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Plans for Harvest Farms development near Pungo spark concerns; meetings with public scheduled

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Members of an advisory committee for projects within the transition area between the Virginia Beach’s suburban north and the rural south balked at plans for an “agrihood” project that could change the face of Pungo,… Continue Reading

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While residents wait for answers, Virginia Beach City Council to consider cost-sharing options in search for Ashville Park flooding fix

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The City Council on Tuesday, June 19, voted to delay two related decisions that could determine how the flood-prone Ashville Park neighborhood near Pungo continues to develop. One item would fix flooding issues in the… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge businesses help fund challenger in race to represent Princess Anne District on Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Big real estate names in this rental-driven residential resort are backing up opposition to City Councilmember Barbara Henley with campaign contributions to one of the incumbent’s challengers, campaign finance records show. Recent donations to the… Continue Reading

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

Ed. note — The Independent News asked announced candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Princess Anne District seat to answer an initial set of questions about issues. This appeared in print on Friday, May 25, during the edition distributed at this… Continue Reading

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Procedures were not followed in ‘live burn’ training, but city says there was not exposure to asbestos

Ed. — This is a developing story, and it will be updated online and in the upcoming print edition of The Independent News. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach Fire Department in April sent firefighters to a house that… Continue Reading

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Fowler leaves Princess Anne District council race to support Kwasny

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — David Fowler is no longer seeking the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council, leaving a crowded race so he can support another candidate who is challenging incumbent Barbara Henley. Five… Continue Reading

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Elections: Princess Anne seat on the Virginia Beach City Council draws a crowded field of candidates

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Four candidates are lined up to challenge Virginia Beach City Councilmember Barbara Henley, the incumbent in the Princess Anne District who has represented the city’s southern communities for much of the past four decades. Five… Continue Reading

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Planning commissioner from Ashville Park running in Princess Anne District to join Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Dr. Karen Beardslee Kwasny, an educator from Ashville Park who serves as a Virginia Beach planning commissioner, will challenge incumbent City Councilmember Barbara Henley in the Princess Anne District. In Henley, Kwasny will face… Continue Reading

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Sheriff’s sergeant announces Virginia Beach City Council candidacy in Princess Anne District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — David Fowler, a sergeant in the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office who lives in Hillcrest Farms, announced this past week that he is running for City Council in the Princess Anne District. His hat is… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge aside, Virginia Beach taking more time to weigh potential for regulating short term rentals

Ed. — This story appeared in print on March 16, 2018. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council will take more time to determine how it could regulate short-term rentals, an issue felt in the rise of massive… Continue Reading