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  Virginia Early Childhood Foundation gives Charlottesville area grant to improve education

A new grant-funded website will help preschoolers and their families with a common application for public preschools and will help families with their specific needs.

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

  Viewer Halloween fun

  Virtual and Drive-In Virginia Film Festival a success

  Veteran pumpkin carver brings Halloween spirit to UVA’s Special Collection Library

  Crozet Library hosting drive-through pumpkin carving display

Fitness center raising money for UVA mobile mammography unit

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Mincer’s UVA Imprinted Sportswear owner battling brain tumor

  VDH: 178,183 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 3,636 deaths

  Albemarle County gives update on broadband projects, new funding

  ’Tricks at IX’ continues with ‘Clay of the Dead’ art class

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

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

  Charlottesville, Albemarle, UVA look to move forward on equity MOU

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Charlottesville City Council, and leaders with UVA gathered on zoom Wednesday to tackle the issue of equity.

  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

5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman just released a book that is poking a little fun while tackling some serious issue.

  UVA Children’s Hospital still bringing the spirit of Halloween to its halls

  Albemarle Co. business offering Halloween-themed car wash

  Albemarle Co. hydrants getting a face lift through ‘Art on Fire’ project

  CACF announces recipient of Shaping Futures Grant

  Poll workers of all ages stepping up in Albemarle Co.

  Charlottesville DSA: show up for court if you’re facing eviction

  IMPACT Charlottesville pushes affordable housing reform, plans next advocacy efforts

As the group works with Albemarle County supervisors to tackle affordable housing, they prepare to turn their focus to another issue: childcare and education.

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

VDOT presented their plans to the Pantops Community Advisory Committee on Tuesday night for a new diverging diamond pattern on Route 250 near exit 124 off I-64.

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

VDH now has a new dashboard to show you which localities and which schools have COVID-19 outbreaks in progress. This will include all K-12 public, private, charter, and independent schools.

  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.

  UVA creates music care package program

UVA is now offering musical care packages for people to send virtually or in-person as a way to help performers engage with the community, with the proceeds going back into the artist community.

  UVA School of Medicine wins HEED award for ninth straight year

For the ninth consecutive year, the University of Virginia School of Medicine has earned a national award for its “outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

  Can you vote without a mask in Virginia?

Wearing a mask in packed spaces to protect everyone from COVID-19 has been stressed for months, but do you have to wear one to vote?

  UVA Health offering COVID-19 Testing at four Charlottesville-area locations

The University of Virginia Health system is ramping up its community COVID-19 testing efforts, now offering hundreds of tests a week at four locations.

  Valente Pasta in Charlottesville sees sales soar after spot on ‘The View’

A pasta company in Charlottesville is making national waves after appearing on 'The View.' The owner says she’s seen the biggest sales ever.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County officials warn against intimidation or harassment at the polls

The commonwealth’s attorneys and chiefs of police for the city and county issued a joint statement Tuesday morning asking people to be respectful and responsible when exercising their right to vote.

Albemarle County supervisors, Scottsville town leaders talk coordination

Scottsville Town Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors held a “first-of-its-kind” joint meeting Monday night. They discussed partnership and coordination moving forward.

  Virtual ‘Community Table’ discusses Black wealth, inequity in Charlottesville

As the nationwide movement for racial justice continues, conversations about Black wealth have become increasingly acknowledged.

  IX Art Park to host Halloween art activities throughout week

Kids at IX Art Park were getting into the Halloween spirit on Monday afternoon during the Paint-O-Pumpkin event.

  Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority approves security for Crescent Halls

The Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority Monday night approved a resolution to procure security services for the Crescent Halls neighborhood.

  Curious Cakes Auction Raises Money for Piedmont CASA

Seven one-of-a-kind cakes are up for grabs as part of Piedmont CASA’s Curious Cakes Auction.

  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.

  UVA Health researchers say understanding chromosomes better could lead to more targeted treatment for cancer

Researchers at the University of Virginia say better understanding how cancer affects our chromosomes could lead to more targeted treatment.

  Virginia Passenger Rail Authority meets for first time, outlines plans to boost train travel across the commonwealth

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority is looking to improve and expand the passenger train experience statewide.

  Family in Free Union creates creepy clown decorations for Halloween

A family in Free Union create a creepy clown show along their driveway for Halloween.

  Boys and Girls Club receives 75 “Monster Mash” Halloween activity kits from The Virginia Discovery Museum

The Virginia Discovery Museum delivered 75 “Monster Mash” Halloween activity kits to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.

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.

  Reservation no-shows are ‘catastrophic’ say restaurants

Restaurants say they are left paying the price when people make reservations and don't show up.

