Charlottesville and Albemarle News

  VDH: 429,391 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 5,706 deaths

Check here for the latest Virginia Department of Health statistics on the status of COVID-19 in Virginia.

  Legal Aid Justice Center adds new Deputy Director for Advocacy

Bob Good’s district director, 5th District GOP Committee chairman in Capitol attendance

  Albemarle High School student develops award-winning mental health app

BRHD expands COVID vaccinations to phase 1B recipients

More students applying to UVA than previous years

JBD Event Catering & Soul Food helping to feed those in need every Friday

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UVA Health helping Blue Ridge Health District with its COVID-19 vaccination efforts

  Former 5th District candidate Dr. Cameron Webb named to White House COVID-19 Response Team

Tracking extremist groups: ADL says it’s working with law enforcement to thwart threats in Richmond

UVA doctors working toward a therapy for patients with a form of heart failure

  Albemarle County schools reverse course on athletics, discuss shifting school plans

Commonwealth’s Attorneys show support for bill removing death penalty in Virginia

Del. Rob Bell discusses his seven bills for the 2021 General Assembly session

Delegate Rob Bell is focusing on some key changes for mental and behavioral health and ID laws for Virginians with special needs in his seven bills before the General Assembly.

  Education nonprofit gives UVA a “B” in transparency and accuracy report

Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust gave UVA a B in terms of its governing board's transparency and accessibility to the public.

  Albemarle Co. hiring firefighters/EMT

Albemarle County Fire Rescue is accepting applications for firefighter/EMTs.

Albemarle County man dies in crash on Route 250 Bypass

Charlottesville police say Anthony Douglas Cureton of Albemarle County died in an accident on the Route 250 Bypass Wednesday evening.

  Chip Boyles to serve as Charlottesville’s new city manager

  Mega Millions prize soars to $750 million

  Small businesses in Albemarle Co. shifting gears to make it through the pandemic

Bank of America Student Leaders Internship Program is open

  Fatal crash in Charlottesville under investigation

  Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley lawmakers split along party lines on impeachment

  Respiratory disease expert shares why flu spread has been minimal this season

As coronavirus cases surge in the Commonwealth and across the country, there’s some good news when it comes to the health of our community: flu cases are down.

  UVA’s Miller Center hosts panel on the far-right and fascism

They discussed the similarities between the events of August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, and the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday.

  PHA seeks volunteers to run errands for Scottsville seniors in isolation

Volunteers in Scottsville are stepping up to the plate for friends and neighbors.

  Charlottesville, Albemarle County prosecutors dive into criminal justice policies in light of 2021 session

On Wednesday, the Albemarle County and Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorneys discussed issues surrounding criminal justice reform on Zoom with the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.

UVA law professor discusses the significance of President Trump’s second impeachment

For the second time Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

ACPS Superintendent to recommend return to all-virtual instruction

Superintendent Matt Haas told families in a letter today that he will make that recommendation to the school board Thursday night.

  VDH provides recommendation on how to quarantine if family member has COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Health says it is safest to quarantine for 14 days if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you were in close contact with someone who did, but that is difficult if you’re living in a house with family or roommates.

  Albemarle Co. students learning photography with help from professionals

While learning in a mostly-virtual world, a photography class at Monticello High School is getting insights on how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

  Random Row Brewing Co. showing artwork from BozART Fine Art Collective

BozART Fine Art Collective is having an art exhibit at Random Row Brewing Company during the months of January and February.

Deadline extended for Charlottesville COVID-19 Municipal Utility Relief Program

Charlottesville is giving people more time to apply for relief on their utility bills through the COVID-19 Municipal Utility Relief Program. The new deadline to submit an intake form is Jan. 29.

Update: AMBER Alert canceled for baby last seen in Louisa County

The Virginia State Police announced early Wednesday, January 13, that the AMBER Alert has been canceled. Authorities say the child has been safely located, and the alleged abductor is in custody.

  UVA physicians participate in ‘Color and COVID’ webinar

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has shined a light on disparities in health care and treatment. The issue now is what to do about it.

