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Duhaney: Zucaro served as Virginia Beach’s police chief during difficult times

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Amid recognition by City Council this month of retirements by five people with decades of service to the city, City Manager Patrick Duhaney and Deputy City Manager Steve Cover made a gesture of appreciation to… Continue Reading

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2020: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — This is a look back at some of the images from our newspaper in 2020, a tough year for many of us. Better things are ahead. Thank you to David B. Hollingsworth for his exceptional work… Continue Reading

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Dyer tops two challengers to win first full term in Virginia Beach mayoral race; City Council incumbents return

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Nov. 15, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Bobby Dyer, though vastly outspent by one of two challengers, won reelection and his first full term as mayor of Virginia Beach… Continue Reading

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2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Mayor

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for Virginia Beach Mayor on the Tuesday, Nov. 3, ballot. Answers to our questions in this series generally are not edited, aside from obvious… Continue Reading

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Elections: Sessoms to endorse Dyer’s reelection bid in Virginia Beach mayor’s race

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Former Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms today will announce his endorsement of Mayor Bobby Dyer, who is seeking reelection and his first full term in the office, according to Dyer’s campaign. The endorsement is scheduled… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Virginia Beach GOP backs candidates in nonpartisan local races; Wagner has fundraising edge in mayor’s race

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 20, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The Republican Party of Virginia Beach recently endorsed a number of candidates in nonpartisan local races on the general election ballot this year.  The endorsed candidates… Continue Reading

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Notebook: The right (official) contacts for voting; online nonsense about the Postal Service; some endorsements

Ed. — This initially appeared in print in the Sunday, Aug. 23 edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — In a recent edition, Notebook wrote about confusion caused when a nonprofit group called the Center for Voter Information sent mailers offering… Continue Reading

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Notebook: VB Dem recommendations in nonpartisan local races; Manning, three others form School Board ticket

Ed. — This appeared in print in the Sunday, Aug. 9, edition.  THE INDEPENDENT NEWS The Virginia Beach Democratic Committee recently announced several candidates it is recommending in local Virginia Beach races that are on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov.… Continue Reading

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After controversy, Virginia Beach will refocus on assembly uses for land zoned for farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Following the recent approval for a nonfarming commercial venue that will operate on farmland in the rural city, city officials are renewing efforts to create clear guidelines for assembly uses such as weddings on land… Continue Reading

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Ignoring farmers, City Council approves event venue on land zoned for agriculture in rural city

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Moments after a stunning reversal by the Planning Commission, the City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 25, voted to approve a conditional use permit so an event business can operate on land zoned for agriculture in… Continue Reading