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From the Editor: On shared disciplines of military service and farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Bobby Vaughan and I spoke well before Veterans Day, when I was working on a story that involved the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s efforts to build strong roots in Virginia, connecting veterans to agriculture. I’d hoped to… Continue Reading

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Sea level rise meeting dealing with Back Bay, part of Virginia Beach series of talks, set for January

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A public meeting about flooding issues and how sea level rise will be felt in the Back Bay area is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, at Kellam High School, part of a series… Continue Reading

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At Back Bay refuge, a homebuilding workshop benefits local, helpful bats

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Attendees at a workshop at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Oct. 28, built custom housing for bats, the small, flying mammals that – despite perceptions fueled by horror flicks rather than ecological reality… Continue Reading

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Hope grows at hop yard in Back Bay to help retreat for warriors while supplying local craft brewers

BY VENI FIELDS BACK BAY — LZ-Grace Warriors Retreat founder Lynn Bukowski’s expression of panic high above the ground in a Facebook photo began, you might say, with a pesky weed in Donald Noha’s back yard. Both contributed to a new… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates 81st District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the 81st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited. The following responses… Continue Reading

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Improvements in Sherwood Lakes should help ease flooding issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – Improving the capacity of and drainage from the two lakes at Sherwood Lakes, a subdivision near Pungo that experienced flooding following storms this past year, may cost about $4 million, a sum that is far… Continue Reading

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Fellowship: Annual dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ features food, music, connections

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — The dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ on Saturday, Aug. 26, was the latest in an annual tradition that gathers familiar faces for dinner, dessert and a program. Younger folks served their elders.… Continue Reading

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Small businesses in Virginia Beach backed by big ideas and potential

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Amy Cotter felt devastated when she learned that she would be retired from the U.S. Navy for medical reasons. So Cotter found a way to fill a void in her life by establishing The… Continue Reading

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Could opening the Great Bridge Lock ease flooding in southern Virginia Beach? Or could creating an inlet?

Correction — An earlier version of this story did not fully identify City Manager Dave Hansen due to an editing mistake by John, who regrets the error. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  VIRGINIA BEACH – The city has asked the U.S. Army Corps… Continue Reading

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All the way from Alaska, new director aims to build relationships at Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BACK BAY — Growing up in Alaska, where small planes are used routinely for transportation, Jarod Hoogland became so interested in aircraft that he decided to carve out a career in aviation history. Hoogland, who formerly worked… Continue Reading