Central Virginia News

  New puppies in Albemarle County begin their journey to become service dogs

Nine newborn puppies in Albemarle County could make a big difference in the lives of people with disabilities down the road. Right now, the puppies are just three-weeks old.

Three months until hands-free law enforced statewide

  Annual Fluvanna Co. Halloween light show begins Oct. 1

  U.S. Senator Tim Kaine weighs in on presidential debate

Rep. Denver Riggleman says first presidential debate ‘disappointing’

  Charlottesville City Council discusses improvements to West Main Street

Employees charged with selling cocaine, crystal meth out of vape shop

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  Unitarian Universalist Church drops “Thomas Jefferson Memorial” from its name

  How central Virginia communities are performing according to CDC school metrics

Virginia Craft Brewers Fest goes virtual

Liberty pays Falwell 2 years’ salary as severance following Aug. resignation

  Schools eye usage of new metrics on data portal from Virginia Dept. of Health

  New website will help locate affordable housing, relief programs in central Virginia

  God, Guns, and a Good Time rally gun raffle for Bob Good campaign violated Virginia gambling and election law

A raffle held in the name of Bob Good’s campaign at Saturday’s ‘God, Guns, and a Good Time Rally’ in Fluvanna County appears to have violated state gambling and campaign finance laws.

What you need to know ahead of November’s election

Election Day will be here before you know it, so here is everything you need to know leading up to Nov. 3.

  “Mapping CVille” project charting historical housing discrimination moves into new phase

A project shining a light on decades of housing discrimination is entering a new phase.

  Historic Orange County Courthouse being readied to go back in service

The old Orange County courthouse, located in the town of Orange, is being cleaned up and outfitted with new cameras to be able to once again accommodate jury trials.

  Festy Music Series working to make concert-going safe and convenient

  Shenandoah National Park bracing for busy October

  Blue Ridge Mountain Maze opens in Nelson County

Hundreds turn out for “God, Guns and a Good Time” rally in Fluvanna Co.

Thomas Jefferson Health District says area restaurants complying with COVID guidelines

Wineries say 2020 harvest is far different than years past

  Rassawek, ancestral Monacan Indian capital at center of water pump plan, named to list of endangered sites

On September 24, the National Historic Trust announced that it had chosen Rawassek, the ancestral Monacan capital, as one of its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2020.

VCU students sign petition to reduce undergraduate tuition during pandemic

“We are paying the same amount in tuition, but in additional fees we’re paying more than in previous years for a quality of education that has not been in line with previous semesters,” said VCU Senior Sunny Lee.

Town of Orange to restart work on Main Street Improvement Project

The project is scheduled to take 90 days from start to finish and will encompass the part of East Main Street between the train tracks crossing and up to including the intersection of East Main, Byrd Street, and May Fray Avenue.

Charlottesville area restaurants in need of workers ahead of reopening

Several restaurants in the Charlottesville area are opening soon and are in need of help.

Permits suspended at Richmond restaurants for violating COVID-19 safety measures

The Richmond City Health Department has suspended the permits of five city restaurants over COVID-19 concerns.

  Virginia Senator Kaine outraged by republican rush

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says republicans are rushing to fil the empty seat left open by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so they can repeal the Affordable Care Act.

ACLU pushes for independent experts to monitor COVID-19 outbreaks in Virginia prisons amid VDOC complaints

As COVID-19 surges in prisons across Virginia, lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union are pushing the State Department of Corrections to hire outside experts to evaluate overall response.

  Greene County family expecting triplets next month

A couple in central Virginia is getting ready to add a few more members to their small family of three.

Prosecutors discuss best ways to serve amid calls for racial justice

Albemarle County’s top prosecutor Jim Hingeley was one of three progressive prosecutors who shared what needs to be done at an event hosted by the TomTom Foundation.

  Charlottesville community members call for justice for Breonna Taylor

Dozens of members of the Charlottesville community showed up at a demonstration of solidarity with Louisville.

Virginia U.S. Senate debate between Warner and Gade gets heated at times

Democrat incumbent Mark Warner and Republican challenger Daniel Gade debated virtually everything from healthcare to when Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the supreme court should be filled.

