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By the time this photo was taken in February, the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir was full again. Photo by Skycladap

Leaky-gate: RWSA employee resigns in protest

Remember last fall’s mandatory water restrictions? An employee who recently resigned from the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority says the agency is blaming an alleged drought for the loss of several hundred million gallons of water from the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir, when two leaky gates were the culprit. “The dry weather did not cause […]

In a separate instance in February, Donna Gasapo followed Jason Kessler down Market Street, shouting and with two middle fingers in the air. Staff photo

Inciting words: Kessler gets a win and $5

In a civil suit against an angry activist, Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Kessler has won $5. The man who planned the August 12 event where neo-Nazis and counterprotesters clashed in the streets, leaving three people dead by the end of the day, said his suit was intended to bring “decorum.” He sued Donna […]

The Blackburn Inn, a former lunatic asylum turned prison turned abandoned property turned boutique hotel, officially opened last week. Courtesy Blackburn Inn

New look: Former asylum turned luxury inn

The place once known as the Western State Lunatic Asylum before it became a medium security prison in 1981 and was abandoned in 2002 opened last week as The Blackburn Inn. “This building has such a storied past,” says Paul Cooper, the president and CEO of Retro Hospitality, the firm that manages the inn. Part-time […]

Braxton Puryear is one attorney representing plaintiffs in the case. Staff photo

But their emails! Councilors must turn over docs in monument suit

  In a lawsuit aimed at keeping the statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in Charlottesville, city councilors have been ordered to turn over documents related to conversations of removing them—a decision the council made, initially just to remove Lee, in a 3-2 vote in February 2017. Charlottesville Circuit Court […]

Community activist Star Peterson, a victim of the August 12 car attack, was arrested when she parked her wheelchair in the middle of Market Street, faced traffic and threw two middle fingers into the air. Photo by Eze Amos

Activists stop traffic, arrested in late night protest

Last night, Charlottesville police arrested about eight community activists who were protesting yesterday’s conviction of Corey Long, the man they say defended the community on August 12 when law enforcement failed to do so. A couple dozen activists gathered in Justice Park around 9:30pm, and with signs and banners in tow, began marching around the […]

The city’s Riverview Park, which is nestled between homes in the Woolen Mills neighborhood and the Rivanna River, was severely flooded. While the park has reopened to the public, its entry point to the Rivanna Trail remains closed. Photo by

UPDATED: Ivy flood victims found

The second victim’s body has been found after a couple’s Toyota Prius was swept away by flash flooding on the night of May 30 near the intersection of Old Ballard Road and Martin Farm Lane in Ivy. At about 12:30pm today, a canine search crew detected a scent about one-third of a mile downstream from […]

City Councilor Kathy Galvin (left) gave kudos to longtime Woolen Mills resident Bill Emory (right) for “sound[ing] the alarm” on the sewage stink in 2008, and not letting up. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Stink stopper: Woolen Mills odor reduction project cuts the crap

The stench of sewage wafting through the Woolen Mills neighborhood has sickened residents since the early 1900s. But after the completion of a 10-year and $10 million odor reduction project at the local wastewater treatment facility, project pioneers and neighbors came together to celebrate the fact that they can finally breathe easy again. “I haven’t […]

Local pickleball players participate in an open-play session at the Key Recreation Center on May 21, but you can find them practicing somewhere in town, on almost any given day of the week. Photo by Eze Amos

A big dill: PickleFest draws local and national pickleball talent

While this weekend’s PickleFest may sound like a celebration of brined cucumbers, it’s instead a festival centered around a sport that’s gained a massive following in Charlottesville over the last half a decade. Pickleball, the paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, was created in Seattle, in 1965, and has been slowly […]

Maurice Jones. Photo by Amy Jackson

Mayor Walker announces city manager out by December

Mayor Nikuyah Walker announced this afternoon that the city will not renew City Manager Maurice Jones’ contract, which ends December 7. She said an earlier separation date could be mutually agreed on. “In the life of any healthy organization, it is important to be able to recognize when change is needed,” Walker said. “Over the […]

