Lisa Provence



Day 8: The waiting game in Fields’ trial

Day 8: The waiting game in Fields’ trial

The planned three-week trial of James Alex Fields Jr. is running well ahead of schedule. That’s why it was so jarring that proceedings ground to a halt with a two-hour delay December 5 because of a concern about jurors. When court finally was in session around 11am, Judge Rick Moore said some unnamed person said […]

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YOU issue: Ag tax break

Here’s what readers asked for: Each year Albemarle County forgoes about $20,000,000 in taxes on land use parcels, but the exact figure is not known to the public since the amount is not carried as a line item in the budget and there is no public discussion as far as I can determine.—Harold Timmeny Land […]

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YOU issue: Voter removal

Here’s what readers asked about: Georgia is not alone in removing voters from the rolls—Virginia does too, affecting tens of thousands of voters. —Jessie Audette Georgia fell under the notoriety spotlight for removing an estimated 107,000 voters from its rolls in a tight election year under the state’s “use it or lose it” law, which […]

YOU issue: Cities vs. counties

YOU issue: Cities vs. counties

Here’s what readers wanted to know: Why is Virginia the only state with multiple independent cities? The city/county split here seems to lead to more difficulties than not. —David Moltz Why did Charlottesville become an independent city in the first place? What ridiculous conflicts and duplication of services have we had over the years? Why […]

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail. Photo: Eric Kelley

YOU issue: Who’s in jail?

Here’s what readers asked for: Pick one day and find out in Charlottesville and Albemarle County the name of everyone locked up in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on that day, the reason they are there, and their anticipated release date.—Catherine Wray With close to 500 inmates in the regional jail, we pretty quickly nixed the […]

The Fountain Fund lent Kevin Mellette around $2,500 to help him pay restitution.

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YOU issue: Criminalization of poverty

Here’s what readers asked for: I’d like to suggest a piece on the criminalization of poverty (which is essentially what is happening to people who are incarcerated and are low-income), and a look at what we do at the Fountain Fund, where we provide low-interest loans to the formerly incarcerated to help them get their […]

Day 1: Seating a jury in the James Fields trial

Day 1: Seating a jury in the James Fields trial

Lawyers for James Alex Fields, 21, the Ohio man charged with the first-degree murder of Heather Heyer and accused of plowing his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of demonstrators on Fourth Street August 12, 2017, suggested he may argue self defense in early questioning of potential jurors. Fields, a self-described neo-Nazi, is also charged with […]

Actress Olivia Wilde introduces her mom, Leslie Cockburn on election night.
Eze Amos

What next? 5th District flippers move on to the next race

Three Democratic women in Virginia upset Republicans in House of Representatives races Tuesday–but Leslie Cockburn wasn’t one of them. The investigative journalist and Rappahannock County resident fell short against Republican Denver Riggleman in the 5th district race, despite raising more money and an army of 1,500 volunteers. The district, which includes Charlottesville and Albemarle County, […]

A ball python in Fry’s Spring took a liking to an area outside Chris Bailey’s basement door.

Chris Bailey

Python rescue: Who ya gonna call?

Chris Bailey was a little unnerved to see a snake she thought might be a copperhead hanging around her basement door in Fry’s Spring three times over a three-week period. After checking the Virginia Herpetological Society website, “I figured it wasn’t a copperhead,” she says. “My husband said, this isn’t a Virginia snake.” With a […]

Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church performed a mortgage burning October 28 for its Lankford Avenue facility.
Martyn Kyle

The burning

A mortgage burning is a 20th-century ritual that doesn’t occur much anymore, partly because few Americans stay in their homes long enough to pay off a mortgage. That’s not the case for Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, which has been around since 1867 and torched its deed of trust October 28. When the historic […]

The city shut-down placard sounds a lot worse than a collapsed ceiling.
Photo courtesy Sean Tubbs

Divide revives

West Main passersby were alarmed last week to see yellow caution tape stretched in front of Parallel 38 and Gus’ Custom Tailoring, and a sign declaring Continental Divide “unfit for human habitation or occupation.” Despite that dire warning, the problem (a collapsed ceiling) should be repaired and the restaurant up and running again next week, […]

Robert O’Neil was president of UVA from 1985 to 1990 and a renowned constitutional scholar. 
Michael Bailey

‘Grace and dignity’: Former UVA president Robert O’Neil remembered as constitutional icon

It’s no surprise that Robert O’Neil, the University of Virginia’s sixth president, who died September 30, leaves behind an accomplished life, particularly in constitutional law. But what friends keep mentioning is his generosity, kindness, and concern for others—something that was reflected in his efforts to open the university to more diversity during his term in […]

Residents of the 1976-built Crescent Halls have complained for years about its deteriorating condition.  Jack Looney

New venture: Riverbend dips into public housing

Music and real estate mogul Coran Capshaw’s Riverbend Development, known for 5th Street Station, the Flats, and City Walk, among many other projects, is now aligning itself in a different direction: a partnership with Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority to build new public housing for residents of the crumbling Crescent Halls. Riverbend and the nonprofit […]