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From the Editor: Virginia Beach’s Kenneth Chandler discusses building net worth by building a network

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Dr. Kenneth Chandler, deputy city manager in Virginia Beach, spoke with students from eighth through 12th grades last month during the annual African American Male Summit at Princess Anne High School. The event had been… Continue Reading

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After postponement, student-led Gay-Straight Alliance event at Cox High School brings hundreds together

BY COURTNEY HERRICK  GREAT NECK – People packed the auditorium at Frank W. Cox High School on Monday, Jan. 30, for the school’s first ever Gay-Straight Alliance assembly – a forum called “Love Is Love” that was organized by the… Continue Reading

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Event organized by Cox High School Gay-Straight Alliance will be held Monday after being postponed by Virginia Beach schools

[Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, Dec. 9. It has been updated to reflect the rescheduled event and a comment made in a column published after this story went to press.] BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – In December,… 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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Virginia Beach student and their paper airplanes rise to occasion in challenge at Military Aviation Museum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Fifth-grade students from several Virginia Beach schools competed in a STEM Airplane Challenge at the Military Aviation Museum on Friday, Nov. 18, an event that built upon a partnership between Creeds Elementary School and the nearby… Continue Reading

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Virginia Wesleyan College will add two master’s degree programs in 2017

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Wesleyan College, a private liberal arts institution on the Virginia Beach-Norfolk border, will introduce its first master’s degree programs next year. A master of arts in education program begins in the summer, with four… Continue Reading

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Craft show supports Kellam Band at school on Saturday, Nov. 19

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS WEST NECK — The Floyd E. Kellam High School marching band is a fixture at home football games, leading the stadium in the National Anthem from the field and then playing throughout the contest while in the stands. … Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for Virginia Beach School Board, Centerville District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked School Board candidates to send information about their campaign organizations and priorities. School board candidates were not included in the print edition, and, given this, one candidate responded. Responses have not been edited. This will be updated… Continue Reading

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How learning took flight at this year’s Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — More than 6,000 students, many from Virginia Beach public schools, attended a special STEM event at the Naval Air Station Oceana on Friday, Sept. 9. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math,… Continue Reading

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In October, help feed hungry Virginia Beach students through Beach Bags

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The city schools division is hosting  two food drives in October to support the Beach Bags program, which provides meals to students who don’t have enough to eat. The program is supported by community members… Continue Reading