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DWR euthanizes bear spotted in neighborhoods across Charlottesville

A bear seen lingering around Charlottesville the week before Thanksgiving has been killed by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. “I was contacted by one of our conservation police officers, who in turn had been contacted by [the Charlottesville Police Department] concerning a bear they had been tracking for some time, and it was suspected […]

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With less shelter space and more hotel rooms, PACEM adapts to COVID while planning winter homeless shelter

Every year, a roaming homeless shelter opens for the winter months in the Charlottesville area.The local group PACEM sets up temporary lodgings for a week or two at a time in various churches around the city and Albemarle County. In normal years, the shelter hosts dozens of people every night between November and March.This is […]

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CDC, governor, local health officials urge everyone — Stay home for Thanksgiving

Public health officials are urging people not to travel this Thanksgiving holiday and to avoid indoor gatherings with anyone who does not already live with you. Coronavirus cases have reached unprecedented levels in the United States in the past weeks and, though the situation in the Charlottesville area is comparatively good, it wouldn’t take much […]

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City plans immediate changes to Fifth Street after string of fatal accidents this year

After a string of fatal accidents on Fifth Street Southwest, the city of Charlottesville plans to make a few small adjustments on the road this winter while it grapples with larger — and more expensive — changes to the road’s design. Charlottesville’s traffic engineer, Brennen Duncan, presented the proposed changes Monday night to the City […]

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UVA student parties pick up as semester nears its close

After several weeks of strict adherence to COVID-19 safety rules, reports of large parties held by University of Virginia students have once again made their way to the administration. On Halloween weekend, there were several off-Grounds gatherings larger than the 10-person maximum allowed by the university, according to a letter to students sent Sunday. The […]

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Center for Nonprofit Excellence hosts panel discussion of Black women on creating a ‘more just community’

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence on Tuesday will host its first ever virtual Philanthropy Day. In normal years, the celebration involves a gathering of several hundred people, having a meal and listening to a keynote speaker. “It’s about coming together where we get people to celebrate the community builder in all of us,” said Cristine […]

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Charlottesville area becomes an island of low COVID cases while the rest of Virginia surges

While coronavirus cases in the past weeks have spiked across Virginia and elsewhere in the country, the trend in the Charlottesville-area has been quietly moving in the opposite direction.The number of new cases in the Thomas Jefferson Health District, with a few exceptions, have trended down since the beginning of October. Other indicators are also […]

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Charlottesville residents dance on Downtown Mall after Biden named president elect

Late Saturday morning, a man burst out of a store on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall and cried — “Biden won Pennsylvania!”There was a moment of silence as everyone looked frantically at their phones. Then, all down the mall, people began to cheer.“It was so surreal,” said Shelley Davis, who is visiting Charlottesville with her husband […]

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UVA librarians offer first peek at the contents of Albemarle’s ‘Johnny Reb’ time capsule

University of Virginia special collections librarians gave their first peek into what remains of Albemarle County’s “Johnny Reb” time capsule in a blog post published Friday.University and county officials are keeping the full contents of the 111-year-old capsule a closely guarded secret until the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library’s historic preservationists present their […]