Charlottesville and Albemarle News

  UVA holds virtual dedication for its Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

On Saturday, the University of Virginia held a virtual dedication for its Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, reflecting on the names and titles of those who built the university eternalized in its stone.

Philip Hamilton holds rally outside Albemarle County Office Building

Senior Alert issued for missing Charlottesville woman with cognitive impairment

VDH: 634,325 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 10,458 deaths

Judge rules former UVA student can sue school for expulsion after asking questions during a panel discussion

  Albemarle High School student wins $35k Couric Scholarship to go to Stanford

Office space at 500 Court Square in downtown Charlottesville now for sale

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  UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers completed with moment of silence, ceremony

Applications open for Incubator Studio Program at McGuffey Art Center

Charlottesville City Market returns with drive-thru model

Albemarle County police welcome a new K9 officer to the team

UVA students to soon receive COVID-19 vaccine

Allen & Allen to accept nominations for Hometown Heroes award

  CRHA prepares for resident relocation as Crescent Halls undergoes major renovations

All 105 units at Crescent Halls will be fully renovated and nearly everything will be updated

What lies ahead in Charlottesville’s confederate statue removal process?

There are still several steps that lie ahead following the Virginia Supreme Court decision to hand over local control of the Civil War statues in Charlottesville.

Help needed repairing public access stairs in Riverview Park

Fun on the Rivanna River is only steps away for many people in Charlottesville, but a special set of steps needs some help right now.

Apex Clean Energy taking whole fleet electric

A renewable energy company based in Charlottesville is setting a new sustainable example.

Albemarle County doctor faces 5 sexual assault trials

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority holding compost giveaway

Sen. Warner takes part in rural broadband roundtable at PVCC

  Albemarle Co. adopts new COVID-19 occupancy limits

  COVID-19 cases in kids rise in Charlottesville area, experts caution potential ‘4th wave’

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approves new COVID-19 guidelines

  UVA Center for Politics director discusses Democratic gubernatorial candidate debate

UVA Center for Politics Director Sabato says the debate did not change much and McAuliffe remains the front runner. However, he says there is one factor that could upend his lead.

  General Assembly sets marijuana legalization for July 1

The Virginia General Assembly just approved Governor Ralph Northam’s efforts to speed up marijuana legalization.

Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport to get federal funding

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced 11 airports across the commonwealth will split more than $19 million in economic relief.

City of Charlottesville opens new trails along Moores Creek

The city of Charlottesville is creating more outdoor spaces for you to explore.

  Dr. Atul Gawande shares insights on future of healthcare at UVA’s Medical Center Hour

Life may return “back to normal” by the end of the pandemic, but will the state of health care in the United States be the same?

  Albemarle County Board of Supervisors review draft of the Crozet Master Plan

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday, April 7 to review a draft of the Land Use chapter of the Crozet Master Plan before proceeding to the remaining chapters.

  Senator Mark Warner visits BRHD’s mass vaccination clinic

Senator Mark Warner says despite some challenges the Blue Ridge Health District faced in the beginning of the vaccine rollout, he’s proud of the progress this team has made as the district heads into phase two next week.

Charlottesville Parks & Rec sets up storybook trail

Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department has found a creative way for people to get out and about, include story time, while also get some exercise.

Rivanna River Company set to open April 17

The Rivanna River Company is opening again in just a few weeks with kayaking, canoeing, and other favorites available.

Charlottesville city council candidates square off in first in-person debate

The race to fill two seats on Charlottesville City Council is on. For the very first time, the candidates met in-person to debate a slew of current issues leading up to the election.

  Infectious disease experts discuss vaccine hesitancy among Republican adults

A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that among Republican adults, 29% say they “definitely will not” get the vaccine. For white Evangelical Christians, it’s 28%.

Virtual science explosion week keeps kids engaged during spring break

If you are looking for a way to keep your little one entertained over spring break, a new virtual activity series in Albemarle County is bringing science to life.

