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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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Abbott: Let Virginia Beach citizens say via referendum whether district voting should change

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council may consider putting a referendum on the November ballot that could lead to big changes to the way people choose local elected leaders representing specific voting districts. A proposal by… Continue Reading

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Column: Help is available for our businesses, citizens, and city priorities remain in place while we deal with the coronavirus crisis

BY BARBARA HENLEY PUNGO — Even though we are still not able to have regular meetings, and the monthly Princess Anne District Forum was again canceled this past month, there is work being done and issues to be discussed.   The budget… Continue Reading

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Henley: Budget efforts continue during coronavirus uncertainty

BY BARBARA HENLEY PUNGO — It is hard to believe that another month has gone by, and we still are not able to safely hold meetings and other gatherings. Certainly, if social distancing is what we must do to control the spread… Continue Reading

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In Memoriam: Pungo’s Roy David Flanagan Jr., farmer and family man

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Farmer Roy David Flanagan Jr., who died on Tuesday, April 7, in his Pungo home after a long illness, will be remembered for the turkeys, sweet potatoes and crops he raised – and for his devotion… Continue Reading

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Henley: Coronavirus means challenges in meeting one another, addressing city budget

Ed. — This has been archived from the Sunday, April 12, print edition. BY BARBARA HENLEY PUNGO — On Thursday, March 26, we should have been gathering for our monthly Princess Anne District forum, but this is a different time.   What… Continue Reading

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State clarifies you-pick, farm stand rules; constraints placed upon farmers market operations during coronavirus emergency

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Local produce farmers can provide their goods directly to consumers amid the new coronavirus public health emergency, though they must take precautions to protect workers and customers, according to guidance from state agriculture officials… Continue Reading

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Walter A. Whitehurst, pastor and author, crafted tales about his beloved home in Pungo village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — The Rev. Walter A. Whitehurst loved family, church and his home community of Pungo – and these became intertwined in his legacy as a storyteller.Whitehurst died on Saturday, Jan. 4, after a brief illness. He… Continue Reading

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Divided Virginia Beach City Council backs symbolic Second Amendment resolution

Ed. — This initially ran in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A divided City Council — following in the footsteps of more than 100 other local governments around the commonwealth — this month passed a resolution voicing… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council will take more time to review appointments

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 4, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE –  The City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 1, unanimously adopted a change that will ensure members have more time to review nominees to the… Continue Reading