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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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Public gets look at development that may change the face of Pungo; advisory group that sought changes poised to oppose project

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Members of the public met in recent weeks with developers of Harvest Farms, a mixed-use subdivision that could significantly change the Pungo area by bringing new housing and commerce to areas near the rural… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: Offshore resources may be worthy of exploration

BY J.R. HOEFT Recently, the public radio program “Science Friday” celebrated Cephalopod Week at its website. The humble, creepy and often mysterious Kraken has long been an object of amazement and a favorite of folklore. Every time I to tune… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge businesses help fund challenger in race to represent Princess Anne District on Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Big real estate names in this rental-driven residential resort are backing up opposition to City Councilmember Barbara Henley with campaign contributions to one of the incumbent’s challengers, campaign finance records show. Recent donations to the… Continue Reading

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Photos: The Party at the Pier in Sandbridge

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SANDBRIDGE — This year’s Party at the Pier featured music by the local country band Buck Shot VB and great weather, bringing locals and tourists to Little Island Park and Fishing Pier on Friday, June 15. The annual event… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: An agriculture economy on our scale

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — Pop quiz: Which of the following terms does not fit with the others? GDP, trade wars, tariffs, short-term profit calculations, quarterly reports, soil stewardship, derivatives, the Gaussian copula formula. The what? That last one is real,… 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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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