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County supervisors approve new regulations for farm wineries
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday approved an ordinance that sets a series of requirements that farm wineries, breweries and distilleries must meet in order to host weddings. The new regulations govern on-site production, traffic and setbacks, as well...
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Albemarle County Officials Urging Crime Commission Study
Two officers of the law in central Virginia are joining forces in hopes of convicting more guilty criminals. 
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New VHSL Rules Aim to Protect Arms of High School Baseball Pitchers
In order to help protect high school baseball players from injuries, the Virginia High School League is implementing a rule to place limits on the number of pitches a player can throw.
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Black Community Seminar Series Kicks off In Louisa
The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History kicked off its first annual Black Community Seminar Series in Louisa on Thursday. 
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Albemarle County School Board Gets First Look at Funding
The Albemarle County School Board got a first look at a funding request for the upcoming fiscal year on Thursday night.
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Charlottesville sister event likely to draw hundreds Saturday
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CT: With Rio intersection done, attention turns to Hydraulic Road
The Route 29 Solutions package of road projects includes $10 million for preliminary engineering at Hydraulic Road.
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The i.Lab Summer Accelerator program is open to seed and early-stage ventures founded by members of the UVa, Charlottesville or Albemarle County communities.
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The company has not disclosed how many local employees will be affected.
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Impact of Virginia’s wine industry grew 83 percent from 2010 to 2015
The number of wineries in Virginia increased 30 percent to 261 in 2015 from 193 in 2010.
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With Rio intersection done, attention turns to Hydraulic Road
Virginia’s secretary of transportation was in Charlottesville on Thursday to celebrate completion of one major project on U.S. 29 and to announce that planning soon will begin for a future one. “At your request, we are kicking off a study of...
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County schools increase spending by $8M, face $691k revenue gap
Albemarle County schools Superintendent Pam Moran on Thursday presented a $180.8 million funding request for the fiscal year beginning July 1, an $8.1 million, or 4.7 percent, increase over this year’s $172.7 million budget. The proposed spending plan faces a $691,000...
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Judge Sentences Crimora Man for Possessing Child Pornography
An Augusta County judge sentenced Albert Henry Christy Jr. to five years behind bars for possessing child pornography. Christy faces similar charges in Albemarle County.
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New Charlottesville Organization Looks to Give Back Through Giving Circle
Cville Gives, a new organization in Charlottesville, is giving away almost $15,000 of its members’ money to nonprofits in the region.
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Backpack Buddies
Meet Your Nonprofit, a weekly profile of nonprofit organizations in our community, is brought to you by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.   Describe your nonprofit's mission. Backpack Buddies is a charity founded by Lucia Hoerr when she was nine years old, to...
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Street trees, accessory structures and synagogue terrace all reviewed
The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review took several actions at their first regular meeting of the year Tuesday, including approving a landscape plan for the West 2nd building on Water Street. “They’ve done the utility work and are getting ready to...
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Supervisors, planning commission briefed on Rio Road small-area plan
Representatives of a firm hired by Albemarle to study future redevelopment around the intersection of U.S. 29 and Rio Road have presented the first phase of their work to the county’s Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission. “If you’re doing a...
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Charlottesville News

With Rio intersection done, attention turns to Hydraulic Road

Jan 19, 2017

Virginia’s secretary of transportation was in Charlottesville on Thursday to celebrate completion of one major project on U.S. 29 and to announce that planning soon will begin for a future one. “At your request, we are kicking off a study of Hydraulic Road and the Route 29 intersection which I believe will be another key component of improving movement in and...

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County schools increase spending by $8M, face $691k revenue gap

Jan 19, 2017

Albemarle County schools Superintendent Pam Moran on Thursday presented a $180.8 million funding request for the fiscal year beginning July 1, an $8.1 million, or 4.7 percent, increase over this year’s $172.7 million budget. The proposed spending plan faces a $691,000 revenue gap, which is less than half of the $1.5 million deficit the schools faced last year. Revenues are expected...

