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Farmer John: I learned to love the land, what it gives us — and sustaining it

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I can still remember the smells of my first garden back home in small town Indiana. I walked into the garden, saltshaker in hand. I was heading to the big boy tomatoes. My bare feet remember the… Continue Reading

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Column: Celebrating the season of engagements while avoiding stress

BY KENDRA LOUKA PUNGO — Valentine’s Day surely rerouted the planned paths for some people. Only two years ago, the U.S Census Bureau reported $2.6 billion in jewelry merchandise sales in February.  Such as engagement rings.  Valentine’s Day is a marked… Continue Reading

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Thank you, Kyle

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — This happened a couple days after the big snow last month, when kids were home from school for a week and the roads were nonsense. Lori Ann Bates had been out in her truck to go… Continue Reading

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With improved city relations, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum working to sustain its historic work

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – The director of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum said the museum seems to be on better footing with the city following two years of near-cuts to city funding that help sustain the museum in… Continue Reading

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Focus of group addressing the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach is context, not removing statue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A group tasked with suggesting an approach toward dealing with the Confederate monument on public property is not pursuing its removal from a courtyard at the municipal center. Rather, it is poised to examine ways… Continue Reading

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Citing unfinished business, Henley seeks reelection in Princess Anne District in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Councilmember Barbara Henley, a farmer who first joined the Virginia Beach City Council four decades ago and an advocate for land preservation and limiting rural development, says she is running again this year to… Continue Reading

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Updated: Fatal motorcycle crash reported along West Neck Road

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – Police identified a city man killed in the Tuesday, Feb. 13, motorcycle crash on West Neck Road as William Taylor Bird. In an updated statement placed online, police said Bird, 34, was the rider of the only… Continue Reading

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Roundtable tackles future of monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – In the coming months, a committee formed by the historic preservation commission is considering the future of a Confederate monument near the historic courthouse at the municipal center — and how other elements of local… Continue Reading

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Campaign finance: Politicians report political action committee help, but may not need to disclose when the candidate controls the PAC

THE ISSUE: Candidates helped by political action committees they control apparently do not need to disclose the PAC spending as in kind contributions, according to guidance provided to a state senator’s campaign. Campaigns must report other PAC assistance in disclosure reports… Continue Reading