  TJHD giving out free Narcan today

Opioid overdoses have been increasing since the beginning of the pandemic, but the Thomas Jefferson Health District is trying to help by distributing free Narcan.

  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.

  New drop box opens in Albemarle County for completed ballots

If you live in Albemarle County and have not dropped off your completed ballot, there’s an easy way to do it before Election Day.

  UVA pediatric surgeon trying to bring fresh food to patients and their families in need

Food insecurity is rising in Charlottesville and that’s why one doctor at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital is trying to make sure his patients have fresh food at all times.

Despite weather, ColtonStrong 5K raising funds to fight Acute Myeloid Lukemia (AML) runs on

A 5K race, organized with help from some UVA Students, is bringing awareness to, and raising funds to fight, Acute Myeloid Lukemia (AML).

  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.

  Charlottesville City Schools helps more than 200 families in need at R.E.N. event

Teachers, school board members and volunteers donated clothing and other essential items to families in need at their drive-thru donation event.

  Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission gets public feedback for Urban Rivanna Corridor’s future

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission held a meeting to allow for public comment

  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.

ACPS: employees exposed to COVID-19 at outside event

Albemarle County Public Schools says several employees who attended an event outside the division were exposed to COVID-19 and are now in 14-day quarantines.

  Jack Jouett Middle School student speaks at congressional briefing on virtual learning experience

Hikari Calderon, a 7th grader at Jack Jouett Middle, was one of four students picked to share their learning experience at the Speak Up 2020 Congressional Briefing.

Musicians invited to audition for Grand Illuminations 2020 Holiday Concert

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

  Despite recent push back, redistricting reform advocates support “Question One” ballot measure

Question one – a proposed constitutional amendment – is on ballots across the commonwealth. Supporters of the amendment say it will end gerrymandering as we know it, but opponents say it doesn’t go far enough.

  Tiger Fuel runs one hour promotion: gas for 99 cents per gallon at The Market at Mill Creek

If you had to fill your car up with gas this week, hopefully you were able to stop by the Market at Mill Creek Friday afternoon.

  Virginia nonprofit helping people get back into the workforce

An organization’s partnership with community colleges across Virginia, including PVCC, is trying to help people get back into the workforce after COVID-19 left many jobless.

  Albemarle County Public Schools share data on teachers, students before partial return to classroom

We’ve heard from teachers and parents about plans for Phase 3 of learning. Some are concerned to go back, some are excited. Now, there are some answers as to how many will be returning.

  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.

  Del. Rob Bell reflects on eventful 59-day General Assembly Special Session

After 59 days, one day longer than this year’s regular session in January, Virginia’s General Assembly has adjourned once again. The session tackled everything from COVID-19 relief to criminal justice reform, in a gathering held almost entirely online.

  Health dept. alerting families to not gather indoors for Thanksgiving this year

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Thomas Jefferson Health District wants to remind you to avoid gathering with people, even for an extended family feast.

  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.

  Mountain View Elementary teachers awarded grant to start ‘Colts Care’ initiative

A group of teachers at Mountain View Elementary School are starting Colts Care, a virtual book study for all elementary students focusing on anti-racism and diversity.

UVA announces plans for spring semester, pre-holiday COVID-19 testing

The University of Virginia says it will begin its spring academic semester for undergraduate students on February 1 and conclude instruction on May 6.

  Professional Movers give back to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge as they relocate

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge now have a new home downtown and thanks to Professional Movers in Charlottesville, the relocation only cost the organization $1.

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.

Charlottesville man scratches to win $150K in Virginia Lottery

The Virginia Lottery says Justin Harris was on a weekend getaway with his girlfriend when they stopped at the 7-Eleven at 1034 US Highway 211 and bought a $15 Million Up For Grabs ticket.

  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.

  “This is a moral issue”: UVA Health facing backlash over lack of progress on billing reform

UVA Health is facing criticism more than a year after it promised to reform what some called aggressive billing and collection practices. The hospital held property liens against patients and their families if they couldn’t pay.

  UVA cybersecurity expert: Virginia is one of the safer states to cast a ballot

As the conversation continues about the safety of voting by mail, a machine and cybersecurity expert at the University of Virginia discusses how safe our in-person voting process is.

  Albemarle County registrar details what happens to your mailed in ballots once they’re received

With less than two weeks until Election Day, mailed in ballots continue to pour into voter registration offices across the state, but what exactly happens once those ballots arrive?

  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.

  Virginia Film Festival holding events online and drive-in movies

The 33rd Annual Virginia Film Festival is underway, but many changes had to be made due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.