Dittmar won’t seek reelection to BOS, endorses Randolph

Since the 2011 election, the Scottsville District has had three representatives to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors: convicted sexual batterer Chris Dumler, four-month interim-supe Petie Craddock and former Chamber of Commerce president and mediation company founder Jane Dittmar. Now the district is looking at a fourth, because Dittmar announced she won’t seek another term in […]

Avery Fernando Gray. Photo: Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail

Jury recommends 39 years in revenge killing

Antonio Washington was fatally stabbed at Al Hamraa restaurant on May 10, 2014, and a year later, his best friend, Avery Fernando Gray, 39, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of the uncle of the man charged with killing Washington. The jury deliberated for six hours and at 2:30am Saturday, May 2, […]

Where once librarians were guardians of the book, UVA English professor David Vander Meulen now sees them as threats to the printed tome.
Photo: Martyn Kyle

Book purge? Alderman renovation foments faculty fear

The University of Virginia’s main research library, built in 1938, has never had a major renovation. And when funding for such a project comes through, some faculty fear 2 million of Alderman’s 3 million books will be shipped to the Ivy Stacks, off-campus storage on Old Ivy Road, never to return. English professor David Vander […]

The house at 135 Warren St. in Scottsville’s historic district has been under renovation for either eight or four years, depending on who you talk to. The mayor called it an “eyesore.”
Photo: Bebe Williams

Rescinded: Meeks booted from Scottsville ARB

Steven G. Meeks is president of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. He’s Albemarle’s elected rep on the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. And until April 20, he served on Scottsville’s Architectural Review Board. That’s when Scottsville Town Council unanimously voted to rescind his appointment to the ARB because a house he managed in […]

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 […]