Group claiming to represent educators makes surprise endorsements, raising questions about its political advocacy; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing complaint

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 15, print edition. The VBTA has not responded to requests for information detailed below. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove… Continue Reading


Knight wins in 81st Virginia House District, unofficial returns show, though Myers campaign says it will await review of numbers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Del. Barry Knight, a Republican, won reelection in the 81st House District on Tuesday, Nov. 5, according to unofficial returns reported this morning by the state elections department. Knight, a farmer from Back Bay, defeated… Continue Reading


2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for the 81st Virginia House District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for 81st District of the Virginia House of Delegates in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions in this series generally… Continue Reading


Notebook: Finance director raising political money for state delegate facing reelection has the same name as the opponent; cue the confusion

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — There are two Shannon Kanes in the fair city of Virginia Beach who are involved in the same political contest this year. One Shannon Kane is a candidate challenging an incumbent state delegate. The other… Continue Reading


Dyer seeks state support for plan to turn Building 2 into police offices, bring displaced city workers into other offices following mass shooting

Ed. — This archived story originally ran in the July 5 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach is appealing to the state for money to help restore the municipal center in the wake of the Friday, May 31, mass… Continue Reading


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


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


Under court plan, analysis shows a shift to the left in 81st Virginia House District seat held by GOP’s Knight

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The federal court redistricting plan, which emerged from much wrangling over 11 Virginia House of Delegates districts challenged as racially gerrymandered, means changes for this year’s general election if the U.S. Supreme Court does… Continue Reading


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


Excellence in Agriculture: Recognizing farming heritage, a Virginia Beach industry and those who help it survive

BY WILL HARRIS OCEANFRONT — Call it a green carpet event. The paparazzi may not have been swarming around the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Thursday, March 22, but for the city’s agriculture community, the event going on within its walls… Continue Reading