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Notebook: Finance director raising political money for state delegate facing reelection has the same name as the opponent; cue the confusion

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — There are two Shannon Kanes in the fair city of Virginia Beach who are involved in the same political contest this year. One Shannon Kane is a candidate challenging an incumbent state delegate. The other… Continue Reading

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A big turnout for this year’s Peach Festival, which benefits charitable work in the island community

BY SHELLY SLOCUM KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — The very first Knotts Island Peach Festival took place July 27-28, 1987.  Thirty-two years later, people gathered on those same dates to celebrate the island, raise money for the community and enjoy peaches during… Continue Reading

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A renewed look at historic structures in the rural reaches of Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE – A city-backed architectural survey of southern Virginia Beach will focus upon identifying structures that are at least 50 years old, including beach houses in the residential resort of Sandbridge and traditional agricultural buildings such… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Benefits of managing livestock in a regional food system

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — There are a couple of lines of thought about livestock practices that are at odds. I understand central points of each. Some people with plant-based diets suggest eliminating meat altogether will help save the planet.… Continue Reading

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Us: Back Bay Restoration Foundation President Todd Barnes

BY TODD BARNES You don’t realize the long-term benefits of military service until well after it has ended.   Mine had started after having been gleaned out of college and then having my dinner plate ceremoniously broken on the steps… Continue Reading

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Small family beef operations part of wider livestock piece of Virginia Beach’s agriculture industry

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Under blue-gray thunderheads in a windy field at the far end of Princess Anne Road just this side of the North Carolina line, Steve Kent carries a narrow blue plastic bag out into a field… Continue Reading

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Business: Natural products are available at the Farm Life General Store in ‘downtown’ Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — From eggs to make-up, there’s a wide variety of products available at The Farm Life General Store, which opened in the spring at Pungo Square Shopping Center. Many of the products are created by owner… Continue Reading

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Pungo: Harvest Farms, major project proposed for rural gateway, deferred indefinitely over stormwater plans

Ed. — This story first appeared in print on Friday, April 26. It was archived on Thursday, May 30. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – A commercial and residential development project that would have changed the face of “downtown” Pungo, the… Continue Reading

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Cautiously, advisory group weighs weddings for land in Virginia Beach’s agricultural reserve program

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Virginia Beach Agriculture Advisory Commission is still discussing the possibility of adjusting allowed uses on properties enrolled in the city’s farmland preservation program to permit assemblies such as weddings — though no recommendation… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: A longtime farmer, a strawberry field and good neighbors

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Douglas Munden, a third generation farmer, sat in his office across Princess Anne Road from the home in which he was raised. Outside, rows of strawberries waited to be picked.  It was Saturday evening, winding… Continue Reading