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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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Creeds Ruritan Club food drive brings holiday spirit to families in need

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Members of the Creeds Ruritan Club gathered with family and friends at the charitable organization’s rural community complex on Friday, Dec. 14.  They turned an arena that hosts everything from forums for political candidates to… Continue Reading

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Work on a ‘dream house’ in the Back Bay area stalled, then stopped, but a new owner has set out to complete it

Ed. — This story originally ran in print on Dec. 21, 2018. BY VENI FIELDS BACK BAY — In September, two men stood in the grassy back yard of 1173 Princess Anne Road, pondering something of an inadvertent local legend. They talked… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Remembering Elsie Creekmore, matriarch of a Virginia Beach farming family

Ed. — This story originally ran in print on Dec. 21, 2018. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Some people marry into money or fame, but those who married Elsie V. Creekmore’s children and grandchildren understood that they were marrying… Continue Reading

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A hopeful future for Blue Pete’s after flooding — and still more flooding — hits longtime Pungo favorite

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Wind tide flooding forced Blue Pete’s Restaurant owners Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes to close their doors to business for several days in mid-September for the second time in less than two months.  High waters from… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: After a divisive election, how we might run tomorrow’s race

BY J.R. HOEFT Consider this an opportunity and a wakeup call. If President Trump’s post-election press conference is any indication, in his mind, it will be neither. Despite an outstanding economy, strong foreign policy and two appointments to the Supreme… 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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Forum: Candidates for Princess Anne District on Virginia Beach City Council discuss ARP, appeal to rural voters

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS – The three candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council appealed to voters during a forum at a rural hub within the district, joining a number of local candidates this… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: The complete Princess Anne Independent News Voter Guide is now online

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Our complete 2018 Voter Guide is now online, including questions for all contested Virginia Beach races. Links to local races and overviews of ballot initiatives follow. Jump to the page by clicking on the district name.… Continue Reading

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

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted.… Continue Reading