Monthly Archive for May, 2004

Fourth TV Station Planned

This is not a duplicate story: yet another television station is slated to open in Charlottesville. Gray Television, who is already planning to launch CBS affiliate WCAV, is now planning to simultaneously launch an ABC affiliate, WVAW, in the same building. Both of these stations will feature their own local broadcasts, although WVAW’s news will “deliver the news, I guess you could say, in a nontraditional way,” according to a representative. Both are scheduled for an August launch. Note that both of these are in addition to Channel 9, which is shooting to launch in late November, having been pushed back from their previous date of September. Elizabeth Nelson has the story in today’s Progress.

The Commuter Home in Nantucket

Remember the offbeat sculpture that used to stand in Fashion Square Mall — the bronze, life-sized sculpture of the commuting, suit-wearing businessman, traveling via pogo stick? The smile-inducing piece always seemed more suited for the Downtown Mall than the sterile environs of Fashion Square, and when Simon Properties started on the remodeling of the mall a few years ago, they apparently agreed, and got rid of it. Friday afternoon, Bud Hambleton’s “The Commuter” will be unveiled at its new, old home — the Nantucket waterfront, where it stood in front of a gallery in the late 70s. Nantucket’s Inquirer and Mirror has the story.

C’ville Schools Get Superintendent

After nearly three years of searching for a candidate, Charlottesville City Schools have a new superintendent, who is preparing to move to town and start work on July 1st. Dr. Scottie Griffin, currently the superintendent of the New Orleans school system, will be moving from overseeing 20,000 students to just 4,000. She has been given a four-year contract, with a salary of $140,000. Griffin replaces interim superintendent Ron Hutchinson, who was hired for a two year stint after the process to replace outgoing superintendent Bill Symons was bungled. Julie Stavitski has the story in today’s Progress.

Democrats Sweep Council Elections

The results are in from the Charlottesville City Council race, and the Democrats have completely dominated the election. David Brown (22.67%), Kendra Hamilton (23.34%), and incumbent Kevin Lynch (21.44%) took the race by a very healthy margin. For the other candidates, there was 10% for Republican Kenneth Jackson, 11.5% for Republican Ann Reineke, and 4.8% for independent Vance High. Write-ins were quite high, presumably consisting primarily people voting for ousted Democrat Meredith Richards, with 5.2% of votes coming in the form of a write-in. Each Democrat received a very similar number of votes in each precinct, with the notable exception of Recreation, where Lynch was 2.5% behind, a district in which a citywide high of 7% of votes were write-ins. 5,339 people voted, resulting in a turnout of 27.8%. The result is that the Democrats have not lost any seats, as many party members feared, and the Republican victory two years ago is starting to look like a fluke. 05/05 Update: Elizabeth Nelson has a story in the Progress summarizing the win.

New WINA Website

WINA has launched a new and improved version of their website, and it’s better than ever. Every couple of years, their website is improved a little bit — they’ve gone from a plain-text no-archival system to a database-driven dynamic site with full news archives. The new site shows fewer stories, but provides links to all items, features their community calendar more strongly, and provides space for their internal promotions. In addition, the new layout is considerably more streamlined.