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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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Cautiously, advisory group weighs weddings for land in Virginia Beach’s agricultural reserve program

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Virginia Beach Agriculture Advisory Commission is still discussing the possibility of adjusting allowed uses on properties enrolled in the city’s farmland preservation program to permit assemblies such as weddings — though no recommendation… Continue Reading

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Reestablished Back Bay Restoration Foundation aims to advocate for the health of a vital natural resource amid concern about flooding, development

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – On a recent day in March, Todd Barnes — and Cotton, an 8-year-old Chesapeake Bay retreiver  —  gave a boat tour of the waters near Barnes’ home in Sigma. Barnes is the author of… 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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Beach replenishment may come this summer to Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – A long-awaited sand replenishment project for Sandbridge could begin this summer, depending upon an upcoming bid process and regulatory issues. That means replenishment may happen when tourists are in town, enjoying the five miles… Continue Reading

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New members join Virginia Beach City Council in the New Year; Wood picked to return in his role as vice mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – New and returning members of the Virginia Beach Council took oaths to serve the city on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall. “You are welcome additions to our team,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said at the… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Princess Anne Area Library closes for renovations, Henley constituent forum time change and distribution notes

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The recent temporary closure of Princess Anne Area Library for renovations means, among other things, that a lot of folks may wonder where to find copies of The Independent News. The library is a very popular… Continue Reading

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Letter: Passing along our community newspaper —and local candidate positions — on Election Day

Dear Editor: I was pleased that your Friday, Oct. 26, edition featured all of the candidates. I found the information to be very helpful. Now, I know it is easy to find information with just the click of a button… Continue Reading

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Farmer Barnes to join Virginia Beach Planning Commission for Princess Anne District

Ed. — This story was archived online on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. It originally ran in the Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Farmer Steve Barnes in January will replace Dr. Karen Beardslee Kwasny as the… Continue Reading

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After election, Barnes to join Virginia Beach Planning Commission for Princess Anne District

Ed. — This originally ran in print on Dec. 7, 2018. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Farmer Steve Barnes in January will replace Dr. Karen Beardslee Kwasny as the Princess Anne District representative to the Virginia Beach Planning Commission. The City… Continue Reading