  Charlottesville schools talk potential safety, security options

City schools hosted a virtual forum to discuss the use of school resource officers and other security measures.

  UVA expands asymptomatic saliva testing to employees on grounds

The University of Virginia took another big step in its on-grounds COVID-19 testing efforts.

  UVA Health banning visitors in wake of COVID-19 surge

Visiting rules are changing at the University of Virginia Health System. This comes in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases around Charlottesville and across Virginia.

  BRHD trying to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations in greater-Charlottesville area

As 11 health districts in Virginia begin to vaccinate folks against the coronavirus under Phase 1B, the Blue Ridge Health District and others are still focusing on vaccinating Phase 1A individuals.

  Charlottesville opens new Landmark Tree Photo Safari

Charlottesville is encouraging people to look for some of the oldest trees around the city and Albemarle County with its new Landmark Tree Photo Safari.

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources rescues bear stuck in tree

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources’ Bear Technician Robert “Philip” Hanger spends most of his days helping people and bears in the state.

  UVA School of Nursing sees large jump in applications, most diverse pool ever

The University of Virginia School of Nursing says the program saw a significant increase in applicants this year. That, while a student group is seeking to increase the amount of diversity in years to come.

  Senator Tim Kaine calls out President Trump, says security plan at U.S. Capitol abysmal

Senator Tim Kaine sat down with UVA Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato and recounted his experience during last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

  UVA Miller Center puts the U.S. Capitol riot into perspective

The violence that took place in our nation’s capital last week stunned many. Now, the director of Presidential Studies at the UVA Miller Center is weighing in on the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol.

  Expert discusses impact of possible second impeachment against Pres. Trump

With House Democrats priming to vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump this week, a presidential scholar from UVA says the action carries major historic significance.

  UVA Judiciary Committee details fall semester COVID-19 punishments

The University of Virginia Judiciary Committee is revealing how many students faced penalties in the COVID-19 affected fall semester, and what those punishments were.

  Some Albemarle County students return to classroom as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise

Monday marked the first day some elementary school students in Albemarle County were in a classroom in nearly a month. But, rising COVID cases have some teachers concerned about what comes next.

  VDH: Retirement home visitation guidance unlikely to change in early stages of vaccine rollout

The first thing on many minds after the COVID-19 vaccination is seeing loved ones again, perhaps even hugging them. Experts with Virginia’s Department of Health say visitation at retirement homes is unlikely to happen for a while.

  Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA breaks adoption record in 2020

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is celebrating a big milestone after a successful year of adoptions.

  Region Ten helping people cope after violence erupted in D.C.

The events from Wednesday, Jan. 6, may be hard to process for some people. That’s why Region Ten wants you to know that you’re not alone, and there are ways to cope with the stress you may be feeling.

  Juandiego Wade announces Charlottesville City Council run

A Charlottesville School Board member is running for Charlottesville City Council. Juandiego Wade made the announcement on Monday, January 11.

  Charlottesville City Council holds another emergency meeting

Charlottesville City Council held another emergency closed meeting Monday, Jan. 11, to discuss the holes in leadership.

  CAT hopes to add automatic passenger counters to buses

Charlottesville has a request for proposal for the purchase of automatic passenger counters for Charlottesville Area Transit buses.

  Gas prices jump in first week of 2021

According to AAA Virginia, gas prices have risen 8 cents per gallon in the past week. The average price in the commonwealth Monday, January 11, is $2.19 a gallon.

  Albemarle Co. offers free WiFi at Greenwood Community Center

The Greenwood Community Center in Albemarle County is now offering free WiFi usage in the parking lot and surrounding area of the center.

Charlottesville to continue deer population management program

Charlottesville announced Monday, Jan. 11, that a wildlife management specialist will be working from the start of February to late March to remove deer from city parks.

  CPD weighs in violence that occurred inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6

The Charlottesville Police Department says it has been in a state of readiness after violence took place in the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

  What’s the state of the Republican Party?

With President Donald Trump acknowledging president-elect Joe Biden’s victory, NBC29 took a deeper look at the state of the Republican Party.

