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Column: I ran for the Virginia General Assembly this year and lost, but it was worth it — and here’s what comes next

BY KIMBERLY ANNE TUCKER VIRGINIA BEACH — I decided to run for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 81st District this year because I wanted to help people.  I am a survivor of stage IV colon cancer, which means the cancer… Continue Reading

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Board: Time is right for Currituck County to step in and take the firefighting lead in Knotts Island

Ed. — Currituck County Board of Commissioners Chairperson Bobby Hanig read the following statement on Monday, Dec. 4, during the meeting in which the board established a Knotts Island fire department led by county personnel. This was called an “interim” measure… Continue Reading

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Updated: Board approves county-led Knotts Island department in ‘interim’ step protecting fire insurance rating; community meeting scheduled for Tuesday at Knotts Island Elementary

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CURRITUCK, N.C. — The Currituck County Board of Commissioners on Monday, Dec. 4, voted to establish a county-led fire and rescue department serving Knotts Island in the wake of a contract dispute with volunteers there. The “interim”… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: On shared disciplines of military service and farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Bobby Vaughan and I spoke well before Veterans Day, when I was working on a story that involved the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s efforts to build strong roots in Virginia, connecting veterans to agriculture. I’d hoped to… Continue Reading

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Sea level rise meeting dealing with Back Bay, part of Virginia Beach series of talks, set for January

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A public meeting about flooding issues and how sea level rise will be felt in the Back Bay area is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, at Kellam High School, part of a series… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Blackwater farmer Don Horsley recognized for Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame honor

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 7, recognized farmer Don Horsley for his recent induction into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame. Horsley was one of four people inducted into the hall this… Continue Reading

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Beach ride in Sandbridge benefits the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Riders and horses from far and wide came to Little Island Park on Saturday, Nov. 4, for a Beach Ride supporting the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol. The event is organized by the Friends of the… Continue Reading

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Coyotes, a foe to livestock and a curiosity to some, now a regular part of landscape in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Coyotes, which are native to the Great Plains, are now so comfortable in Virginia Beach that they sometimes saunter out on an open trail during daylight hours and in full sight of humans.… Continue Reading

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At Back Bay refuge, a homebuilding workshop benefits local, helpful bats

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Attendees at a workshop at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Oct. 28, built custom housing for bats, the small, flying mammals that – despite perceptions fueled by horror flicks rather than ecological reality… Continue Reading

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Hope grows at hop yard in Back Bay to help retreat for warriors while supplying local craft brewers

BY VENI FIELDS BACK BAY — LZ-Grace Warriors Retreat founder Lynn Bukowski’s expression of panic high above the ground in a Facebook photo began, you might say, with a pesky weed in Donald Noha’s back yard. Both contributed to a new… Continue Reading