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State cites Virginia Beach for ‘serious violations’ in fire department training burn of house near Pungo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — State occupational safety and health officials cited Virginia Beach this month for serious violations related to a training event in which firefighters burned a home near Pungo in April so they could train outside it… Continue Reading

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At Virginia Beach center, a determined deer and the tale of the tape

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Volunteers with Wildlife Response spent time, effort and money building a drive into the developing complex in a wooded area along Indian River Road. They made it wider and stronger. Load after load of crushed… Continue Reading

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Nonprofit continues to build toward opening its wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Wildlife Response Inc., a nonprofit organization that for years has been developing an animal rehabilitation complex, is still chipping away improving land it leases from the city along Indian River Road. Bill Haynie, the group’s… Continue Reading

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Little Island pier draws visitors who cast away on a late summer evening

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Vernon Davis is from Deptford, N.J., and he and his family have vacationed in Virginia Beach for about 15 years. They started out at a hotel when they first came to the area, but renting a… Continue Reading

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Letter: Law enforcement’s role

Dear Editor: On Tuesday, Aug. 7, neighborhoods throughout Virginia Beach joined forces with thousands of communities around the U.S. for the 35th Annual National Night Out. I wanted to reflect on some things that I have observed around our city… Continue Reading

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After tronc purchase of The Virginian-Pilot, local journalists seek – and gain – recognition of Tidewater Media Guild

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – This month journalists at The Virginian-Pilot and The Daily Press, among the leading newsrooms in Virginia, formed a guild and sought voluntary recognition as a union from tronc, a Chicago-based company that purchased The… Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Kellam High School to be activated as shelter location; shelter for pets at Landstown Elementary

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Updated as of 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12: The city is limiting initial shelter operations to Kellam High School as Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall further south than anticipated, though officials stressed that they continue… Continue Reading

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Lady Justice, a summer surprise, joins the Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — A horse named Dutchess in October joined the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol, an arrival made possible through a donation by longtime supporter Jim Custer. Dutchess, a brown Clydesdale who started off her city service on the… Continue Reading

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At Bonney & Sons in Pungo, the ‘crab boss’ oversees longtime business providing the freshest local catch

BY VENI FIELDS PUNGO — Every morning around 7 a.m., Floyd E. “Dunie” Bonney, Jr., slips a key into the lock of a red door in a white building at the corner of Princess Anne and Indian River roads and he… Continue Reading