Trimmer named Virginia Beach Excellence in Agriculture Award winner for department leadership

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — In December, David Trimmer, the director of Virginia Beach Department of Agriculture, held a breakfast meeting at Eddy’s Café in Red Mill with members of the committee that selects each year’s Excellence in Agriculture award.… Continue Reading


First Precinct police officer, supervisor of year recognized in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A sergeant in charge of a decorated community policing unit and an officer who worked a case last year that took drugs and a weapon off the street were honored as the supervisor and officer… Continue Reading


Young Virginia Beach voices deliver historic preservation message to governor, lawmakers in Richmond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE RICHMOND — A few members of a group from Virginia Beach made use of their time while they waited in a conference room for the governor. People who meant to speak in support of historic rehabilitation tax credits settled… Continue Reading


Better community engagement a goal of renamed crime prevention unit while current efforts will continue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A recent name change for the city police’s former crime prevention unit signals a continuing, expanding effort by the department to build strong relationships between police and citizens, which both builds public trust and helps… Continue Reading


Focus of group addressing the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach is context, not removing statue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A group tasked with suggesting an approach toward dealing with the Confederate monument on public property is not pursuing its removal from a courtyard at the municipal center. Rather, it is poised to examine ways… Continue Reading


Citing unfinished business, Henley seeks reelection in Princess Anne District in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Councilmember Barbara Henley, a farmer who first joined the Virginia Beach City Council four decades ago and an advocate for land preservation and limiting rural development, says she is running again this year to… Continue Reading


Roundtable tackles future of monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – In the coming months, a committee formed by the historic preservation commission is considering the future of a Confederate monument near the historic courthouse at the municipal center — and how other elements of local… Continue Reading


Us: City Councilmember Barbara Henley of the Princess Anne District

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? “Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me.”  BY BARBARA HENLEY Not only are these the words that… Continue Reading


2017: 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 during this past year. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow, and then navigate using controls or your arrow keys. Here’s to a safe,… Continue Reading


Us: William D. Sessoms Jr., the mayor of the City of Virginia Beach

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY WILLIAM D. SESSOMS JR. I detest extremes. Although there are people who engage in extreme thinking in Virginia Beach, they comprise… Continue Reading