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Backpack Buddies

Jan 19, 2017

Meet Your Nonprofit, a weekly profile of nonprofit organizations in our community, is brought to you by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.   Describe your nonprofit's mission. Backpack Buddies is a charity founded by Lucia Hoerr when she was nine years old, to help provide backpacks filled with new fun school supplies to other children in the community who are less fortunate. We...

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Street trees, accessory structures and synagogue terrace all reviewed

Jan 18, 2017

The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review took several actions at their first regular meeting of the year Tuesday, including approving a landscape plan for the West 2nd building on Water Street. “They’ve done the utility work and are getting ready to build it,” said Mary Joy Scala, the city’s preservation planner. The West 2nd project is a nine-story, L-shaped building on Water...

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Supervisors, planning commission briefed on Rio Road small-area plan

Jan 18, 2017

Representatives of a firm hired by Albemarle to study future redevelopment around the intersection of U.S. 29 and Rio Road have presented the first phase of their work to the county’s Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission. “If you’re doing a painting, you’ve got to get the main composition pieces together before you fill in the leaves and the trees,” said...

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County supervisors approve new regulations for farm wineries

Jan 18, 2017

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday approved an ordinance that sets a series of requirements that farm wineries, breweries and distilleries must meet in order to host weddings. The new regulations govern on-site production, traffic and setbacks, as well as the hours that establishments may have outdoor amplified music at weddings. The board voted 5-1 after a public hearing to...

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CATEC board cuts administrator with funding request approval

Jan 17, 2017

The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center will lose one of its four administrators next year, following the center board’s approval of a $2.3 million funding request Tuesday night. It adds an instructor and an instructional assistant, raises staff salaries by an average of 2 percent and eliminates the strategic planning officer position. CATEC Strategic Planning Officer Daphne Keiser said Tuesday afternoon...

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Albemarle projects score well in initial steps of VDOT funding process

Jan 17, 2017

Five road projects in Albemarle County and one in Charlottesville have received qualifying scores in the first phase of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Smart Scale prioritization process. “This is the very beginning of a five-month discussion about these projects,” Nick Donohue, Virginia’s assistant secretary of transportation said Tuesday, shortly after scores were revealed to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The Smart Scale...

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With $2M from city, schools expect balanced funding re-quest

Jan 14, 2017

Charlottesville City Schools officials expect to present a balanced funding request for the next fiscal year thanks to a projected $2 million funding increase from the city. Schools Budget Director Kim Powell told the Charlottesville School Board at a Saturday budget work session at Walker Upper Elementary that she learned of the funding increase in an email. The division expects to spend...

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Despite funding challenges, Albemarle School Board prioritizes teacher pay

Jan 13, 2017

Since 2011, the Albemarle County Public Schools have spent $10.8 million on raises for teachers and school staff. The division did not give teachers raises in the school years beginning in 2009 and 2010, documents showed, but spent $6.8 million on raises between 2007 and 2009. Documents presented to the School Board on Thursday showed that the division has devoted more than...

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Belmont, Woolen Mills residents air concerns at town hall meeting

Jan 12, 2017

More than 100 people from the Belmont, Carlton and Woolen Mills neighborhoods crowded into the cafeteria at Clark Elementary School on Thursday to express their concerns about a changing city. “We’re all here because we love Charlottesville and all of us are concerned about the path the city is taking,” said Eugenio Schettini, the president of the Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association. “You’ll...

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Tom Tom Founders Festival announces 2017 programming, speakers

Jan 12, 2017

The Tom Tom Founders Festival on Thursday announced its 2017 schedule, a new partnership, a number of national keynote speakers for its weeklong spring festivities and the addition of the Hometown Summit programming schedule. At a news conference at the Old Metropolitan Hall on the Downtown Mall, festival director Paul Beyer said this year’s main event, which runs April 10 to...

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