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Farmer John: We need to stop treating sustainable agriculture practices as edgy ideas

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I read a book, Children of the Mind, by the science fiction writer Orson Scott Card, which used the terms “edge nations” and “center nations” to discuss cultures on the fringe compared to dominant ones.  I then… Continue Reading

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After buyouts and the coming move of The Virginian-Pilot, concerns grow about the biggest newsroom in South Hampton Roads — and local news itself

Ed. — This originally ran in the Friday, Feb. 28, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — One of the journalists covering Virginia Beach for The Virginian-Pilot, the leading media organization in the region, is Peter Coutu, 24. He started… Continue Reading

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A vibrant community gathering, displays celebrate Black History Month at the Senior Resource Center in rural Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Creeds native and writer Rita Jones sees humanity as a single patchwork quilt that’s sewn from many threads, and she developed this vision into a program she coordinated for the Senior Resource Center, Inc., in… Continue Reading

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Once largely forgotten, a Revolutionary War skirmish is remembered in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — What could be worse than leading soldiers and horses through a swamp in mid-Februrary? Discovering a burned bridge on the other side and realizing that you’re going to have to wade through yet another… Continue Reading

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Letter: The kids are home from school so we should have a talk

Dear Editor: I hope you might please share with your readers a few things kids could do with their father during the school hiatus in Virginia Beach amid public health concerns about spreading the coronavirus. I’ve been noodling on all… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Vaughan recognized with 4-H Youth in Action award; VB 4-H travels to Richmond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Reagan Vaughan, a 17-year-old Kellam High School student from a farming family, was recognized this month for her service in 4-H, efforts to expand her family farm and love of educating people about agriculture.… Continue Reading

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Column: My 4-H journey led me to learn responsibility, start a business, work to educate others

BY REAGAN VAUGHAN VIRGINIA BEACH — The idea of a 10 year old taking care of a 740-pound animal would seem bizarre to an outsider’s eye – especially with the amount of responsibility and accountability a child would have to… Continue Reading

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Letter: Support increased renewable energy use and the jobs it may bring Virginia

  Dear Editor: Companies and government officials alike need to show a unified commitment for a more sustainable future. It’s important not just for us, but for generations to come. The governor and the state legislature have set goals and… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Restore local ownership to save The Virginian-Pilot

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The coming move of The Virginian-Pilot’s newsroom from South Hampton Roads to the Peninsula is a culmination of events that reflect not only technological change but how journalism is devalued in our divisive digital culture.… Continue Reading