Daniel Borden. Courtesy Charlottesville police

‘Commie killer’ Daniel Borden enters plea, is found guilty

Another man charged with malicious wounding in the August 12 Market Street Parking Garage beatdown of DeAndre Harris has been convicted. Daniel Borden, whose local TV station and newspaper have said he was known for his swastika drawings and Nazi salutes in high school, was 18 years old when he traveled from Maumee, Ohio, to […]

Gwen Williams, who was racially profiled by a Wegmans employee, says it was hurtful and shameful, but she hopes to turn the negatives into positives by advocating new training for the grocery chain’s employees. Photo by Eze Amos

Wegmans encounter: City clerk a victim of racial profiling

‘‘You gotta be kidding me, right?” That was Gwen Williams’ initial response when a manager at the local Wegmans approached her in her car on May 2, said he’d received a complaint that an African-American woman in an orange top was panhandling in the grocery store’s parking lot, and asked if it was her. Williams’ […]

Kathy Yowell Rohm. Courtesy Albemarle County Police

Bad babysitter: Forest Lakes daycare operator pleads guilty

Kathy Yowell-Rohm spoke softly as she pleaded guilty May 7 to felony cruelty or injury to a child and operating a home daycare without a license after police found 16 children at her Forest Lakes residence last December. One adult is allowed to care for a maximum of four children at a daycare, according to […]

Jacob Goodwin, one of four men charged in the beating of DeAndre Harris August 12, was found guilty of malicious wounding.
Charlottesville police

Guilty: First August 12 parking garage beater convicted

  A Charlottesville jury decided May 1 that a man from Ward, Arkansas, who took part in a brutal beatdown of a local black man in the Market Street Parking Garage on August 12, was guilty of malicious wounding, potentially setting the bar for three other assailants accused of the same crime in the same […]

Crying Nazi Chris Cantwell bids an anti-Semitic adieu to Charlottesville. Photo by Eze Amos

Booze bracelet: Cantwell’s public intoxication charge violates terms of bond

“Drunk,” “loaded” and “liquored up” were all words used in Albemarle County Circuit Court to describe the state of “Crying Nazi” Chris Cantwell during his Loudoun County arrest last month that nearly landed the self-proclaimed racist back in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. At an April 25 hearing, Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci said good behavior was […]

The Belmont Apartments will increase the total amount of impervious surface on the 
6.6-acre lot by about 30,000 square feet, according to developer Alan Taylor.

Incoming! Belmont Apartments on the horizon

Popular Mas Tapas in the middle of Belmont is getting a new neighbor. Actually, more than 100 of them. The Belmont Apartments, proposed by Coran Capshaw- and Alan Taylor-owned Riverbend Development, will consist of at least 138 by-right apartment units, a clubhouse and 27,000 square feet of office and commercial space spread into six main […]

Area students gather at the Downtown Mall's Freedom of Speech Wall during the National School Walkout.

‘No more silence:’ Area students demand gun control—again

“Are we next?” That was the question on the minds and T-shirts of several local students who participated in today’s National School Walkout, on the anniversary of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School that left 15 people dead. More than 100 students from Charlottesville, Albemarle and Monticello high schools, Tandem Friends School and the […]

North Downtown residents found fliers proclaiming that "it's okay to be white" on their front lawns this morning. Photo courtesy of Gail South

Still here: White supremacy strikes again

“It’s okay to be white.” The sentence that first started popping up on high school and university campuses in November is the same one that was plastered onto dozens of fliers, folded into a neat square, stuffed into a sandwich bag with a rock in it and tossed on the lawns of North Downtown residents […]

Rachel Thielmann is working to raise awareness about and prevent local child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, it’s more prevalent than you’d think, she says. Photo by Natalie Jacobsen

Awareness campaign: Child sexual abuse happens more often than you think

April is one of the first warm and welcoming months of the new year, but it’s also given two not-so-ideal titles: National Child Abuse Prevention month and Sexual Assault Awareness month. “Child sexual abuse is much more prevalent than people think,” says Rachel Thielmann, a prevention education specialist at Foothills Child Advocacy Center. Though her […]