Cover Stories

COVER- West Main Street: Then and now
Published on Jan 17th, 2008
0 comments   The results of a City zoning law forcing owners to reduce the square footage of signs are evident after nearly three decades since this shot. As of 2008, the city and UVA are still trying to...
COVER- High hopes: Locals pump up Barack, Hillary, Mitt, and more with money, time (and sometimes helium)
Published on Jan 10th, 2008
4 comments Jack Faw and fellow Ron Paul supporters with the now-famous Ron Paul blimpPHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Although it's been 87 years since a Virginian has resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, make no mistake...
COVER- Make mine Virginia shine: Backwoods brew becomes big (and now legal) business
Published on Jan 3rd, 2008
0 comments Known variously as "white lightning," "mountain dew," or just plain "firewater," there's no denying that moonshine has been a part of Virginia history for almost as long as there has been a...
COVER- Tough times: The best and (mostly) worst of 2007
Published on Dec 20th, 2007
0 comments   Something about 2007 makes us uneasy.    Maybe it was an unfortunate spring, when April 16 became a day that, in Virginia, will live in infamy after armed student Seung-Hui Cho...
COVER- Making an eXXXample: Staunton porn shop sparks crackdown
Published on Dec 13th, 2007
0 comments   The opening of After Hours Video in October netted eight felony obscenity charges for its owner, and passage of two anti-pornography ordinances by the Staunton City Council. The Augusta...
This man: was hit by a police cruiser in this crosswalk-- then given a ticket
Published on Dec 6th, 2007
0 comments   Gerry Mitchell was hit, then ticketed. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Heading home from a trip to Reid's supermarket on Preston Avenue about a month ago, Charlottesville artist Gerry Mitchell stopped...
COVER- Builder bows out: 3,000 houses later, Wade ends an era
Published on Nov 22nd, 2007
0 comments "The biggest advice I have is to operate within your capital and structural bounds and what you read the market to be certain of producing for you," says R.D. Wade founder Randy Wade. "Don't force...
COVER- Questions: Despite Tuesdays arrests, in-home murder has town reeling
Published on Nov 15th, 2007
0 comments By 3pm on November 9, it was clear something was terribly wrong at 807 St. Clair Avenue. Numerous police vehicles– including a foreboding “forensics van”– were parked on the...
COVER- DOA? Who killed the Ruckersville Parkway?
Published on Nov 8th, 2007
0 comments The Ruckersville Parkway appeased neither the western bypass supporters nor its opponents.SOURCE: CHARLOTTESVILLE TOMORROW Just before Halloween, the specter of the long-dead U.S. 29 western bypass...
COVER SIDEBAR- Longer shot: Eastern Connector faces objections
Published on Nov 8th, 2007
0 comments   One of three possible routes for the Eastern Connector cuts through Pen Park. It's no secret how Sarah Hendley feels about the Eastern Connector. She wears her feelings on a sandwich board...
COVER SIDEBAR- Whole Foods connects with Connector
Published on Nov 8th, 2007
0 comments Before: In 2004, the Terrace Cinema graced the cover of The Hook for a story about classic modern architecture in town. Some architecture and history buffs are mourning the leveling of the Terrace...
COVER SIDEBAR- Historical recourse: A last-ditch effort to stop Meadowcreek Parkway
Published on Nov 8th, 2007
0 comments Rich Collins, center, wants to stop the Meadowcreek Parkway and believes the city is skirting federal regulations to build it, while Charlottesville development services manager Angela Tucker's job...
COVER- Back story: 20 years of stars, screenings and survival at the Virginia Film Festival
Published on Nov 1st, 2007
2 comments   Power couple Patricia and John Kluge hosted a party at the first film festival in 1988 and contributed cash and connections that helped get the event off the ground. PHOTO COURTESY THE...
COVER- Entertainment overload: Can so many music venues make it?
Published on Oct 25th, 2007
19 comments John Paul Jones Arena has sold 79,111 tickets in 2007– but is that enough to keep big name acts coming back? PHOTO BY WILL WALKER It's been more than a month since tickets for The Police went...
COVER- Hot races: All politics is personal
Published on Oct 18th, 2007
13 comments   Democrat Denise Lunsford thinks it's time for four-term incumbent Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos to go. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO "All politics is local," observed a former speaker...