Charlottesville teen identified as driver shot after chase in Henrico County

Authorities have identified the driver who they say was fatally shot during a traffic stop after leading troopers on a chase and displaying a firearm.

No injuries reported in Esmont Road house fire that caused $75,000 in damages

A house fire in Albemarle County has left three people without a home.

  Red Cross looking for volunteers

Red Cross needs volunteers to continue mission

  PPP, Rebuild Va Grant, new Business Equity Fund grant becoming available in Charlottesville

PPP, Rebuild Virginia, Business Equity Fund mini grant all becoming available for businesses in Virginia

  BRHD breaks down Phase 1B of vaccine roll-out, says many uncertainties still lie ahead

The Blue Ridge Health District breaks down who will be next in line for the vaccine, but says there are still many uncertainties about when the transition to the next phase of the vaccine roll-out will start.

  Run Your City Charlottesville goes virtual

Run Your City in Charlottesville is going all-virtual for the first time.

White supremacist fliers left at multiple homes in Scottsville neighborhood

UVA’s Dean of Libraries says he woke up to an unwelcome surprise on his driveway: a neo-Nazi pamphlet.

Charlottesville Track Club hosts New Year’s 5K

Charlottesville Track Club's annual New Year's Day 5K looked a lot different this year.

  ACPS educators reflect on lessons learned from first half of a mostly virtual school year

Educators at Murray Community Charter in Albemarle County reflect on lessons learned from the first half of a mostly virtual school year.

  Islamic Society of Central Virginia holds food distribution event

Islamic Society of Central Virginia distributed boxes of food to those in need in the Charlottesville community

  Demonstrators gather to protest for removal of President Trump

Charlottesville demonstration calls for removal of President Trump

  Facts, Faith, and Fauci: Virginia Dept. of Health hosts conversation with infectious disease expert

A shot of hope is near, but there are questions about how soon until it’s here for everyone.

Authors of petition to bring back Tarron Richardson gather at Charlottesville’s ‘Freedom Wall’

Five Charlottesville women, who wrote a petition urging the Charlottesville City Council to bring back former City Manager Tarron Richardson, convened at the Freedom Wall in downtown Charlottesville to share their message.

Jaywalking violations no longer enforceable come March 1

Jaywalking is defined as crossing at a part of a street or road that is not the designated crosswalk.

  COVID-19 surges across Charlottesville and Albemarle can be attributed to holiday gatherings, travel

The Blue Ridge Health District, which includes Charlottesville and Albemarle County, is now reporting the highest rate of positive coronavirus cases since mid-April.

  Charlottesville City Council holds emergency session in wake of “leadership crisis”

Charlottesville City Council spent five hours in a closed emergency session Friday, trying to get a handle on a recent turnover in leadership. This comes after deputy city manager Letitia Shelton resigned 24 hours prior.

Bacova Beer Company uses beer runs to help survive the downturn

The Bacova Beer Company is in Hot Springs, Virginia, but now they’re making beer runs as far as Charlottesville and Roanoke, as well as Blacksburg.

  Program offers businesses solutions and UVA students real-world experience

The University of Virginia and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center are partnering to facilitate a community project-based learning program called Propel.

  Charlottesville City Schools updates restraint and seclusion policy

The policy says restraint and seclusion should be used in a case of an emergency. It also requires all staff to be trained in emergency response intervention tactics.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Preempted “Jeopardy!” episode to air today at 4:30 p.m.

The airing of “Jeopardy!” on Wednesday, Jan. 6, was preempted due to breaking news of the riot at the U.S. Capitol. NBC29 will air the episode, one of the final episodes of Alex Trebek, today at 4:30 p.m.

  Lottery hopefuls playing for large jackpot

Lotto fever is spreading across the commonwealth as we head to this second weekend of 2021.

  UVA Health managing surge of COVID-19 cases

As coronavirus cases continue to rise after the holidays, UVA Health says the hospital has been able to manage this influx of COVID-19 patients.

  McGuffey Art Center accepting applications for artists to rent free workspace

The McGuffey Art Center is now accepting applications for central Virginia artists to rent free space.