2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Princess Anne District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked announced candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Princess Anne District seat to answer an initial set of questions about issues. This appeared in print on Friday, May 25, during the edition distributed at this… Continue Reading


Elections: Princess Anne seat on the Virginia Beach City Council draws a crowded field of candidates

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Four candidates are lined up to challenge Virginia Beach City Councilmember Barbara Henley, the incumbent in the Princess Anne District who has represented the city’s southern communities for much of the past four decades. Five… 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


Saying goodbye to Marshall Belanga, fisherman and businessperson known for seafood market near Sandbridge

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE SANDBRIDGE — When he was a boy, Marshall Belanga sometimes walked several miles down the beach to join his father, Luther Belanga, who fished at a camp in what is now False Cape State Park. Marshall Belanga,… Continue Reading


Man dies after possible drowning reported near Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PINE MEADOWS — A man died after a possible drowning was reported in the Pine Meadows neighborhood on Friday, March 24, according to a city police spokesperson. The man was identified on Saturday as Franklin “Dell”  Lemonds, 70, of Virginia… Continue Reading


In Virginia Beach, parks are a go for Pokemon fans of all ages

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Red Wing Park may be known for its gardens, but it’s grown a reputation as a hotspot for players of the mobile game Pokemon Go, which launched this past month. “Everyone is playing,” said Jessica… Continue Reading


Each Wednesday, bidders find fresh deals at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market produce auction

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN — On a recent Wednesday evening, people bought local sweet corn during the weekly produce auction at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market. And cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, fresh fruit and so much more. The auctions, led by Gene… Continue Reading


Crafty businesses combine at new Virginia Beach Farmers Market shop

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN – Valerie Goulart, 43, of Windsor Woods and Victoria Sgro-Konopka, 40, of Norfolk teamed up to open a shop at the Farmers Market about a month ago. On the wall, they’ve got a framed fortune cookie fortune, from… Continue Reading


Preliminary hearing date set for man accused in Easter killing

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A Suffolk man accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a young woman on Easter Sunday was arraigned in General District Court this afternoon. Michael F. Hines, 22, of the 100 block of Indian… Continue Reading