COVERSIDEBAR- The other races
Published on Oct 18th, 2007
0 comments Colette BlountPUBLICITY PHOTO Grant BrownriggPUBLICITY PHOTO Llezelle DuggerPUBLICITY PHOTO Alvin Edwards PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Kathleen GalvinPUBLICITY PHOTO Sean McCordPUBLICITY PHOTO...
COVER- Sound of silence: Dick Mountjoy on radio, cancer, and life without both
Published on Oct 11th, 2007
8 comments "Aaall riiight now, baybee, it's aaall riiight now!" For a moment, Dick Mountjoy is back in his element. Surrounded by walls of vinyl records, he grins as he strums an air guitar, and the...
COVER- Fatal roll: 1982 fraternity crash still affecting lives
Published on Oct 4th, 2007
0 comments The tension was rising in the cab of the lumbering U-Haul. "I was aware of the turn," said the driver. "I was cutting the wheel." Back in the cargo hold, spirits were high; and although some of the...
COVER- Autumn of love: Locals look back on the summer of '67
Published on Sep 27th, 2007
0 comments John CaseyNovelist, English professor Summer of Love: It wasn't all sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.    I finished law school in 1965 and passed the D.C. bar. But all the while I was thinking...
COVER- Unapologetic: Prosecutor defends record while critics take aim
Published on Sep 20th, 2007
0 comments Jim Camblos comes from a long line of attorneys, including three judges. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Jim Camblos has been the Albemarle County commonwealth's attorney for almost 16 years, deciding which...
COVER- Dialed up: Group hopes to launch local talk radio
Published on Sep 13th, 2007
0 comments Ken Zelin, Alexis Zeigler, Kai Safran, Rebecca Faris, Mike Craig, and Shellen Inglima of the Blue Ridge Radio Project will send their application for a full-power, non-commercial radio station to...
COVER- Sold! Clear Channel stations change hands
Published on Sep 13th, 2007
0 comments   Dennis Mockler, seen here in 2005 at his old employer, will manage the six stations soon to be owned by Monticello Media. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO In 2002 it seemed broadcasting behemoth...
COVER- Wake up call: Morning Show meets Greasy Breakfast
Published on Sep 13th, 2007
18 comments In more than eight years in Charlottesville, Jane Foy has co-hosted WINA's Morning Show with Dick Mountjoy and Rob Schilling. Now it's former Big Greasy Breakfast host Rick Daniels' turn. PHOTO BY...
COVER- First and long: As football kicks off, emotions run high at Virginia Tech
Published on Sep 6th, 2007
2 comments PHOTO BY TOM DALY Normally, college students are not well acquainted with the hour of 7:30am. But this is not just any 7:30am. It's Saturday, September 1, the morning of the first Virginia Tech...
COVER- Savage's beast: How 'The Corner' took a bite of local radio
Published on Aug 23rd, 2007
44 comments PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Although it launched less than a year ago and hired its DJs only 10 months ago, a new Charlottesville radio station has already become nothing short of an airwaves-eating...
Arrested! A decade after first known attack, serial rape suspect in custody
Published on Aug 16th, 2007
0 comments His M.O. is terrifying: first he stalks his female victim, watching her coming and going, learning her habits. When he's ready, he slips inside her house and waits. And then a "blitz" attack–...
COVER- An uncommon past time: The hardships of the simple life
Published on Aug 9th, 2007
0 comments Logan and Heather Ward were having a tough time brewing their coffee. Logan split firewood for the wood stove as Heather ground beans with a cast iron grinder. But after an hour or more of futile...
COVER- ANNUAL MANUAL: Our Town- Community low-down
Published on Aug 2nd, 2007
0 comments CHARLOTTESVILLE Size: 10.26 square miles Population: 40,315 Change since 2000: -10.5 percent Density: 3,929 people per square mile ALBEMARLE COUNTY (about 3/4 the size of Rhode Island) Size: 722.61...
COVER- The people's park: Kings Dominion always takes you back
Published on Jul 26th, 2007
0 comments A familiar, childlike anticipation hits me when I glimpse the Kings Dominion sign perched high above I-95, beckoning cars to exit for small-town Doswell, 20 minutes north of Richmond. I've been...
COVER- Glenn Barker: Serial killer or convenient scapegoat?
Published on Jul 19th, 2007
23 comments Remembering Katie Worsky In last week's cover story, we remembered Katie Worsky, a 12-year-old girl abducted from a sleep-over and presumed dead. The case rocked Charlottesville, and after a lengthy...