Virginia Film Festival goes virtual, offers drive-in option

Although the Virginia Film Festival cannot happen in person this year, movie lovers will be able to experience the joys of the cinema virtually. The festival will run from October 21 to October 25.

290 JMU students notified of COVID-19 policy violations

Tuesday night, leaders of James Madison University gave an update to Harrisonburg City Council on their return plan for early October and students' behavior so far in the first part of the semester.

Harmful algae bloom advisory remains in place for Middle Pamunkey Branch of Lake Anna

Parts of Lake Anna are once again getting hit with a harmful algae bloom, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

  Louisa Co. teacher nationally recognized after working as an educator for 40 years

Her career spans 40 years teaching family and consumer sciences to middle schoolers in Louisa County. Now, she’s being nationally recognized for her dedication to the job.

CDC’s Halloween guidance discourages activities like trick-or-treating due to COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging Americans to avoid higher-risk Halloween activities like trick-or-treating in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Online forum discusses role of Black women voters throughout Charlottesville’s history

One hundred years after the 19th Amendment was ratified, Charlottesville leaders hosted a discussion about a group it left out: Black women.

Charlottesville City Council hears recommendations to improve disproportionality in criminal justice system

Dozens of recommendations for how to fix disproportionality in the criminal justice system were submitted to Charlottesville City Council Monday night. So, what’s next?

Sen. Warner to face ‘underdog’ opponent in debate Wednesday

Incumbent democratic Senator Mark Warner will debate republican challenger Daniel Gade Wednesday in a debate unlike others previously due to COVID-19.

Northam announces plans to refinance college bonds

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is announcing a new plan to refinance debt related to construction on college campuses, a move he said will save public colleges $300 million over the next two years.

  Fluvanna County woman fighting Aqua Virginia over rate hike

Swenson says this requested increase by Aqua Virginia which constitutes a 10.8% increase in water revenues and a 3.4% in wastewater revenues is just too much

Louisa County middle, high schools operating on two-hour delay after power outage

Louisa County Public Schools announced the middle and high schools will be operating on a two-hour delay due to a power outage.

‘You may be looking at close to 100 restaurants' closing in Richmond, tourism group says

It’s been a tough six months for the restaurant industry, as restaurants have been forced to get creative to deal with the pandemic.

113 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Fluvanna’s Correctional Center for Women is worsening. The case count nearly tripled after the entire facility was tested.

Gordonsville man charged in connection with armed robbery of Albemarle County convenience store

A Gordonsville man has been charged in connection with an armed robbery in Albemarle County and is suspected in others in the Charlottesville area.

Two Virginia amendments are on the November ballot

Voters will have more than just candidates for office to choose between this election. The ballot in the November election will feature two proposed state constitutional amendments.

Man sentenced in disappearance, exploitation of Louisa County teen

A Louisa County man previously found guilty of all charges in connection to the disappearance and exploitation of a 14-year-old that sparked nationwide attention was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Culpeper Police charge man with first-degree murder, malicious wounding

The Culpeper Police Department (CPD) has charged a man with first degree murder after an incident on Friday night left one man dead and another in the hospital.

  Free Union Country School makes changes to hold in person school

Free Union Country School has an in person school year thanks to being able to learn outside.

New research suggest homeschooling is on the rise, trends expected to continue well after the pandemic

Homeschooling in the area doubled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's expected to remain a popular option for families well after the pandemic.

Buckingham County holds “March for Medicine” to share concerns over closing medical facility

People took to the streets as part of the "March for Medicine," demanding the Sentara Buckingham medical facility remain open.

  ‘Toss and Fetch’ champions in Fluvanna Co. raise awareness about dogs with special needs

Finn Proctor and his partner Rogue, a deaf Australian shepherd, are competing to defend her title as toss and fetch champion, while spreading awareness about dogs with special needs.

RISE holds voting block party in Stanardsville

RISE holds voting block party in Stannardsville.

7th District congresswoman Abigail Spanberger visits early voters in Orange County

7th Congressional District representative Abigail Spanberger and Senator Tim Kaine were in Orange county Friday to meet and greet early voters.

Greene County, Rapidan Service Authority feud intensifies

The ongoing cold war between Greene County and the Rapidan Service Authority (RSA) heated up this week, with a multimillion dollar lawsuit filed, and two members of the Greene County Board of Supervisors sitting on the RSA board effectively silenced.

