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A young survivor’s message of strength from the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

BY ISABELLE KESSLER VIRGINIA BEACH — Sharing a story of hope is something I never thought I would be able to do. That is exactly the reason why I write – to share with you the uphill battle it took for… Continue Reading

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Editorial: There is room for more history at the site of the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS There are generalizations in the discussion about whether a monument to those from Princess Anne County who served the Confederacy should stay put in a public courtyard, but a promising idea has emerged to build more while… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Soil is a key resource as we seek sustainable agriculture

“Sustainable: Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.”  – The Oxford Living Dictionary BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I began using the word “sustainable” some years ago to describe the practices I used on my farm. The term “organic” lost… Continue Reading

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Improvements in Sherwood Lakes should help ease flooding issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – Improving the capacity of and drainage from the two lakes at Sherwood Lakes, a subdivision near Pungo that experienced flooding following storms this past year, may cost about $4 million, a sum that is far… Continue Reading

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At rural Virginia Beach church, signs aim words of faith toward passersby

THE PRINCESS ANNE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Sign skills at Creeds Church of Christ were on display the evening of the dinner for seniors late last month, though Mark Etheridge, assistant youth minister, faced a challenge. He had a fine saying:… Continue Reading

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Fellowship: Annual dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ features food, music, connections

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — The dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ on Saturday, Aug. 26, was the latest in an annual tradition that gathers familiar faces for dinner, dessert and a program. Younger folks served their elders.… Continue Reading

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A simple way of enabling speech helped keep the peace at Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – On the day of a rally at the Confederate monument at the municipal center, Master Police Officer Bradley Detrich and Capt. David Squires, commanding officer of the First Precinct, had a talk. The heart of… Continue Reading

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Small businesses in Virginia Beach backed by big ideas and potential

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Amy Cotter felt devastated when she learned that she would be retired from the U.S. Navy for medical reasons. So Cotter found a way to fill a void in her life by establishing The… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Farmers and consumers reap benefits from local food systems

“‘Ere long, the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community whose every member possesses this art can ever be the victim of oppression in any… Continue Reading