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The Farrier: Virginia Beach police officer with unusual specialty reaches the end of his service in uniform

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Before he retired as a master police officer with a unique specialty, Chuck Lauchner spoke about his boyhood back when you didn’t have to look all that hard to find a farm in Virginia Beach. There… Continue Reading

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Elections: Incumbent Villanueva fends off GOP challenger in 21st Virginia House District primary, faces Democrat Fowler in November

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Del. Ron Villanueva defeated Bill Haley in a Republican primary to remain the party’s candidate in the 21st Virginia House District, which Villanueva has represented since 2010. The next challenge he will face is… Continue Reading

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Elections: Tucker defeats Carothers in 81st House District Democratic primary, will face incumbent Knight

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Democrat Kimberly Anne Tucker will face state Del. Barry Knight, the Republican incumbent, in the 81st Virginia House District. Unofficial returns show Tucker defeated Nancy Carothers in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, June 13, with… Continue Reading

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Primaries: Democratic candidates stress Medicaid expansion during forum hosted by party committee

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the Tuesday, June 13, primary elections for two Virginia House of Delegates races say Medicaid expansion is a major concern for their campaigns. Candidates Kimberly Anne Tucker and… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Virginia Beach should not move City Hall to Town Center

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS “We have an opportunity to make a major consideration,” City Manager Dave Hansen said Tuesday, June 6, while briefing the City Council about an Armada Hoffler proposal to move City Hall to Town Center. The City Council… Continue Reading

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Catfish rodeo brings anglers, appetites, community to Pearl’s in Knotts Island

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – People came to Pearl’s Bay-Villa, many with catfish in hand, for the Catfish Rodeo on Saturday, May 13. “Ths was the 14th year,” Paul McCoy of Pearl’s said. “It brings everybody together. I… Continue Reading

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2017 Primary: Questions for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to the 81st Virginia House of Delegates District on June 13

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to the 81st Virginia House District in the Tuesday, June 13, primary to answer questions about a range of issues. The following responses initially appeared in print on Friday, May 26.… Continue Reading

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Brock remains in race for 21st House District Democratic nomination despite criticism about offensive social media posts, calls to drop out

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Democrat Tom Brock said he will continue to seek the Democratic nomination to represent the 21st Virginia House District despite calls for him to quit after offensive social media posts made in the past came… Continue Reading

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2017 Primary: Questions for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to the 21st Virginia House of Delegates District on June 13

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to the 21st Virginia House District in the Tuesday, June 13, primary to answer questions about a range of issues. The following responses initially appeared in print on Friday, May 26.… Continue Reading

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2017 Primary: Questions for candidates seeking the Republican nomination to the 21st Virginia House of Delegates District on June 13

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates seeking the Republican nomination to the 21st Virginia House District in the Tuesday, June 13, primary to answer questions about a range of issues. The following responses initially appeared in print on Friday, May 26.… Continue Reading