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Notebook: VB GOP vote for new chair needs do-over; Franklin on ballot for Kempsville SB; Owen bows out of at-large council race

Ed. — This originally appeared in the Sunday, July 19, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Hot mess ahead. The Republican Party of Virginia Beach on Monday, July 13, held a vote during its mass meeting to name a successor… Continue Reading

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New addition to pork retail market shows growing interest in local food sources during pandemic

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BLACKWATER — Land of Promise Farms, traditionally the go-to spot for youth raising pigs as 4-H projects, is now selling pork directly to local consumers at the Market at Land of Promise Farms. Sausages, bacon, pork chops, ribs… Continue Reading

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Updated: Wagner, Kowalewitch will challenge incumbent Dyer in Virginia Beach mayoral race

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Two people will challenge Mayor Bobby Dyer in this year’s mayoral election. Following City Councilmember Aaron Rouse’s recent announcement that he is ending his campaign for mayor, two candidates – businesspeople Jody Wagner and Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch… Continue Reading

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Column: Help is available for our businesses, citizens, and city priorities remain in place while we deal with the coronavirus crisis

BY BARBARA HENLEY PUNGO — Even though we are still not able to have regular meetings, and the monthly Princess Anne District Forum was again canceled this past month, there is work being done and issues to be discussed.   The budget… Continue Reading

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Breaking: Rouse ends campaign to be Virginia Beach mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — City Councilmember Aaron Rouse is ending his campaign for mayor of Virginia Beach. Rouse today made the announcement in a social media statement that initially caused some confusion about whether he was dropping out. The… Continue Reading

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Column: An ode to toilet paper, elusive friend, until we meet again

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — If anyone had told any of us at New Year’s that we would be discussing on a global level one of our most intimate purchasing habits without even blushing about it …   But strangely, here… Continue Reading

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Column: Want to help Virginia Beach during the Covid-19 pandemic? Do the census.

BY RONALD D. BERKEBILE VIRGINIA BEACH — As of this week, two thirds of Virginia Beach residents have submitted their census forms.  That’s higher than the national average, but, ultimately, that total should be near 100 percent. Participation helps our city be… Continue Reading

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Northam says Virginia Beach can open beaches for recreational use by Memorial Day weekend; Dyer vows ‘safe’ reopening

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia Beach, the resort city that has seen its tourism industry battered by shutdowns meant to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, can reopen public beaches for recreational use… Continue Reading

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In rural Virginia Beach, Oak Grove Baptist bridges the coronavirus distance with drive-through dinner for community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — On a Thursday evening in early April, a couple of weeks into our local response to a pandemic, members of Oak Grove Baptist Church cooked up a ham dinner in the church kitchen, wore gloves and masks… Continue Reading

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Column: Using technology to keep in touch with the people we care about during a pandemic

BY TONI GUAGENTI VIRGINIA BEACH — Early in the pandemic, I lay in bed on a Sunday morning and thought about the ramifications of the self-quarantine on my social life. Some of us are gregarious by nature – extroverts, believe it… Continue Reading