Central Virginia News

  Virginia Early Childhood Foundation gives Charlottesville area grant to improve education

  Potential bike / pedestrian path over Rivanna River near Riverview Park discussed

  Universities, legislators working to meet climate action goals by 2050 or earlier

  Three central Virginia localities help pace state in early voting, record turnout predicted

  Viewer Halloween fun

  Gordonsville gets grant to resume renovations on train depot

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Madison County vineyard expanding

Greene Co. Sheriff’s Office seizes 3 horses from Stanardsville area

  Ruckersville woman offers hope to seniors feeling alone during the pandemic

Missing 13-year-old Louisa teen located

  Albemarle County gives update on broadband projects, new funding

Central Virginia schools cancel/change learning model ahead of expected inclement weather

  Gov. Northam expands eligibility for nonprofits, small businesses to apply for grants

Governor Ralph Northam announced on Wednesday that more nonprofits and small businesses will be able to apply for grants through the Rebuild VA Grant Fund.

  Ridge Street Priority Neighborhood Task Force discusses projects for community block grant funding

The Ridge Street Priority Neighborhood Task Force met Wednesday night to begin the process of determining where the next round of Community Development Block Grant funding will go.

  Bride sues Albemarle County vineyard for cancelled wedding

Bride sues Pippin Hill for $32,000 in deposits she made for a wedding cancelled by the pandemic.

  Early voting totals soaring in Charlottesville, Albemarle County

Early voting numbers are booming in central Virginia.

  5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman tackles Bigfoot conspiracies in new book

Free virtual hiring event set for Thursday

  IMPACT Charlottesville pushes affordable housing reform, plans next advocacy efforts

  Drive-in theater coming to Ruckersville

  VDOT presents plans for new diverging diamond pattern near I-64 exit 124

  VDH rolls out new K-12 COVID dashboard to track school outbreaks

  Senator Tim Kaine hopeful Democrats will flip the Senate

Senator Tim Kaine says if Democrats can flip the Senate in their favor on Election Day, a COVID-19 package is more likely.

  Four confirmed case of COVID-19 in Greene County Public Schools

Four cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Green County Public Schools. Three staff members at Ruckersville Elementary School and one staff member of William Monroe Middle School have tested positive.

Amazon hiring for more than 3,300 seasonal jobs in Virginia

In Virginia, Amazon has a starting wage of $15 per hour.

  7th District race nears record donations in a state congressional race

The race between Democratic incumbent Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Republican challenger Del. Nick Freitas has raised nearly $11 million as of the last filing deadline.

  Orange County receives almost $2 million in CARES funding for broadband improvements

Internet access in the rural areas of Orange County is about to get easier, thanks to grant funding from the CARES act.

  Central Virginia organization gathering thank you cards for Veterans Day

With Veterans Day events likely virtual this year, one central Virginia organization wants vets to have something physical to celebrate them, too.

Public feedback sought on proposed improvements for I-64/664 corridor

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to hear from the public about proposed improvement plans for 320 miles of the Interstate 64 and 664 corridor between the West Virginia state line and the Hampton Roads region.

Sheriff: Increase in thefts of political campaign signs across Commonwealth

The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after political signs were taken from homes across the county.

  Home sales in Virginia surged in September, prices expected to rise

Home sales surged across the commonwealth during the month of September and sales are expected to remain high for the rest of the year. Charlottesville home sales were up 29% in September compared to September 2019.

How to stay safe from COVID-19 this spooky season

Trick-or-treating this year? Make sure you follow safety guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.

  Food Lion helping area food banks as part of new campaign

Food Lion to support area food banks in the greater Charlottesville area as part of their "Faces of Hope" campaign.

  Albemarle High students are finding unconventional ways to help combat hunger

Students Working Against Hunger (S.W.A.H.G.) are finding different ways to help with hunger relief efforts in the Charlottesville-Albemarle community.

  More than 1,000 pounds of medication collected at Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Albemarle Co.

