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Matheny Murder Trial Underway in Augusta County
A jury trial is underway in Augusta County for Tina Kay Matheny, who charged with first-degree murder in the death of Peggy Ann Woods.
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People Gather at Charlottesville Police Department to Protest Sexual Harassment
On Tuesday, December 12, a group gathered in front of the Charlottesville Police Department to protest sexual assault as part of the "Me Too" movement.
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Virginia Takes No. 19 Spot on National Health Survey
Virginia comes in around the middle of the pack in a new ranking of healthiest states across the U.S. The commonwealth ranks No. 19 on the United Health Foundation's annual survey.
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Waynesboro Man Sentenced in Sexual Assault Case Against Teenager
Houston Marion Miller, a man who admitted to child sex crimes with a minor in Waynesboro, faces a total five years behind bars.
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Charlottesville Group Protests Subpoenas from Federal Grand Juries
Some people who say they have been subpoenaed to testify in front of a grand jury about what happened to them on August 12 are concerned that testimony could lead to charges against them.
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Virginia State Senator Proposes Three-Strikes Law Amendment
A Virginia state senator has submitted a bill to change the state's three-strikes law to restore parole eligibility in certain cases.
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The first formal public hearing on the overall budget is scheduled for Feb. 1.
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State board approves water certification for Dominion's pipeline, but with a caveat opponents say will buy more time
An amendment by board member Timothy G. Hayes delays the effective date until the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality finishes reviewing and approving a series of plans and mitigation measures.
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Bageladies Café among finalists in business contest
The winner of the "Shark Tank"-style competition will receive a marketing package valued at $20,000
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Boar’s Head set for major renovations in new year
The work is expected to begin in February and extend through September.
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CT: Charlottesville commission recommends higher density at Water Street site
Some new designs for the West2nd development downtown were rejected.
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Charlottesville commission recommends higher density at Water Street site
The Charlottesville Planning Commission voted 5-1 Tuesday to recommend additional residential density for the West2nd mixed-use project on Water Street, but declined to support new designs that have been submitted for the L-shaped building. Commissioners said there were too many unanswered...
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Non-resident enrollment in Charlottesville schools questioned as buildings grow crowded
As Charlottesville considers building new school facilities to accommodate future population growth, the school division’s policy of accepting students from outside the city has come under more scrutiny. This year, 294 non-resident students attend Charlottesville public schools, including 88 tuition-exempt students...
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Citizen speed cameras turn focus to 10th and Page neighborhood
Members of an advisory panel charged with recommending infrastructure projects for one Charlottesville neighborhood have turned to citizen-built technology to challenge the city’s denial of a traffic-calming project at the intersection of 10th and Page streets. “I’ve been a resident on...
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Western Albemarle tiny house hosts Hollymead’s aspiring architects
Students at Western Albemarle High School recently built a fully functioning tiny house — a 276-square-foot home designed for an individual or a couple. Last week, third-grade classes from Hollymead Elementary School squeezed inside to get inspiration for an even tinier...
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Michie honored at Charlottesville School Board meeting
The Charlottesville School Board passed a resolution honoring outgoing member Ned Michie at his last regular meeting Thursday. “My favorite people are people [like Ned] who go out and do what needs to be done,” said School Board member Sherry Kraft....
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Supervisors briefed on stormwater fee, stream buffer rules
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors heard the latest details Wednesday about an enhanced water resources protection program that would be paid for by a fee levied on county property owners. “This really started back in 2014 with the identification of...
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Charlottesville News

Charlottesville commission recommends higher density at Water Street site

Dec 12, 2017

The Charlottesville Planning Commission voted 5-1 Tuesday to recommend additional residential density for the West2nd mixed-use project on Water Street, but declined to support new designs that have been submitted for the L-shaped building. Commissioners said there were too many unanswered questions about affordable housing and other issues to recommend approval of developer Keith Woodard’s full request. “I feel like there are...

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Non-resident enrollment in Charlottesville schools questioned as buildings grow crowded

Dec 10, 2017

As Charlottesville considers building new school facilities to accommodate future population growth, the school division’s policy of accepting students from outside the city has come under more scrutiny. This year, 294 non-resident students attend Charlottesville public schools, including 88 tuition-exempt students whose parents work for the school division or the city. Non-resident students make up about 7 percent of the division’s...

