Second annual Plow Day brings parade of antique tractors to turn soil in rural Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Farmers and tractor enthusiasts traveled to Bonney Bright’s Farm on Buzzard Neck Road on Halloween Day, and many of them brought their antique workhorses in all models, sizes and colors — and then they put… Continue Reading


No, the post office in Back Bay is not closed or planning to close

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Despite online rumors, the post office in rural Back Bay remains open, and there are no plans to close it. The property the U.S. Postal Service leases for Back Bay Station is for sale, according… Continue Reading


You-pick pecans now available from the Market at Land of Promise Farms in Blackwater

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BLACKWATER — You-pick pecans are now available through the Market at Land of Promise Farms, which began selling fresh pork earlier this year.  The pecan orchard was here when Diane Horsley’s parents bought Land of Promise in… Continue Reading


Luria defeats Taylor in Virginia 2nd Congressional District rematch

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Nov. 15, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria defeated former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, her predecessor who became challenger in trying to win back the seat,… Continue Reading


Dyer tops two challengers to win first full term in Virginia Beach mayoral race; City Council incumbents return

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Nov. 15, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Bobby Dyer, though vastly outspent by one of two challengers, won reelection and his first full term as mayor of Virginia Beach… Continue Reading


Project studying submerged aquatic vegetation in Back Bay shows promise, needs funding

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A couple of years ago, Dr. Sara Sweeten, a research scientist at Virginia Tech, stumbled across specimens of an aquatic plant called wild celery that had been started from seeds left behind by undergraduate… Continue Reading


Column: Learning to speak the new language of the novel coronavirus

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — I was talking to a friend on the phone recently when I realized we were speaking a new language – Covid.   Rather, our vocabulary contained words and phrases used in a new way: words that… Continue Reading


Worth Reading: On Pulitzer-winner Chernow’s biography of Hamilton

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of the Founding Father, is a must read for American history enthusiasts, particularly those who may have overlooked this giant of the American finance system while he stood… Continue Reading


Farmer John: Plant a tree for a healthy ecosystem — or just a nice spot to nap

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Aug. 23, print edition. BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I woke up from a nap the other day, after reading about trees, and I had a visceral feeling of being tethered to the atmosphere… Continue Reading


Column: I am Christian and Republican, and I am voting for Joe Biden

BY REED HOWARD VIRGINIA BEACH — I believe in the founding principles of America. I want to preserve our Constitution and make true the promises in our Declaration of Independence. In high school, I volunteered for Republican candidates because they spoke passionately… Continue Reading