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Notebook: VB Dem recommendations in nonpartisan local races; Manning, three others form School Board ticket

Ed. — This appeared in print in the Sunday, Aug. 9, edition.  THE INDEPENDENT NEWS The Virginia Beach Democratic Committee recently announced several candidates it is recommending in local Virginia Beach races that are on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov.… Continue Reading

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Grand jury indicts former School Board candidate on charges related to alleged election fraud

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A grand jury has indicted a former Virginia Beach School Board candidate on charges of alleged election fraud and filing a forged document. Justin Burns, a… Continue Reading

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Burns withdraws from Virginia Beach School Board at-large race, will not appear on ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Justin Burns, a Virginia Wesleyan University student who had been seeking an at-large seat on the Virginia Beach School Board, dropped out of the race in late August, and his name does not appear on… Continue Reading

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Award-winning Igloria named Virginia’s poet laureate

Ed. — From the Sunday, Aug. 23, print edition. BY VENI FIELDS NORFOLK — It seems not all that long ago that Luisa Igloria was a toddler in a corner with a book. She was three, and she could read it.… Continue Reading

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Ignoring farmers, City Council approves event venue on land zoned for agriculture in rural city

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Moments after a stunning reversal by the Planning Commission, the City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 25, voted to approve a conditional use permit so an event business can operate on land zoned for agriculture in… Continue Reading

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Column: City decisions about land use have real consequences for farms and rural communities

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY VIRGINIA BEACH — Weather wreaks havoc on farmland?   So, too, do city decisions.   It’s a bit overwhelming — the myriad articles about the way our ever-changing climate affects our farmland.   A quick look at… Continue Reading

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Column: We should have fought the Wolfe Bros permit harder, but keep fighting

BY JARED BRANDWEIN BACK BAY — An editorial in the pages on The Independent News warned us all that we needed to show up at the Tuesday, Aug. 25, City Council meeting to be heard on a proposal to use land… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Virginia Beach City Council betrayed farmers and its own land use ideals — for tourism

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 6, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY — False steps large and small by Virginia Beach’s government and people who advise it led to the City Council decision this past month to permit Wolfe… Continue Reading

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After delay, Brooklyn Pizzeria joins sister business in Red Mill

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE RED MILL — Charles and Shannon Cohen, owners of Brooklyn Bagels in Red Mill Commons, opened Brooklyn Pizzeria in that shopping center in July. Pizza places abound here, but they aim to provide a different style of… Continue Reading