The week in review

Cruelest month: Storms April 16 knock down trees and power lines in Albemarle, cause two flooding deaths in Waynesboro, and a tornado cuts a four-mile swath through Stuarts Draft, while throughout the southeast, tornadoes kill 45 people, many in North Carolina.

Most heartrending rescue story: North Garden resident Chuck Worden saves nine-year-old Adrian Rowe from the flooded Waynesboro creek, and catches Rowe's mother, Tina Marie Allen, by the hair, but the strands slip through his fingers and she's swept away with Lacy Elizabeth Taylor, 8, in her arms. Tony Gonzalez has the story in the News Virginian.

Biggest local losses: Terence "Terry" Sieg, beer and wine distributor and former UVA football star, dies at age 69. Harry van Beek, 77, founder of Klöckner Pentaplast of America in Gordonsville and contributor to Klöckner Stadium, dies April 4.

Biggest inauguration: Teresa Sullivan is installed April 15 as UVA's first female president and eighth person to hold that title at Mr. Jefferson's U.

Biggest tuition hikes: The UVA Board of Visitors okays an 8.9 percent increase in undergraduate tuition, upping the cost to $36,570 for out-of-state students and $11,576 for in-state, Ted Strong reports in the Progress.

Biggest growth between censuses: The populations of Louisa and Orange counties swell 29.4 percent, followed by Fluvanna up 28.2 percent, the DP reports.

Largest Charlemarle growth: Albemarle adds 14,784 new residents over the past decade for a total of 98,970–- a 17.6 percent increase, while  Charlottesville adds 3,376 new citizens to reach 43,476, an increase of 8.4 percent.

Most suspensions: Fluvanna ousts 15 middle schoolers for a year for allegedly using or distributing prescription drugs.

Most city councilor-laden body outside City Council: The Charlottesville grand jury, which includes Holly Edwards and former councilor Julian Taliaferro, according to a Tasha Kates report in the DP on the April 18 indictment of George Huguely.

Most overshadowed murder trial: The same day as Huguely's April 11 preliminary hearing for the murder of Yeardley Love, Antwan Lamar Jackson goes to trial for the 2006 murder of Johnell Greene, 25, in Orange, as well as eight other counts including distribution of cocaine and crack, and persuading witnesses to give false alibis. A federal jury in Charlottesville returns the verdict April 18, according to the Progress.

Goofiest witness attack: Carl Joseph Cutro, 26, gets seven years April 18 for breaking into a Greene County pawn shop and two years for assaulting a witness inside the Charlottesville federal courthouse, Ted Strong reports in the Progress.

Latest City Council candidate: Snap Fitness owner James Halfaday, 31, announces a run for one of open two seats, and joins incumbent Satyendra Huja and independents Bob Fenwick and Scott Bandy in the race.

Best news for live music: City Council ditches the $1,500 special-use permit and revises zoning to make live music in restaurants a by-right use April 18, Graham Moomaw reports in the Daily Progress.

Best tennis team: The UVA men's tennis team finishes a perfect 26-0 regular season April 16 and heads to the ACC tournament April 21.

Best human steeplechaser: Hook special sections editor/UVA grad student Stephanie Marie Garcia is America's top-ranked athlete in that track event and number two in the world.

Best local connection to possible hit tv series: Western Albemarle High grad Billy Campbell stars in The Killing, the latest new series on AMC, the network that brought us Mad Men, and plays a city councilor, David Maurer reports in the Progress.

Best roller-derby team: Mayor Dave Norris designates the Charlottesville Derby Dames the city's "official roller derby team" April 18 at City Council, the Progress reports. They get their first major event April 30 at the Main Street Arena.


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