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Hoeft: After a divisive election, how we might run tomorrow’s race

BY J.R. HOEFT Consider this an opportunity and a wakeup call. If President Trump’s post-election press conference is any indication, in his mind, it will be neither. Despite an outstanding economy, strong foreign policy and two appointments to the Supreme… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Centerville District, Special Election

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Centerville District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. One candidate will fill… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Mayor in the Special Election

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to both candidates in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to fill the unexpired term of former Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. The answers… Continue Reading

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Elections: Dyer pledges level playing field, Davenport touts technology at Virginia Beach mayoral forum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE THALIA — Amid a crowded local election season, a forum hosted by the Thalia Civic League gave the two candidates for Virginia Beach mayor a chance to square off at New Life Church earlier this month. The… 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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Virginia Beach city manager proposes ending agricultural reserve program, shifting funds to flooding projects

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen wants to end the agricultural reserve program, which buys development rights so farmers can continue to work their land, and put that money toward flooding. The ARP, as it… Continue Reading

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Dyer calls for ‘moratorium,’ panel to look at public-private partnerships following concerns in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – City Councilmember Bobby Dyer on Tuesday, Aug. 22, announced he has drafted a resolution calling for a moratorium on public-private partnerships following the council’s approval earlier this month of a development project near Town Center… Continue Reading

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A tale of two rallies near the end of Virginia Beach’s bitter light rail fight

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — This is a story about two different rallies held in two different places by two different groups of people. The rallies were about light rail, about whether or not it should be extended to Town… Continue Reading

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Nonprofit light rail advocacy group named 2012 donors, but takes a different approach in 2016

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach Connex, a campaign seeking “yes” votes in the November light rail referendum, is part of  the nonprofit Light Rail Now, Inc., which was also active during the 2012 referendum about the Tide’s future… Continue Reading

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Dyer revokes motion, leaving referendum effort to city treasurer-led group

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — After a series of discussions about extending light rail and the controversy that surrounds the effort, the City Council on Tuesday, March 15, backed away from supporting either a referendum question suggested by Councilmember Bob Dyer… Continue Reading