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Excellence in Agriculture recognition for Morris family, master gardeners, The Independent News; David Salmons earns Clean Water Farm Award

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE OCEANFRONT – Nelson Eddy Morris thanked God for allowing his family to be “stewards of His creation” during the 2016 Excellence in Agriculture banquet on Thursday, March 16, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Morris, his… Continue Reading

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Tidewater Coin Club show brings collectors together twice a year

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS OCEANFRONT — Collectors of all ages from around the region attended the spring coin show presented by the Tidewater Coin Club on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The group has about 150… Continue Reading

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Radio recognition as longtime Virginia Beach rescuer begins her last shift

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — After more than 30 years of service to the city, Ann Morse, a paramedic who lives in Ocean Lakes, rode her final shift as a member of Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rescue 14, on Saturday,… Continue Reading

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Event honoring Virginia Beach’s volunteer rescue members becomes announcement of bigger thanks: Rock the Squads, coming in May

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Volunteer rescue squad members and their families visited the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center last month, part of an annual thank you to the city’s 10 all-volunteer squads — and an announcement of a bigger… Continue Reading

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A special tour at Second Precinct shows a young girl the character of Virginia Beach police

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — One day in November, police Sgt. Lonnie Cain and other members of the Second Precinct were having dinner to see a transferring colleague off when a woman approached their table to introduce her daughter. Amber Keeney… 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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Public art with meaning, made with many hands in ViBe Creative District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS OCEANFRONT — The work at the intersection of 19th Street and Cypress Avenue, a new piece of public art within the ViBe Creative District, is a mural on the intersection pavement, a rainbow with cardinals —a beautiful work… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach council poised to consider arena deal changes tonight following public hearing

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The city is scheduled today to vote upon whether to accept changes to the financing plan to build an Oceanfront arena that will let  developer United States Management pursue unrated bonds rather than bonds rated… Continue Reading

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Family encounters stargazer fish, an odd face in the Virginia Beach sand

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORTH END — They thought it was a flounder, maybe a crab, but the creature peering up from the water’s edge at a family walking along the beach was a striking-looking fish seldom seen so close to shore… Continue Reading