Luria defeats Taylor in Virginia 2nd Congressional District rematch

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Nov. 15, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria defeated former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, her predecessor who became challenger in trying to win back the seat,… Continue Reading


Dyer tops two challengers to win first full term in Virginia Beach mayoral race; City Council incumbents return

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Nov. 15, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Bobby Dyer, though vastly outspent by one of two challengers, won reelection and his first full term as mayor of Virginia Beach… Continue Reading


Project studying submerged aquatic vegetation in Back Bay shows promise, needs funding

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A couple of years ago, Dr. Sara Sweeten, a research scientist at Virginia Tech, stumbled across specimens of an aquatic plant called wild celery that had been started from seeds left behind by undergraduate… Continue Reading


Column: Learning to speak the new language of the novel coronavirus

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — I was talking to a friend on the phone recently when I realized we were speaking a new language – Covid.   Rather, our vocabulary contained words and phrases used in a new way: words that… Continue Reading


Worth Reading: On Pulitzer-winner Chernow’s biography of Hamilton

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of the Founding Father, is a must read for American history enthusiasts, particularly those who may have overlooked this giant of the American finance system while he stood… Continue Reading


Column: I am Christian and Republican, and I am voting for Joe Biden

BY REED HOWARD VIRGINIA BEACH — I believe in the founding principles of America. I want to preserve our Constitution and make true the promises in our Declaration of Independence. In high school, I volunteered for Republican candidates because they spoke passionately… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Finding The Indy’s voter guide in print, next year’s publication dates

  BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — I have extra copies of our voter guide, which includes Q&As with candidates for City Council and School Board in Virginia Beach. I usually print extra of this voter guide, one of the most popular… Continue Reading


Elections: Virginia Beach’s Glenn Davis running for lieutenant governor a second time

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH —State Del. Glenn Davis, R-84th House District, recently announced he will seek the Republican nomination to be Virginia’s lieutenant governor. Davis sought… Continue Reading


2020 Virginia Beach Elections Voter Information & Resources

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, but much of the voting this year is happening before then.  A great deal of information about voting is available at the website of the Virginia Beach Department of Voter Registration… Continue Reading


2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Rose Hall

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Rose Hall District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board on the Tuesday, Nov. 3, ballot. Answers to our questions in this… Continue Reading