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Virginia Beach libraries adjust services due to Covid resurgence

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — City libraries are readjusting their operations due to the rising transmission rates for the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease Covid-19. Services will be limited to either lobby or drive-up services, and two locations… Continue Reading

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Column: Learning to speak the new language of the novel coronavirus

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — I was talking to a friend on the phone recently when I realized we were speaking a new language – Covid.   Rather, our vocabulary contained words and phrases used in a new way: words that… Continue Reading

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Column: I am Christian and Republican, and I am voting for Joe Biden

BY REED HOWARD VIRGINIA BEACH — I believe in the founding principles of America. I want to preserve our Constitution and make true the promises in our Declaration of Independence. In high school, I volunteered for Republican candidates because they spoke passionately… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Finding The Indy’s voter guide in print, next year’s publication dates

  BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — I have extra copies of our voter guide, which includes Q&As with candidates for City Council and School Board in Virginia Beach. I usually print extra of this voter guide, one of the most popular… 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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Column: Demonstrate our commitment to others during the coronavirus pandemic

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — When the pandemic news began to trickle in, my emotions started to play havoc with my mind, and I feel like I’ve been on a zip line looking for the platform where I can stop,… Continue Reading

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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