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What is Pungo? Well, that depends.

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Is Pungo a magisterial district from years past? A former city voting borough? An unincorporated village encompassing roughly a mile around the light at Princess Anne and Indian River roads? The crossroads of the world (where sometimes it’s mighty… Continue Reading

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Naval Air Station Oceana commanding officer talks about partnership with city; air show will again welcome all Virginia Beach fifth graders

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana said fifth graders from Virginia Beach schools will again be invited to attend the air show this year, which is scheduled from Sept. 15 to 17. More… Continue Reading

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The Farrier: Virginia Beach police officer with unusual specialty reaches the end of his service in uniform

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Before he retired as a master police officer with a unique specialty, Chuck Lauchner spoke about his boyhood back when you didn’t have to look all that hard to find a farm in Virginia Beach. There… Continue Reading

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Elections: Incumbent Villanueva fends off GOP challenger in 21st Virginia House District primary, faces Democrat Fowler in November

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Del. Ron Villanueva defeated Bill Haley in a Republican primary to remain the party’s candidate in the 21st Virginia House District, which Villanueva has represented since 2010. The next challenge he will face is… Continue Reading

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Elections: Tucker defeats Carothers in 81st House District Democratic primary, will face incumbent Knight

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Democrat Kimberly Anne Tucker will face state Del. Barry Knight, the Republican incumbent, in the 81st Virginia House District. Unofficial returns show Tucker defeated Nancy Carothers in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, June 13, with… Continue Reading

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Primaries: Democratic candidates stress Medicaid expansion during forum hosted by party committee

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the Tuesday, June 13, primary elections for two Virginia House of Delegates races say Medicaid expansion is a major concern for their campaigns. Candidates Kimberly Anne Tucker and… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Virginia Beach should not move City Hall to Town Center

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS “We have an opportunity to make a major consideration,” City Manager Dave Hansen said Tuesday, June 6, while briefing the City Council about an Armada Hoffler proposal to move City Hall to Town Center. The City Council… Continue Reading

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2017 Primary: Questions for candidates seeking the Republican nomination to the 21st Virginia House of Delegates District on June 13

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates seeking the Republican nomination to the 21st Virginia House District in the Tuesday, June 13, primary to answer questions about a range of issues. The following responses initially appeared in print on Friday, May 26.… Continue Reading

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Drive through appeals can mean personal property tax savings for Virginia Beach residents

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The drive-through tax appeals tent is bringing people hoping to save on their personal property tax bill to the municipal center, though this year the operation is in a new location — 2581 George Mason… Continue Reading

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Column: With festival, a celebration of the value of Virginia Beach agriculture

Ed. note — This column ran in print shortly before the 34th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival. BY DAVID TRIMMER VIRGINIA BEACH — It is a great time of year as we approach Memorial Day. Our daylight grows by the day, the agriculture… Continue Reading