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Column: Differing General Assembly approaches to Medicaid expansion

BY J.R. HOEFT CHESAPEAKE — In Virginia, we ask 141 people of tremendous skill – and tremendous ego – to come to an agreement after a period of only sixty days on thousands of bills, how to collect and spend tens… Continue Reading

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Pastor from Strawbridge throws hat in the ring again for Princess Anne seat on Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Rev. Pieri Burton, a Strawbridge resident who serves as associate pastor of Christian Way Ministries in Virginia Beach, said he is among the candidates who will try to unseat incumbent City Councilmember Barbara… Continue Reading

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A charitable turkey shoot on Knotts Island aims to help the community

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — To be clear to the uninitiated – the only gobblers shot during the recent turkey shoot here were printed on paper targets. The charitable shoots are held in a field behind the rescue station… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Benefits of a beloved fowl mean it might just be time for a chicken in every Virginia Beach yard

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — Why did the chicken cross the road?  To rule the world, of course.  There are some 20 billion chickens in the world, plus or minus a few. This dwarfs any other bird species. Next in… Continue Reading

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Letter: The ARP and Ashville Park

Dear Editor: In 2011, I put a “for sale” sign in my yard in Courthouse Estates, and my husband and I began looking for a place with a bit more space around us. We took long drives out to the Virginia… Continue Reading

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Read the Virginia Beach city manager’s memorandum about ending the city’s farmland preservation program

Ed. — The following includes most of the letter Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen wrote to Mayor Will Sessoms and members of the Virginia Beach City Council on Friday, March 23. It has been edited for style and clarity,… Continue Reading

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Letter: There is no excuse for ending the agricultural reserve program

Dear Editor: I grew up in Pungo at Vaughan Farms, and I now live in Massachusetts. It baffles me that here in Massachusetts, where people think “city,” municipalities actively seek to purchase open land and green space from citizens to… Continue Reading

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Henley: Virginia Beach must save the agricultural reserve program due to, not despite, concern about flooding

BY BARBARA HENLEY VIRGINIA BEACH — We’ve come to take our agricultural reserve program for granted. Time has passed and there has been a lot of turnover of people, so the value of it is not fully understood. Our ARP was… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach city manager proposes ending agricultural reserve program, shifting funds to flooding projects

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen wants to end the agricultural reserve program, which buys development rights so farmers can continue to work their land, and put that money toward flooding. The ARP, as it… Continue Reading

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Photos: As the beach reawakens, gulls are on the move in Sandbridge

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SANDBRIDGE — Seagulls, grackles and a few other birds joined people at Sandbridge beach on a recent warm Sunday that made for a relatively populated beach. There were gulls of different types and ages, some begging for food… Continue Reading