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Nygaard announces he will not run in special election for Beach District seat, must leave district to care for family

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — David Nygaard announced on Sunday, April 7, he will not seek to regain the Beach District Seat he won in November but left in March after a panel of judges found he had been ineligible… 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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Q&A: Sinnett, a local leader in jazz, has a new recording with a wider sound — The Americana Groove Project

BY WILL HARRIS Composer and drummer Jae Sinnett has spent so many years working as a jazz musician and spreading the good word about the latest and greatest jazz artists via his long-running radio show “Sinnett in Session” that it’s… Continue Reading

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Remembering Norton Girault, veteran, author, lifelong student of writing

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — The writer Norton Girault, author of a short story collection, Out Among the Roster Men, and a historical novel, Andre Boulanger, died on Sunday, Dec. 2. Girault was a longtime friend of the Old Dominion University… Continue Reading

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Approved by City Council, mini golf course near Sandbridge Road may be up and putting in spring at Anderson’s

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE — A mini golf course with a local theme may open in the spring if the weather cooperates and construction proceeds on schedule, according to Jason Blanchette, owner of Anderson’s of Virginia Beach. The City… Continue Reading

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At FilFest USA 2018, a community gathering for all — and a big dance

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS OCEANFRONT — FilFest USA 2018, the fourth year of an annual festival celebrating Filipino culture in Hampton Roads, came to Rudee Loop this year, bringing thousands of people out for a gathering of family, food and fun. This… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council clears way for ice skating rink at farmers market

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Ice skating may become a regular winter activity at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market after the City Council voted last month to use more than $167,000 for electrical upgrades. The funding, left over from 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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Amid the Peach Festival, a local barber went to work

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — Bryce Tyler Wootton, a 28-year-old licensed master barber, moved back home to the island in May after several years in Virginia Beach. In late June, he set up a chair beneath a tent during… 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