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No, the post office in Back Bay is not closed or planning to close

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Despite online rumors, the post office in rural Back Bay remains open, and there are no plans to close it. The property the U.S. Postal Service leases for Back Bay Station is for sale, according… Continue Reading

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Project studying submerged aquatic vegetation in Back Bay shows promise, needs funding

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A couple of years ago, Dr. Sara Sweeten, a research scientist at Virginia Tech, stumbled across specimens of an aquatic plant called wild celery that had been started from seeds left behind by undergraduate… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Curtis tops Frost in second vote to be new chair of city GOP; VBEA-PACE endorsements; don’t vote twice, NC peeps

Ed. — This first appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 6, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The new chairperson of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach is Bill Curtis, a financial resources manager for the Navy and retired naval… Continue Reading

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Letter: Grateful for electronic version of The Independent News during emergency

Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the PDF edition of The Independent News.  It is great, and I really enjoy it.   I hope you continue it.   I am waiting for spinal surgery and have seven risk factors.… Continue Reading

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Letter: Recognizing the people who helped our Knotts Island Community Cemetery

Dear Editor: As we are entering another grass cutting season and a new decade, let us pause for a moment and give thanks for all we have been blessed with and look to our future with total optimism. When we… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Journapocalypse now

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Earlier this year, I published an editorial about the terrible situation at The Virginian-Pilot, which is being moved to the Peninsula, and I urged folks with cash laying around to buy our local daily back from Tribune.… Continue Reading

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Meals: Working to feed local students while schools remain closed due to the coronavirus

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — On Friday, March 20, public school employees stood outside Birdneck Elementary School. Throughout the morning, families drove up to the front of the school near where Birdneck Road and General Booth Boulevard meet to… Continue Reading

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Antique tractors gather at Bonney Bright’s Farm in Virginia Beach to turn rows of dirt during Plow Day

Ed. — This archived story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 29, print edition. BY JULIE TAYLORCREEDS — Plowing a field might seem like a solitary activity, but that was far from the case at Bonney Bright’s Farm during Plow Day.… Continue Reading

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Winter Wildlife Festival celebrates its 10th year

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Children’s and adult art classes, workshops, and storytelling will be among the activities offered during the 10th Annual Winter Wildlife Festival, which continues today and concludes tomorrow. Exhibits, workshops and classes will be… Continue Reading