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There’s a plan to ease flooding in Ashville Park, but uncertainty remains about possible development nearby

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The city staff has recommended an approach toward addressing flooding problems in the Ashville Park neighborhood near Pungo that would begin to correct problems in the drainage system there and lead to continued development of… Continue Reading

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Elections: Davis reflects on run for lieutenant governor, race against challenger in 84th House District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – State Del. Glenn Davis, R-84th District, is shifting gears to seek reelection to the General Assembly following his defeat in a primary to be the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor.  Davis came in third… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: With ‘fake news,’ Salem High journalists teach a lesson about critical thinking

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I read with interest when Eric Hodies of The Virginian-Pilot reported that student journalists at Salem High School made up a story and published it this month to teach a lesson about what some call “fake news.” … Continue Reading

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More work ahead on digital markets for rentals in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Commissioner of the Revenue Phil Kellam recommended further study of the scope of short-term rentals in Virginia Beach, a hot topic over the past year due to aspects such as “event home” rentals in Sandbridge… Continue Reading

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At Monk’s Place in Virginia Beach, a goodbye at the start of a new saga

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — A couple years ago, Ashley Johnson had dollar bills taped up at Monk’s Place. For years, folks have written messages on money and taped them to the walls and ceiling. Back then, when she worked here,… Continue Reading

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An ‘agrihood’ may come to Pungo, but some Virginia Beach officials are unsure whether it fits transition area

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Developers including Bill DeSteph, a state senator and former member of the city council, have plans for land on either side of Princess Anne Road near the Pungo stoplight that could bring more than 100… Continue Reading

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In rural Virginia Beach, members of a youth team are the second generation to wear the Creeds Tractors name

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Kellye Gentry, who had been an assistant coach on another youth softball team, meant to coach this spring. She played youth softball and, as an adult, on a team for Charity United Methodist United Church. And… Continue Reading

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Beach N’ Seafood brings seafood back to Virginia Beach Farmers Market

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE LANDSTOWN — When it comes to seafood, Eric Gamble puts the emphasis on local. Gamble, owner of Beach N’ Seafood Co. at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, stocks local favorites, including Eastern Shore oysters, Little Neck clams… Continue Reading

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What is Pungo? Well, that depends.

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Is Pungo a magisterial district from years past? A former city voting borough? An unincorporated village encompassing roughly a mile around the light at Princess Anne and Indian River roads? The crossroads of the world (where sometimes it’s mighty… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: A word about the art of Rick Friday; reintroducing The Independent News’ community work

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Farmer, writer and artist Rick Friday, whose cartoons appear in The Independent News, made national news last year after a cartoon criticizing salaries of Big Ag executives angered an advertiser of Farm News, which canned him.… Continue Reading