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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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Humble about his accomplishments, officer’s legacy is his service

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — City police, friends and loved ones on Saturday, April 15, celebrated the life of retired Master Police Officer Wesley “Wes” K. Stewart, who may have said little about his accomplishments serving his nation and his… Continue Reading

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Law & Order: American Legion honors exemplary service by four Virginia Beach public safety standouts

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Princess Anne Post 113 of the American Legion recognized four members of the Virginia Beach public safety community on Sunday, Feb. 12, during a Law and Order Day gathering at the Virginia Beach Resort… Continue Reading

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In addition to police work, Virginia Beach’s mounted patrol delivers community cheer

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Between the lettuce and tomatoes she was stacking on a row of turkey on white sandwiches, Kaiya Putman noticed movement outside the plate glass window at the Jersey Mike’s Subs in Landstown.  When she glanced… Continue Reading

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2016: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that, with few exceptions, we ran in print or online during this past year. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow, and then navigate using controls or your arrow… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach student and their paper airplanes rise to occasion in challenge at Military Aviation Museum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Fifth-grade students from several Virginia Beach schools competed in a STEM Airplane Challenge at the Military Aviation Museum on Friday, Nov. 18, an event that built upon a partnership between Creeds Elementary School and the nearby… Continue Reading

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Column: The price of cigarettes for a Virginia Beach family

BY LINDA RUSSELL CARDINAL ESTATES — I met Robert in Columbia, S.C., in 1960. He had just joined the Navy after serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard. His mom noticed how thin he looked in most of the pictures he… Continue Reading

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‘Volunteer,’ an exclusive excerpt from The Leper Spy by Ben Montgomery

Ed. note — Josefina Guerrero, known as Joey, was a top spy for the Allies during World War II, saving lives while suffering from leprosy during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Author Ben Montgomery tells her story in his… Continue Reading

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How learning took flight at this year’s Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — More than 6,000 students, many from Virginia Beach public schools, attended a special STEM event at the Naval Air Station Oceana on Friday, Sept. 9. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math,… Continue Reading