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Column: A break from Facebook is a chance for a new journey — reactivating real life

BY HEATHER P. LEE VIRGINIA BEACH — There is an old poem that I love by Mary Elizabeth Frye called “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep.”  I have had cause to think about this recently because I have decided… Continue Reading

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Sessoms declares victory in pursuit of third term as Virginia Beach mayor; in Kempsville, Ross-Hammond poised to be lone council incumbent to fall

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE HILLTOP — Will Sessoms, who has served as mayor for eight years, overcame his guilty plea to a misdemeanor conflict of interest charge and challenges by three candidates to win reelection to a third term, according to unofficial returns. Sessoms,… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for Virginia Beach City Council, Centerville District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked City Councilmember Bobby Dyer, an unopposed incumbent for the Virginia Beach City Council Centerville District seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Beach City Council, Rose Hall

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Rose Hall District seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Beach City Council, Kempsville District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Kempsville District seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in print… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for Virginia Beach School Board, Centerville District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked School Board candidates to send information about their campaign organizations and priorities. School board candidates were not included in the print edition, and, given this, one candidate responded. Responses have not been edited. This will be updated… Continue Reading

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Editorial: On Tuesday, we exercise our freedom to choose

FROM THE EDITOR PUNGO — The Independent News does not endorse candidates for office, but it urges citizens to engage in the great work of building better paths for our nation, commonwealth and communities on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Regardless of your… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Candidates for Virginia Beach mayor respond to questions

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for mayor of Virginia Beach to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in print on Friday, Oct. 28. Responses to question have not been edited.… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Arguments in support of and against the light rail advisory referendum

Ed. note — The Independent News asked representatives of both Light Rail Now, Inc., and No Light Rail Virginia Beach to address this important advisory referendum on extending the Tide from Newtown Station to Town Center. This appeared in print… Continue Reading

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Trump, Clinton prevail in Virginia, Virginia Beach

BY MICHAEL HIGH AND JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Beach voters, like Virginians in general, favored Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively, in the Republican and Democratic primary voting held on Tuesday, March 1. Election officials at some precincts reported steady… Continue Reading