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Government: Kane announces resignation from City Council due to move out of Rose Hall District

Ed. This story first ran in print on Friday, March 29. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – City Councilmember Shannon Kane announced on Friday, March 29, she is resigning from office because she is moving out of the Rose Hall… Continue Reading

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New members join Virginia Beach City Council in the New Year; Wood picked to return in his role as vice mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – New and returning members of the Virginia Beach Council took oaths to serve the city on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall. “You are welcome additions to our team,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said at the… Continue Reading

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Elections: Dyer, Centerville District councilmember, bests Davenport to become next Virginia Beach mayor

Ed. — This story ran in the Nov. 9 print edition, prior to recounts in some council races that changed vote totals but not outcomes. This story was archived online on Dec. 29. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Bobby Dyer,… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Lynnhaven District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Lynnhaven District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted. The… Continue Reading

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Deal concerning flooding at Ashville Park clears way for drainage fixes, continued development in subdivision

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – About 300 homeowners in Ashville Park, a subdivision near Pungo, will be helped by taxpayer-funded fixes to a flawed drainage system that was built by the community’s initial developer and accepted by the city officials… 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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How should Virginia Beach City Council address inaccurate remarks by members of the public?

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE TOWN CENTER – City officials want to bring more decorum to public meetings by ensuring citizens understand the process for commenting in public hearings held during council meetings and avoiding interactions with people who engage in making… Continue Reading

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Sister Cities: People from around the world unite in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT –  Virginia Beach hosted the 61st annual conference of Sister Cities International this past month, bringing people from around the world to the city in support of the organization’s vision to encourage peace through interactions between… Continue Reading

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Rotary Club of Cape Henry recognizes Virginia Beach police fatal crash team officer, volunteer rescue leader

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Rotary Club of Cape Henry presented its annual public safety awards to Master Police Officer Terry Schultz, who exhibited both kindness and smarts in his work investigating serious traffic crashes, and volunteer Emergency Medical… Continue Reading

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Everyday guns: A special report about the guns Virginia Beach police encounter – and how stolen weapons, some unreported, are a concern

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — In late July, at night, in Sandbridge, a Virginia Beach police officer approached a car parked on Molly Cooper Road. Two folks who live near Lake James sat inside the vehicle. The woman in the passenger… Continue Reading