Amid “Trump wave” washing over Virginia, GOP’s Knight wins in the 81st House District; Davis returns in 84th House District; victory for incumbents in Virginia Beach constitutional offices

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, chose state Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, to return in the 81st House District, but he said it was a bittersweet victory as other Virginia Republicans fell — including at… Continue Reading


2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates 81st District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the 81st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited. The following responses… Continue Reading


Could opening the Great Bridge Lock ease flooding in southern Virginia Beach? Or could creating an inlet?

Correction — An earlier version of this story did not fully identify City Manager Dave Hansen due to an editing mistake by John, who regrets the error. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  VIRGINIA BEACH – The city has asked the U.S. Army Corps… Continue Reading


Elections: Tucker defeats Carothers in 81st House District Democratic primary, will face incumbent Knight

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Democrat Kimberly Anne Tucker will face state Del. Barry Knight, the Republican incumbent, in the 81st Virginia House District. Unofficial returns show Tucker defeated Nancy Carothers in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, June 13, with… Continue Reading


Sessoms declares victory in pursuit of third term as Virginia Beach mayor; in Kempsville, Ross-Hammond poised to be lone council incumbent to fall

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE HILLTOP — Will Sessoms, who has served as mayor for eight years, overcame his guilty plea to a misdemeanor conflict of interest charge and challenges by three candidates to win reelection to a third term, according to unofficial returns. Sessoms,… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach may consider cap on land use tax rate for agricultural land

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The city may consider a cap on land use tax rates on agricultural land, valuation that — using an example of class III cropland — has risen from $300 per acre in 2009 to $2,120 per acre… Continue Reading


Agriculture: For Del. Barry Knight, an end to decades of hog farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — A few years back, state Del. Barry Knight sold must of the land for his original hog farm in Back Bay, which he built from a small operation founded in his 20s into the largest independent… Continue Reading


Leadership, future on display at 2016 Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club show and sale

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — The annual show and sale for Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club was held on Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3, at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex, raising funds for the youth-development program that aims to… Continue Reading


Environment: Stepping back, resetting in the fight for menhaden

BY JOSH WHITENER VIRGINIA BEACH — Steven Epstein, founder of Chesapeake Bay Defense, has worked with citizens and government officials to limit menhaden fishing in the Chesapeake Bay. Despite hope on the part of proponents this year, bills that sought to limit… Continue Reading


A letter to residents of the Virginia 81st House District from Del. Knight

Ed. Note – State Del. Barry Knight, a Republican, represents the 81st State House District. BY BARRY KNIGHT RICHMOND — It is my honor and privilege to serve my friends and neighbors in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. It is a truly… Continue Reading