  UVA basketball legend part of team taking over The White Spot restaurant

The White Spot restaurant has been serving up its famous Gus Burgers since 1953. Now it’s under new ownership, headlined by UVA basketball legend Ralph Sampson.

  Free bike rental program returns to Charlottesville

Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department is returning a program to help you get some fresh air and stay active.

Albemarle Co. Supervisor Diantha McKeel running for reelection

Albemarle County Supervisor Diantha McKeel says she is running for reelection.

BRHD moving into Phase 2 vaccination rollout April 12

If you’re pre-registered through the Virginia Department of Health and you’re in Phase 2 in the Blue Ridge Health District, you will be able to get your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as early as Monday, April 12.

Researchers say they’ve made a discovery in a cancer treatment originally thought not to work

Researchers at the University of Virginia Cancer Center say they’ve made a discovery that could revive a cancer treatment originally thought not to work.

  Gubernatorial candidate weighs in on likely removal of Charlottesville’s confederate statues

Businessman and gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder made a stop to Michael’s Diner and Restaurant in Albemarle County Monday, April 5.

Charlottesville allocates extra $1.5 million for FY22 budget, sets up vote later in April

The city has just over $1.5 million more dollars to allocate it shared at its Monday night meeting because there was more revenue than expected.

BRHD entering Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution on April 12

The Blue Ridge Health Department announced it will enter Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution on April 12. At that point, everyone 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine.

  Charlottesville City Council debates right to counsel funding for tenants facing eviction

Charlottesville City Council is considering a new budget item that would guarantee more tenants have access to lawyers. Advocates say what’s being considered is not close to enough to solve the problem for good.

  Parade Rest Virginia asks for community help in honoring military enlistees

An organization in Central Virginia is looking to make graduation a little more special for students enlisting in the military.

  Charlottesville announces deputy city manager for racial equity, diversity and inclusion

The search for Charlottesville’s first deputy city manager for racial equity, diversity, and inclusion is over. Ashley Reynolds Marshall will be working in the new position starting in May.

Tom Sox hosting golf tournament to raise money for upcoming season

The Charlottesville Tom Sox will be back on the field this summer, but the team is trying to raise the funds for its upcoming season.

High school students’ research recognized on international stage

In Albemarle County, a group of young researchers is looking into the effects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s suspension of air pollution regulations.

  Students advocating for accessible gender-neutral restrooms at UVA School of Law

There are currently eight gender-neutral restrooms inside the University of Virginia School of Law building, but some students say they’re not easily accessible in between classes and need to be moved.

Charlottesville students receiving meals during spring break

Cultivate Charlottesville, with the help of many community restaurants and partners, is distributing meals to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, to make sure that kids don’t go hungry during spring break.

  Updated Virginia laws aim to end HIV stigma

Virginia is modernizing its HIV exposure laws, with Governor Northam signing SB1138 in an effort to end the stigma around the disease.

  ACPS announces Dr. Jesse Turner as Director of Student Services

Dr. Jesse Turner will return to ACPS as the Director of Student Services

  University Baptist Church holds parking lot Easter service

University Baptist Church holds parking lot service on Easter Sunday to allow the congregation to gather safely

  Dogs of Charlottesville join in on the hunt for Easter Eggs

Hunting for Easter eggs is a fun way for you and your family to celebrate the holiday. Why not do it with your dog?

  Nelson County cideries and breweries host Easter events

Easter events held for the public at businesses in Nelson County

  CPD holds outreach event with Charlottesville Girl Scout troop

CPD helps sell girl scout cookies on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville

  COVID-19 Vaccines & Children: What does it mean for next school year?

COVID-19 vaccines are now being tested in children, with students at the middle school level or even younger possibly able to get vaccinated just in time for the next academic year.

  Rivanna Conservation Alliance replant meadow to keep waterways clean

The Rivanna Conservation Alliance is helping protect water systems around Charlottesville and Albemarle County in a way that you might not expect.

