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Freitas Throws Hat Into Senate Race

Dec 10, 2017 -- 10:06pm

The Republican Delegate from Virginia, Nick Freitas, announced that he will be seeking his party’s nomination in 2018, challenging Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine.

On Friday Freitas, a second term delegate from Culpeper with a conservative voting record and libertarian streak, formally announced his candidacy at a gathering of Virginia Republicans.

Frietas will be joining several other Republicans in the race including Corey Stewart and likely candidate, evangelical pastor E. W. Jackson.

Cville Municipal Band Exceeds Million Dollar Goal

Dec 10, 2017 -- 10:04pm

The Charlottesville Municipal Band held its annual holiday concert at Charlottesville High School on Sunday and exceeded its goal in its $1 million matching grant drive.

After an anonymous donor challenged the organization to match a $500,000 dollar grant, the 95 year old non-profit volunteer band raised a total of nearly $600,000 dollars.

And after the city voted to cut funding for the Municipal Band a few years ago, donations are crucial to keep the music playing.

According to music director Steve Layman, the Charlottesville Municipal Band is all about the community and has considered itself to be the soundtrack of Charlottesville since 1922.

For more information, go to www.cvilleband.org.

Stantec Delivers County Court Relocation Report

Dec 10, 2017 -- 9:59pm

A new cost report by a firm hired to explore options for moving the Albemarle County courts finds that the proposed relocation would be more costly than initially thought -- in fact, the report released by Stantec now finds that moving the courts and office could cost taxpayers $10 to $15 million dollars more.

Supervisors expressed interest in moving the courts and office building to the Rio Road and Route 29 area, but Stantec said the least expensive option would be to keep them right where they are.

The report also pointed out that a move could result in the loss of millions of dollars in real estate and property taxes over time.

According to the report, relocation would also have direct negative impacts on the ability of the Public Defender, the Legal Aid Justice Center, and the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society to represent their less affluent and indigent clients.

Supervisors are expected to take action on the proposed relocation later this month.

UVA Board Reviews Safety And Security Issues

Dec 10, 2017 -- 9:58pm

A security firm retained by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors presented a review on Friday regarding safety and security issues at the University that included a set of recommendations that the firm says should improve coordination and communication.

The report finds UVA would benefit from consolidating its safety and security functions into a single division and also recommends additional crime prevention programming as well as outreach and engagement within the UVA community.

The study comes after the events of Aug. 11, during which hundreds of white nationalists held a torch-lit march though the University’s campus.

UVA Tuition Hike Approved

Dec 10, 2017 -- 9:57pm

A tuition hike for both new and returning students has been approved by the UVA Board of Visitors.

Most new and returning undergraduate Virginians attending the school in the fall of 2018 will see an increase of 2.5 percent, while new out-of-state students will see a 3.5 percent increase.

According to a release the good news is that this is the third consecutive year tuition increases have been held at or below the rate of inflation for most in-state students.

Truck Accident With Utility Pole Causes Power Losses

Dec 09, 2017 -- 11:18am

Hundreds of people lost power in Charlottesville on Friday after a truck hit a utility pole on Fifth Street.

Police also closed the road, redirecting traffic because of power lines that came down on the truck.

It happened near the intersection of Fifth Street and Cleveland Avenue.

 

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