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Amid annual Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach, a high-flying change of command

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANA — U.S. Navy Capt. John Hewitt relieved Capt. Chad Vincelette as commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana on Saturday, Sept. 21, during the annual Oceana Air Show. It was no ordinary change of command, however.  “Today… Continue Reading

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Eying a storm, local farmers head into the corn fields for an early harvest

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Sept. 6 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Over the Labor Day Weekend, well before Hurricane Dorian neared, farmer H.M. Dudley and his son, Ryan Dudley, harvested field corn near the intersection… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Our local newspaper of record, and the political ads to come

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — This past month, there was some discussion by Virginia Beach officials about The Virginian-Pilot changing its arrangement with the city in regards to publishing City Council agendas prior to meetings. For years, The Pilot has done… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Hansen’s departure is more complicated than some outlets say

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Some news outlets falsely reported that the recent resignation of Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen resulted from how the city has faced the mass shooting at the municipal center. “Virginia Beach official resigns over mass… Continue Reading

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Celebrating Hudson’s Playground at Charity United Methodist Church

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Hudson’s Playground, celebrating the life of 4-year-old Hudson Foschi, was dedicated on Sunday, July 28, at Charity United Methodist Church. The new and improved playground… Continue Reading

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Religious revival brings faith, music to Cedar Hall Farms in Pungo

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 23 print edition. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Holly Veber was on a mission trip to Chile with other members of Charity United Methodist Church a few years ago when she got the… Continue Reading

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At mounted patrol, a happy birthday party for Virginia Beach’s Lady Justice

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol invited the public to the barn in Pungo on Saturday, June 29, to celebrate the first birthday of Lady Justice, born last summer to a new police horse named Dutchess. Lady… Continue Reading

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A renewed look at historic structures in the rural reaches of Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE – A city-backed architectural survey of southern Virginia Beach will focus upon identifying structures that are at least 50 years old, including beach houses in the residential resort of Sandbridge and traditional agricultural buildings such… Continue Reading

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Us: Back Bay Restoration Foundation President Todd Barnes

BY TODD BARNES You don’t realize the long-term benefits of military service until well after it has ended.   Mine had started after having been gleaned out of college and then having my dinner plate ceremoniously broken on the steps… Continue Reading

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Small family beef operations part of wider livestock piece of Virginia Beach’s agriculture industry

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Under blue-gray thunderheads in a windy field at the far end of Princess Anne Road just this side of the North Carolina line, Steve Kent carries a narrow blue plastic bag out into a field… Continue Reading