With improved city relations, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum working to sustain its historic work

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – The director of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum said the museum seems to be on better footing with the city following two years of near-cuts to city funding that help sustain the museum in… Continue Reading


Focus of group addressing the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach is context, not removing statue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A group tasked with suggesting an approach toward dealing with the Confederate monument on public property is not pursuing its removal from a courtyard at the municipal center. Rather, it is poised to examine ways… Continue Reading


Citing unfinished business, Henley seeks reelection in Princess Anne District in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Councilmember Barbara Henley, a farmer who first joined the Virginia Beach City Council four decades ago and an advocate for land preservation and limiting rural development, says she is running again this year to… Continue Reading


Updated: Fatal motorcycle crash reported along West Neck Road

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – Police identified a city man killed in the Tuesday, Feb. 13, motorcycle crash on West Neck Road as William Taylor Bird. In an updated statement placed online, police said Bird, 34, was the rider of the only… Continue Reading


Roundtable tackles future of monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – In the coming months, a committee formed by the historic preservation commission is considering the future of a Confederate monument near the historic courthouse at the municipal center — and how other elements of local… Continue Reading


Campaign finance: Politicians report political action committee help, but may not need to disclose when the candidate controls the PAC

THE ISSUE: Candidates helped by political action committees they control apparently do not need to disclose the PAC spending as in kind contributions, according to guidance provided to a state senator’s campaign. Campaigns must report other PAC assistance in disclosure reports… Continue Reading


Letter: Connecting to essays about “Us” in The Independent News

Dear Editor: The Dec. 15 edition of The Independent News, you featured essays from several people, and you asked readers to respond about what we can do to build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization. After reading essays from… Continue Reading


This weekend’s Winter Wildlife Festival connects you with ‘watchable wildlife’ in Virginia Beach and beyond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Winter Wildlife Festival this weekend will feature a number of exhibitions and activities for families and outdoors lovers at the Princess Anne Recreation Center and the Princess Anne Area Library next door. But that’s… Continue Reading


Column: A football upbringing leads to enduring gridiron appreciation

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT VIRGINIA BEACH — I am in front of the television for hours on Saturdays during the fall. I’m a college football fanatic. I can watch any team play – usually not rooting for any particular team but hoping… Continue Reading