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Could opening the Great Bridge Lock ease flooding in southern Virginia Beach? Or could creating an inlet?

Correction — An earlier version of this story did not fully identify City Manager Dave Hansen due to an editing mistake by John, who regrets the error. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  VIRGINIA BEACH – The city has asked the U.S. Army Corps… Continue Reading

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Column: A citizen’s empowering relationship with Ruth Hodges Fraser, Virginia Beach’s city clerk

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — Unless you attend the city council meetings or other events, such as those involving the Sister Cities chapter in Virginia Beach, you might not recognize her face or know her name. She is not a… Continue Reading

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Column: ‘Thank you for your service’

BY PAT GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — Service is the act of helping another person. Librarians, store clerks and tollbooth collectors all perform important services, though it may simply be part of one’s job description.  The local farmer who grows the food… Continue Reading

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Sister Cities: People from around the world unite in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT –  Virginia Beach hosted the 61st annual conference of Sister Cities International this past month, bringing people from around the world to the city in support of the organization’s vision to encourage peace through interactions between… Continue Reading

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New variations of old IRS scam still claim victims, even in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – A citizen recently fell for a con in which someone pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service threatened him with jail unless he placed thousands of dollars into a bank account, according to… Continue Reading

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All the way from Alaska, new director aims to build relationships at Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BACK BAY — Growing up in Alaska, where small planes are used routinely for transportation, Jarod Hoogland became so interested in aircraft that he decided to carve out a career in aviation history. Hoogland, who formerly worked… Continue Reading

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A letter to the mayor of Charlottesville from the mayor of Virginia Beach

Ed. note — Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms read the following letter, dated Monday, Aug. 14, during the Virginia Beach City Council meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 15. It is addressed to Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer in the aftermath… Continue Reading

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There’s a plan to ease flooding in Ashville Park, but uncertainty remains about possible development nearby

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The city staff has recommended an approach toward addressing flooding problems in the Ashville Park neighborhood near Pungo that would begin to correct problems in the drainage system there and lead to continued development of… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Trump’s Twitter beef with the press isn’t about partisanship but power

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I recently wrote about what some call “fake news,” a term that is inexact to the point of uselessness. It generally means stories presented to mislead by including fabricated material, whether in whole or in part.… Continue Reading

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Updated: Police officer on motorcycle injured in crash with SUV on Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN — A Virginia Beach police officer was injured this morning during a crash on the 3400 block of Dam Neck Road and taken to a local hospital, according to police. Master Police Officer Tonya Pierce, a spokesperson… Continue Reading