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Hoeft: The rules are there— and those serving districts should be, too

BY J.R. HOEFT Virginia Beach, from my lofty perch in Chesapeake, sometimes does act confounding. It is a simple principle – and profoundly and intrinsically American – that you live in the district you desire to represent.  And you follow… 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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Symposium will focus upon protecting resources connected with North Landing River, Albemarle Sound

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS First Lady Pam Northam and top officials from Virginia and North Carolina will be among the featured speakers during a daylong symposium on building partnerships to protect the resources of the North Landing River and Albemarle Sound.… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: We have much in common, Virginia Beach — and much to discuss

BY J.R. HOEFT CHESAPEAKE — We live in an era that seems to reward the sound bite and the tweet. The more staccato and abrasive you are with your language, the more you are rewarded with attention. I am not that… Continue Reading

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Citing unfinished business, Henley seeks reelection in Princess Anne District in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Councilmember Barbara Henley, a farmer who first joined the Virginia Beach City Council four decades ago and an advocate for land preservation and limiting rural development, says she is running again this year to… Continue Reading

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This weekend’s Winter Wildlife Festival connects you with ‘watchable wildlife’ in Virginia Beach and beyond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Winter Wildlife Festival this weekend will feature a number of exhibitions and activities for families and outdoors lovers at the Princess Anne Recreation Center and the Princess Anne Area Library next door. But that’s… Continue Reading

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Us: State Del. Barry D. Knight of the 81st Virginia House District

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY BARRY KNIGHT To try and answer your question of how to be more inclusive in our community: I am glad that… Continue Reading

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Column: I ran for the Virginia General Assembly this year and lost, but it was worth it — and here’s what comes next

BY KIMBERLY ANNE TUCKER VIRGINIA BEACH — I decided to run for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 81st District this year because I wanted to help people.  I am a survivor of stage IV colon cancer, which means the cancer… Continue Reading

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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