Samantha Baars



Several supporters lined up outside of Charlottesville General District Court October 20 to hug Veronica Fitzhugh, who was found not guilty of obstructing free passage at the July 8 KKK rally. Staff photo

Not guilty: A win for Veronica Fitzhugh

Updated Tuesday, October 24 at 3pm with a second story about court appearances on Monday, October 23.   Even months prior to August 12, the community was up to its figurative elbows in lawsuits stemming from the emergence of Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler into the local spotlight and the people who’ve made it […]

If the pipeline is approved, Richard Averitt will be hit on two fronts—his residential property and a commercial lot he bought with the dream to build a $35 million five-star boutique resort. Photo by Sanjay Suchak

Head to head: Feds approve controversial pipelines

Though the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Atlantic Coast Pipeline October 13, those opposing the $6 billion and 600-mile gas fracking project say they’re not going down without a fight. “It’s not over by any means,” says Kirk Bowers, a program coordinator with the local chapter of the Sierra Club. Though he’s not showing […]

JonPaul Struys, Evan McLaren and Nathan Damigo leave Charlottesville District Court after being convicted of failing to disperse August 12.
Photo Natalie Jacobsen

Alt-righters found guilty of failing to disperse

Police had to intervene after an October 13 court hearing where three white nationalists were found guilty of failure to disperse during the Unite the Right rally, and then were chased into a nearby parking garage by people waiting for them outside the courthouse. Counterprotesters with their middle fingers in the air rushed Nathan Damigo, […]

White nationalists held another tiki torch rally in Emancipation Park on October 7. Photo by Jalane Schmidt

City responds to weekend tiki torch rally

“The so called ‘alt-right’ believes intimidation and intolerance will stop us from our work,” says Mayor Mike Signer in an October 8 press release after about 40 white supremacists held another torch-lit rally in Emancipation Park. “They could not be more wrong. We must marshal all our resources, legal and otherwise, to protect our public […]

Christopher Cantwell calls himself a political prisoner. Staff photo

Candid Cantwell: An afternoon with the ‘Crying Nazi’

In a minuscule, stagnant holding room just feet away from a barely bigger solitary confinement cell where he’s been housed since he turned himself in to police August 23, “Crying Nazi” Christopher Cantwell, a self-proclaimed racist and alt-right radio shock jock, says he wishes he never came to Charlottesville. Perhaps most notable for his appearance […]

Troy Dunigan, who pleaded guilty to throwing a water bottle into a crowd at the Unite the Right rally, says he doesn't like Nazis. Staff photo

August 12 water bottle-thrower pleads guilty

Another crop of alt-righters and counterprotesters arrested for acts related to the infamous Unite the Right rally were heard in Charlottesville General District Court today. Chattanooga, Tennessee, resident Troy Dunigan says he drove seven hours to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct charge for throwing an empty bottle at a group of white nationalists. “I […]

Brown Automotive Group sold to Memphis-based Umansky Automotive Group September 11. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Sold: Brown Automotive becomes Umansky Automotive

A Memphis-based car dealership chain bought Charlottesville’s Brown Automotive Group, an institution in the community for nearly 40 years, on September 19. Umansky Automotive Group, a family-operated company, has 850 employees across 16 dealerships, says owner Dan Umansky. The five local Brown dealerships will be his first locations in Virginia, with the others in Tennessee, […]

From left to right: Aimee Atteberry, Bob Kahn, Carolyn Rainey, Antonio Rice, Major James Shiels, Karen Rogers, Erik Greenbaum and Pat Burnette. Staff photo

C-VILLE donates $8,000 to Salvation Army

C-VILLE Weekly publisher Aimee Atteberry presented a check for $8,017.58 to the Salvation Army, the beneficiary of this year’s Best of C-VILLE party, September 12. “We are the primary safety net available year round for the city of Charlottesville and our surrounding counties,” says Bob Kahn, the Charlottesville Salvation Army executive committee member. “Without these […]

Christopher Cantwell posted a tearful video online before turning himself into police. Cantwell video

Judge denies Cantwell jail release

Christopher Cantwell, who has been dubbed the “Crying Nazi” by critics of his teary Youtube video made after the August 12 alt-right rally and before he turned himself into police August 24, was denied bond today by a judge who cited a widely seen Vice interview that she said showed Cantwell’s approval of the violence […]

Susan Bro, mother to Heather Heyer, spoke during a memorial for her daughter August 16 at the Paramount Theater. Heyer was killed the previous weekend when a vehicle drove into a crowd of counter-protestors after the Unite the Right rally. Photo/Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress

Stand up: Heather Heyer’s legacy lives on

Droves of community members clothed in shades of purple poured into the Paramount Theater August 16 to remember Heather Heyer, a local activist and paralegal who lost her life to what some have called an act of domestic terror the weekend before. “They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what. […]

James Fields earlier in the day, before he plowed his car into dozens of people on Fourth Street.
Photo Eze Amos

Murder charge: James Fields in court

Two days after he plowed into a group of peaceful counterprotesters with his car, white nationalist James Alex Fields Jr. appeared via webcam in Charlottesville General District Court Monday morning. The Maumee, Ohio, man, 20, is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and a hit-and-run for driving his Dodge Challenger down Fourth […]

Heather Heyer. Contributed photo

Heather Heyer: The Face of August 12

In the most devastating blow of the Unite the Right rally, a local activist and paralegal lost her life to a white supremacist in a Dodge Challenger. Heather Heyer, 32, is remembered by many as sweet and funny with impeccable wit. “She always had a very strong sense of right and wrong. She always, even […]

Jason Kessler says he will hold his Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park regardless of the city's decision to approve his permit for McIntire Park. Photo by Eze Amos

Decision at high noon

The Rutherford Institute and the ACLU of Virginia have given the city of Charlottesville until 12pm today to respond to their letter demanding city leaders allow Jason Kessler to hold his August 12 Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park. When city manager Maurice Jones announced August 7 that he approved Kessler’s event permit, but […]