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VB Remembers, a gathering to honor people lost in the mass shooting

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — While an official city memorial to the victims of the Friday, May 31, mass shooting at the municipal center will be held at a date to be announced, a major community gathering will be… Continue Reading

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How to help the people affected by the Virginia Beach mass shooting

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — An outpouring of support followed the mass shooting on Friday, May 31, at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, and officials are trying to guide well-wishers toward ways of helping as authorities continue to investigate while supporting… Continue Reading

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Gunman kills 12 people, wounds four in mass shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A city worker killed a dozen people and wounded four more at the Municipal Center in the late afternoon of Friday, May 31, before the gunman was killed after a sustained battle with police inside… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for Republican primary candidates for city treasurer

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates in the Tuesday, June 11, Republican primary to become the party’s nominee for city treasurer. The answers to our questions in this series… Continue Reading

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Pungo: Harvest Farms, major project proposed for rural gateway, deferred indefinitely over stormwater plans

Ed. — This story first appeared in print on Friday, April 26. It was archived on Thursday, May 30. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – A commercial and residential development project that would have changed the face of “downtown” Pungo, the… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: The rules are there— and those serving districts should be, too

BY J.R. HOEFT Virginia Beach, from my lofty perch in Chesapeake, sometimes does act confounding. It is a simple principle – and profoundly and intrinsically American – that you live in the district you desire to represent.  And you follow… Continue Reading

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Cautiously, advisory group weighs weddings for land in Virginia Beach’s agricultural reserve program

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Virginia Beach Agriculture Advisory Commission is still discussing the possibility of adjusting allowed uses on properties enrolled in the city’s farmland preservation program to permit assemblies such as weddings — though no recommendation… Continue Reading

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Column: Why I ran for public office

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY ASHVILLE PARK — As a college professor, each term I am grateful for the chance to open minds and to help others think critically about the world around them. This makes my work enjoyable and fulfilling. Still,… Continue Reading

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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