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Updated: After unanimous vote, offensive social media posts sink Mullins appointment, new School Board pick may come on Tuesday

BY SHELLY SLOCUM AND JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 21, chose Michael Mullins to represent Rose Hall — a unanimous pick by a sometimes divided body to fill a vacancy. Yet the following morning, Mullins… Continue Reading

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2018: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that ran in print or online this past year, including a couple of provided images of significant news or community events. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow,… Continue Reading

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School Board: Melnyk wins in Princess Anne District as incumbents return

Ed. — This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 9. It was archived online on Thursday, Dec. 13. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Kim Melnyk, a Christopher Farms resident who first joined the Virginia Beach School Board as a challenger four… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Princess Anne District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted.… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Lynnhaven District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Lynnhaven District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted. The… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Beach District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Beach District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted. The… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, At Large

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the two at large seats on the Virginia Beach School Board up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. An incumbent is noted.… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: When a scammer reached out to me, I reached back with a quid pro quo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The day before our nation celebrated independence from the Crown, I got an urgent email that seemed to be from the president of a university where I teach. Except maybe I should mention this email came… Continue Reading

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Grad walk at Creeds Elementary brings high school students back — and offers a glimpse of what is to come

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Moments before they formed the heart of a parade through the halls at Creeds Elementary School, soon-to-be graduates from Kellam High School gathered in the elementary school’s library on Thursday, June 14. Randall Baber, 18, of… Continue Reading