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Column: Dealing with monuments — even ones reflecting our difficult past — should err on the side of preserving history

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY VIRGINIA BEACH — When I was just a girl, my grandparents took me on what my family affectionately called the “Beardslee Graveyard Tour.” This title was given to these trips with my grandparents because not only… Continue Reading

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Column: Help is available for our businesses, citizens, and city priorities remain in place while we deal with the coronavirus crisis

BY BARBARA HENLEY PUNGO — Even though we are still not able to have regular meetings, and the monthly Princess Anne District Forum was again canceled this past month, there is work being done and issues to be discussed.   The budget… Continue Reading

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Henley: Budget efforts continue during coronavirus uncertainty

BY BARBARA HENLEY PUNGO — It is hard to believe that another month has gone by, and we still are not able to safely hold meetings and other gatherings. Certainly, if social distancing is what we must do to control the spread… Continue Reading

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Rye selected to lead Virginia Beach School Board, calling it an ‘honor beyond words’

Ed. — This story appeared in print on Friday, Jan. 17. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Carolyn Rye is the new chairperson of the Virginia Beach School Board, taking over after the three-year tenure of Beverly Anderson, who supported Rye’s nomination on… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council will take more time to review appointments

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 4, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE –  The City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 1, unanimously adopted a change that will ensure members have more time to review nominees to the… Continue Reading

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Moss proposal would require members of City Council to resign before running for another seat

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 4, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Members of the Virginia Beach City Council would have to resign before running for another council seat under a plan proposed amid… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council candidate wants courts to kick two others in race for Beach District seat off the ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch, a businessperson who has run for local office unsuccesfully in the past, recently said he liked his odds this year in a three-person race to represent the Beach District on the Virginia… Continue Reading

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Chief addresses violent crime drop, rise in larcenies, update on Virginia Beach mass shooting investigation

Ed. — This ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Violent crime fell overall in the first half of this year compared to last year’s statistics for the city, even as the homicide rate rose… Continue Reading

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Column: On an early morning run, an encounter with two entangled birds

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — Sometimes my 11-year-old daughter and I get up early to go run. Actually, she runs. I walk.  It’s barely light when we’re out, so we drive to the middle school she will soon attend and… Continue Reading

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Dyer seeks state support for plan to turn Building 2 into police offices, bring displaced city workers into other offices following mass shooting

Ed. — This archived story originally ran in the July 5 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach is appealing to the state for money to help restore the municipal center in the wake of the Friday, May 31, mass… Continue Reading