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Virginia Beach officials tell Sandbridge civic league members sand replenishment is planned for 2018

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – City officials this past month briefed civic league members on plans to conduct the next major sand replenishment project here. The target remains 2018 — though whether federal dollars will help is uncertain. Dan Adams, coastal… Continue Reading

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Photos: Prescribed burn, wildlife at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge in Knotts Island

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — As evening approached on Saturday, March 4, it was business as usual for wildlife at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, while a planned burn was winding down in another area. Geese flew away from… Continue Reading

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2016: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that, with few exceptions, we 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… Continue Reading

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Pungo Ferry Landing Park soft opening scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The former Captain George’s and marina site in southern Virginia Beach is scheduled to open to the public as the 20-acre Pungo Ferry Landing Park on Friday, Sept. 16, a spokesperson for the city parks department said… Continue Reading

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A new book offers its readers a unique Virginia Beach bucket list

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — A new bucket list for the Beach is coming in book form – 100 Things to Do in Virginia Beach Before You Die. The new book was penned by Toni Guagenti, a writer who also serves as… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach may consider cap on land use tax rate for agricultural land

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The city may consider a cap on land use tax rates on agricultural land, valuation that — using an example of class III cropland — has risen from $300 per acre in 2009 to $2,120 per acre… Continue Reading

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Family encounters stargazer fish, an odd face in the Virginia Beach sand

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORTH END — They thought it was a flounder, maybe a crab, but the creature peering up from the water’s edge at a family walking along the beach was a striking-looking fish seldom seen so close to shore… Continue Reading

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Extension program returns to Virginia Beach for second summer to help rural residents test water supplies

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering low-cost tests to determine the safety of well water for the second summer in Virginia Beach. Tests will look for levels of iron, fluoride, lead, nitrates, as well as… Continue Reading

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Knotts Island: Fundraiser for Ducks Unlimited gathers community, aids habitat

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — The Knotts Island chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosted its annual banquet on Saturday, June 11, at Blue Pete Haven, where people ate, sought raffle prizes and bid upon a wide range of donated goods… Continue Reading

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Students learn about gardening, composting and more at Creeds Elementary School in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Students at Creeds Elementary School demonstrated a compost tumbler that helps them – and some helpful worms – keep a garden at the rural school. This was the last day of school, and there were high… Continue Reading