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Political Notebook: Rouse offers running commentary on the chase for the Iron Throne, best tweet ever

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Virginia Beach City Councilmember Aaron Rouse, serving his first term in an at-large seat, has been an enthusiastic Game of Thrones live tweeter. Sample tweet: I WANT MORE DRAGONS! And I WANT THEM NOW! Rouse crafted that… Continue Reading

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Column: During Something in the Water, there was someone unexpected in my rental cottage

BY DENISE FINKBEINER HOLDEN OCEANFRONT — I never planned to rent my cottage the weekend of the Something in the Water festival.  For the past couple of years, neighbors partying and street noise had made the cottage less inviting the last weekend… Continue Reading

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The dignitaries, theme for Pungo Strawberry Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in rural village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO – Memorial Day weekend will find Bob and Phoebe Braswell, the honorary mayor and first lady of Pungo, presiding over this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival, with “Rise and Shine — It’s Strawberry Time” as this… Continue Reading

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Column: Rise and shine — it’s strawberry time in Pungo

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the press conference announcing the dignitaries and theme for this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival. The remarks were made on Wednesday, May 8, at the Culpepper Barn in Pungo. The festival begins… Continue Reading

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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