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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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City considers approaches to wind-driven flooding; memo casts doubt on ideas that have support from Knight

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Sept. 28 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Information from preliminary study about wind tides arrived this fall amid the threat of a hurricane that ultimately landed well south of here but… Continue Reading

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City staff recommends denial of ‘agrihood’ in Pungo because stormwater info is not in; developer says it needs city data first

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The city staff has recommended denial of a rezoning request that would clear the way for a subdivision on either side of Princess Anne Road in the heart of Pungo because developers have not submitted… Continue Reading

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Amid community concern, developers redraw ‘agrihood’ plans, lowering residential density, commercial

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 26, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The developers of Harvest Farms resubmitted plans for an “agrihood” near downtown Pungo in October after an initial proposal faced criticism from… Continue Reading

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Elections: Voters pick Henley to return in Princess Anne District race

Ed. — This story ran in print on Nov. 9. It was archived online on Dec. 29. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Barbara Henley, a Pungo farmer who has represented Virginia Beach’s southern communities for much of the past four decades,… 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