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Paid firefighters to remain on Knotts Island; commissioners to consider fire service tax district to pay for it

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CURRITUCK, N.C. — Currituck County will keep paid firefighters on Knotts Island following a contract dispute that led the volunteer department in the isolated community to stop responding to calls this month — and the change may lead to… Continue Reading

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412Q BBQ opens a new, permanent home in ‘downtown’ Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Michael Heckman is on a mission to put Pungo on the map. “I want people from all over the world to come to Pungo for its barbecue,” said Heckman, the owner of 412Q BBQ in… Continue Reading

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Paid firefighters on duty on Knotts Island amid contract dispute between Currituck County, volunteers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — Paid Currituck County firefighters are on duty here amid a contract dispute between the county and the volunteer rescue firefighters who normally serve at the island’s station, essentially an outpost for property protection and… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Efforts continue to connect veterans, Virginia farmers to build food security, opportunity

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE A gathering called American Farmer tonight in Hampton will benefit the Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, which aims to link veterans and the agriculture industry to get them farming. The tribute to farmers will include… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Here’s the dirt about soil, a key to sustainable agriculture

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Please don’t call the soil “dirt.” Dirt is what you sweep off the kitchen floor. Soil is a glorious life-filled layer that sustains us. Soil is, as the subtitle of a great book by William Bryant… Continue Reading

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Amid “Trump wave” washing over Virginia, GOP’s Knight wins in the 81st House District; Davis returns in 84th House District; victory for incumbents in Virginia Beach constitutional offices

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, chose state Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, to return in the 81st House District, but he said it was a bittersweet victory as other Virginia Republicans fell — including at… Continue Reading

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Democrat Fowler defeats incumbent Villanueva in the 21st House District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Political newcomer Kelly Fowler — a Democrat inspired to seek office after participating in the Women’s March on Washington — defeated incumbent state Del. Ron Villanueva in the 21st House District on Tuesday, Nov. 7. “This… Continue Reading

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Editorial: However we choose, the simple act of voting expresses citizenship

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS The Princess Anne Independent News does not endorse candidates for office, but, as ever, it urges citizens to engage in the great work of building better paths for our commonwealth and our local communities on Tuesday, Nov.… Continue Reading

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Voting district or ballot question? The Virginia Beach registrar — and local parties — are happy to help

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Dave Belote, chair of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee, is among the local elections and political party officials who encounter voters who sometimes do not know what state legislative district they live within. Belote said… Continue Reading

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Voter guide: Overview of 2017 races for Virginia House of Delegates districts in southern Virginia Beach and constitutional offices

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, will choose executive branch officials for the commonwealth, local constitutional officers for Virginia Beach and members of the Virginia House of Delegates in local districts. The latter races include three… Continue Reading