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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

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Hoeft: After a divisive election, how we might run tomorrow’s race

BY J.R. HOEFT Consider this an opportunity and a wakeup call. If President Trump’s post-election press conference is any indication, in his mind, it will be neither. Despite an outstanding economy, strong foreign policy and two appointments to the Supreme… Continue Reading

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City staff recommends denial of ‘agrihood’ in Pungo because stormwater info is not in; developer says it needs city data first

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The city staff has recommended denial of a rezoning request that would clear the way for a subdivision on either side of Princess Anne Road in the heart of Pungo because developers have not submitted… Continue Reading

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Amid community concern, developers redraw ‘agrihood’ plans, lowering residential density, commercial

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 26, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The developers of Harvest Farms resubmitted plans for an “agrihood” near downtown Pungo in October after an initial proposal faced criticism from… Continue Reading

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Voting: A big, busy Election Day

Ed. — This story ran on Nov. 9 in print, and it was archived online on Dec. 29. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE AND JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — A day of strong turnout in Virginia Beach, when citizens ventured out on Election… Continue Reading

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Forum: Candidates for Princess Anne District on Virginia Beach City Council discuss ARP, appeal to rural voters

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS – The three candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council appealed to voters during a forum at a rural hub within the district, joining a number of local candidates this… Continue Reading