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County applies for $1.25M in federal funding for Southwood

Albemarle County is hoping to start the first phase of an ambitious affordable housing development with $1.25 million in federal funds. The county has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville to redevelop the Southwood Mobile Home Park into a mixed-income neighborhood. On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to endorse the funding […]

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Governor tours exhibit on Daughters of Zion Cemetery

Gov. Ralph Northam highlighted his support for preserving historic African-American cemeteries for the second time in four days. Northam toured an exhibit on the Daughters of Zion Cemetery at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society on Monday. Last week, he visited the Tucker Family Cemetery in Hampton. “Just everything related to the Daughters of Zion cemetery […]

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Albemarle School Board shuts down meeting after protesters decry dress code vote

A protest by the Hate-Free Schools Coalition ended the Albemarle County School Board’s work session minutes after it began Thursday. Members were scheduled to vote on a revised student dress regulation that emphasizes “respect for diversity” but stopped short of explicitly banning Confederate symbols. “I wish the meeting would have gone better,” School Board member […]

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Southwood kids learn to swim, build community

On a recent afternoon at the Fry’s Spring Beach Club pool in Charlottesville, children splashed with friends and families and showed off new tricks. At one side, several clustered around an instructor who was teaching a child to float on his back. The lessons are free, thanks to the Benjamin Hair Just Swim for Life […]