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From the Editor: On shared disciplines of military service and farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Bobby Vaughan and I spoke well before Veterans Day, when I was working on a story that involved the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s efforts to build strong roots in Virginia, connecting veterans to agriculture. I’d hoped to… Continue Reading

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Hope grows at hop yard in Back Bay to help retreat for warriors while supplying local craft brewers

BY VENI FIELDS BACK BAY — LZ-Grace Warriors Retreat founder Lynn Bukowski’s expression of panic high above the ground in a Facebook photo began, you might say, with a pesky weed in Donald Noha’s back yard. Both contributed to a new… Continue Reading

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Military: NAS Oceana wants drone operators to quit unauthorized flying at and near installations

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS  VIRGINIA BEACH — One day this past month, service members at Naval Air Station Oceana spotted two different drones flying at the facility without authorization to do so. In addition to posing a hazard to U.S. Navy pilots… Continue Reading

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Column: Air show memories reflect upon a long relationship with Oceana

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — I expected the normal complaints about the Oceana Air Show and, sure enough, some weeks back in a local paper’s letters to the editor someone complained about the flyovers. The original solution to the noise and… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Efforts continue to connect veterans, Virginia farmers to build food security, opportunity

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE A gathering called American Farmer tonight in Hampton will benefit the Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, which aims to link veterans and the agriculture industry to get them farming. The tribute to farmers will include… Continue Reading

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Letter: In support of staffing a Virginia Beach fire engine at Fort Story to reduce response times

Dear Editor: The Virginia Beach Professional Firefighters would like to go on the record in support of the staffing of a Virginia Beach Fire Department fire engine on base at Fort Story. We believe the proposed staffing will help to… Continue Reading

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Oceana: Schools, Navy partner again to bring fifth graders to air show

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — Amid displays of military technology and aerial prowess, the entire fifth grade from Virginia Beach schools visited the Oceana Air Show on Friday, Sept. 15, where students learned about science, technology, engineering and… Continue Reading

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Hampton Roads Morning of Hope unites community, military in fight against stigma of suicide, depression

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS MOUNT TRASHMORE — People gathered here at the city park on Saturday, Sept. 9, for a reborn, now more locally-focused event to unify people from around the region in the fight against suicide and the stigma of mental… Continue Reading

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Grant means five more Virginia Beach high schools will embrace initiative helping military-connected districts

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA – A $4 million grant will help five Virginia Beach high schools implement a college readiness program through the National Math and Science Initiative, which works with schools serving military families. That applies… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge: With no federal dollars coming, Virginia Beach will fund next sand replenishment project alone

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach will go it alone again to replenish the beach at Sandbridge because the federal government won’t pony up. Officials in September confirmed that the replenishment project will go ahead next year, possibly in… Continue Reading