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Wagner: State senator from Virginia Beach will not seek reelection

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – State Sen. Frank Wagner, a Republican from Virginia Beach, announced on Thursday, March 7, that he will not seek reelection to the 7th District seat he has represented since 2001. Including time in the… Continue Reading

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Prosecutors do not pursue two charges against former human rights chair, third charge may be dropped after two years of good behavior 

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Raj Islam resigned as chairperson of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission on Friday, March 1, though he said he will continue to serve as a member. The criminal charges that led to his resignation as chairperson… Continue Reading

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Column: Out in the cold, counting the people who need help in our city

BY JIMMY FROST VIRGINIA BEACH — I thought twice about rolling out of a warm bed, taking a hot shower and heading out the door at 3:30 a.m. But I walked out the door, and I was immediately assaulted by the cold,… Continue Reading

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Beach replenishment may come this summer to Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – A long-awaited sand replenishment project for Sandbridge could begin this summer, depending upon an upcoming bid process and regulatory issues. That means replenishment may happen when tourists are in town, enjoying the five miles… Continue Reading

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Missed reports add up to huge penalties for short-lived campaign that raised, but never spent, only $200

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Kerry Reynolds decided to run for the Lynnhaven District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council last year.  Reynolds, a city employee, had a straightforward goal.  “Do some good things,” he said.  But that… Continue Reading

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New members join Virginia Beach City Council in the New Year; Wood picked to return in his role as vice mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – New and returning members of the Virginia Beach Council took oaths to serve the city on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall. “You are welcome additions to our team,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said at the… Continue Reading

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Part of Flanagans Lane temporarily closed for construction connected to weir project at Ashville Park

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The city public works department announced that part of Flanagans Lane between Sandbridge Road and Ashville Park Boulevard closes today to complete construction that is part of the Ashville Park weir project. Traffic to Princess Anne… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Princess Anne Area Library closes for renovations, Henley constituent forum time change and distribution notes

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The recent temporary closure of Princess Anne Area Library for renovations means, among other things, that a lot of folks may wonder where to find copies of The Independent News. The library is a very popular… Continue Reading

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Princess Anne Area Library scheduled to close this month for renovations

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Renovations are coming to Princess Anne Area Library on Nimmo Parkway near Strawbridge, and the library will remain closed for about six months after it shuts down for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: On awareness and becoming Jefferson’s people

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Don’t worry, political junkies, the space between elections seems to be getting shorter. Those who live for this should just take a deep breath and dive right back in. I’m just glad the ugly ads on… Continue Reading