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Wanted Waynesboro Man Arrested in Tennessee
Aaron Hernando Holder, the Waynesboro man who fled police in his underwear, is in custody following a traffic stop in Tennessee.  
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UPDATE: Police Investigate Fatal Crash on I-64
A police investigation of a fatal crash closed nearly 10 miles of Interstate 64 across multiple counties for several hours Wednesday morning.
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Motorcyclist dies in crash with tractor-trailer.
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A tractor-trailer incident, possibly involving a motorcycle, has both lanes of the freeway blocked for 12 miles.
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Pro-Life Organization Rallying Outside Planned Parenthood
40 Days for Life, a pro-life organization, is rallying in front of the Planned Parenthood in Albemarle County to highlight alternative options to abortion.
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Albemarle Co. Planning Commission Approves New Region Ten Facility
The Albemarle County Planning Commission approved Region Ten’s plans to build a women’s residential treatment center next to the existing Region Ten building.
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Staunton to Auction Beverly Hotel
Five years after the city boarded up the Beverly Hotel in downtown Staunton, the building is planned to go up for auction.
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The 2016 graduates were the last group of students in the United States to take the older version of the SAT.
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Bellamy tapped to lead 100 Black Men chapter
“I just want to make sure that I continue to work with the brothers in the organization to take us to new heights ..."
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Shirley MacLaine among guests for upcoming film festival
“It’s a really exceptional year. I’m kind of stunned by the caliber of the people coming in.”
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Charlottesville Farmers Market Rated in Top Five Nationwide
A national contest sponsored by American Farmland Trust found that Virginia is home to some of the country’s highest-rated farmers markets and one of them is in Charlottesville. 
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The credit served 47 city businesses last year and cost $105,000, or about $2,200 per business, in foregone tax revenue, said Todd Divers, Charlottesville commissioner of revenue.
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City looks to refine tech tax credit as expiration looms
As a longtime tax credit for Charlottesville tech businesses nears the end of its life, city officials are looking for ways to expand the incentive to reach more local innovators. In 2001, the city declared itself Virginia’s first “technology zone,” and...
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Albemarle County Observing National Voter Registration Day
The Albemarle County Voter Registration and Elections office is observing National Voter Registration Day today, September 27, 2016. Albemarle County citizens are invited to come by the tent outside the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road, from 10am –...
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City, Albemarle prepare to cover raises as state revenue picture brightens
After starting 2016 with announcements that the state would restore public education funds cut during the great recession, missed state revenue projections mean Albemarle County and Charlottesville are facing dipping into their own funds to cover state contributions to teacher...
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At UVa conference, experts outline need for alternative assessments
As school divisions across the country seek ways to adopt teaching methods that provoke critical thinking rather than fact memorization, educators must find new methods to measure students’ progress. Moving from student achievement assessments that measure knowledge to assessments that measure...
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Blue Moon apartment complex design receives partial approval
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review has partially approved the design of a project to construct a six-story apartment complex behind two existing buildings on West Main Street. The BAR approved the massing and scale of the Six Hundred West Main...
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City looks to refine tech tax credit as …

As a longtime tax credit for Charlottesville tech businesses nears the end of its life, city officials are looking for ways to expand the incentive to reach more local innovators. In 2001, the city declared itself Virginia’s first “technology zone,” and began offering 50 percent relief on business license taxes for companies 5 years old or younger located within the city...

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Albemarle County Observing National Vote…

The Albemarle County Voter Registration and Elections office is observing National Voter Registration Day today, September 27, 2016. Albemarle County citizens are invited to come by the tent outside the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road, from 10am – 2pm and register to vote, check their registration status, apply for an absentee ballot, or pick up a sample ballot...

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If you read us, support us!

Charlottesville Tomorrow is a non-profit organization completely supported by private donations. All gifts are welcome and appreciated and every dollar is used wisely to support our mission to inform and engage the public by providing clear, non-partisan information and research on land use, transportation, community design and public education issues.  Make a gift online to support community news! Review our latest financial...

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City, Albemarle prepare to cover raises …

After starting 2016 with announcements that the state would restore public education funds cut during the great recession, missed state revenue projections mean Albemarle County and Charlottesville are facing dipping into their own funds to cover state contributions to teacher raises. Thanks to a $266 million state budget deficit to round out the fiscal year ending June 30 and another $1.2...

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At UVa conference, experts outline need …

As school divisions across the country seek ways to adopt teaching methods that provoke critical thinking rather than fact memorization, educators must find new methods to measure students’ progress. Moving from student achievement assessments that measure knowledge to assessments that measure a students’ ability to learn and think is not a new idea, but it is returning to the fore as...

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Blue Moon apartment complex design recei…

The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review has partially approved the design of a project to construct a six-story apartment complex behind two existing buildings on West Main Street. The BAR approved the massing and scale of the Six Hundred West Main project in February and held a preliminary discussion on the design project in July. “I think that we heard a number...

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UVa advances plans for Brandon Avenue ar…

A University of Virginia committee recently endorsed a master plan for Brandon Avenue that initially calls for a new 300-bed dormitory and a new student health center. “The idea is that we would develop the southern end of the site, and we would like to move forward with development of those two projects right away,” university architect Alice Raucher said at...

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A team of their own: Team 20/20 brings i…

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote is one of many displayed on the walls of the Team 20/20 classroom at Monticello High School. It also captures the spirit of an innovative effort to make learning exciting for students who have struggled in traditional classes. Team 20/20 is a daily, three-hour, team-taught class that combines world geography...

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UVa students win Velocity Tour pitch com…

A pair of University of Virginia-trained biomedical engineers won a $25,000 grant from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office Friday at a pitch competition that kicked of the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s Tomtoberfest fall block party. Payam Pourtaheri and Ameer Shakeel run AgroSpheres LLC and have developed a chemical that degrades pesticides and, they hope, will give farmers better control over their harvests. Despite...

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Plans for Woodbrook Elementary School ad…

The Albemarle County School Board approved a schematic design for a proposed 16-classroom addition to Woodbrook Elementary School at a work session Thursday. RRMM Architects made several changes to its preliminary design after a community forum on Sept. 6. School Board chairwoman Kate Acuff said the design “substantially addressed the issues” identified at that meeting. “This is an opportunity for us to...

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Planner describes how “form-based” zonin…

As Albemarle County and Charlottesville consider changes to how decisions are made about land use in urban areas, the former head of Nashville’s planning department briefed local developers and officials Wednesday on his city’s transition to a “form-based” zoning code. “We think our community character planning is proactive in terms of deciding what we want,” said Rick Bernhardt, former director of...

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Albemarle officials briefed on affordabl…

Representatives from several housing organizations spent Tuesday evening explaining to the Albemarle County Planning Commission how each is doing its part to address one of the region’s most pressing issues. “We would like to essentially put some focus on the affordable housing that’s proposed in the county’s Comprehensive Plan,” said Commissioner Pam Riley. “We’d really like to foster greater regional cooperation...

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