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Beachcomber’s most valuable finds are peace, beauty of dawn in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Robert Rayson, a Chesapeake man who was a Navy cook and works in a shipyard, saw a commercial for a metal detector. It seemed like fun. So he bit. Now he sometimes combs the beach at… Continue Reading

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The Farrier: Virginia Beach police officer with unusual specialty reaches the end of his service in uniform

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Before he retired as a master police officer with a unique specialty, Chuck Lauchner spoke about his boyhood back when you didn’t have to look all that hard to find a farm in Virginia Beach. There… Continue Reading

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Elections: Incumbent Villanueva fends off GOP challenger in 21st Virginia House District primary, faces Democrat Fowler in November

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Del. Ron Villanueva defeated Bill Haley in a Republican primary to remain the party’s candidate in the 21st Virginia House District, which Villanueva has represented since 2010. The next challenge he will face is… Continue Reading

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Elections: Tucker defeats Carothers in 81st House District Democratic primary, will face incumbent Knight

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Democrat Kimberly Anne Tucker will face state Del. Barry Knight, the Republican incumbent, in the 81st Virginia House District. Unofficial returns show Tucker defeated Nancy Carothers in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, June 13, with… Continue Reading

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2017 Primary: Questions for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to the 81st Virginia House of Delegates District on June 13

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to the 81st Virginia House District in the Tuesday, June 13, primary to answer questions about a range of issues. The following responses initially appeared in print on Friday, May 26.… Continue Reading

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Brock remains in race for 21st House District Democratic nomination despite criticism about offensive social media posts, calls to drop out

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Democrat Tom Brock said he will continue to seek the Democratic nomination to represent the 21st Virginia House District despite calls for him to quit after offensive social media posts made in the past came… Continue Reading

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2017 Primary: Questions for candidates seeking the Republican nomination to the 21st Virginia House of Delegates District on June 13

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates seeking the Republican nomination to the 21st Virginia House District in the Tuesday, June 13, primary to answer questions about a range of issues. The following responses initially appeared in print on Friday, May 26.… Continue Reading

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Column: In Virginia Beach, caring for each other after the chaos of storms

“For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me/I was naked and you gave me clothing; I was sick and you took… Continue Reading

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Gooden, commonwealth’s ag secretary, meets with farmers in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – Dr. Basil Gooden, the state agriculture and forestry secretary, visited Virginia Beach to meet with the city agriculture staff and state extension representatives and tour local farms in the southern end of the city. The… Continue Reading

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Column: Continuing the work of connecting Hampton Roads law enforcement, LGBT communities

BY MICHAEL BERLUCCHI Departments in all seven major Hampton Roads cities have now appointed liaison officers to serve as a bridge between police and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people. The latest to step into this role is… Continue Reading