Better Business Bureau warns of increasing voting scams the closer we get to November

It’s a highly anticipated election year and that means scammers are out there posing as election officials, fundraisers, and pollsters. And voting scams begin long before you even head to the polls.

How to track your absentee mail-in ballot in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Elections has launched a new absentee mail-in ballot tracker to allow voters to follow their ballots before receiving them, and after they’re sent back to the registrar, to make sure they're processed.

  ’Eerily silent’: An experience from University of Virginia’s quarantined dorm

University of Virginia students are coping under quarantine as an initial report of five COVID-19 cases has risen to 15 total confirmed cases as part of point-prevalence testing.

Amazon Studios promotes new documentary, registers voters during stop in Albemarle County

Amazon Studios paid a visit to the Stonefield Shopping Center Thursday night to get people registered to vote and promote their new documentary about voter suppression.

  Cameron Webb answers questions about healthcare plan at virtual town hall

Webb answered questions about his plans to lower the cost of prescription drugs and bipartisan healthcare solutions.

  UVA students encouraged to vote early in Charlottesville at virtual “bus tour”

Many UVA students will be voting for the first time in the 2020 election and several groups across the commonwealth are trying to get them to vote early.

  Inmates and attorney: COVID-19 outbreak at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women impacts standard of care

Inmates and activists say the coronavirus outbreak at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women is complicating the standard of care inside the walls and barbed wire.

OVFC seeking public input on drive-in movie series

The Orange Volunteer Fire Company (OVFC) wants to hear the community’s thoughts on its drive-in movie series.

Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors approves over $125,000 in CARES funding for law enforcement vehicles

Fluvanna County supervisors discussed how to allocate portions of its over $2 million in CARES Act funding.

Thomas Jefferson Health District clarifies how it reports UVA students’ test results

TJHD explains the process and involvement of contact tracing if a UVA student coming from another state tests positive for COVID-19.

legacieats delivers over 10,000 meals to neighbors in need

A nonprofit called legacieats began as a Youtube channel and now provides meals and groceries to whoever is in need. The couple behind legacieates have delivered over 10,000 meals to people in the area of Charlottesville and Augusta County.

Capital Wing offering warbird rides in Culpeper following flyover

After a flyover in the nation’s capital to mark the 75th anniversary of WWII ending, the Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will offer warbird rides in Culpeper.

Blue Ridge Tunnel is near completion

Officials are hoping to welcome the public by November, but the trail is currently closed to visitors with signs on either side, saying trespassers will be prosecuted.

Albemarle supervisors pass ordinance to prevent spread of coronavirus

Albemarle County Supervisors passed a new ordinance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Wednesday night.

  TJHD health officials caution Albemarle Supervisors of likely increase in COVID-19 infections

TJHD health officials note that Albemarle County's COVID-19 ordinances prevents spread of the virus, but case rates are expected to increase as cases from UVA students continue to rise.

VSP investigating fatal crash in Madison Co.

Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash along Route 230 in Madison County. Charles E. Bright later died at the UVA Medical Center

Virginia State Police investigating fatal crash in Fluvanna County

Virginia State Police is investigating a crash in Fluvanna County that killed a Charlottesville man Monday, September 14.

Nelson County’s Wintergreen releases winter guidelines

Wintergreen Resort General Manager Rod Kessler says there are tentative plans to start the ski season on December 11. However, that is dependent on the weather.

Tiger Fuel honors truck drivers and supports disaster relief efforts

Tiger Fuel celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and sends trucks to Mississippi in support of disaster relief.

Richmond, Montgomery mayors discuss changes in former Confederate capital cities

Mayors of both Confederate capital cities, both Black men, discussed their experiences with racism and action taken in their cities during calls for racial justice.

JAUNT presents new “on demand” transit system to Albemarle planners

JAUNT is working on a new model for its regional public transit system to better serve the needs of the community.

Virginia Dept. of Forestry asks residents to donate acorns, nuts

The Virginia Department of Forestry is asking residents to donate 12 species of acorns and nuts that can be planted to grow into tree seedlings.

TJHD rolls out changes to data portal, virus onset information to provide better insight

The COVID-19 dashboard for the Thomas Jefferson Health District looks different these days.