Samantha Baars



Alexis Zeigler, designer of Living Energy Farm, stands in front of the first finished building at the off-the-grid, zero-fossil-fuel- 
emitting community 
in the works. Photo: Christian Hommel

Off the grid: A model for environmentalism made easy

It’s affordable, actually sustainable and certainly not the modern American lifestyle most have become accustomed to, with multiple cars per family, smart phones for everyone and streaming video on demand. The 5-year-old project called Living Energy Farm is an off-the-grid, zero-fossil-fuel-emission community in the works in Louisa County, described in two words by its creator: […]

The people of McGraw Hill Financial do not plan to relocate SNL Financial from its Charlottesville location. Staff photo

Sold: SNL bought by McGraw Hill Financial

On Monday, McGraw Hill Financial announced it had signed a definitive agreement to buy Charlottesville-based SNL Financial for $2.225 billion in cash from privately held New Mountain Capital. Jason Feuchtwanger from McGraw Hill says his company is committed to Charlottesville as a strategic location and no layoffs are planned for current SNL employees. SNL, which […]

Neighbors Raymond Shackelford and Bridget Brown Shackelford witnessed a police K9 attack a 13-year-old girl and Bridget held the girl until the ambulance came. Photo by Samantha Baars

Dog attack witness: Police K9 was “vicious”

Thursday night, a K9 from the Charlottesville Police Department was accidentally released from the back of a patrol car on the 700 block of Prospect Avenue where it bit a 13-year-old girl several times, breaking the skin and requiring stitches, according to Captain Gary Pleasants. “The dog was vicious,” says Bridget Brown Shackelford, a neighbor […]

John Ince, a longtime StreamWatch volunteer, helps conduct a stream sample in a Greene County stream. Photo courtesy of David Hannah

New watershed assessment: Still bad, but not as bad

Though the health of the Rivanna River watershed has consistently failed to meet one of five Virginia water quality standards, a new report shows that its conditions are improving. According to David Hannah, the executive director of StreamWatch—a local nonprofit that assesses watershed health by monitoring and testing streams—32 of the 50 assessed streams failed […]

Uncommon folks could be drawn to this residential area in the works. Photo by Erdy McHenry Architecture

New digs: More construction on West Main

The mixed-use residential complex going up on West Main and 10th streets now has an official name: Uncommon. And the developers have a description of the type of people they hope will live there. “Uncommoners are trendsetters who don’t try too hard,” the development’s website says, but this hip tagline doesn’t describe the planning they’ve […]

Gene Everett Washington added a capital murder charge to two counts of first degree murder in the slayings of a mother and daughter on Rugby Avenue. Photo by Hawes Spencer/ Inset photo courtesy Charlottesville Police.

Capital indictment against alleged double slayer

The man accused of killing Robin and Mani Aldridge is now charged with capital murder in the commission of a robbery and robbing a residence. On June 18, Gene Everett Washington and his attorney appeared in Charlottesville Circuit Court to learn the additional charges. Investigators believe Washington beat the school teacher and her daughter to […]

Gene Everett Washington added a capital murder charge to two counts of first degree murder in the slayings of a mother and daughter on Rugby Avenue. Photo by Hawes Spencer/ Inset photo courtesy Charlottesville Police.

Aldridge murders: Gene Washington goes to grand jury

  Gene Everett Washington’s DNA was found on a blood-stained knife, towels and rubber gloves in a dumpster outside of his Barracks West apartment, according to evidence presented in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court June 11. The DNA also matched that of Mani Aldridge, the slain daughter of Robin Aldridge, both of whom were […]

Local Andrea Dvorak will compete in the UCI Road World Championship. Staff photo

Charlottesville hosts champ camp for cyclists

Richmond isn’t the only city that’ll be overrun with bicyclists when the Union Cycliste Internationale Road World Championships are held there this fall. Charlottesville will host the USA team camp before the September 19-27 event. “We are preparing to welcome the world to C’ville,” said Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Joni Johnson at a June 4 press […]

Former Charlottesville High football player Tsaye Simpson is found not guilty of murder. Photo Charlottesville Police

Tsaye Simpson acquitted in murder trial

Tsaye Lemar Simpson was found not guilty on May 29 on all counts relating to the October 2013 death of UVA dining staff coworker Jarvis Brown. Simpson, 23, had been charged with first-degree murder and three weapons charges for shooting and killing Brown, 22, with a shotgun in the Fry’s Spring neighborhood. After Simpson’s defense […]

Members of Charlottesville Fire Department, Albemarle County Fire &  Rescue and CARS work together in Darden Towe Park to drowning victim Yu Be Chaw. Charlottesville Firefighter Greg Wright searches in the water. 
Photo by Justin Ide

Girl drowns in Rivanna

A 9-year-old girl drowned in the Rivanna River on May 30 after slipping and being pulled underwater by a current. She was playing in a shallow area of the river, which was later measured at approximately 1.48 feet deep by the U.S. Geological Survey, according to the Daily Progress. Charlottesville and Albemarle County authorities initiated […]