  2 bills designed to help Virginians with special needs signed by Gov. Northam

Getting pulled over by the police can lead to tense situations, especially if the driver is hard of hearing, or has autism, for example. That’s why Del. Rob Bell introduced House Bill 1960.

Albemarle County committee discusses how to promote helpful recycling habits

The discussion revolved around how to cut down on litter, including garbage tossed out of cars onto the street.

University of Virginia’s “Brighter Together” light show continues at Rotunda

As part of UVA's “Brighter Together” show series, the Rotunda had a light show on display.

Prosecutors and Public Defenders in Greater Charlottesville Area push for equal pay on both sides of the courtroom

One of the victims of the pandemic budget cuts: a push to bring public defender pay more in line with prosecutors in Albemarle County. Supporters of the work being done say it’s not just about money, it’s about equality in the justice system.

Company aims to bring P.E. class to kids learning virtually

A new company is looking to help student’s get moving, even if they’re stuck learning virtually.

  Online platform launched to connect community members with nonprofits

A new dashboard platform connecting donors and volunteers with nonprofits near them in central Virginia is now live.

  UVA releases details on the fall semester and graduation

Students returning to the University of Virginia in the fall and those graduating in a few weeks will get to experience in-person classes and ceremonies.

  UVA Health doctors worried about a potential 4th wave of COVID-19

Even though more people are being vaccinated in the Blue Ridge Health District each week, doctors at UVA Health are worried about a potential fourth wave of the coronavirus.

  Clark Elementary School teachers, parents urge CCS to restart principal search

Teachers and parents at Clark Elementary School say they’ve been left in the dark as the school system moved forward in the hiring process for a new principal.

  Charlottesville churches discuss Easter plans

With Easter on Sunday, April 4, many churches are trying to navigate the fine line between keeping people safe from COVID-19, but also finding ways to celebrate the holiday.

  Central Virginia localities prepare to potentially form regional cigarette tax board

Albemarle and Fluvanna counties were among the localities that spoke in favor of the potential board at a virtual meeting of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.

  Federal lawsuit filed against former Charlottesville police officer after he unlawfully detained a man

A now-former Charlottesville police officer is named in a federal lawsuit after he unlawfully detained a man in January.

Community Bikes moving to new spot in Preston Plaza

Charlottesville Community Bikes is moving to a new home soon after many weeks of searching for a spot.

  Vaccination volunteers: the unsung heroes of BRHD

There are some underappreciated heroes to thank for making COVID-19 vaccinations happen in the Blue Ridge Health District.

UVA leaders planning for in-person classes

University of Virginia leaders say they plan to return to in-person classes and much more normal operations in the fall.

Candidate for Charlottesville City Council drops out of race

The man who launched a last minute bid for Charlottesville City Council is dropping out of the race.

  Virginia Supreme Court sides with Charlottesville over Confederate statues

The Virginia Supreme Court is siding with Charlottesville in the legal battle over Confederate statues.

  Charlottesville Park and Rec. facilities to start reopening this spring

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation has announced its plans for reopening facilities and programs this spring and summer.

  New Charlottesville restaurant pays homage to Dr. Walter Ridley

The Ridley restaurant officially opened April1 in the Draftsman Hotel on West Main Street. The name pays homage to Dr. Walter Nathanial Ridley, the first Black student to graduate from the University of Virginia.

  BRHD expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to folks in Phase 1c

Those who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1c in the Blue Ridge Health District can sign up and expect to get an appointment, but it may not be right away.

  Charlottesville-area representative backs Northam’s marijuana legalization amendments

Delegate Sally Hudson is praising Governor Northam's new marijuana legislation proposals, saying they are very likely to pass.

ACPS students take the stage for the first time this year

Students at Western Albemarle High School will be performing Little Women with a limited audience next month.

Babylon Micro-Farms expanding its impact with new partnership

A company that started at the University of Virginia is hoping to expand its impact.