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Agriculture: Blackwater farmer Don Horsley recognized for Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame honor

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 7, recognized farmer Don Horsley for his recent induction into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame. Horsley was one of four people inducted into the hall this… 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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412Q BBQ opens a new, permanent home in ‘downtown’ Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Michael Heckman is on a mission to put Pungo on the map. “I want people from all over the world to come to Pungo for its barbecue,” said Heckman, the owner of 412Q BBQ in… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for the candidate for Virginia Beach commissioner of the revenue

Ed. note — The Independent News asked the candidate for Virginia Beach revenue commission to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses by incumbent Revenue Commissioner Phil Kellam, who is running unopposed, have not been edited.… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Beach treasurer

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for Virginia Beach treasurer to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited, and they appear in the order of the candidate’s names… Continue Reading

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Puerto Rico: Virginia Beach restaurant gathers supplies, aids recovery from devastating impact of Hurricane Maria

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Raquel Rivera, who came stateside in 2003, still has family in Puerto Rico, and she was devastated when Hurricane Maria struck the island this past month. “The whole island is destroyed, and we… Continue Reading

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A sand soccer pitch stands ready behind medical office in Virginia Beach’s Corporate Landing area

BY ANGELA HURNI CORPORATE LANDING — People driving down Dam Neck Road or Corporate Landing Parkway may never realize that there is a regulation size sand soccer pitch – or playing field – at Corporate Landing Medical Center. It is a… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach Farmers Market seeks craft vendors for upcoming events

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN – The Virginia Beach Farmers Market at Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads is looking for craft vendors to participate in upcoming shows at the market. Upcoming special events, all of them on Saturdays from 10… Continue Reading

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Kingston Estates work underway; development will coincide with improved West Neck Road

BY ANGELA HURNI WEST NECK – Site work and surveying at Kingston Estates, a new housing development along West Neck Road, is underway, and, in coordination with turn lanes for the project, the city will improve the road frequently traveled… 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