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Nonprofit continues to build toward opening its wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Wildlife Response Inc., a nonprofit organization that for years has been developing an animal rehabilitation complex, is still chipping away improving land it leases from the city along Indian River Road. Bill Haynie, the group’s… Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Kellam High School to be activated as shelter location; shelter for pets at Landstown Elementary

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Updated as of 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12: The city is limiting initial shelter operations to Kellam High School as Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall further south than anticipated, though officials stressed that they continue… Continue Reading

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Lady Justice, a summer surprise, joins the Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — A horse named Dutchess in October joined the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol, an arrival made possible through a donation by longtime supporter Jim Custer. Dutchess, a brown Clydesdale who started off her city service on the… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: There are some good ideas and reasons for concern regarding an ‘agrihood’ in Pungo

[Updated on Sept. 22] Ed. — The developers of Harvest Farms are in the process of redesigning the proposal, including its density. The revised project may go to the Virginia Beach Planning Commission in November, though that is not certain. BY… Continue Reading

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Ice skating rink could draw people to Virginia Beach Farmers Market, giving year-round businesses a winter boost

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach Farmers Market could be the site of an ice skating rink this winter, creating a family-friendly attraction near the intersection of Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads and boosting traffic for year-round… Continue Reading

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Advisory body may consider beer and wine sales, assembly uses for agricultural land in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The Agriculture Advisory Commission will consider whether activities such as craft beer or wine sales or assembly uses, such as holding weddings, are appropriate on farmland, including properties enrolled in the city’s agricultural reserve program,… Continue Reading

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Deal concerning flooding at Ashville Park clears way for drainage fixes, continued development in subdivision

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – About 300 homeowners in Ashville Park, a subdivision near Pungo, will be helped by taxpayer-funded fixes to a flawed drainage system that was built by the community’s initial developer and accepted by the city officials… Continue Reading

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Public gets look at development that may change the face of Pungo; advisory group that sought changes poised to oppose project

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Members of the public met in recent weeks with developers of Harvest Farms, a mixed-use subdivision that could significantly change the Pungo area by bringing new housing and commerce to areas near the rural… Continue Reading

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An advocate for the homeless in Virginia Beach completes two decades with the city, but the work continues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Vince Dozier used to run when things went wrong, leave his Back Bay home and head into the woods. He loved someone, but she loved drugs. Once she told him, I’m going to do this until… Continue Reading