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Grad walk at Creeds Elementary brings high school students back — and offers a glimpse of what is to come

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Moments before they formed the heart of a parade through the halls at Creeds Elementary School, soon-to-be graduates from Kellam High School gathered in the elementary school’s library on Thursday, June 14. Randall Baber, 18, of… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Princess Anne District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked announced candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Princess Anne District seat to answer an initial set of questions about issues. This appeared in print on Friday, May 25, during the edition distributed at this… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Recent soggy weather can have a cost for Virginia Beach farmers

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — This year’s growing season got off to a soggy start with heavy rains that damaged the strawberry crops and delayed planting for both grain and produce farmers. May’s hot, rainy weather damaged some strawberries,… Continue Reading

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Sharing the history of a local river in stories and photographs

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE — Over the years, the North Landing River has served as a major transportation route and an important food source for local hunters and fishers. Its marshy ecosystem harbors a plethora of wildlife, and, perhaps down… Continue Reading

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Elections: Princess Anne seat on the Virginia Beach City Council draws a crowded field of candidates

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Four candidates are lined up to challenge Virginia Beach City Councilmember Barbara Henley, the incumbent in the Princess Anne District who has represented the city’s southern communities for much of the past four decades. Five… Continue Reading

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Letter: The agricultural reserve program is an established planning tool and a net benefit for Virginia Beach

Dear Editor: The agricultural reserve program, or ARP, is Virginia Beach’s best idea. It is a mistake to cast this program aside with so little transparency and discussion by reducing it to dollars and cents within the budget.  The ARP… Continue Reading

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Back Bay-Knotts Island Waterfowl Festival brings collectors, carvers and families to Creeds to celebrate artistry

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — More than 400 people attended the second annual Back Bay-Knotts Island Waterfowl Festival at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex this past month.  The event, organized by Chris Ludford and Jimmy Coppedge, grew in its second year… Continue Reading

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Letter: Farmland preservation program should go away and Virginia Beach put tax dollars into flooding neighborhoods

Dear Editor: My opponent in the Princess Anne District, City Councilmember Barbara Henley, helped create and voted for the agriculture reserve program, or ARP, in 1995. Many years later in 2013, as a sitting member of the Virginia Beach City… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: I am a 12th generation farmer who knows killing the ARP threatens our industry

BY SCOTT MORRIS PLEASANT RIDGE — I am a 12th-generation farmer of land in the Pungo area, and I would like for my son to have the option of being the 13th.   We sat at the Virginia Beach Excellence in Agriculture… Continue Reading

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Letter: Ending farmland preservation in rural communities a dishonest idea

Dear Editor: Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen believes that the agricultural reserve program, or ARP, is no longer needed. That statement in itself should set off flares.  Remember that City Councilmember Barbara Henley, who represents the Princess Anne District,… Continue Reading