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Meeting, resolution follows concern about term used in text messages by Virginia Beach city official

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Controversy over a description used in a text message between Virginia Beach city officials seems to have been resolved following an apology and a meeting with community leaders.  The head of an organization that voiced… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Princess Anne District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked announced candidates for the Virginia Beach School Board Princess Anne District seat to answer an initial set of questions about issues. This appeared in print on Friday, May 25, during the edition distributed at this… Continue Reading

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Column: Our annual celebration in Pungo represents an important — and valuable — Virginia Beach industry

BY DAVID TRIMMER COURTHOUSE — Greetings to everyone! I hope and trust all of you are having a wonderful spring and looking forward to Memorial Day weekend and the 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival.   The event is a wonderful city… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: We need to look into our own hearts while searching for moral ideals in divided American times

BY J.R. HOEFT   It’s been difficult to avoid the drama surrounding President Donald Trump, the nuances associated with those who are investigating him and a whirlwind of other misguided events that have been in the spotlight. Honestly, I have… Continue Reading

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Retired city police officer Day launches challenge for Princess Anne District School Board seat

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A retired city police officer who works as a substitute teacher is running for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board. Paul Day, 59, will challenge incumbent Kim Melnyk, a… Continue Reading

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Melnyk seeks reelection in Princess Anne District, aims to continue work in ‘top notch’ Virginia Beach schools

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Kim Melnyk, a small business owner and former elementary school teacher who lives in Christopher Farms, is seeking a second term representing the Princess Anne District on the Virginia Beach School Board. Melnyk, 51,… Continue Reading

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Fowler leaves Princess Anne District council race to support Kwasny

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — David Fowler is no longer seeking the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council, leaving a crowded race so he can support another candidate who is challenging incumbent Barbara Henley. Five… Continue Reading

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Elections: Princess Anne seat on the Virginia Beach City Council draws a crowded field of candidates

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Four candidates are lined up to challenge Virginia Beach City Councilmember Barbara Henley, the incumbent in the Princess Anne District who has represented the city’s southern communities for much of the past four decades. Five… Continue Reading

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Excellence in Agriculture: Recognizing farming heritage, a Virginia Beach industry and those who help it survive

BY WILL HARRIS OCEANFRONT — Call it a green carpet event. The paparazzi may not have been swarming around the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Thursday, March 22, but for the city’s agriculture community, the event going on within its walls… Continue Reading