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Planning Commission recommends denial of proposed event venue on farmland in rural Virginia Beach

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Sunday, July 5, print edition. It has been updated to include the date upon which the City Council is scheduled to consider the proposal. Additionally, it now appears unlikely the City Council will… Continue Reading

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Ag commission has questions about new venue sought on farmland in rural Virginia Beach

Ed. — This archived story appeared in the Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Members of the Virginia Beach Agriculture Advisory Commission have concerns about a proposal to build an event venue on a horse farm… 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

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Annual Excellence in Agriculture event recognizes Frye, Creekmore family, Sessoms for contributions to Virginia Beach farming industry

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT – The Virginia Beach Excellence in Agriculture Committee held its annual awards banquet on Thursday, March 14, recognizing a former mayor, a developer known also for contributions to the equine industry, and the matriarch of a… Continue Reading

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Forum: Candidates for Princess Anne District on Virginia Beach City Council discuss ARP, appeal to rural voters

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS – The three candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council appealed to voters during a forum at a rural hub within the district, joining a number of local candidates this… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Princess Anne District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted.… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Lynnhaven District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Lynnhaven District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted. The… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Centerville District, Special Election

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Centerville District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. One candidate will fill… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Beach District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Beach District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted. An… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Bayside District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Bayside District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted. The… Continue Reading