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Hoeft: In the wake of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, seeking answers to evil

BY J.R. HOEFT Tragic. Senseless. Inexplicable. Terror. Hatred. Violent. Shocking. All words to describe what happened at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, Building 2, the afternoon of Friday, May 31. “Life doesn’t have to be this way, and it shouldn’t… Continue Reading

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How to help the people affected by the Virginia Beach mass shooting

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — An outpouring of support followed the mass shooting on Friday, May 31, at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, and officials are trying to guide well-wishers toward ways of helping as authorities continue to investigate while supporting… Continue Reading

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Gunman kills 12 people, wounds four in mass shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A city worker killed a dozen people and wounded four more at the Municipal Center in the late afternoon of Friday, May 31, before the gunman was killed after a sustained battle with police inside… Continue Reading

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Prosecutors do not pursue two charges against former human rights chair, third charge may be dropped after two years of good behavior 

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Raj Islam resigned as chairperson of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission on Friday, March 1, though he said he will continue to serve as a member. The criminal charges that led to his resignation as chairperson… Continue Reading

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Missed reports add up to huge penalties for short-lived campaign that raised, but never spent, only $200

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Kerry Reynolds decided to run for the Lynnhaven District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council last year.  Reynolds, a city employee, had a straightforward goal.  “Do some good things,” he said.  But that… Continue Reading

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New members join Virginia Beach City Council in the New Year; Wood picked to return in his role as vice mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – New and returning members of the Virginia Beach Council took oaths to serve the city on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall. “You are welcome additions to our team,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said at the… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Princess Anne Area Library closes for renovations, Henley constituent forum time change and distribution notes

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The recent temporary closure of Princess Anne Area Library for renovations means, among other things, that a lot of folks may wonder where to find copies of The Independent News. The library is a very popular… Continue Reading

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2018: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that ran in print or online this past year, including a couple of provided images of significant news or community events. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow,… Continue Reading

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Letter: Virginia Beach’s sheriff reflects on passing of George H.W. Bush

Dear Editor: As our country remembers its 41st President in the wake of his funeral, I want to pay tribute to a man who has been the biggest influence on my political career.  President George H.W. Bush was a true… Continue Reading

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Farmer Barnes to join Virginia Beach Planning Commission for Princess Anne District

Ed. — This story was archived online on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. It originally ran in the Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Farmer Steve Barnes in January will replace Dr. Karen Beardslee Kwasny as the… Continue Reading