The Pitch: Building support for VB United, hoping pro soccer can grow in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — In its first season, Virginia Beach United, a new soccer club playing in the United Soccer League’s League Two has brought a high level of play to the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, and the team hopes… Continue Reading


To Save Sailors: A bond with purpose between admiral, Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PORTSMOUTH — The admiral, in civilian attire, entered a room within St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Feb. 20. He walked toward a circle of blue folding chairs. Members of the Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group,… Continue Reading


Sandbridge: Turkey Trot tradition brings families to Thanksgiving race

Ed. — This story ran in print on Nov. 23, 2018. THE INDEPEDENT NEWS SANDBRIDGE — The annual Charlie Normile Turkey Trot Race for the Fallen brought about 750 participants to Sandbridge on Thursday, Nov. 22, for a Thanksgiving tradition. It… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach couple’s fitness activities lead to connections

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Surfing in a driving rain or cycling 75 miles might not be everyone’s idea of the perfect weekend, but this is a way of life for Steve and Emily Joyner. The couple is also… Continue Reading


Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lois Thompson

BY LOIS THOMPSON I have proudly served with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for more than 18 years. Throughout my tenure, being part of the community has always been a top priority for me. I try to instill in the next… Continue Reading


Us: Senior Resource Center Inc. President Johnnie Williams

BY JOHNNIE WILLIAMS I attended Creeds Elementary School – AKA Creeds High – from first through seventh grade, I always consider Creeds my home. In 1955, my parents moved me to Norfolk the summer before I started eighth grade. My wife,… Continue Reading


Back Bay refuge in Virginia Beach seeks support for new nonprofit

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge seeks interested citizens to participate in a new nonprofit friends group that could build stronger community ties and drum up volunteer support for the refuge. The group might also assist… Continue Reading


Farmer John: An agriculture economy on our scale

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — Pop quiz: Which of the following terms does not fit with the others? GDP, trade wars, tariffs, short-term profit calculations, quarterly reports, soil stewardship, derivatives, the Gaussian copula formula. The what? That last one is real,… Continue Reading


Wagner: Help 2 million Virginians with tax credit, not just 400,000 through Medicaid expansion alone

Ed. — State Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, signaled support for a state budget that includes Medicaid expansion with the following statement on Friday, April 6, which has been edited for style and clarity. He suggested including a tax credit for insured working… Continue Reading


Column: A football upbringing leads to enduring gridiron appreciation

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT VIRGINIA BEACH — I am in front of the television for hours on Saturdays during the fall. I’m a college football fanatic. I can watch any team play – usually not rooting for any particular team but hoping… Continue Reading