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In Virginia Beach, questions remain about political activities by nonprofit ‘teachers’ group

Ed. — This story appeared in the Friday, Nov. 29, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Weeks after Election Day, questions remain about the political activities and policy goals of a nonprofit organization that quietly was formed by a… Continue Reading

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Group claiming to represent educators makes surprise endorsements, raising questions about its political advocacy; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing complaint

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 15, print edition. The VBTA has not responded to requests for information detailed below. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: As school days near, savoring the last day of a summer together

Ed. — This column originally ran in the Friday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — On Labor Day, the end of our summer, we are together in the madhouse, making coffee, figuring out chores, awaiting the start of the… Continue Reading

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A new principal joins the community at rural school in Creeds

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Getting to know the community and the students is the key to being an effective elementary school principal, according to Douglas Knapp, the new principal at Creeds Elementary School. Knapp, who replaced Casey Conger as… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Rose Hall District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent Newsto candidates for the Rose Hall District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions… Continue Reading

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Owens reps Rose Hall District seat on Virginia Beach School Board

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 28, chose Jessica Owens, a state social service curriculum writer, to fill the vacant Rose Hall seat until a special election is decided – and the board’s chairperson vowed… Continue Reading

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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