The week in review
Worst spate of females allegedly deliberately running down people: A Louisa teen is in custody after allegedly driving her car into a crowd outside a party just after midnight May 22. According to NBC29, the 17-year-old girl was in an argument, went to her car, and plowed into partygoers outside the Pine Ridge Apartments in Louisa, injuring four people. Her family says it was an accident. And Crozetian Janice Highlander, 28, is arrested on two counts of felonious assault May 21 for allegedly hitting two people in her car in the 400 block of Franklin Avenue.
Most gruesome discovery: A VDOT worker mowing May 23 finds a decomposing body off U.S. 29 in Nelson County. State Police later ID him as Sean P. Daly, 42, of Lovingston. Not seen since last Tuesday, May 17; his mom reported him missing.
Most troubled waters: Last week's heavy rains overwhelm the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority's sewer system, dumping 5.3 million gallons of sewage in Moores Creek, according to Charlottesville Tomorrow, which cites an email from RWSA director Tom Frederick.
Least funded roads: The Charlottesville Albemarle metropolitan region ranks last among the 14 areas in the state in per capita roads funding from VDOT, according to Albemarle Supervisor Dennis Rooker. The state average is $548 per capita; this area gets about $41. Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story.
Biggest rebound: UVA's endowment, which lost $1.5 billion during the Great Recession and sank from $5.25 billion to $3.76 billion, has almost returned to its May 2009 peak with University Investment Management Company reporting holdings of $5.24 billion, Ted Strong reports in the Progress.
Biggest layoffs: Northrop Grumman axes 60 employees, who will be out of a job May 31 at its Sperry Marine plant in Albemarle, the Daily Progress reports.
Latest for Scottsville tire plant: Developer Charles W. Hurt plans to buy the former Hyosong property near downtown and build small homes, Bryan McKenzie reports in the DP. Once a major employer in Scottsville, Uniroyal sold the 1944-built plant in 2004 to Hyosong, which closed it in 2009 and laid off 100 people.
Latest batch of candidates I: Augusta-based Delegate Steve Landes, whose newly drawn district now includes Ivy and Jack Jouett precincts in Albemarle, as well as Crozet, announces he'll seek a ninth term representing the 25th District.
Latest batch of candidates 2: Albemarle School Board member Barbara Massie Moulie is running again for the White Hall seat. And newcomer Cindi Burket seeks the Albemarle at-large School Board seat.
Latest batch of candidates 3: Charlottesville School Board member Kathy Galvin wants a seat on City Council. So does Peter McIntosh, who seeks the Democratic nomination, according to WINA.
Longest running incumbent to step down: Delegate Watkins Abbitt, the former Dem-turned-independent whose district includes southern Albemarle, says he won't seek a 14th term in the General Assembly, the Washington Post reports.
Oddest candidate announcement: Albemarle Republicans say Jim Norwood will seek the Scottville Board of Supervisors seat opened by Lindsay Dorrier's retirement, then say the May 24 announcement has been postponed.
Worst crash: Emergency crews find a Ford Ranger truck engulfed in flame when they're dispatched to the 3200-block of Burnley Station Road at 1:35am May 22, according to a release. Police believe the driver, traveling east, goes off the right side of the road, overcorrects, and slams into a tree. The driver's name is being withheld pending positive identification by the medical examiner.
Best get for the Paramount: Supporter Mary Helen Jessup donates her former home in Glenmore, which will be sold to help retire the theater's renovation mortgage.
Best weekend to get out of town: The University of Virginia holds its 182nd Final Exercises May 21-22 and awards 6,248 degrees. Between 30,000 and 35,000 people may have come to Grounds, and Governor Bob McDonnell delivers the commencement address.