Albemarle County Police and Sentara Martha Jefferson collected hundreds of pounds of medication at the drive-thru prescription drug 'take-back' event today.

  Orange County Public Schools transportation makes adjustments for COVID-19 school year

Orange County Public Schools has to add bus routes due to the pandemic

  Drive-in movies highlight unique Virginia Film Festival

COVID-19 has changed the way the Virginia Film Festival has operated, but the show must go on.

Family Safe Spooky Trail brings costumed families to Pen Park

Dozens of families came decked out in their best costumes to the Family Safe Spooky Trail at Pen Park.

Musicians invited to audition for Grand Illuminations 2020 Holiday Concert

Musical performers can now audition for the Grand Illuminations 2020 Holiday Concert.

Haunted car wash opens in Richmond

Tommy’s Express Car Wash is offering a unique Halloween experience amid COVID-19.

  Charlottesville school board considers January return to in-person learning

Charlottesville School Board Thursday night discussed the potential for a return to in-person learning in city schools by January.

  DuCard Vineyards celebrates 10th anniversary with virtual tasting

DuCard Vineyards in Madison County celebrated its 10th anniversary Thursday night with a special virtual tasting.

  Fluvanna County Public Schools outlines hybrid learning model for bringing students back to school

Students at Fluvanna County Public Schools (FCPS) can return to in-person instruction in just two weeks.

  Fluvanna County receives almost $500K for drug court program

Fluvanna County will receive nearly $500,000 in federal funding to go towards its new drug court program.

  Charlottesville hunger relief group starts first annual pumpkin drive

l.e.g.a.c.i. eats is hosting its first annual pumpkin drive to deliver pumpkins and carving kits to families in need.

Jurassic Quest drive-thru experience coming to Richmond Raceway

Jurassic Park fans will be sure to enjoy this! The Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru Experience is coming to the Richmond Raceway Complex.

Police warn of phone scammers pretending to be with VSP

Virginia State Police are warning residents of a common phone scam that is making its rounds again.

  A dozen members of nonprofit community send letter to Gov. Northam requesting support

One in 10 Virginia employees works at a nonprofit, but during a time when so many are taking care of others, nonprofits say they need some help too.

  Cities Rising Summit hosts panel discussion, ‘Data for Social Good in Charlottesville’

The Tom Tom Foundation’s Cities Rising Summit hosted a panel discussion focused on how data and technology play a role in the fight for equity.

Target of drug trafficking investigation pleads guilty in Louisa County

Jose Loayza pleaded guilty to possessing more than 100 grams of methamphetamine and firearms in his vehicle when he was pulled over in Zion Crossroads last December.

East of Maui Coffee moving into old Tastee Freez shop in Gordonsville

The spot that once housed a landmark ice cream stop in Gordonsville is in the hands of a new owner.

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says no COVID-19 aid before election

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and partisan politics are to blame for no COVID-19 aid package before election.

  Louisa Co. Public Schools show appreciation with free law enforcement lunch

Louisa County Public Schools invited law enforcement officers to Louisa County High School Wednesday for lunch and gifts as part of the month long initiative.

  Albemarle County’s Board of Supervisors and School Board hold joint session to plan budgets

Albemarle County's Board of Supervisors and School Board met Wednesday to discuss the financial impacts of COVID-19.

Richmond native nails ‘The Voice’ blind audition

Sid Kingsley sang Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t think twice, it’s all right’ during night two of the blind auditions.

Cockatiel in cage abandoned on side of road in Louisa County

The cockatiel is currently being cared for at the Louisa County Animal Shelter.

  Nearly 100 new jobs coming to Fluvanna County as production company relocates

Silk City Printing is investing $5.7 million to establish a new silkscreened apparel production operation.

  7th District debate pits Spanberger vs. Freitas two weeks before Election Day

Two weeks ahead of Election Day, the two candidates looking to represent Virginia's Seventh District took the stage for a forum.

