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During annual festival, people come from far and wide to enjoy nature, parks and local wildlife

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — On the opening night of this year’s Winter Wildlife Festival, Dr. John Marzluff, a college professor and author, addressed a number of outdoor enthusiasts and birders at Old Donation School during his talk about supporting… Continue Reading

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Park to park, a local ham radio operator makes connections

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE —  Bob Murray of Kempsville hurt his back about 15 years ago, which led him to a passion for amateur – or ham – radio. “I was laid up, and somebody told me… Continue Reading

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Beach replenishment may come this summer to Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – A long-awaited sand replenishment project for Sandbridge could begin this summer, depending upon an upcoming bid process and regulatory issues. That means replenishment may happen when tourists are in town, enjoying the five miles… Continue Reading

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Remembering a child, showing love to a Pungo family with light blue ribbons

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — A day after the tragic loss of 4-year-old Hudson R. Foschi in an accident, people expressed their remorse on social media, including in the Pungo Group on Facebook. Beverley Williams posted an idea to that page. She… Continue Reading

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Missed reports add up to huge penalties for short-lived campaign that raised, but never spent, only $200

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Kerry Reynolds decided to run for the Lynnhaven District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council last year.  Reynolds, a city employee, had a straightforward goal.  “Do some good things,” he said.  But that… Continue Reading

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New members join Virginia Beach City Council in the New Year; Wood picked to return in his role as vice mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – New and returning members of the Virginia Beach Council took oaths to serve the city on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall. “You are welcome additions to our team,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said at the… Continue Reading

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Part of Flanagans Lane temporarily closed for construction connected to weir project at Ashville Park

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The city public works department announced that part of Flanagans Lane between Sandbridge Road and Ashville Park Boulevard closes today to complete construction that is part of the Ashville Park weir project. Traffic to Princess Anne… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Princess Anne Area Library closes for renovations, Henley constituent forum time change and distribution notes

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The recent temporary closure of Princess Anne Area Library for renovations means, among other things, that a lot of folks may wonder where to find copies of The Independent News. The library is a very popular… Continue Reading

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Column: In the New Year, goals for family, friends and perhaps a puppy

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — The possibilities are endless: 2019 could be the year that I make some real headway in my quest to read, in chronological order, a biography of each American president.  Or perhaps I’ll finally commit to… Continue Reading