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Farmer John: There are some good ideas and reasons for concern regarding an ‘agrihood’ in Pungo

[Updated on Sept. 22] Ed. — The developers of Harvest Farms are in the process of redesigning the proposal, including its density. The revised project may go to the Virginia Beach Planning Commission in November, though that is not certain. BY… Continue Reading

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Sawdust Road is a coffee shop with artistic spirit in the heart of Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — The name has changed, and coffee and lunch items have been included in the offerings, but locally-inspired art and photography still are a primary focus at Sawdust Road, which opened this past month in the… Continue Reading

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Ice skating rink could draw people to Virginia Beach Farmers Market, giving year-round businesses a winter boost

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach Farmers Market could be the site of an ice skating rink this winter, creating a family-friendly attraction near the intersection of Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads and boosting traffic for year-round… Continue Reading

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Advisory body may consider beer and wine sales, assembly uses for agricultural land in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The Agriculture Advisory Commission will consider whether activities such as craft beer or wine sales or assembly uses, such as holding weddings, are appropriate on farmland, including properties enrolled in the city’s agricultural reserve program,… Continue Reading

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Column: Summertime and the bounty of my grandparents’ garden

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — When we recently moved into our house in Sandbridge, we made time for dragging out some planters and getting our early tomato plants in the soil. Summertime allows adults to reminisce about summers as a… Continue Reading

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Deal concerning flooding at Ashville Park clears way for drainage fixes, continued development in subdivision

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – About 300 homeowners in Ashville Park, a subdivision near Pungo, will be helped by taxpayer-funded fixes to a flawed drainage system that was built by the community’s initial developer and accepted by the city officials… Continue Reading

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Public gets look at development that may change the face of Pungo; advisory group that sought changes poised to oppose project

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Members of the public met in recent weeks with developers of Harvest Farms, a mixed-use subdivision that could significantly change the Pungo area by bringing new housing and commerce to areas near the rural… Continue Reading

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Series of meetings on flooding, sea level rise scheduled to begin today

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A summer symposium series about sea level rise and flooding issues is scheduled to begin today with a discussion that will include the effects of wind-driven flooding common to southern Virginia Beach. The initial symposium,… Continue Reading

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Putting the best foot forward at the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club show and sale

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS – The Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Show and Sale was held at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, the culmination of months of hard work for young people who… Continue Reading

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This year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival included a parade that soared

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Nelson Eskey didn’t get a clear view of the parade below when he flew a World War II military aircraft above Princess Anne Road during the 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday, May… Continue Reading