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The Thief of Red Mill: Even after criminal convictions, Virginia Beach police say he went back to stealing

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE RED MILL — Last summer, Virginia Beach police assembled a number of local contractors in the yard of a home in Red Mill to identify goods stolen in a series of burglaries and thefts that plagued areas around… Continue Reading

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PAINCast: Virginia Beach author Toni Guagenti guests on latest podcast

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – The second episode of PAINCast, an occasional podcast of The Independent News, features Toni Guagenti, author of a 100 Things to Do in Virginia Beach Before You Die. Guagenti serves as media manager for Mayor… Continue Reading

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In Virginia Beach, a Sandbridge dance class has tapping feet and camaraderie — and it always ends with a kick

BY VENI FIELDS SANDBRIDGE — It was a fun little miracle in Sandbridge. It came with a pair of 52-year-old tap shoes. Tina Ciccone had been searching for a while for just the right dance class to have a little fun… Continue Reading

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Saying goodbye to Marshall Belanga, fisherman and businessperson known for seafood market near Sandbridge

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE SANDBRIDGE — When he was a boy, Marshall Belanga sometimes walked several miles down the beach to join his father, Luther Belanga, who fished at a camp in what is now False Cape State Park. Marshall Belanga,… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach officials tell Sandbridge civic league members sand replenishment is planned for 2018

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – City officials this past month briefed civic league members on plans to conduct the next major sand replenishment project here. The target remains 2018 — though whether federal dollars will help is uncertain. Dan Adams, coastal… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge beach may get more sand next year, but will there be federal help when it comes time to pay the bill?

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Since the days before the modern city, Virginia Beach has paid to add more sand to the beach – and it ultimately entered into formal arrangements with the federal government that include cost sharing and cooperation… 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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Local craftsmanship, artistry await holiday shoppers in Pungo, Sandbridge

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Sandbridge Christmas tree ornaments, surfboards designed specifically for local surf conditions, and artwork inspired by local scenes are among the handcrafted, Virginia Beach-made items that shoppers can find at local businesses this holiday season.… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach need to address short-term rentals draws concern from some in divided Sandbridge community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach is seeking ways to deal with short-term rentals, an effort complicated by an existing, largely unregulated online rental marketplace whose beneficiaries have sought to work directly with state lawmakers.  This past month, Virginia Beach… Continue Reading