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Abbott: Let Virginia Beach citizens say via referendum whether district voting should change

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council may consider putting a referendum on the November ballot that could lead to big changes to the way people choose local elected leaders representing specific voting districts. A proposal by… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Dem prez primary absentee voting; fines for late reports by VB pols; School Board candidate bows out

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Absentee voting for Virginia’s Tuesday, March 3, Democratic Party presidential primary is underway in Virginia Beach — and voting opportunities will expand in the coming month. More on that in a moment. First, a word about a… Continue Reading

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Divided Virginia Beach City Council backs symbolic Second Amendment resolution

Ed. — This initially ran in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A divided City Council — following in the footsteps of more than 100 other local governments around the commonwealth — this month passed a resolution voicing… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council approves independent investigation of shooting

Ed. — This archived story originally appeared in the July 5 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The City Council on Tuesday, July 2, authorized an independent investigation into circumstances surrounding the recent mass shooting in which an employee killed… Continue Reading

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The elegy and the promise

A horrific act leaves 12 people dead and four wounded, as well as a community in mourning. Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, June 7. A gallery of photos that ran with the original story appears at the… Continue Reading

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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