Lisa Provence



In the first meeting since new councilors Nikuyah Walker and Heather Hill were elected mayor and vice-mayor, respectively, the normally disruptive crowd kept things civil, unlike the first City Council meeting of the year on January 2 when audience members held up signs and jeered throughout.

Eze Amos

Climate change: All quiet on the council front

The second City Council meeting of the new year on January 16 was markedly different from council meetings of the past year: no interruptions, no yelling and no profanities, behavior that suspended 2018’s first meeting two weeks ago. Newly elected Vice-Mayor Heather Hill ran the meeting in the absence of Mayor Nikuyah Walker, who was […]

Jason Kessler, right, says he's the victim of "political prosecutions."
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Kessler harassment charge dropped

A charge against white-rights provocateur Jason Kessler for posting online the address of activist Emily Gorcenski was dismissed January 18. “The victim brought information to us that made her believe Mr. Kessler was not the person who posted information about her,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nina Antony. She said the case remains under investigation. Outside […]

Photo by Eze Amos

And many happy returns

Indivisible Charlottesville threw an early retirement party January 11 for Republican Congressman Tom Garrett, who has not been popular with many of his Democratic constituents here. Ken Horne had a card for Garrett that listed the top five reasons he should retire, including the prediction that he would be fired anyway in this year’s midterm […]

Frances Loose owned Tuel Jewelers and worked there with her daughter Mary Loose DeViney up until a week before she died.
Andrea Hubbell

Tuel Jewelers owner dies

Frances Elizabeth Gibson Loose, who bought Tuel Jewelers in 1975 and who worked in the store for 65 years, passed away January 5 at age 86. She was a familiar sight on the Downtown Mall, always professionally dressed for work, even in recent years, when her daughter Mary Loose DeViney pushed her to the store […]

Craig DuBose was surprised to learn he’s been reported to U.S. Capitol Police for allegedly making threats to Congressman Tom Garrett’s staff, and says it’s an attempt to intimidate. Photo by Eze Amos

Unfriended: Garrett staffer calls cops on constituent

Craig DuBose likes to let his 5th District congressman know how he feels about issues, and he regularly posts comments on Tom Garrett’s Facebook page—until he discovered he’d been blocked December 7. DuBose says he called Garrett’s Washington office the next day, and was transferred to communications director Matt Missen, who told him he’d violated […]

Terri Allard has hosted 11 seasons of “Charlottesville Inside Out,” and sees no danger of running out of ideas. Photo by Ryan Jones

Still relevant?: WVPT and WHTJ public television stations merge, say declining revenues not a factor

For years, two out-of-town public television stations fought to claim status as Charlottesville’s “local” PBS station. Now they both can say that. Harrisonburg’s WVPT is being consolidated into Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation, the parent company of Richmond-based WHTJ, and the merger will offer local viewers two additional stations. Instead of duplicate offerings of “Nova” or […]

Julia Kudravetz is the new owner of New Dominion, one of the last independent bookstores standing.
Photo Natalie Jacobsen

Latest chapter: New lease for New Dominion

New Dominion Bookshop owner Carol Troxell’s sudden death in January sent shock waves through Charlottesville’s literary community—and left some wondering what would become of the downtown institution. Established in 1924, one of the oldest businesses on the mall is now in the hands of a new generation. Charlottesville native Julia Kudravetz signed the papers November […]