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Column: Responding when a young humpback whale washes ashore

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — I walked northward from False Cape State Park toward Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge when I spotted the dead whale, visible from at least a mile away despite the intermittent rain and low lying clouds.… Continue Reading

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A master writer reads, discusses craft at ODU Virginia Beach today

BY VENI FIELDS NORFOLK — For days before her life changed forever, Janet Peery told  her physician husband that it was just an upset stomach. Soon doubled over in a wheelchair outside the x-ray department of a Wichita hospital on the… Continue Reading

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To Save Sailors: A bond with purpose between admiral, Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PORTSMOUTH — The admiral, in civilian attire, entered a room within St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Feb. 20. He walked toward a circle of blue folding chairs. Members of the Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group,… Continue Reading

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Wagner: State senator from Virginia Beach will not seek reelection

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – State Sen. Frank Wagner, a Republican from Virginia Beach, announced on Thursday, March 7, that he will not seek reelection to the 7th District seat he has represented since 2001. Including time in the… Continue Reading

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Business: Dollar General coming to Knotts Island, will build right next door to family-run market

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – A Dollar General store is coming to Knotts Island, the small Currituck County community that, aside from ferry service, is isolated from the North Carolina mainland but connected to rural areas of Virginia… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: A family beef operation launches its own retail ‘shack’

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Coastal Cattle, a family Hereford farm, celebrated its new Beef Shack retail shop at 2337 Vaughan Road with a grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 9. “It’s our version of a produce stand,” farmer Billy Vaughan said… Continue Reading

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Pungo Candle Company, a part-time business making candles in the county

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BACK BAY — Laurie Roland adores scented candles, and now she’s found a way to channel that into a part-time business. Roland, owner of Pungo Candle Company, fell in love with Yankee Candles several years ago when… Continue Reading

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Blue Pete’s owners to open new restaurant, Redhead Bay Café, in April

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS – The brothers behind Blue Pete’s Restaurant plan to open a new restaurant at the former location of Creeds Café. Nick Cleanthes said he and his brother, Aristotle Cleanthes, are looking at breakfast, lunch and maybe… Continue Reading

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Prosecutors do not pursue two charges against former human rights chair, third charge may be dropped after two years of good behavior 

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Raj Islam resigned as chairperson of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission on Friday, March 1, though he said he will continue to serve as a member. The criminal charges that led to his resignation as chairperson… Continue Reading

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Greater Pungo community is ‘Hudson Strong’ during fundraiser at Blue Pete’s

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — The community came out as a “Hudson Strong” force of love on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Blue Pete’s Restaurant to raise money for a foundation carrying forward the memory of Hudson R. Foschi, the 4-year-old… Continue Reading