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Knotts Island: Meeting today at elementary school to discuss proposed fire protection district

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – A community meeting to discuss a proposed special service tax district to pay for fire protection services on Knotts Island will be held this evening at the elementary school on the island. The… 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

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Political Notebook: Bare walls in the Virginia Beach mayor’s office (but give it time); primary matchups set

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Bobby Dyer has been the mayor of Virginia Beach since November, but his office on the second floor of City Hall is still looking a little spare. Of course, it has been a busy, odd time for… Continue Reading

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Reestablished Back Bay Restoration Foundation aims to advocate for the health of a vital natural resource amid concern about flooding, development

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – On a recent day in March, Todd Barnes — and Cotton, an 8-year-old Chesapeake Bay retreiver  —  gave a boat tour of the waters near Barnes’ home in Sigma. Barnes is the author of… Continue Reading

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Nygaard announces he will not run in special election for Beach District seat, must leave district to care for family

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — David Nygaard announced on Sunday, April 7, he will not seek to regain the Beach District Seat he won in November but left in March after a panel of judges found he had been ineligible… Continue Reading

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Editorial: The Virginia Beach public servant’s guide to where you live

Do you either currently serve in or want to represent a certain area of Virginia Beach, but aren’t sure whether you live there? Consider some helpful clues to guide your decisions. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — It’s been quite a moment for… Continue Reading

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Due Monday: Applicants sought to fill Beach District seat on Virginia Beach City Council until special election

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Do you want to serve the city? Vote on a budget north of $2 billion? Represent the Beach District, which includes a big chunk of the tourism industry, on the City Council? The City Council… Continue Reading

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Frye earns 2018 Excellence in Agriculture recognition; Creekmore family, Sessoms also honored

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Bart Frye has both a passion for preserving Virginia Beach’s rural heritage and a keen sense of business, and these two traits helped him earn the 2018 Excellence in Agriculture Award. The Virginia… Continue Reading

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Government: Kane announces resignation from City Council due to move out of Rose Hall District

Ed. This story first ran in print on Friday, March 29. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – City Councilmember Shannon Kane announced on Friday, March 29, she is resigning from office because she is moving out of the Rose Hall… Continue Reading