Amid annual Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach, a high-flying change of command

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANA — U.S. Navy Capt. John Hewitt relieved Capt. Chad Vincelette as commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana on Saturday, Sept. 21, during the annual Oceana Air Show. It was no ordinary change of command, however.  “Today… Continue Reading


Tower, appointee to Beach District council seat, reverses course and says he will now run in special election

Ed. — This archived story ran in print on July 5. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – City Councilmember Guy Tower, seeking appointment to the Beach District seat this spring, said he wouldn’t run in the special election to keep the… Continue Reading


The Pitch: Building support for VB United, hoping pro soccer can grow in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — In its first season, Virginia Beach United, a new soccer club playing in the United Soccer League’s League Two has brought a high level of play to the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, and the team hopes… Continue Reading


Henderson defeats Atkinson in GOP primary for nomination in Virginia Beach city treasurer’s race

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE GREAT NECK — Leigh Henderson, who was sworn in as city treasurer in late December following the resignation of John T. Atkinson, is now the Republican nominee for that office after besting Atkinson’s son during a primary on… Continue Reading


Remembering the 12 lost to violence, then saying the killer’s name only once

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach officials on Saturday, June 1, identified the 12 people murdered by a city worker who shot his colleagues and a contractor who meant to deal with a permit this past week at one… Continue Reading


Agriculture: A longtime farmer, a strawberry field and good neighbors

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Douglas Munden, a third generation farmer, sat in his office across Princess Anne Road from the home in which he was raised. Outside, rows of strawberries waited to be picked.  It was Saturday evening, winding… Continue Reading


Updated: After unanimous vote, offensive social media posts sink Mullins appointment, new School Board pick may come on Tuesday

BY SHELLY SLOCUM AND JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 21, chose Michael Mullins to represent Rose Hall — a unanimous pick by a sometimes divided body to fill a vacancy. Yet the following morning, Mullins… Continue Reading


Reestablished Back Bay Restoration Foundation aims to advocate for the health of a vital natural resource amid concern about flooding, development

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – On a recent day in March, Todd Barnes — and Cotton, an 8-year-old Chesapeake Bay retreiver  —  gave a boat tour of the waters near Barnes’ home in Sigma. Barnes is the author of… Continue Reading


To Save Sailors: A bond with purpose between admiral, Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PORTSMOUTH — The admiral, in civilian attire, entered a room within St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Feb. 20. He walked toward a circle of blue folding chairs. Members of the Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group,… Continue Reading


Remembering a child, showing love to a Pungo family with light blue ribbons

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — A day after the tragic loss of 4-year-old Hudson R. Foschi in an accident, people expressed their remorse on social media, including in the Pungo Group on Facebook. Beverley Williams posted an idea to that page. She… Continue Reading