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Owens reps Rose Hall District seat on Virginia Beach School Board

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 28, chose Jessica Owens, a state social service curriculum writer, to fill the vacant Rose Hall seat until a special election is decided – and the board’s chairperson vowed… Continue Reading

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The elegy and the promise

A horrific act leaves 12 people dead and four wounded, as well as a community in mourning. Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, June 7. A gallery of photos that ran with the original story appears at the… Continue Reading

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Us: Petty Officer Jacob Richardson of Naval Air Station Oceana

BY JACOB RICHARDSON Many thoughts, feelings and habits have stayed with me throughout my time in the Navy.  The most profound and impactful for me is the idea and importance of camaraderie found within the Navy and between service members. … Continue Reading

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Us: Back Bay Restoration Foundation President Todd Barnes

BY TODD BARNES You don’t realize the long-term benefits of military service until well after it has ended.   Mine had started after having been gleaned out of college and then having my dinner plate ceremoniously broken on the steps… Continue Reading

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Small family beef operations part of wider livestock piece of Virginia Beach’s agriculture industry

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Under blue-gray thunderheads in a windy field at the far end of Princess Anne Road just this side of the North Carolina line, Steve Kent carries a narrow blue plastic bag out into a field… Continue Reading

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Business: Natural products are available at the Farm Life General Store in ‘downtown’ Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — From eggs to make-up, there’s a wide variety of products available at The Farm Life General Store, which opened in the spring at Pungo Square Shopping Center. Many of the products are created by owner… Continue Reading

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Business: Locals make, market hemp-based products

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — As college students, Savana Griffith and Alfonso Mendez became interested in hemp based products and began experimenting with making their own.  Now, four years later, Griffith and Mendez, founders of CBD Livity, are marketing elixirs,… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Rouse offers running commentary on the chase for the Iron Throne, best tweet ever

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Virginia Beach City Councilmember Aaron Rouse, serving his first term in an at-large seat, has been an enthusiastic Game of Thrones live tweeter. Sample tweet: I WANT MORE DRAGONS! And I WANT THEM NOW! Rouse crafted that… Continue Reading

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Column: Celebrating Virginia Beach’s agricultural heritage — and a leading modern industry

Ed. — This column originally ran in print on Friday, May 24, prior to the Pungo Strawberry Festival. BY DAVID TRIMMER COURTHOUSE — What a great time of year, for spring is here and the farmers are busy working in the fields.… Continue Reading