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Breaking: Rouse ends campaign to be Virginia Beach mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — City Councilmember Aaron Rouse is ending his campaign for mayor of Virginia Beach. Rouse today made the announcement in a social media statement that initially caused some confusion about whether he was dropping out. The… Continue Reading

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Column: An ode to toilet paper, elusive friend, until we meet again

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — If anyone had told any of us at New Year’s that we would be discussing on a global level one of our most intimate purchasing habits without even blushing about it …   But strangely, here… Continue Reading

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Column: Want to help Virginia Beach during the Covid-19 pandemic? Do the census.

BY RONALD D. BERKEBILE VIRGINIA BEACH — As of this week, two thirds of Virginia Beach residents have submitted their census forms.  That’s higher than the national average, but, ultimately, that total should be near 100 percent. Participation helps our city be… Continue Reading

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Northam says Virginia Beach can open beaches for recreational use by Memorial Day weekend; Dyer vows ‘safe’ reopening

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia Beach, the resort city that has seen its tourism industry battered by shutdowns meant to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, can reopen public beaches for recreational use… Continue Reading

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Letter: Grateful for electronic version of The Independent News during emergency

Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the PDF edition of The Independent News.  It is great, and I really enjoy it.   I hope you continue it.   I am waiting for spinal surgery and have seven risk factors.… Continue Reading

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In rural Virginia Beach, Oak Grove Baptist bridges the coronavirus distance with drive-through dinner for community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — On a Thursday evening in early April, a couple of weeks into our local response to a pandemic, members of Oak Grove Baptist Church cooked up a ham dinner in the church kitchen, wore gloves and masks… Continue Reading

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Letter: Recognizing the people who helped our Knotts Island Community Cemetery

Dear Editor: As we are entering another grass cutting season and a new decade, let us pause for a moment and give thanks for all we have been blessed with and look to our future with total optimism. When we… Continue Reading

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Column: Using technology to keep in touch with the people we care about during a pandemic

BY TONI GUAGENTI VIRGINIA BEACH — Early in the pandemic, I lay in bed on a Sunday morning and thought about the ramifications of the self-quarantine on my social life. Some of us are gregarious by nature – extroverts, believe it… Continue Reading