  5th District candidate Cameron Webb and Rep. Denver Riggleman talk at Silverback Distillery

Cameron Webb, the 5th District Democratic nominee made a stop at Silverback Distillery Monday, October 19, to chat with Christine Riggleman, but on his way out, he ran into Representative Denver Riggleman.

More Virginia colleges scrap traditional spring break

A growing number of Virginia colleges are announcing that spring break will be canceled or modified in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  Charlottesville Municipal Band hosts “Socially Distanced Brass” near Market Street Park

Five brass players from the Charlottesville Municipal Band held a free concert Monday evening outside the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society building in downtown Charlottesville.

  Places29 CAC takes up affordable housing development on 29 North

The Places29 Hydraulic Community Advisory Committee Monday night discussed a possible new affordable housing development on Route 29 North.

  Albemarle County offering second round of Community Lift Grant

501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits in the county are eligble for up to $50,000 to account for lost revenue.

  Staunton restaurants need to keep customers warm as “Dine Out Downtown” initiative extends into winter months

Restaurants in Staunton will have to adjust their outdoor dining plans as the winter months approach.

  Charlottesville City Schools are trying to make their gifted learning program work for every student, despite challenges of virtual learning

A newly formatted gifted learning program in Charlottesville City Schools was in its beginning stages when the pandemic began. Now, the district is working to keep that program alive in an all-virtual learning environment.

  Nelson County businesses find a way to hold outdoor fall events

Bold Rock and Devil's Backbone find a way to hold socially distant fall event

  Shelter for Help in Emergency hosting virtual 5K for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Shelter for Help in Emergency is hosting a virtual "5K for Shelter" in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

  Charlottesville firefighters bond with young boy during pandemic

A Charlottesville mother has been finding ways to keep two of her youngsters entertained during the pandemic, and they’ve found a little inspiration along the way.

  Shebeen restaurant weighing options, considering sale amid financial woes

The Shebeen restaurant in downtown Charlottesville has been hit hard by the pandemic, but they are remaining open for the time being.

  Greene County Rescue Squad starts service

From calls dealing with fatalities to hang gliders stuck in trees, it’s been anything but slow for the first few days of the Greene County Emergency Medical Services team.

  Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum open by appointment for tours

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum wants you to know it is once again open and taking appointments for tours during the pandemic. The museum is the only one in the United States dedicated to Indigenous Australian art.

  James River Water Authority scouting alternative locations for water pump after facing opposition

James River Water Authority is looking for alternative locations for a water pump after the original location landed on a historic Monacan Indian Nation capital.

  Virginia Democrats take part in health care town hall

Democrats representing the Commonwealth of Virginia in Congress took part in a town hall for health care Friday, October 16.

Busch Gardens adds more dates, times to Halloween event

Busch Gardens has added more dates and times to it’s Halloween Harvest event after receiving positive responses.

Harmful algae bloom advisory lifted 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.

Charlottesville Human Rights Commission passes local moratorium on evictions

The Charlottesville Human Rights Commission unanimously passed a resolution at their meeting Thursday night regarding a local moratorium on evictions.

  Health official offers advice on how to stay healthy during winter months

Winter is coming, and it could take away some popular, and safe, outdoor activities. Health experts are already analyzing ways to stay safe.

  Sexual and domestic violence groups in high demand, uncertain for future

Sexual and domestic violence groups have seen high numbers of calls since the pandemic began. Now, they're unsure how the winter months will look as the pandemic continues.

Catholic Diocese of Richmond pays $6.3M to sex abuse survivors

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has paid a total of $6.3 million to victims who were sexually abused as minors by clergy.

  Cities Rising Summit hosts ‘Scaffolding the Journey to Equity’ panel

Tom Tom Foundation's Cities Rising Summit hosted a panel discussion titled "Scaffolding the Journey to Equity" Wednesday night. The focus was how to create systems that promote better access to education, resources and opportunities across economic and racial lines.