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


Tidewater Coin Club show brings collectors together twice a year

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS OCEANFRONT — Collectors of all ages from around the region attended the spring coin show presented by the Tidewater Coin Club on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The group has about 150… Continue Reading


Media: Hoeft named publisher for conservative news, opinion outlets of Virginia Line Media

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Virginia Line Media, LLC, parent company for conservative news and opinion outlets such as Bearing Drift, recently named Jim Hoeft as the publisher for all of the outlets produced under its umbrella. Hoeft founded Bearing Drift in… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach, Chesapeake firefighters face off in special Harbor Park contest for charity

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — Firefighters from Virginia Beach and Chesapeake took the field at Harbor Park on Saturday, Aug. 27, for the first Battle of the Bravest, a charity contest that helped raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The… Continue Reading


A memory of corn season: Fear not the worm, Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO —Earlier this summer, before the sweet corn season faded, Winky Henley and Bill Skipper of Skipper Farms traded a few notes at Henley Farms. “Seems like a couple of weeks ago we couldn’t sell corn,” Henley said at… Continue Reading


Saying goodbye to Uncle Chuck’s Seafood at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — Early this month, just about everything was for sale at Uncle Chuck’s Seafood, and the people who came wanted to buy some of the seafood, of course, and possibly fridges and such, but some wanted signs… Continue Reading


Media: Bearing Drift, a conservative voice for Virginia, looks ahead

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE J.R. Hoeft is again serving as editor-in-chief at Bearing Drift, the conservative blog, opinion and news source he founded in 2004.  Hoeft, a retired naval officer, is a communications consultant who has been active in Republican politics… Continue Reading


Soy summit: extension service hosts a look at plant progress in neutral soil

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORTH LANDING — Along North Landing Road, near a large test plot tended for the Virginia Cooperative Extension by Curtis Wolfarth, dozens of local growers joined agriculture officials, as well as seed company representatives, to see how soybeans had… Continue Reading


For private water users, a way to check quality, understand issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE About one in five homes in Virginia use private water, but what’s in it? A variety of factors contribute to water quality for wells, and the Virginia Household Water Quality Program can help homeowners understand potential issues… Continue Reading