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Officer in First Precinct recognized for lifesaving in overdose case, narcotics investigation that followed

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Officer M.E. Shawkat, a Landstown High School and Old Dominion University graduate who has served the police department for three years, was recognized during the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee meeting this past month as… Continue Reading

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Kingston Estates work underway; development will coincide with improved West Neck Road

BY ANGELA HURNI WEST NECK – Site work and surveying at Kingston Estates, a new housing development along West Neck Road, is underway, and, in coordination with turn lanes for the project, the city will improve the road frequently traveled… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge: With no federal dollars coming, Virginia Beach will fund next sand replenishment project alone

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach will go it alone again to replenish the beach at Sandbridge because the federal government won’t pony up. Officials in September confirmed that the replenishment project will go ahead next year, possibly in… Continue Reading

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Editorial: There is room for more history at the site of the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS There are generalizations in the discussion about whether a monument to those from Princess Anne County who served the Confederacy should stay put in a public courtyard, but a promising idea has emerged to build more while… Continue Reading

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Improvements in Sherwood Lakes should help ease flooding issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – Improving the capacity of and drainage from the two lakes at Sherwood Lakes, a subdivision near Pungo that experienced flooding following storms this past year, may cost about $4 million, a sum that is far… Continue Reading

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A simple way of enabling speech helped keep the peace at Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – On the day of a rally at the Confederate monument at the municipal center, Master Police Officer Bradley Detrich and Capt. David Squires, commanding officer of the First Precinct, had a talk. The heart of… Continue Reading

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Essay: Confederate monument remembering local dead is a piece of Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County history we should preserve

BY KENNETH R. HARRIS VIRGINIA BEACH — With all the controversy surrounding our Confederate monuments as of late, I would like to enlighten you with a little history about the Confederate monument right here in Virginia Beach and the former Princess Anne… Continue Reading

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Column: Why I started a petition to remove the Confederate monument at the Virginia Beach municipal center

BY TESSA FOWLER VIRGINIA BEACH — Did you know there is a statue in Virginia Beach that has a Confederate soldier on top? Confederate soldiers fought for slavery. The statue is in the same spot where people used to sell slaves… Continue Reading

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Column: ‘Thank you for your service’

BY PAT GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — Service is the act of helping another person. Librarians, store clerks and tollbooth collectors all perform important services, though it may simply be part of one’s job description.  The local farmer who grows the food… Continue Reading

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Naval Air Station Oceana commanding officer talks about partnership with city; air show will again welcome all Virginia Beach fifth graders

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana said fifth graders from Virginia Beach schools will again be invited to attend the air show this year, which is scheduled from Sept. 15 to 17. More… Continue Reading