Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Deputy Rick Wilson

BY RICK WILSON I have had the honor and pleasure of working as an auxiliary deputy sheriff with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for almost three years. The opportunity to work with the law enforcement community as a volunteer has been… Continue Reading


Us: Virginia Beach EMS Human Resources Officer For Volunteers Jahmelle Sherman

BY JAHMELLE SHERMAN I volunteer because I believe in service to your community. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction in giving of your time and energy for the greater good. When you volunteer, you do it knowing the only… Continue Reading


Us: Virginia Beach Police Volunteer Flight Officer Barry Kirschner

BY BARRY KIRSCHNER I grew up in Kempsville and now reside in the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach with my wife and two boys. I have been volunteering with the city of Virginia Beach since 2007 with both the Virginia Beach… Continue Reading


Us: Virginia Beach CASA Volunteer Jennifer O’Connor

BY JENNIFER O’CONNOR I am not a native of Virginia Beach. In fact, I am not even a native of Virginia.  My journey as a volunteer started when I was a high school student in Massachusetts. Now I volunteer here as… Continue Reading


Us: Virginia Beach Police Department Chaplain Don Hipple

BY DON HIPPLE I have been involved in volunteering for several years. From 1980 to 2003, I worked with the Special Olympics program and also taught a Bible class to mentally challenged adults. In January 1986, I traveled to Kenya for… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach city auditor calls fire department ‘negligent’ in training at home where asbestos was later found; chief says changes are underway

Ed. — This story original appeared in print on Friday, June 8. It was posted in September 2018 for archival purposes. An earlier online version can be found at this link. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – An investigation prepared for the… Continue Reading


Elections: Princess Anne seat on the Virginia Beach City Council draws a crowded field of candidates

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Four candidates are lined up to challenge Virginia Beach City Councilmember Barbara Henley, the incumbent in the Princess Anne District who has represented the city’s southern communities for much of the past four decades. Five… Continue Reading


Sheriff’s sergeant announces Virginia Beach City Council candidacy in Princess Anne District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — David Fowler, a sergeant in the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office who lives in Hillcrest Farms, announced this past week that he is running for City Council in the Princess Anne District. His hat is… Continue Reading


A charitable turkey shoot on Knotts Island aims to help the community

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — To be clear to the uninitiated – the only gobblers shot during the recent turkey shoot here were printed on paper targets. The charitable shoots are held in a field behind the rescue station… Continue Reading


City man accused of threatening Virginia Beach member of Congress after discussion about pot policy

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A city man upset about pot policy is accused of threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor. Wallace G. Godwin was arrested after he visited the Virginia Beach Republican’s office this past week and… Continue Reading