2005, A Year in Charlottesville

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

December 30, 2005

It was a year that brought laughter, as well sadness, political suspense and storms that took the Charlottesville area by surprise. We take a look at some of the stories that made the news in Charlottesville in 2005.

The year 2006 is just two days away and we looked back on just a few of the many stories that made the news in Charlottesville in 2005.

In 2005 Charlottesville saw stories with ups and downs, and for one SUV traveling on Interstate 64, it was 200 feet down. The SUV plummeted off of interstate 64. Luckily the man, woman and dog inside the SUV made it out alive.

What about the massive wind and rain storm that blew its way into the area, causing flooding and its share of damage? The damage even blew right through the downtown Charlottesville Pavilion. During the time of the storm many were wondering if the Pavilion would open on time, well it did.

So did one of the Pavilion's biggest events, Friday's After Five. Several hundred people made their way to downtown Charlottesville each Friday, for live music and fun.

Those at Friday's were not the only ones having fun in 2005. Several kids at a local burn camp were able to just relax and enjoy others who have suffered through there same pain. Although some of these kids have gone thorough severe life changing event, they are coping with a smile.

Who could forget about the man wrongfully accused of the rape of a UVA student. Now he is using the courts to fight back as he is suing his accuser.

It was one of the biggest events of the year. Stones at Scott stadium! The Rolling Stones played for thousands of fans.

What about the bomb threat at the concert? It may have stopped the concert for a few moments, but it didn't stop the fun.

Election... election read all about it. This year Charlottesville got some newly appointed officials and along with entire state, waited through a recount that elected Republican Bob McDonnell Virginia's Attorney General.

Don't forget about the 30 foot sinkhole in middle of Route 29. A pipe underneath burst causing the ground to sink, forming the massive sink hole.

Who could forget about the devastation Hurricane Katrina caused the gulf cost. Many families looked for places to start over and Charlottesville was one of many new homes for evacuees.

As the sun brought on the heat, the snow brought slick roads and downed power lines living many residents in the dark.

As quickly as 2005 came, it went.

Stay with CBS19 and ABC16 for the latest news in 2006.

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