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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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Confederate Monument: Historic preservation commission members to review comments, forward information to Virginia Beach council

Ed. This story original ran in the Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, print edition. It was archived online on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  OCEANFRONT – Virginia Beach officials moved the September meeting of the city’s historic preservation commission… 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

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Editorial: Virginia Beach should not move City Hall to Town Center

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS “We have an opportunity to make a major consideration,” City Manager Dave Hansen said Tuesday, June 6, while briefing the City Council about an Armada Hoffler proposal to move City Hall to Town Center. The City Council… Continue Reading