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Citizen speed cameras turn focus to 10th and Page neighborhood

Dec 09, 2017

Members of an advisory panel charged with recommending infrastructure projects for one Charlottesville neighborhood have turned to citizen-built technology to challenge the city’s denial of a traffic-calming project at the intersection of 10th and Page streets. “I’ve been a resident on 10th Street for 36 years and my experience with speeding is that it’s a continuous thing,” said James Bryant. “It’s...

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Western Albemarle tiny house hosts Hollymead’s aspiring architects

Dec 08, 2017

Students at Western Albemarle High School recently built a fully functioning tiny house — a 276-square-foot home designed for an individual or a couple. Last week, third-grade classes from Hollymead Elementary School squeezed inside to get inspiration for an even tinier building project. The Hollymead students are working in groups to build scale models of tiny houses. After drawing a blueprint on...

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Michie honored at Charlottesville School Board meeting

Dec 08, 2017

The Charlottesville School Board passed a resolution honoring outgoing member Ned Michie at his last regular meeting Thursday. “My favorite people are people who go out and do what needs to be done,” said School Board member Sherry Kraft. “He doesn’t toot his own horn.” Michie, an attorney, was appointed to the School Board by the Charlottesville City Council in...

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Supervisors briefed on stormwater fee, stream buffer rules

Dec 07, 2017

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors heard the latest details Wednesday about an enhanced water resources protection program that would be paid for by a fee levied on county property owners. “This really started back in 2014 with the identification of new mandates that would cost us more money to implement, as well as a recognition that there’s a lot of...

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Panel recommends denial of 24-hour fuel pumps at Crozet station

Dec 07, 2017

The Albemarle County Planning Commission voted 3-2 to recommend denial of a request to allow Legacy Markets on U.S. 250 west of Crozet to operate its fuel pumps 24 hours a day. The convenience store known in planning documents as Re-Store’N Station has a controversial history in the community. “Our primary fear is this will become less of a service station and...

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Montpelier hosting student symposium on monuments, memorials

Dec 06, 2017

MONTPELIER STATION – Albemarle County high school students are engaging with historians at Montpelier this week to learn more about the function of monuments and memorials in society— including their influence on recent violence and racial strife in Charlottesville.   The student symposium at the historic home of James Madison is part of Albemarle County’s Let ‘Em Shine project, in which students...

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Nonprofit brings UVa mentors to Albemarle AVID classes

Dec 05, 2017

A new nonprofit is taking University of Virginia undergraduates far off-Grounds to help Albemarle County students prepare for college. Rise Together, led by UVa third-year student Bryan Christ and his mother, Gina, has brought dozens of UVa students to AVID classes at Western Albemarle High School and Walton Middle School for its mentoring program. “We are teaching the UVa students as much...

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Legal community: Referendum required if Albemarle wants to move court

Dec 05, 2017

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association has told county officials that they believe Virginia law requires voters to decide if the Albemarle Circuit Court should be moved from its current location. “The County is likely prohibited by law from relocating the Circuit Court without a referendum,” Bruce Williamson, chairman of the bar association’s courts location committee, wrote in a letter this week to...

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City Council receives first report on $9 million surplus

Dec 04, 2017

The Charlottesville City Council took its first look Monday at a year-end surplus created by higher-than-expected tax collections as well as a wave of retirements by city employees. “The city’s general fund ended fiscal year 2017 with a positive surplus of $8.94 million,” said Christopher Cullinan, the city’s director of finance. That amount represents 5.2 percent of the city’s adopted budget of...

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City-county talks on parking for downtown courts remain on hold

Dec 03, 2017

As Albemarle officials continue to work toward a decision on whether to move the county’s courts outside of downtown Charlottesville, one item currently not under consideration is the city’s offer to create more parking spaces. Jody Saunders, Albemarle’s communications coordinator, said supervisors directed county staff to “pause” negotiations with the city in November 2016. “We have not been in communication with the...

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