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Us: The Rev. Dr. James Allen of the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference

BY JAMES ALLEN VIRGINIA BEACH — I write this as we approach another Memorial Day, when service men and women are putting their lives on the line for all of us, and I am reminded of one thing that stays… Continue Reading

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Owens reps Rose Hall District seat on Virginia Beach School Board

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 28, chose Jessica Owens, a state social service curriculum writer, to fill the vacant Rose Hall seat until a special election is decided – and the board’s chairperson vowed… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Rouse offers running commentary on the chase for the Iron Throne, best tweet ever

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Virginia Beach City Councilmember Aaron Rouse, serving his first term in an at-large seat, has been an enthusiastic Game of Thrones live tweeter. Sample tweet: I WANT MORE DRAGONS! And I WANT THEM NOW! Rouse crafted that… Continue Reading

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Turpin and Kiggans will face each other in November race to replace Wagner in the 7th Virginia Senate District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE TOWN CENTER — Cheryl Turpin, a school teacher who flipped the 85th State House District from red to blue two years ago, will try to do the same in the 7th State Senate District after defeating two… Continue Reading

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Henderson defeats Atkinson in GOP primary for nomination in Virginia Beach city treasurer’s race

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE GREAT NECK — Leigh Henderson, who was sworn in as city treasurer in late December following the resignation of John T. Atkinson, is now the Republican nominee for that office after besting Atkinson’s son during a primary on… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for Republican primary candidates for city treasurer

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates in the Tuesday, June 11, Republican primary to become the party’s nominee for city treasurer. The answers to our questions in this series… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: The rules are there— and those serving districts should be, too

BY J.R. HOEFT Virginia Beach, from my lofty perch in Chesapeake, sometimes does act confounding. It is a simple principle – and profoundly and intrinsically American – that you live in the district you desire to represent.  And you follow… Continue Reading

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Column: Why I ran for public office

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY ASHVILLE PARK — As a college professor, each term I am grateful for the chance to open minds and to help others think critically about the world around them. This makes my work enjoyable and fulfilling. Still,… Continue Reading

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Updated: After unanimous vote, offensive social media posts sink Mullins appointment, new School Board pick may come on Tuesday

BY SHELLY SLOCUM AND JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 21, chose Michael Mullins to represent Rose Hall — a unanimous pick by a sometimes divided body to fill a vacancy. Yet the following morning, Mullins… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Just say no to politicking during Pungo Strawberry Festival; everybody runs for Congress in N.C.; basket of power

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Gather round, candidates for local offices that are on the ballot this year, and let Notebook tell you a tale of tempted fate and little red plastic hats with stickers on them. A few years ago, U.S.… Continue Reading