Albemarle County-based Trump Winery hopes to build the Trump National Golf Club on land acquired from the Kluge estate. Trump would need a special use permit from county authorities to put a golf course on rural land.
Bad news: the unnerving experience of driving up the "wrong" side of the road for a bit. Good news: big boosts in safety and in traffic flow. Virginia's first-ever "French flip" intersection will open by mid-2014, just east of Charlottesville, at the once sleepy but now overcrowded I-64 Zion Crossroads interchange.
During budget cuts in 2008-9, Albemarle county's public schools lost "School Resource Officer" (SRO) funding. SROs are uniformed police officers in schools who once had the somewhat mellow duty of giving "Just Say NO" talks and of being law enforcement's goodwill ambassadors among school kids. However, the recent wave of mass shootings has rekindled interest in having trained first-responders present in schools.
The xx, an English alt-indie-electronic band whose haunting ambient song called Intro frequently appears as bumper music on NPR's All Things Considered, will perform in Charlottesville on Friday (Sept 20, 2013).